Saturday, May 30, 2009

Congrats to Cade

Congratulations to Cade, my 13-year-old who graduated from 8th grade on May 28. It doesn't seem possible I will soon have two kids in high school. Time goes by too fast and sometimes I just want to slow things down. It seems like it was just yesterday a shy little boy of 5 was making his way down the long hall to Ms. Lucy Garrett's kindergarten class. Now he's on his way to his freshman year with more independence, more studying, more challenges, more decisions, and less of needing his mom. I know this is the way it's meant to be, the natural course of life. But just for a moment, I'd like to go back and take one memory I have from each year of his life and relive it, if just for a moment. Take me back to the the first time I held him and looked into his blue eyes and knew he was safe in my arms. Take me back to the day he took his first step. Take me back to the day he held his baby sister for the first time and said, "she looks just like me Mom." Take me back to the day he pulled his first tooth and the moment he learned to swim. And the first home run. I know he's on his way to bigger and better things, but just for a moment I want to remember the little blond headed boy toddling at my side, reaching for my hand, then letting go and turning into such a fine young man.
“I hope your dreams take you... to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.”


  1. Cyndi. this made me cry because I too, realize how fast times goes by. I am already getting sad thinking about it. I am having trouble believing that I will have a little boy in SECOND grade next year! I often sit around thinking of those baby moments too.
    Cade is a great young man and I will miss him. I hope he does well in high school. I have enjoyed having both of your sons in class and I'm sure I will enjoy Courtney when I have her as well! You are doing a good job with them!

  2. Cindi, I know where you are coming from. I can remember when my 2 girls started high school. It broke my heart but also made me very happy that they had grown up to be such good kids. I know Cade will do very good in high school. He is a great kid. Am glad I got to spend time with him this year. He will make you proud.

  3. Thanks a lot Cindi! It is 1:37 in the a.m. and I am crying like a baby. I know excatly where you are coming from. Austin is making so proud!!! Going on his FIRST mission trip at 13, thought that was when they were suppose to hate me and rebell against anything I stood for, and my first mission trip at 37 (ouch that hurt to say). Cade is one in a million and he will advance in this long hard life. He has changed so much over just a few months. I truely don't think you and Jack could have done any better!!!



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