she graduates

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there are a handful of events, big ones actually, that occurred primarily back in may that i haven’t blogged about yet.  i’ll be honest, i think this past spring was the most FULL season we’ve had as a family. all good things but big a lot of things none the less. the month of may for the school calendar is chock full of deadlines. the month of may for the social calendar is often times chock full of weddings and graduations ( & all the events tagged along with that). and thankfully a lot of folks wanted photos those couple of months!

this past may we celebrated savannah graduating from college, emily graduating from high school and caroline graduating from middle school! i realize it’s so crazy cliche but my goodness, is life but a blink or is life but a blink?

after we left one of emily’s celebrations she mentioned she was surprised i wasn’t all teary. my answer….healthy denial. this ain’t my first rodeo and i am well aware that move-in day in august ( it’ll be here in 40 days–she’s got a countdown app on her phone thankyouverymuch) is right around the corner. and move-in day is followed by a season of yet another shift in our family dynamics. the first go around about took me out. maybe some folks are mentally able to prepare for sending children out of the nest, but for me, i had no idea how absolutely hard it really was going to be. not to start a heavy subject  & then leave you hanging, but i’ll come back to this in a few weeks and share a little more of my heart. but on that particular day i told emi, i’m just enjoying all the fun and celebration. and while august is indeed full of fun and celebration, it is tough on a mama’s heart. so i’ve mentally closed that little door on my heart for now and it’ll open on it’s own in something around 40 days.

the evening emily graduated from high school, several of her sweet friends headed over to our home for a few photos. then all our family-mimi & poppy, aunt cindy & uncle corey, all our crew & yes, sweet bailey headed over to the graduation event. it was so fun for my older girls to sit on this side of viewing the graduation process!

dan & i are SO proud of our emily! she worked her tail off the last year in hopes of being accepted to UGA, all while being involved in many clubs & organizations. emily’s acceptance to UGA was the lifelong dream of her heart! so yes, sweet em, we cheer you on & celebrate YOU as you successfully wrap up this chapter of your life and prepare to walk into what i’m betting will be the most amazing four years of your life!! we love you & will always be here cheering you on!!

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one last thing i want to mention, especially to you sweet younger mamas,  is how very important it is for your children to have mentors in their lives. i grew up blessed to have women pour into me all throughout my teen years & especially into my young 20’s. i realize many times these relationships form organically and sometimes you just gotta get out there and help cultivate them yourself. i do not consider it lightly that my girls have each been blessed with relationships such as this. meaghan & benton are the high school leaders at our church & we are immensely thankful for both of them. emily absolutely ADORES meaghan. her steady, strong & quiet spirit has been a lighthouse to emi the last couple years.  meaghan words can’t thank you enough for loving on & just being a true friend to our girl!40paigeknudsen.com

July 3, 2015 - 10:14 am

Lisa Mothersead - Congrats to your daughter and wishing her great success in the years ahead! My family is also celebrating this week. The Supreme Court ruling means my lovely, caring gay Christian little brother can now be legally married. This was a wonderful week not just for us, but for the wonderful country we all celebrate!

July 3, 2015 - 1:02 pm

KittyLuvr - A very impressive set of cords and medal adorning Emi! Would you share what some of those were for? No doubt they were a big factor in her acceptance at UGA! Congrats on a beautiful (inside and out) daughter celebrating her achievements and those of her friends.

July 3, 2015 - 9:09 pm

Andrea - Congratulations Emi….it’s been a pleasure watching you grow up on your momma’s blog….I can’t wait to see what the next four years brings for you!!!!! Congrats on UGA….wow!

July 4, 2015 - 9:27 am

Donna - Your family is precious. I know how proud you must be. They grow up way too fast!

July 4, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Rebecca - I am sitting here with my eyes watering looking at the girls. They have grown up so much and so fast as have my two children. It is truly a blink, Paige. With that being said how proud you must be of Emi and I am so happy that she is going to UGA!!! Good for her. I know she will make a wonderful teacher.

one of the things i love most about her

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she loves little ones. she always has.

when she was old enough to toddle around, her hands were full of a few very important things : her baby dolls, a sippy cup, a book, &  a little purse. we called her a bag lady…it was so cute. she’d play with her babies sometimes as mommy, sometimes as teacher. funny thing, i look at the above two pictures of emi & addie and while emi is 18 and addie is 2, i can easily see emi when she was 2 years old holding her baby doll. same hugs, same giggles just different age.

emily has cared for addie after school a couple days a week throughout her senior year & this summer as well. they have such a precious relationship. i love how emily truly adores addie. she often times will text me when her mommy & daddy arrive home and tell me “hey mom, i’m gonna stay a little longer and visit….or hey mom, i’m going to eat dinner with them….or hey mom, i’m gonna stay a  bit more and play with addie”. she absolutely adores her. and i think it’s pretty safe to say the adoration is mutual.

dan & i have been friends with addie’s extended family for years. addie’s grandmother was actually emily’s beloved second grade teacher. addie’s mommy was savannah’s 5th grade teacher. dan taught addie’s mom when she was a freshman & her daddy as a senior. addie’s granddad and my brother are great friends as well. (did i lose ya?).  the connections go on & on.  & one detail that makes it all even sweeter…emily’s wanted to be a teacher ever since she herself was a little girl….just like both her dads..and just like addie’s family.

she’s heading to UGA in a handful of weeks to study early childhood education. (of course she is!!) we’ve talked several times about how it’s going to be hard to leave her sweet addie behind. truth be told, she’s told me her plans on coming home “to see addie and all” every so often.

my sweet em has a big heart. i’ve loved watching her as she’s loved on addie this last year. i’ve loved watching her love on kiddos when she traveled to peru for several weeks a few years ago. i’ve loved that she’s had a heart for children all these years…even as a little baby girl herself. i just love that about her. her hands were always full of little ones & books…and it’s ever so sweet to watch as she steps into this next chapter of her life…most likely with little ones & books in her heart & in her hands all over again.

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June 29, 2015 - 5:04 pm

Suzelle - Both of them are adorable !!!!!!

June 29, 2015 - 7:01 pm

Yolanda McLean - I just can’t get over the cuteness and sweetness. Thank you for sharing!

June 30, 2015 - 6:47 am

Donna - So sweet and I love their connection !

July 2, 2015 - 10:18 pm

Destiny - This post made me cry… What a precious account of who and what your sweet girl is. Little Miss Addie is delicious, and that picture of her standing on her tippy toes? It’s darling, and had me clutching my old ovaries!