Back-to-School :: 2013-2014

by | Sep 12, 2013 | Back-to-School, Pictures, Prayer, Prayers for Children, Schultütes | 20 comments

O my God, I know too well that whatever I may do for the education of my children will remain fruitless without the blessing of Thy grace.  “Unless our Lord build the house,” says the psalmist, “they have labored in vain that build it. Unless our Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it.” (Ps. 126.) I pray to Thee, therefore, O Lord, to give success to what I do for my children.  Grant that they may remain preserved from all evil of body and soul; help me build so that the edifice of virtue and perfection may have in them a firm, solid foundation and rise higher and higher; graciously accompany all my words and actions with Thy grace, so that whatever I say and do may tend to their true welfare. 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
~ Prayer of the Mother to obtain God’s Blessing on the labors she undergoes for her Children

Captain :: 7th Grade   ~ Rascal :: 6th Grade

Twinkle Toes :: 4th Grade ~ Chiquita :: 3rd Grade
Snuggles :: 1st Grade  ~  Rose :: Pre-School 
Bud :: Pre-Pre-School 
Back-to-School Schultutes
Playmobil Child’s First Day of School 
The boys were surprised by a little extra treat in the bottom of their cones… 
Series 11 Minifigures
Pretty Pink and Pink Princess Crayons for my little pink lovin’ princess! 
Patron of Students Back-to-School Treat

“The goal of all our undertakings should be not so much a task perfectly completed as the accomplishment of the will of God.” 
St. Therese of Lisieux 


  1. Lena

    lovely start to a new school year. AD JESMUM PER MARIAM

  2. Anonymous

    Everything good in school. Beautiful photos. Slávka

  3. 9peasMom

    I always love reading about your back to school traditions – and seeing the photos too. You won't be able to have them sit at the fireplace next year, possibly even by Easter everyone is growing!

  4. Shalon

    I can't believe your girls are in sweater dresses! We were 100 degrees yesterday!

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Our temps have been all over the place lately, and it did get up into the 90s yesterday, but on Tuesday morning it was cool and overcast. By lunch it started warming up and the boys had already changed into their shorts. Looking at the forecast for the next week we have lows in the 30s to 50s and highs in the 60s to 90s… Fall has definitely arrived!

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Plus the girls were very excited to wear their new "back-to-school" dresses. I had purchased them in the spring on clearance in sizes for this fall and winter and had just given them to them. 🙂

  7. Jessica Gordon

    That thought went through my mind when I was taking the picture… They barely fit this time! 🙂

  8. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing. They are just beautiful, every one of them! God bless your school year! – Genevieve

  9. Shaina

    Lovely! May I ask where you purchased those cute sweater dresses?
    Having just had my first girl 3 weeks ago…well…I am clueless.

  10. Kim

    So sweet! I found the pink crayons locally but I had no idea about the princess ones! I know what St. Nicholas will be bringing my 5-year old this year!!

  11. Christine

    Beautiful kids! I just love eye color and all the browns and blues!

    God Bless your school year!

  12. Jessica Gordon

    I picked up the box of Pink Princess Crayons at Target. 🙂

  13. Jessica Gordon

    Most of my girls' dresses, including these, are from Gymboree. I always shop their sales and clearance racks using additional promotions and coupons to make the clothes affordable. (I paid less than $10 for each of the dresses the girls are wearing in these pictures during the Winter Clearance.) I love the quality of their clothing and that they last through multiple children (I do also hang dry all my girls dresses to preserve the color.) Hope that helps! Congratulations on your new baby girl!!

  14. Shalon

    Hehe. I just looked back at the picture and noticed that the girls are in winter clothes and the boys are in shorts!

  15. Jessica Gordon

    And if you look a little closer at the one with the kids on the front porch, you'll notice the big boys on their tip toes too! 🙂 lol

  16. Jennifer Elia

    Jessica, when I saw the pink crayons, I immediately thought of your "rose." I had intentions of sending some to her but you know what they say about the best laid plans. Glad she got some for her pink-uh coloring pages. 🙂

    Have a great school year. Next year, I'm going to try the schuletutes. We usually just do tiny gift bags.

  17. Anna

    Great photos, as always, I like particulary the surprised look of Rose and Rascal. Have fun in the new school year!

  18. texasgal

    I love how the girls look so warmly dressed and the boys are in shorts! Hysterical. Adorable kids and great dressers as usual

  19. Ana Zamora

    Hi, Jessica! The Solo Portraits of your Children looks great!
    I just want to ask what lens did you use on your camera to take these?
    The bokeh in the background really looks nice. 🙂

    A from The Philippines

  20. Jessica Gordon

    I'm so impressed that you noticed a difference! You know, I actually did pull out my Canon 50mm lens for some of these pictures! I need to start practicing/learning how to use it… It is such an awesome lens!


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