first and last.

The tradition continues. Here are my babies on their first and last days of preschool this year.

To me these might be the most notable changes so far.

Ephraim started his two year old class as a tow-headed, babbling toddler and ended it as a three year old with coarse big boy hair and a penchant for rambling run on sentences. Sarah started her four year old class as a pony tail sporting blondie with a shy smile and aspirations to be the next Rapunzel, and ended it as a bobbed five year old with a confident grin and a spring in her step.

Heaven help me.

Heaven help them.

Help them to be kind and calm (somewhat of a mantra in our home).

Help them to love one another. And themselves.

Help them to be obedient when they’re asked to do what’s right. And brave when they’re challenged by what they know is wrong.

Help them to always know that home is their safe place and that mom and dad are on their side.

But above all, Heaven help them to grow big and tall and strong in their own time. Not hurried by this world that yells NOW! NOW! NOW! at every turn. Help them to stay little. For as long as their little hearts desire.

Check out more first and lasts here and here.

AnneMay 18, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Amen and ditto for my kids (even though they are much bigger).

HollyMay 18, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Amen! And, um, Sarah’s haircut? DARLING!

AmyMay 18, 2011 - 9:21 pm

Love this! And I love them. I seriously can.not.wait to see them this summer!

KimMay 19, 2011 - 5:51 am

They grew so much this year!

Jessica WMay 19, 2011 - 6:02 am

The growth this year, just in looks, is so obvious! What a great tradition!

Emily HMay 19, 2011 - 6:09 am

Erin, Erin, Erin……Oh how I love reading your blog! You just have a way with words my friend. On this day, my baby girl will graduate from pre-school and you have brought me to tears with this post. It is amazing how kids can change so much in just a short school year. Too bad we can’t freeze time, huh! Have a wonderful summer!!

tara pollard pakostaMay 19, 2011 - 7:08 am

awwwww they have changed sooooo much!!! I need to take a picture of my girls to see if they have changed from the one we took the first day….it’s so hard to watch them grow up so fast!
I am just happy mine still play with dolls and want to remain little (ages 11.5 and almost 10)….love this post!

Elizabeth C.May 19, 2011 - 7:35 am

This is just beautiful. It’s amazing to see the amount of changes in these two.

Amy T.May 19, 2011 - 7:42 am

Outstanding post!! Made me think of the song “Let Them Be Little”.

Lorena MoraMay 19, 2011 - 9:51 am

I love your first and lasts! This year is probably the biggest change. Especially Sarah, wow she looks so much different and it’s not just the hair, she looks confident. Ephraim still has a tad of littleness left in him. Slow down kids, it just reminds me mine are getting older. Mady is 8 and Tristan is 3, makes me a little sad.

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaMay 20, 2011 - 8:02 am

I love these features! They really tug my heartstrings. They’re getting so big so fast and they’re absolutely precious. Enjoy these days.

JenniferMay 20, 2011 - 10:38 am

WOW – those really are some big changes! So glad you’re keeping up the tradition. 🙂

Shana-LynnMay 21, 2011 - 4:54 pm

Beautiful children they are!

Janelle AndersonMay 22, 2011 - 9:07 pm

I just love seeing the changes and boy, that little bob on her is so perfect. Seeing you and your kiddos last week was such a treat. Let’s do more of that this week! Swimming?!

StaceyMay 26, 2011 - 7:28 am

Love this post. Truer words were never spoken.

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