04 June 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 10 comments

And now we walk through a new door

The day dawned with the sun clearing the fog and clouds out to the sea and surrounding mountains. Families gathered around to share memories of first steps, first words, the first day of kindergarden, an accomplished goal, a day in fourth or sixth grade, the dance just last week or plans for summer. The air was filled with a kind of energy today that you want to bottle up and save forever.

Somewhere in the distance a shout was heard, a yell was released. All heads turned to see a perfectly planned out formation of children walk down a stairway that lead them through an archway to the end of one journey but into the beginning of another. Words were shared by a first year principal to his first graduating class. He encouraged them to stand strong and remain focused on their dreams, to live life with aspirations to succeed, to make the most of the life they will lead. He was proud of the year they had all just shared; a year filled with many challenges, many firsts, many hard choices and many accomplishments. Words were shared by classmates who reminded them to continue to walk together like the family they have become and finished with words from the master, Dr. Seuss himself...

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.”

With the warm sun heating our souls, our children's names were all read and each of us cheered for not only our child but of all who were said. Tears were shed and hands were held as we watched our child shake hands and receive a piece of paper that read he was promoted to high school, the honor was had. As the afternoon was finishing the chatter turned into seeing each other in theses same seats again in four years. So soon and so fast we said we will be back right here celebrating again.

Our dearest Jacob,

Our hearts overflowed with love as we sat and watched you graduate from junior high school today. It was so wonderful to sit together, your entire family, together in unity for YOU. All of us sharing memories of the last eight years and thinking about all you have done in those years. You have transformed into a young man who is looked upon with admiration and love. You have given all of us the gift of passion and determination. As you walked back to your seat and looked up at all of us I knew you were so happy and filled with joy, your smile said it all. Remember those faces you looked up at when you are in need of support or have a challenge you don't think you can do alone. We are all here for you. ALWAYS. Know that today, tomorrow and always you are loved by all of us. The next chapter of your life is opening now and the next words you read will be...welcome to high school young man. Congratulations our son. Congratulations!

We love you more than all the water on Earth!
Mom and Mike


It is sooo amazing how fast they grow up..
Love the letters you write.. you are soooo amazing..
Love ya girly..
Have a great weekend...

Congratulations Jacob!!

Congratulations Jacob. You are a young man any mother would be proud to call 'son'.

Congratulations J on taking a big step on the wonderful path of life.

Keep smilin!

What wonderful words for a young man. Congratulations!
They do grow up so fast!

Alyzabeth's Mommy for Eight Months

Oh, wow... high school. Congratulations J. May you avoid giving your mom and Mike a heart-attack these next for years. Heh.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend and a fantastic summer!!


Jake! You're one fantastic grandson!! Love you!!! Mames-on-Hames

OUTSTANDING post my friend. What a blessed family to have your wonderful Jacob!


PS. thank you, for your lovely card. I have had a little glitch with friendship and blogging these last few weeks and it was great to get that card!

What an amazing day! With the kind of love and support Jacob has, he will do just fine in High School! Congratulations Kayce for raising such a nice boy!