First Day of School Letters

Dear Kirk,

Thank You doesn't even seem to cut it. Two words that get tossed around like yesterday's trash, but yet carry so much power. But I am left with not much else to say. Thank You for being the amazing provider for our family that you are. Thank You for caring enough about me and the boys to make all of our dreams come true. Thank You for being what a good father should be. Thank You for showing our boys what a real man is like. And at this stage in our life, Thank You for trusting me enough...trusting me enough to go along with this crazy notion of me staying home to educate our children. You are amazing, and I thank God every single day for giving you to me.

I love you with all my heart.
Thank You,


Dear Keaton,

You made it! You made it to 4th Grade! You, my darling man, are one of the smartest, most creative, and most talented people I know. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to be your teacher this year. I'm looking forward to learning new things right alongside you, and I'm so looking forward to you teaching me a thing or two. Your enthusiasm for learning is contagious, and your delight over new discoveries is infectious. You make me smile. And I can't wait to see what this year holds for us. Even if it means you helping me through 4th grade math!

I love you, buddy. Like a Jedi loves the Force.


Dear Sawyer,

My main man! You, my darling, are a firecracker! And though you make me shiver and shake in my boots at the thoughts of you and I going head to head over math problems and penmanship (you know it's gonna happen!), I'm tickled pink over getting to spend my days with you. When you were in school last year, I missed you like crazy. The days were long and painful without seeing your precious blue eyes and your adorable red head. Ever since we made the final decision to keep school at home this year, I haven't been able to wipe the smile off of my face....because it means I get to be with you. Oh, I'm sure that there will be days that I will want to ship you off to Mongolia, and that there will be days when you will wish I would go jump off a bridge....but even on those days, my sweet, I will not want to trade this opportunity for the world. You are a great kid. And I'm the luckiest gal in the world. Because I get to be your girl.

I love you to the moon and back.


Dear Tate,

My darling baby, can it be time for Kindergarten already? Not possible. But while other mommies are sending their babies off to school, I'm so lucky because I get to keep you home with me. I can't wait to see the twinkle in your eye when you realize that you can read for the first time. Or the pride over writing your name in your best handwriting. Or the joy that will come with your first count all the way to 100. You, my TaterTot, are priceless. And I'm so excited about spending my minutes with you every day. Watching you learn. Watching you grow. And watching you become the little person that God has planned for you to be.

You are my dream come true.
And I love you. Forever.


The Bowden's said...

Oh, I think I just shed a few tears. Good luck this year! :)

Jim said...

Nothing more precious than a mom who wraps herself around her family and is able to express so beautifully her inner feelings, hopes and visions for such a task. "Rockin' the cradle" to "rule the world" in the way you have and will continue to do will make for the "bestest world" in the lives of even rascals!

They will remember "and will call you blessed" in years to come.

Love you,

Tiffani said...


Oh, how precious!! What a great way to say those things on the old bloggaroo...

You are such a wonderful wife and mother. Your enthusiasm and heart for this journey is what is going to get you through those tough moments.

The boys (including Kirkster) are blessed to have you...

what a special day this is!!

Love you muy mucho, JB.

Kendra said...

You are making me weepy and happy for you guys.

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

*sniff, sniff*

Jennifer said...


Dear Amber,

You are an awesome mom and wife and those boys are just as lucky to have you as you are them!!

You have just made me realize how blessed I am right now to have my little guy sitting here with me, rather than being "at school"!!

Next to God's calling to be a homeschool mom, you were one of the driving forces that helped me make my decision to homeschool!! And then to top it all off, God calls you to go on the same journey!! AMAZING!!

Hope you guys have a first great day over there at Rascal Academy!!

Love you guys!!!

Jennifer said...

Okay...that last line was supposed to say "hope you have a great first day"!!

Sorry, I'm lacking in the sleep area today!!

Love ya!!

Jessica said...

Those were some sweet letters. and may have meade me tear up a little.
Hope your first day is filled with all kinds of learningness (that's a word you can teach them, tell them you learned it on the internet)!

p.s. I don't really know that I AM looking for a job. maybe just kinda sorta not really.perhaps.

Jessica said...

* and may have MADE me tear up a little *
Do you teach spelling? I need a lesson.

Carpoolqueen said...

Makes me want to go hug my kids.

Even the one that made his teacher call me in the middle of the day.

Nina Diane said...

awwwww....so sweet

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Those letters are precious..or priceless..or both. Wow! You have me a blubbering mess...I needed a good cry today!

christy rose said...

I would say that those letters are priceless. How great of an idea that was for you to do that on your first day of homeschooling your kids. What a treasure!

Mich said...

Dear Sis,

I think you are an amazing mother. I am in total envy right now of the time you are spending with three of my favorite little boys. You will do great!

Praying for and AWESOME year!

Thank you for you sweet comments always. I love you more...


Gretchen said...

I feel like I was privileged to see an intimate picture of your love fir your family. Beautiful, Amber.

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

You are such a good mommy!!! Love ya!

Cathy said...

Love your heart.

Love ya like peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

Love ya like when I go to buy something at Old Navy and it rings up way less than the tag says.

Love ya like sunny, crisp fall days at the pumpkin patch.

Love ya like the smell of Christmas.(do you know what I mean?)

Love ya like warm chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk.

Love ya like a PDDP.;)

Love ya like I've known ya forevah.

Anonymous said...

My eyes are so blurry that I can't fully enjoy your pretty new blog design. Must be my allergies.

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

Love this! I should write the kids a first week of school letter:)