Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Miss Emily


Eighteen years ago I couldn't wait to meet our baby girl.
I anxiously counted down the days until I would finally hold her in my arms.

I blinked and eighteen years have flown by.
She now stands poised to experience the world for herself.

I would by lying if I said it wasn't bittersweet.
At this moment, so many thoughts race through any mother's mind.

Was my effort enough?
Did I tell her I loved her enough?

Did I teach her how to be tough? 

Did I show her how to love unconditionally?


Did she see me living out my faith?
Will she love the Lord when the choice is hers alone to make?

I don't know the answers to these questions churning in my heart.
 But I know this.

Time won't stand still.

So I will celebrate this new milestone with her
and still the turmoil inside as I help her take the next steps.

I can't wait to watch her grow and mature.
I can't wait to see the woman she will become.

And no matter what the future has in store for Emily,
 she has made me and her father very proud. 

She will be painfully missed when she moves out this fall.
She makes me smile.

There's a sweet spirit in her that so often is hidden 
by her sass and dramatic facade.

That sweetness is seen in the little things.
Like the cookie she left for me in her car 
when she asked me to bring some forgotten items all the way to school.

And the diet cokes that she would bring me....
or text me pictures of  drinks she made me 
so I would stop and visit her at work.

I can't stop the calendar from marching steadily toward August 
and Emily's departure for college.

So instead, I'm choosing 
to enjoy this one last summer together with her.

Let's make it a good one, Emily!

I love you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

High School Band Banquet

Senior recognition at the Band Banquet

 Emily with one of the band leaders

This group has become very close over the past four years.
Four of them play trumpet.
They refer to themselves as the 'Trumpet Squad'. 
The trumpet squad has a reputation for
loving to have fun 
and maybe for getting into trouble upon occasion.

Emily and Madison



Someone was feeling pretty creative when they took this picture.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

ROTC Senior Year

ROTC Seniors that have participated in the program all four years of high school 
are recognized during the military ball.

This is the group of graduating ROTC seniors from this year.

John and Rhiane worked together with a third ROTC Cadet to lead the ROTC program this year.

ROTC Raider Team 2016

Maybe there was a romantic interest even back in the fall?


 Rhiane stands beside a display of her artwork 
during a high school art exhibition.
Most kids leave high school with things 
like a great education and wonderful memories.

It would appear that John is leaving high school
with a girlfriend!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Prom 2017

Below are enough pictures to make your retinas bleed.
In no particular order....
because I'm way too overwhelmed right now with daily festivities 
to sort or edit a post!!

Have fun looking!

Excitement began to build on Thursday when Emily sent me this picture.
She and a friend went together to get their nails done for prom.

Emily was not amused that night by her dad's suggestion 
of a trip to the farm to plant the garden.

John before he left our house on prom night. 
I caught John as I was coming home from Grant's soccer game 
and he was heading out the door.

Since Emily did not leave for another two hours,
I do not have a singe picture of them together.

A mom's observation:
Guys are a lot easier to get ready for prom than girls.
Just sayin'.

Emily before she left our house.
She attended a different prom party than John.
 And in classic Kentucky fashion,
she is not wearing her shoes in this picture!

The new trend with hair is to wear it loose and curled.
This is exactly what she wanted.
 She was very pleased with how her hair and dress looked.

Emily's prom dinner party was at a friend's house.

This is a friend, but not Emily's date for prom.
She and several girls and guys chose to go as a group 
and not pair off as couples.
I think it made the evening more fun for everyone.

John's group included five couples...
until one poor guy's date cancelled.

They made the best of the situation though and had a great time anyway.

 John picked Rhiane up at her home.
They are now officially boyfriend and girlfriend.

 They make a very sweet couple.

Then it was off to meet the rest of their party.

This picture leaves me scratching my head.
Poor Rhiane!

The Selfie Generation

The group enjoyed a limo ride downtown
and stopped to take prom pictures before heading to the dance.

David and I caught up with them again at the airport
where the prom was being held in one of the hangars.

 This is a terrible quality photo,
but you can see they actually held their prom in a hangar.
There were planes in the hangar during the dance.

After prom was over at midnight,
everyone gathered at a classmate's home
for breakfast and a movie.

Both kids were safely home by 4:30 the next morning....
at which time I finally fell asleep knowing my kids were home safe and sound.


You made it.


That's all for today.

I still have a ton of picture from
senior breakfast
senior walk
senior honors night
Bell of Louisville Senior Cruise
band banquet
high school spring concert
middle school spring concert
elementary spring concert
soccer season finals

and on
and on

You get the idea.

Love you!