Today is the day. This morning is the morning. Time to start back to school. I'm not ready for summer to come to a close because it went entirely too fast. But part of me is looking forward to settling back down into a routine and adding a bit of order to our lifestyle. And of course with a new school year comes new school supplies. It always makes me happy to see how some new pens, pencils, notebooks, and paper can bring a joyful start to the new year -- especially new crayons. Even though my daughter is well beyond her crayon years, I still buy her a box as a special surprise on the first day of school. It might seem silly to some, but for us that has become a happy tradition in our little home school.