A Great Date and My little girl goes to Kindergarten!

It honestly seems like yesterday when I first held my newborn baby girl in my arms. Now, she is almost 6 and has started kindergarten. I still hold her~ I always will…

The day before Kindergarten I took time away -just her and I- to have a “date”. A dear friend of mine, Kara, who leading a study this year called “8 Great Dates” by Dannah Gresh reminded me that I needed to take my little girl out on a date for this very special time in her life!

What little (and big) girl doesn’t love a tea party?!

Ok, maybe little girls don’t always love tea~ but hot cocoa will always do!

My lunch- I wish I had known it could be shared!!! Bacon and broccoli quiche, 4 tea sandwiches and more dessert than I needed in one day.

A princess feast of grilled cheese, gold fish, fruit kabobs with marshmallow creme, and gummy bears.

I could do this every day 🙂

This sweet tea room had clothes for little (and big) girls to dress up in…my quirkiness inspired the table next to me! All the grown ups including a grandpa were wearing “Sunday Best” hats! haha. These little girls were having a blast.

The first morning of school …

My “Morning Crew” 

So sweet…a picture of big brother in her locker!

With Daddy…

With baby Sis…she is going to miss her big Sissy!!!!

After pick up! She had a blast and did WAY better than I did!!!

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life –
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Lord, please bless and watch over this little girl you have given me. Let her first year of school get her excited about learning. Please bless her teacher and each student in her class. Let her relationship grow closer with you and please let her be loved . Amen.




  1. What a blessing you are to me. Thanks for sharing this. Makes me want a little girl however I will hold my little boys forever too, they are 21, 14 & 8. Love you girl

  2. Thank you Sonya!!! One day you will have girls…;) love you too!!!

  3. Beautiful!! Awesome idea!!!

  4. Dear Janelle,

    I love to read your blog!

    This week my little girl was going to primary school for the first time. She is four years now and mommy’s oldest, so i was crying a little ( she on the other hand was having a good time at school LOL), but I know that the Lord will protect her.

    So I recognise myself in your story;-)
    We also went on a ‘date’ together. Horseriding..so much fun!!

    Greetings from the Netherlands!


  5. My baby started Kindergarten today. Surprisingly, I wasn’t sad. I was a mess when my oldest started school and a little teary when child #2 started but not with the third. I’m sentimental BUT I am home by myself for the first time in 11 years! I’m looking forward to being refreshed so I can continue to be a good momma! Not to mention grocery shopping alone 🙂 I love the little date you took your daughter on. I definitely am missing out with 3 boys but I plan to make it up with daughter-in-laws and granddaughters someday.

  6. What a nice and special idea! BTW….I certainly noticed another special kindergartner in one of the pics!

    • Ooooo…yes, indeed! And I hear congratulations is in order for a special little girl who lost a tooth!? Gabby talks about her all the time…so sweet. I can’t wait to do centers with the children on Fridays!

  7. Hi Janelle,

    I was searching your blog for a recipe as we have recently moved and are still in boxes. I happened upon this post from the beginning of the school year.

    How did it go for your sweet girl’s first year? 🙂


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