There is usually some worry on the horizon. Her latest worry? Bringing a lunch to school. She was in a 1/2 day Junior Kindergarten program last year. This year, she will go to a different school AND it will be a full day, every other day program. So she has to bring a lunch. She's met the teacher, knows 2 girls in her class, and her sister will be outside at recess time. But still, the worries are HUGE. And her first day of school is 49 days away.
I have declared that we will not worry all of these next 49 days away. Summer is for fun, not worrying. So I've told her that for each of those 49 days that she does not whine and complain about school things, I'll make a little checkmark on the calendar. For each checkmark, there will be a lunch together (not the most convenient for me, but I can manage it). So, if there are 20 non-whiny days, she will get 20 days when I will eat lunch with her. That seemed to click with her, but we'll see what tomorrow brings.
Bedtime seems to be one of the worst worrying times. We talk about having butterflies in our stomachs, so we thought of the idea of "worry butterflies" (like Guatemalan worry dolls) - butterflies that can decorate her bed and fly away with the worries so that sleep can come more easily. We'll see.
But we'll try to take it one day at a time, enjoying the gifts of today and trying not to stress over what might come. Today we are not bringing a lunch to school. Or tomorrow. Or the next day.
And instead of worrying: pray. Pray with thanksgiving. For today and its many, many gifts.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7-8