College for my kids seems so far away…
However, as I write that sentence I am thinking: So did middle school.
My oldest daughter (unbelievably) has only one more year left of elementary school. Soon she’ll be off to a bigger school, with brand new teachers and a dramatically different experience as a 6th grade student.
Where does time go?
This week’s guest on the Mothers Central blog is experiencing a college-bound child sooner than she ever expected.
Mothers’ Center of Greater Toledo (Ohio) member Staci Morris’ family expanded threefold after meeting her husband Dan 6 years ago. Together they now raise 5 children: Nathan (age 18), Madelyne (age 12), Jacob (age 9), Levi (age 2) and Emma (age 8 months).
Staci, a formal dental field worker, now stays home full time to raise their children. Between juggling the older three kids’ activities and chasing around their very mobile 2-year-old and 8-month-old, she manages to stay quite busy – yet states with confidence, “I wouldn’t trade it for the world!”
This past spring Staci’s oldest stepson Nathan graduated from high school, and today the Mothers Central blog provided her with the perfect opportunity to share her pride, her love and her hopes for her oldest son before his departure to college.
I am so pleased to be able to share with you Staci’s letter to her high school graduate.
As I’ve watched you grow from a young teenager into a young man, I’m proud to call you my son. I may not have given birth to you but feel as though you are my own.
You are a very caring and compassionate person (much like I aim to be) – constantly thinking first of others and their feelings.
Throughout your high school career I couldn’t be more proud of all your accomplishments. You amaze me with your academic achievements! Additionally, you are a great athlete – over the years I have loved sitting on the sidelines cheering you on as your number one fan.
Watching you walk across the stage and receive your diploma brought tears of joy to my eyes.
Seeing you standing there as a high school graduate in your cap and gown with the Cum Laude sash, I knew with certainty that you were all grown up and no longer a little boy. I will always take pride in sharing with others your wonderful achievements, awards and future plans.
As you go off to college, I have just a bit of advice that I hope you never forget:
and never lose sight of your dreams.
Keep reaching for your dreams no matter how far off they may seem!
and when setting goals (whether big or small) always believe in yourself.
And know that I believe in you too!
After college, when you continue to pursue your dreams and goals, always remember I am on the sidelines rooting you on and I will always be your number one fan.
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