Growing up…

Well today was THE day for our oldest Danny.

He started Kindergarten!


All morning and even some of the night before, I could tell he was nervous and not wanting to go, but seeing all the fun things like SNACKS go into his back pack, cheered him up a little. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

This sweet little key chain came in the mail just in time for a fun first day of school surprise!


(Thank you GG!! ย He LOVED it!!)

Of course little brother had to get in on the picture action too! ๐Ÿ™‚

The best thing though, (and what made going to school ok) was his cousins got to go with!! ๐Ÿ™‚


I loved that they got to experience their first days of school together! ย This family lives about two days drive down country on the Ethiopia/Kenya boarder and are here visiting for a few weeks while restocking and letting the kids enjoy school.

Ezra and Elsa Swart with Danny!

Ezra and Elsa Swart with Danny!

Danny’s teacher’s name is Miss Long, and she is SO sweet! ย I couldn’t have asked for a better kindergarten teacher for Danny (besides you Tanya!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ).


This is his little cubby to stash stuff in.


He was SUPER excited that he was at the shark table!! ย ๐Ÿ™‚


and of course a picture of him with Elsa in their classroom.

IMG_0606.JPGDoesn’t this just make you wish you were 5 again and you could actually fit up the ladder to go play in the club house!? ย ๐Ÿ™‚

But… all too soon it was time for me to leave my sweet boy!


This is where I lost it! ย I turned around one last time to see him standing in the doorway trying so hard to be brave and not cry! ย I just wanted to run back and take him in my arms and go home!!

Today was the first day of him growing up!

SO proud of you Daniel!!!

4 Responses to “Growing up…”

  1. i love him SO much!! what an amazing little man he is becoming! his school looks so fun. are elsa and ezra staying at Bingham? this made me tear up a little. so hard to let them grow up!!

  2. Julie F

    He looks so big in those pictures!! I bet you had to be as brave as him! Kesler’s just one (tomorrow!) and I already tear up at the thought of Kindergarten. Praying for you and your sweet boy!

  3. Frances Smith

    Grandpa and I are looking at your pictures of Danny’s first day at school on the Schowalter computer. I can pull it up any time we have a message or pictures, etc. This is wonderful for us! I saw it at home this morning first before I came to be with Grandpa for the day. We love you.

  4. Velita Larson

    I’ve been “getting to know” Elsa and Ezra on their blog, so what a treat to see the three young students all together. Danny looks so grown up and excited. Your father was in the store yesterday and we had a nice visit. I always enjoy seeing your mom, dad and sister. AND, now I’m really missing you! Take good care of yourself. Give us an update on Marshall’s motorcycle. If we can help get it over there (in any way) let us know.
    Love and LOTS of blessings,


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