Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

Orange Stars

by The Next Family June 28, 2010

By: Brandy Black

Today we found out that Sophia will be in the Orange Stars class with Miss Kimberly for preschool in September.  I jumped for joy and must have read the letter out loud to Sophia 3 times.  We printed out the email and colored orange stars all over it and, as Sophia would say, “sticky-taped” it in the scrapbook.  I was elated.  We read the kids’ names that will be in her class and talked about a few of them that she knows from Parent and Me, we got her adorable pink and brown owl lunchbox that I picked out for her a couple months back down from the shelf in the closet, we talked about what I would pack for lunch, she decided PB&J would be best with puffs and an apple juice box and broccoli, she said she was a big girl, she was right.

I tucked Sophia in bed and told her I loved her and I was proud of her and now I sit realizing that my baby, the very same girl that I held so tightly hand bracing her neck, dancing under the light in her room, protecting her from everything in the best way I knew, is growing up. The baby that I would rock at night as her big, then blue eyes stared into mine.  The girl that mom (Susan) held in the palm of her hands soaring over our faces while she giggled.  The baby that would stuff peas and sweet potatoes in her mouth so fast that her face would look like an art palette when she was done.  The little one that discovered she could get to her parents on the other side of the room by CRAWLING.  A discovery that was so monumental until she learned to reverse crawl and then pull herself up and then walk and then talk.  Not only talk but say amazing things like “Mama I love you so much, you are my best friend”.  A little baby becoming a girl who can now sing the ABC’s, start to finish, in tune, over and over again. A little baby that I longed for, for what seemed, endless years, has now grown up in what feels like a minute.  I can’t wait for her first day of school and to celebrate all of her firsts throughout the years to come, yet I sit with a pit in my stomach for the inevitable clock that ticks, as my baby is becoming a little girl.

Today she is an orange star.

The post Orange Stars appeared first on The Next Family.

The Next Family
The Next Family


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016


Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment


By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →