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we’ve been celebrating new beginnings around here lately. high school graduations, internships & college decisions just to name a few. savannah was gone last week & as i scurried past her car one morning, i was captivated to see this gorgeous butterfly perched right on her window. i stopped for a moment & smiled to myself thinking how poignant that visual was to my heart.

at thanksgiving, her highschool sweetie came to dan & me. he asked our permission to take savannah to mexico, his favorite travel destination. he had saved up all year to cover all her expenses. they’d travel with his parents, he so sweetly assured me of  “the details”.  each of the knudsens kept it a secret for the next four months until he surprised her for her 21st birthday.

they’re at such a solid place to be 21. and i’m infinitely proud of both of them really. she just headed out into atlanta rush hour traffic to her first day of interning ( paid. wow.) with the marketing department at corporate chickfila! a big deal that we couldn’t be more proud of! trevor will head out to san francisco for his internship in just a couple weeks. way to go you two!

a sweet friend & i were chatting this weekend. both of our daughters will graduate from highschool thursday & each couldn’t be  more excited to move on. she recommended a TED talk that i have shared below. if you’re connected with anyone in the twenty something age group, or almost there as a highschool senior,  i highly recommend viewing. ( it’s only 14 minutes, if nothing else play it in the background while you fold laundry. no seriously)

meg jay, a clinical psychologist, gives a powerful message about what some consider the throw away decade. she charges 20 somethings to claim their adulthood and not be defined by what they don’t accomplish during that phase. which perhaps might just be a different mindset than head off to college & enjoy partying away the next four years….you know…while you can.

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i try in earnest to celebrate my girls individuality. we don’t expect any one of them to be a carbon copy of one of their sisters. my oldest three couldn’t be more different. different personalities, different strengths & weakness. three completely unique individuals. however i wish for each of them to daily walk in their calling and shine in the place that the lord has placed them, whether a vocation or college. local or abroad.

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emi has been busy being a highschool junior with loads of fun exciting things going on. i’ll share some of her prom pictures very soon! if you’re local, she’s looking for a nanny position/regular babysitting job for the summer. she’s worked for the same family this entire school year & is excellent with children ;).

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May 19, 2014 - 4:29 pm

wynne - love hearing about your girls and can’t wait to meet them!! love you!

May 19, 2014 - 6:21 pm

Allie - If you already mentioned it then I apologize, but what are Madison’s plans after graduation? Will she be joining Savannah at UGA?

May 20, 2014 - 9:06 am

Rachel - Thank you for the TED link; it’s spot on for my family right now–everything on your blog that you’ve ever nudged me to read/watch/enjoy has been exactly what I needed at the time. You have such a gentle but powerful influence which is channeled so gracefully! You’re a wonderful inspiration for me to lead an intentional life–thanks!

May 20, 2014 - 10:49 am

Lemonade Makin Mama - So fun to get a little caught up on all of the happenings. Man, y’all are busy with all these little nest leavers- I love reading the proud mama note in your voice and well deserved… these kiddos are rocking it! You constantly inspire me as a mama. Just wish you were here yesterday… could have used a mama mentor/big sis. 🙁 Much love today!
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May 20, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Natalie - Such exciting times for your girls and your family! God has blessed them in amazing ways and you’re such a great momma to recognize that and help guide them! 🙂

May 22, 2014 - 4:40 pm

tara - all those girls of yours…so unique..so beautiful…so smart…so wise for their ages.
you’re a good mama.

May 26, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Kim from 3 peanuts - Love catching up. FYI Meg Jay’s book is REALLY good. I would highly recommend it for your girls!!