Sophia and I went to register her for Kindergarten on Friday. She got a new t-shirt, which made her extremely proud, but I had a hard time getting her to stand still for 20 seconds to snap a photo:
[Sophia sidebar: I was telling my dad that I was concerned about Kate making the move and all the changes, and he said, "Don't worry about Kate. It's Sophia you need to worry about." I was like, "Sophia? She's cool." But as it turns out, dads are always right. Kate's been fine; she made friends quickly and is adjusted and having a blast. Sophia? Overtired, overwrought, overeverything, and the whiniest of whinies. I'm trying to be extra-patient with her, but it's been difficult. This, too, shall pass.]
Multiple times a day I am blown away by the stunning views we have here. In Knoxville, our kitchen window faced Sharp’s Ridge, a beautiful line of trees that I mourned for when we moved. Now, everywhere we go, we are truly in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. They are on two full sides of the city, and I am forever stopping the girls’ conversations to tell them, “Look at the mountains!” and remind them that they are blessed to live in such a beautiful area.
Here is Kate’s new school next year:
And the view from her school:
And her view:
They’ll either be inspired or distracted.
On another note, the kids and I went up to First Lutheran this morning. Kate’s school choir was singing, and we were all excited to visit. It was wonderful, worshiping there and seeing everyone again, but I felt so sad as we drove away. Even good change is hard. Then we came back here and spent the afternoon with Maryville friends, and I thought about how God fills these holes in our lives in unexpected and different ways. And how, being a German Lutheran, I just want everything to stay the same.
But we are getting into a nice routine here, which will ease up in 2.5 weeks when the girls get out of school. Little by little, pieces of the puzzle are falling into place (or, as I like to tell Derek when he says that, they are falling into place because I have orchestrated them to). Either way, we’re looking forward to summer: trips to the library, walks on the Greenway, wading in the Little River, exploring Chilhowee Lake. School starts August 1 here, so we’ve got to have our fun fast.