Tomorrow morning marks another school year for our three children. It also marks a milestone of sorts as our oldest is breaking new ground in middle school. I know it sounds cliche, but my goodness it seems like yesterday he was headed off to his first day of kindergarden. So for all of you that are ushering your little ones off for the first, second or however-manyith (that’s a word…trust me) time, here’s my best advice.

Let that pony run.

When “the boy” started 1st grade, I wrote this….

I am reminded of two quotes at this time of year that I usually drag out and post. The first is from Mark Harris:

Let my love give you roots and help you find your wings

That is my prayer as he walked in the door. This is the time when he will mold and shape who he’ll become. These are the moments that will define who he is. These days will determine his circle of influence and the circles HE will influence. This is the time that he must find his wings for one day, he will fly on his own.

The second comes from none other than Pam Tillis:

You hang on till you can’t hang on
Then you learn to let go
And you get what you need sometimes
When it’s all said and done
You do what you gotta do
Then you let that pony run

6 years ago when “The Boy” started school (our first child mind you), I was reminded of that song. I was reminded that we have done what we can in teaching him, molding him, shaping him and hanging on. It was time to “let that pony run.” I’m happy to say that he has done just fine in his first few years of school. I’m so proud of all three of my children and who they are becoming. Not only as people, but who they are becoming in Christ.

So tomorrow as most of us usher our little one’s off to school, maybe for the first time, remember to do what you gotta do and let that pony run. May each and every one of them find their wings.