First day.

I have this picture in a frame on my desk.  I took it the morning Kensington went to first grade and Smith went to kindergarten.  It was a big deal that morning.  My two babies were heading off to school and it would just be Ashby at home.  I specifically remember thinking that I better soak up the days because it wouldn’t be long before she went too.  Fast forward three years and here we are.  Today, Kensington heads off to fourth, Smith goes to third and our sweet Ashby will start kindergarten.  This is such a bittersweet day that we’ve thought about and prayed about for many months.  She is so ready.  She is excited and a little nervous, but we just know she’s going to shine in elementary school.  Please pray for our sweet girl.  She has this spirit about her.  She is so unbelievably strong, but at the same time, she’s a little fragile too.  We covet your prayers as she enters the world of big kid school.  This mama could use some prayers this morning as well.  I’m not sure who is going to cry more…Andrew or me…but there will be tears shed as we leave her behind that kindergarten door today. xo

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  • Rebecca Rooney August 20, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Best of luck to your darling Ashby today. My son started kindergarten in February (in Australia) and it was so emotional!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog August 20, 2018 at 4:45 am

    Beautiful post, Shay, heartwarming! I wish you all the best for the new school year! 🙂

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  • Stephanie K August 20, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Sending up prayers today as Ashby embarks on a great academic adventure! May she find great fun, loyal and kind friends, and compassionate and strong teachers! ❤️

  • Erika Slaughter August 20, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Ashby is gonna have a great day! Praying for that sweet girl now!! And hoping I don’t bump into you and Andrew at drop off! 😭😭😭😭

  • Greta August 20, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Good luck sweet Ashby!!!! You are in our thoughts!

  • Alexis deZayas August 20, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Sending prayers for you and your sweet girl this morning! She is going to shine this year!

  • Becky August 20, 2018 at 5:27 am

    I always feel there is a vulnerability in Ashby, along with strength, courage, and sweetness. Such a precious package that God has wonderfully woven! I will be praying for her!

  • Sheaffer Sims August 20, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Ashby is going to make so many friends, and she is going to be everybody’s FAVORITE…kids, teachers, administrators. EVERYBODY is going to love her. Can’t wait to hear about her first day!!!

    • Rebekah August 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      That was such a sweet way to respond to this post.

  • Alli August 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Prayers for all of the Shull 6 today and for God’s grace of this transition into a new season!

  • Elspeth Mizner August 20, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Ahhh good luck! I’m sure she will do great

  • Narci August 20, 2018 at 6:03 am

    Praying for Ashby and her mama this morning!! She is going to do amazing! We love y’all so much!

  • Elizabeth Feldpausch August 20, 2018 at 6:08 am

    She is going to rock it!! Saying prayers for y’all this morning! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  • Sarah August 20, 2018 at 6:16 am

    When my first went to Kindergarten, I remember reading a quote saying “a ship stays safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for.” This makes me think of Ashby on this BIG morning as well.

    • Kassy August 20, 2018 at 7:38 am

      Love this!

  • Alexis August 20, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I know she will do great. Does she have a 504 plan? If not, you should ask the school about one.

  • Marla August 20, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Praying right now and sending hugs to you and Andrew .

  • Wendy Crawford August 20, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Praying for you all today, especially your sweet Ashby! I just know that her sweet spirit will shine so brightly. Can’t wait to hear about her awesome day!

  • Susan McKain August 20, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Love and prayers to sweet Ashby, and you and Andrew, today. I know that Ashby is going to rock Kindergarten! Go Ashby!

  • Lisa N August 20, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Said a prayer for your sweet girl! From everything you’ve written about her I just know that she is going to touch so many lives and be a blessing in her expanding world😊

  • Amy Heinl August 20, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Sending prayers that Ashby has a wonderful school year filled with laughter, love and warm memories. Also praying that Kensington and Smith have fantastic school years as well

  • Dawn August 20, 2018 at 6:42 am

    Prayers for your sweet Ashby today. She is going to have an amazing year!

  • Carly August 20, 2018 at 7:04 am

    Good luck Ashby! We are all rooting for you! Prayers for both you and Andrew as you drop her off and for a wonderful school year

  • Amanda Wilson August 20, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Why am I crying over Ashby going to school!!!! I will keep her in my prayers. I have my fourth out of five heading to school this year and my mama heart is broken!!

  • Megan August 20, 2018 at 7:20 am

    My son (baby of our family) is starting Kindergarten on Thursday…my mama heart is so excited for him but so sad for me. Thinking of you this morning, Shay!

  • Amy August 20, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Bless your heart….now I’m wiping away the tears. 😊So many prayers for sweet Ashby and you as her new adventure in kindergarten begins! Praying Kensington and Smith have amazing days as well!💗

  • Kathy L August 20, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Praying for all in your family. Sweet Ashby is going to win the hearts of everyone at school–just like she did through your blog!

  • Rebecca Jo August 20, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Its OK to cry 🙂 & just cherish those days with your littlest still. When SHE goes to school – we’ll all cry with you 🙂

  • Monica Converse August 20, 2018 at 8:06 am

    All the best to Ashby! And to you Shay! Blessings all around!

  • Mary August 20, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Praying for Ashby. She is gonna rock it!

  • Lindsay Webb August 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Praying for you all! I left one at college this weekend, take another on Friday and the baby started high school… every stage is bitter sweet!

  • haley @ cupcakes and sunshine August 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Praying for y’all as you start back! Sweet Ashby! Have a wonderful school year!

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  • Debbie K August 20, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Praying for Ashby and her mommy and daddy too. This growing up stuff is hard on us parents. My baby boy starts his senior year of college and the passage of time has me feeling very melancholy today. Mommin’ life is hard, but oh so great when we see our kids shine!!

  • Jo Biddick August 20, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Praying for your precious girl today, and for her mum and dad too 🙏❤️

  • Lindsay Dunagan August 20, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Ashby has this beautiful light radiating from her!! Prayers she will absolutely love school!!

  • Stacie Young August 20, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Prayers for sweet Ashby today,and mama and daddy too. I dropped of an 8th,6th,3rd and kindergartener this morning too,tears were shed by mama.😭

  • Dianna August 20, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I’m teary just reading this! Prayers everything went smoothly and your kiddos have an amazing first day!

  • Angelica L August 20, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Saying prayers for all of your kiddos to have a wonderful school year. I have a lump in my throat and pit in my stomach at the thought of sending my little Ellie to kindergarten next week. Time flies way too fast!

  • Leanne Gilchrist August 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Shay, I’ll be praying for Ashby throughout the day. She’s going to surprise you. God is with her, and though she be but little, she is fierce. Fiercely strong, fiercely loving, and fiercely compassionate. She’ll have everyone loving her before she even says a word. I’ll pray for you as well, for your heart. God has inscribed both you and Ashby on the very palm of His hand. He says that nobody and nothing can snatch you out. Ashby is in VERY good Hands, indeed!

  • Sara F August 20, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Hang in there, mama! Is it sad that I still want to cry when I leave my sweet Liam (10 months old) at a baby sitter when I go to work? He is loved and cared for by our AWESOME sitters! I know that! But I still hate leaving him! I don’t even want to think about how much of a mess I’ll be when he starts kindergarten. All that being said, good luck today! I hope brunch with your gfs keeps you busy and that this afternoon, your happy girl tells you about what a GREAT first day she had!

  • Shevonne August 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Praying for sweet Ashby & your Mama Heart

    Ashby is going to do AMAZING she is the most resilient little girl of her age & that sweet caring heart & smile will soon have her classmates loving her just the same 💗🙏🏻💗🙏🏻💗

  • Liz Thorson August 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Shay, I love your family! My heart has a special spot just for sweet Ashby.💕💕. I hope her first day of Kindergarten was filled with lots of smiles, laughter, joy and excitement for school! I also hope that you and Andrew survived drop off without too much bittersweet heartache?❤️

  • Jennifer August 20, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    I have thought about sweet Ashby all day! I know God had her in the palm of his hand all day long. You too mama! I sure do hope she had a GREAT day!!

  • Prudence August 20, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Sending prayers that Ashby’s first day of school went well. Also, sending prayers for Kensington and Smith as well. And, I hope Madeley enjoyed some special quality one-on-one time with her Mama. She didn’t look the least bit upset to have you to herself. 😊

  • Lea Culp August 20, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    So hoping it was a very good day for both Ashby and for you. I remember those “first” days and they are so emotional. Happy school year to you and yours!

  • Lisa Klein August 20, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Many prayers that Ashby had the very best day!! I would be absolutely thrilled to welcome her happy face and shining spirit into my kindergarten classroom. Praying that she has a year filled with happiness and that she loves school! I sent my oldest off to middle school today and barely held it together. Prayers for you too mama, you are amazing!!