Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Graduate

This past Friday, Heath and I and my mother, mother-in-law and brother-in-law took the 5 1/2 hour trip to Tennessee to see Emily graduate from high school. The weather was beautiful, perfect for an outdoor graduation. Even though the drive was long and hard (we drove up and half way back in the same day) it was totally worth it. We had a good time and made a few stops just for the fun of it.

I cannot believe she is actually old enough to graduate. When I met her for the first time 8 years ago she was a tiny, shy little 10 year old who captured my heart. Today she is a beautiful young woman. It always amazes me how much like Heath she is. They were cut from the same mold. Not only do the look alike, they also have the same mannerisms, competitiveness, and habits. It is mind boggling. I love Heath so much, to see a piece of him in someone else is amazing. I am so grateful to have both of them in my life. I always enjoy the time the three of us spend together.

To you Emily -

As you move into this next chapter of your life go for your dreams. No dream is ever to big, you have the world at your fingertips. Be strong and confident and remember that we are here to catch you if you fall. My hope for you is that all of your wishes and dreams come true. I promise to help you in any way I can to achieve those things. May your life be better than you ever imagined. The second greatest thing to being a mother is being a step-mother. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life and thank you for all the joy you have brought to mine. I love you bunches!


Here are a few more pictures from the day.