After months of waiting (and weeks of agonizing waiting), we have received our big news: Riley is going to the charter middle school we wanted, and Sylvia is going to follow my footsteps into the arts high school (only she's going as a visual arts major).
Their futures look so much brighter with this news! They will have individual attention, they will spend time doing their favorite "extra-curricular" activities as part of their curriculum.
It won't be easy, for any of us. With these acceptances come greater responsibilities on all of us. I will be commuting, the girls will have more homework, and the expectations will be higher. But it will be solely up to them (and in some part, me) how much they make of this.
And they are both so excited. They will be going into the new school years as giddy as kindergartners. I'm fairly certain they will believe all over again that the world is theirs for the taking.
If one of the joys of motherhood is re-discovering the wonders of the world through the eyes of our children, surely nothing can be greater than seeing that spark reignited.