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Preparing for the Last First Day of School

Preparing for the Last First Day of School
Written by Ranae Aspen

Just seeing this in print is causing a stir of emotions. Part of me keeps asking, where did time go and then I smile and think, job well done! This is becoming real as any trip to the local Target will tell you it’s time to buy school supplies. Slowly, I am getting used to the idea, all the lasts and tissue for my tears. The other side of this is the anticipation for a new chapter and pondering where my amazing young man will be in 10 years.

Here is my advice to young mom’s:
1. Take lots of pictures.
2. Be an active mom with school functions.
3. Each stage is wonderful, embrace it and savor every moment.
4. Be true to your family. If your goal is to be busy then be busy, if your goal is to have quality family time, make it happen.
5. School is one element of childhood. While important, lazy summers and family outings are important memories, too.

This summer, we have visited colleges and I see the excitement in your eyes, I also see the anxiety. Everything is going to turn out just right. You have mastered each step of your schooling and College will be the same.

Son, I want you to know I am so very proud of you! Your journey in life is just beginning and I look forward to sharing more firsts and yes, some lasts. I promise to not shed too many tears, and when I do cry, they will be tears of joy.

About the author

Ranae Aspen

Ranae Aspen graduated from UNL/UNO with her BS in Consumer Science and Education in 1991and with her Masters of Applied Science in Ag Leadership and Community Nutrition from UNL in December of 2012. Ranae has enjoyed careers in the Health Food industry and in the field of Human Services assisting low-income families with self-sufficiency and nutrition.
She and her husband Dan have two children, Daniel, 15 and Leslie 13. Ranae and family live on a small acreage and they are establishing a fruit orchard, they garden. They share their acreage with their dog Sampson, numerous cats and chickens. Life is busy and Ranae’s passion for sustainable agriculture and nutrition is evident with her blog, Eating Healthy in a Tough Economy, h and in her daily life. Julia Child once said, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” This describes Ranae, her passion runs deep and she loves to share it with the community.