18. the highs & the lows

i think for every age our children hit, we mamas must think to ourselves, “my goodness, they’re growing up so fast. no way do i have a child who’s–insert age here”. it could 6 months or 16 years. it always seems like that doesn’t it?

currently , my girls are all at fabulous ages. ( that’ll change in august then i’ll have which actually is just as fabulous. who didn’t love 17 too?

madison turned 18 saturday! we had a fun filled, frozen weekend celebrating her.

savannah rolled in friday as i tried to hide the fact that i had spent most of the day with a migraine. we were headed out to eat & to do a little shopping which surprisingly was the cure. madison & emi were both competing in the state DECA championships and wouldn’t be home until saturday afternoon. more about that later.

i usually write a post to my girls on their birthday but this year i wanted to actually write about madison and share a little about what this last year has been for her.

junior year is notoriously the toughest year. with SAT’s to be taken and heavy course loads to be completed it can prove to be quite a doozy. madison missed weeks and weeks of school due to her concussion in october. she basically had a headache with no relief until january. yet she managed to maintain a 4.0 throughout all of that.

in a span of less than a calender year, she suffered a broken nose-had surgery, broken ribs and a torn MCL-requiring surgery. i think any of you who have been on a disciplined workout/diet regimen can relate to the major frustration and set back surgery can cause.

she got dumped by her first boyfriend and has risen above some recent drama at school.  and probably the most tragic of all…someone backed in to her car.

while i’m not sharing everything, suffice to say she’s had a tough year.  i’m certainly not trying to over dramatize what can sometimes be “just life“. what i am trying to do is encourage madison and give her a virtual pat on the back for dealing with a lot of stuff, all at one time, and being an overcomer.

on the bright side she’s been afforded some really awesome privileges and i look forward to sharing more about those in the future.

one super fun thing for her is that she was invited to come on board with Simply Charming Socials ( wedding and event planners) as an intern!


saturday at her DECA (international high school marketing and career development club) she placed second in the state competition!! which qualifies her for nationals ( in Anaheim, California!).  after dinner and presents with the family , two of her precious friends surprised her and took her out for dessert.

so despite a challenging year i’m thrilled for madison as she turns 18!  this is going to be an exciting year for her, especially with so many wonderful things ahead for her!

happy birthday little bird! dad & i are so proud of you & love you more than you’ll ever know!!

March 5, 2013 - 9:09 am

Amy Avery - Happy birthday to your sweet girl! She is truly beautiful both inside and out! We celbrated our oldest daughter turning 8 this past weekend and I wrote similar post about our children turning older. It’s so much fun to watch them grow but it seems to go by in a blink.

To Madison: Happy birthday!!!! You are a shining star for whom God has many great plans and blessings in store. This past year has strengthened you in your faith in God as you have relied on him to get you through difficult times. That strengh of faith is what allows God’s light to shine brightly through your own personal gifts and talents and will serve you well in the future. Enjoy 18 and all of the many blessings God has in store just for you in the coming year!

March 5, 2013 - 9:11 am

Sally - Yay for Madison, and overcoming some rough odds this school year! I was excited to hear you speak about DECA too! My son has participated in DECA this year as a senior, and recently earned (along with his teammate) a 1st Place District Award for the Financial Services Team Decision-Making Event. He is headed to States in Columbus next weekend. We are so excited for him. This has been a wonderful program led by an awesome teacher who really takes time for her students. I’m so thankful for teachers like her!

I’m glad Madison did so well in States. Praying for Anaheim too — how exciting!

March 5, 2013 - 9:27 am

Kerri - Happy Birthday to Madison! And congrats to her for placing 2nd in DECA! As a teacher for almost 20 years, I know how BIG this is! Yay!!! I love how God works not only through you, but your girls as well to share so many wonderful things with others and those of us in blogland who feel like part of the family! I can’t wait to hear more of what Madison’s plans are!

March 5, 2013 - 10:37 am

Bonnie Solid - Gracious.
Never met your beauties although knowin’ their mama & grandmama explains it.

Go little mama …

March 5, 2013 - 10:43 am

Ella - Happy Birthday Madison!
I wish you a year of opportunities without the troubles. You are truly amazing to have overcome so much.

Madison looks great & is blessed to have parents like you.
The rest of the girls look good too. But, is Caroline already 12? When did that happen?

March 5, 2013 - 10:59 am

Maria - It looks like your beautiful girl had a lovely birthday. What a year she has had… what I love is how she has overcome so much of it. From DECA, to her internship, to her GPA! WOW. God has such a big plan for her life.

March 5, 2013 - 11:37 am

Alecia - WOW…what a YEAR!!! Can’t wait to hear about the other opportunities she has coming up.
How fun to get to intern for wedding & event planner…what a dream! I would’ve been all over that when I was her age…wait who am I kidding…I’d be all over that now should the opportunity arise!
Well…sounds like she had a wonderful birthday & as always you’ve loved & celebrated her well. Happy 18th year Madi…hope it’s your best one yet.

March 5, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Marcy - Happy Birthday and congrats to Madison …. Nationals ?. Does this mean you are coming to California?.

March 5, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Tiffany day - Happy Birthday to your sweet Madi!

Tough year indeed. Do you read Jesus Calling? Today’s entry was about troubles/problems – very interesting!

Anaheim, California – dear me – thats VERY close to where I live. Would you think i was crazy if I asked that if you come with her that maybe we could meet? That would such a treat for me! :))

Hope you are having a great day!

March 5, 2013 - 3:00 pm

sheri - Happy Birthday to your beautiful girl. I would agree – Junior year is tough. Sav has had her fair share of “obstacles” this year too. Hey – we are going to be planning graduation parties at the same time again – and cryinig over another college send off – at least you will have two to go – I’ll be done 🙁 Time to move to the beach 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 3:17 pm

patty - congratulations & happy birthday to Madison! it seems you have beautiful relationships with your girls!

March 5, 2013 - 6:37 pm

carol jane - Wow! Those blue eyes are gorgeous! Happy Birthday!

March 5, 2013 - 6:41 pm

courtney defeo - beautiful tribute to one beautiful girl. so proud of her for perservering through these tough times. and wearing fabulous shoes along the way! love your precious fam. as a child of a mother who constantly affirmed us – keep it up. your words will have major impact on there image and confidence. go momma go.

March 5, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Sandy Jacobson - Happy B Day Madison . . . this one has the most stunning eyes, they’re absolutely beautiful :O) Blessings

March 5, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Janet - HaPpY BiRtHdAy…
What a beautiful daughter (as all of them are)..
And what a wonderful accomplishment for her..

March 5, 2013 - 9:33 pm

Nanette - I love how you love your girls! I’ve never commented but I find so much strength from you! As a mom to 4 boys and one daughter in the middle, I look to your blog for inspiration. If my sweet girl can turn out like any of your beautiful girls I would be thrilled!

March 5, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Andrea - Happy Birthday Madison….and here is to a great year! You deserve it…. Such a sweet girl…and just so beautiful. I don’t even know you and I am so proud of you too!!!

March 7, 2013 - 10:29 am

Lindsey - I just love the way you affirm your girls for all of us to see. Those encouraging words will go A LONG way for them for years to come. Happiest of birthdays to sweet Madison! So proud of the way she has overcome so many big obstacles over the past year. What an inspiration she is to other teenage girls!

March 7, 2013 - 4:37 pm

kate - What a doll! As a mom of three girls, about the same age difference, I so enjoy reading about yours. Makes me feel oh so much better;) xx + happy birthday to your darling daughter!