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Recently returned from serving the people of Honduras for 3 years

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Here's to you my Sweetheart Girl!

It was with great anticipation that we gathered the family together for one more big event in my Sweetheart Girls life. It was the night she's been working so hard towards for the last many years. Of course, at high school graduation, the world is just beginning to open up. But for her it was quite an event to be celebrated. And I'm so pleased with her for all her hard work, diligence, perseverance and dedication. I'm also very grateful for the many experiences, teachers, classes, friendships that have brought her to this point.

Yes, Sweetheart Girl - we're all so proud of you!

(Lone Peak High School Graduation Class of 2009 - Marriott Center BYU)

As just the mom, I want to thank you! Thank you for not giving up the year you had mono for an entire year and had to miss many classes and make special arrangements with all your teachers over and over again.

Thank you for staying so on top of things and checking with all your teachers so responsibly to make up work and do extra projects.

Thank you for being such an independent student, for studying diligently, for completing assignments on time, for communicating regularly with your teachers. I had so much faith in you that you could do ALL these things, and you always did.

Thank you for being confident and mature when you experienced adversity at a time when many a teenage girls self esteem could really take a beating. Thank you for having faith and always looking for the "open windows".

And thank you for along the way, always managing to be thoughtful of others and doing what you could every day to love and serve those around you. You are a wonderful example to me. Thank you!

And so my Sweetheart Girl - this blogs for you . . .

(Sephie - you two go way back in so many ways)

Hard to believe you looked like this almost 18 years ago. And still so adored by all.

With a birthday in July, you're birthdays were always a big celebration complete with fireworks. When you were tiny you always thought ALL the fireworks were just for you.

Look! I did find a picture of you at Disneyland. You HAVE been there! (Even if you don't remember it - one of these days we'll have to go back:)

Thank you for being wise and making wise choices.

Congratulations on your high school graduation! We're so pleased with all you've been able to accomplish and were looking forward to all your many adventures you have planned from here on out, from summer experiences with friends to starting college in the fall.


Kirsty said...

*Sniff* Congrats to your sweet girl and to you for making her who she is. This is a lovely tribute.

Carolyn said...

Big fat tears are running down my face. I don't know why. Maybe because I have a daughter about to enter the throws of middle school and I am scared to death that she won't make it out the other side. This post gives me hope that it is possible.

Joy For Your Journey said...

I am so glad to know I am not the only one this post made cry! I thought I was just being a bit overly emotional. Now I know I am normal--at least for a female. What a sweet post!

Also--I finished reading Life of Pi last week and really enjoyed it. I didn't particularly love the part where all the animals were eaten--in detail--but I was very surprised to find the part of the book he was at sea spell binding. I am very curious,however, why you didn't initially like the ending and what you have since learned about it that makes you like it now. If you get a chance, I would love to hear your thoughts on that.

Shewinn8 said...

wiping a tear from my eye on that one. (good tears this time) My youngest will be a senior next year and I will celebrate that milestone for the last time. Your daughter sounds like a beautiful young woman. Like mother like daughter.

Jan the crazy lady said...

What a grand day for all of you. It is so hard to imagine having our kids grow up someday and on their own little journey's. I have 2 that are out of school. Boys. A little differnent feeling involved. My daughter still is in school. It is going to really be a sad day when she moves on. We are really great friends too.

So happy for you and her though. You must be so proud. Off to college and off to the testing pot of choices. She should do just fine in both areas. I can feel that she was raised great. Take on the world girl.

Kate said...

What a great post. We sure love our kids don't we. I love the pictures they are adorable, why don't they stay little longer.

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