I really can't believe how much he's grown up and changed over the last year. I'm not going to lie... the 2nd quarter of school was a struggle, but he made it through bigger and better and we are so grateful for the learning experience this year has been for all of us. Luke has learned A TON, both academically and socially and we're so very grateful for his amazing teachers and the opportunity we have to send him to a Christian school. Mike Huckabee said it at an MCA event last year, but it's so powerful to "have our values underwritten instead of undermined" when we drop him off in the morning.
He's made TONS of friends (I am always amazed at how many older kids give him little "shout outs" on the deck in the morning and apparently there was a line of kids waiting for Luke-Man to sign their yearbooks on the last day), learned an incredible amount and really flourished.
We're glad that he's loved Pre-K so much because he's actually going to be doing ANOTHER year of it :) It was a hard decision for Dave and I, but after lots of prayer and consideration we decided to let our "baby of the class" have a chance to be one of the oldest. Teaching middle school gives me a unique perspective and I don't think an extra year of maturing ever hurt anyone (especially boys!). One of his besties will be doing the same thing and I know he's going to have another fantastic year.
PLUS... this means I get to keep him at home with us for an extra year and I'm definitely NOT going to complain about that. :)