Today was the first day of school for Makenna. I cannot believe my beautiful baby is already in 3rd grade! She was very excited this morning and couldn't wait to get there. I am praying that she has a wonderful school year. I always look forward to the first day of school-the new crayons and shoes, the fresh smell of a new ream of paper, sharp yellow pencils with the eraser still attached-they all take me back to when I was a child. At the same time, I also look at this day with a small sense of regret. Did I take full advantage of the extra time I had with her or did I spend the last three weeks of summer vacation wishing the clock would go faster so I could get five minutes to myself? Actually, I did both. Today I have had a whole day full of peace and quiet. And I am a little lonely. I miss her. Hurry up and get here Saturday!