Saturday, October 29, 2011

So Many Milestones

Over the past few months, it seems like we’ve had our fair share of “milestone moments” here in our family.  Man, if I stop to really think about all this, it makes me want to sit and cry! 

fall 2011 003 Not only did my “baby” start school this year (thank goodness we homeschool because I could NOT bear to send this precious little guy off to school!), but he also played soccer for the first time.  He lost his first two teeth.  Among other things, he’s enjoying learning to read.  In a few weeks, we’ll celebrate the 6th anniversary of Ian’s Adoption Day.  Wow – where does the time go?

Speaking of time . . .

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This past Sunday was the 11th anniversary of Gracie’s Adoption Day!  I remember laying eyes on her for the very first time – she was SO tiny!  Now, here we are, 11 years later, and she’s becoming a young lady.  Not only is she growing and changing, but she’s doing seventh grade work (successfully) and, in addition to taking both piano and violin lessons, she also secured a spot playing first violin in the Central PA Homeschool Orchestra.  I don’t mean to be one of those bragging parents, but I am proud of her! Just a few years ago, she was so shy that we couldn’t get her to talk to people (even people she knew!)

Ashley's Senior Pictures 012 And as for Ashley, well I almost can’t believe all the milestones we’re experiencing with this girl!  I’m trying to adjust to the fact that she’s a senior and preparing to graduate.  She’s such a great young adult – I really enjoy spending time with her and she’s so helpful around the house!  She’s been doing a lot of traveling on her own these days.  And last week, we got her senior pictures taken (hard to believe).  Yesterday, she got her drivers license (man, that was a long time coming and a testimony to our very busy lives!)  In just a few short weeks, we’ll be celebrating her 18th birthday.  The only thing she asked for was that she and I could go and spend a night in Lancaster at a certain hotel, eat a nice supper somewhere, and shop the outlets – so that’s the plan!

Treasure every moment with your kids!
Trust me, they grow up WAY too fast!

That’s my advice to my youngest brother and his wife.  They just recently experienced a major milestone in their lives as well --- they returned home from Korea with their first child, and they’re now a family of 3!  Adoption has kinda come full-circle in our family now; and I’m so proud!

9 comments:

@MaryD73 Capturing Magical Memories said...

Those are some great milestones!

Jennifer said...

Great milestones! Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

It is so fun to watch everyone grow up! Still, I agree, it's happening too fast:( Congrats to the kids on everything they are doing-you are super busy!

Mrs. Taffy said...

So wonderful! I'll have 2 seniors next year...It's hard to imagine! :o)

marymakesmusic said...

Life goes way too fast! I was so happy to read your post today...you have beautiful children!

Susan said...

What a beautiful family! They do grow up wayyyy too fast! Logan is 23 and Nathan is a junior this year...seems like yesterday they were my little boys!! Love your blog!!
Susan @ The Secret to Having It All

Debs said...

What wonderful milestones you have! Totally agree, they grow up too quickly!!

Breezy Point Mom said...

Heidi, Congratulations on all your precious milestones! And I cannot get over all the similarities between Gracie and our son, Chips. We just celebrated his adoption day on October 21st, also 11 years (as you know well). Congratulations on her musical successes. How cool is that - First Chair Violin!! Chips is also taking up piano, too, and did you catch that he is also a first chair violin for the youth orchestra in Orlando? I remember so well those days in Vietnam and that actual day that we were both in the Consulate office at the same time (altho we didn't know it at the time). May the Lord bless abundantly your next 11 years!

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