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And it was good.

Turning 18 on Friday.
Yesterday was a very emotional day for me and I guess a lot of other people, the people in my family and people in other families because it was graduation day for my daughter’s high school class of 2012.  It was hard seeing my first born be all dressed in cap and gown and know that her life will be changing forever.  It will be the beginning of so many adventures for her.  So many adventures that I will not get to be there for. 

Make sense?

Since she turned 18 two days ago she has already brought up getting her belly button pierced which I’m okay with because I used to have mine pierced.  She’s been working on getting a job in our area and we are still fine tuning all the college plans.  She will also learn to find the young woman that she is as she ventures away from home and as she makes decisions on her own.  I have no doubt in my mind that she will be okay because we have taught her the best way we know how and we have instilled some amazing values in her life.

I am proud.

She makes me proud!  That’s my daughter!

She makes the whole damn family proud!  That’s our girl!

So as she embarks on this new path in her life I wish her the best!  Even though she was my first born and everything I ever hoped for, and got, I know she will always be my baby and I promise to try to push those emotions aside and help her grow and show her support in this new stage of her life.

Because that’s what moms do.



We are so blessed to have her in our life and I told her Friday that I’m so glad that God gave her to me 18 years ago. 

Thank you!

Here are a few random (okay, maybe a lot) pictures from the past few days and a video of her walking across the stage to get her diploma yesterday.  *I promise I won’t cry.*

On top of the world.
On top of the world.





Getting diploma.


With some of the family.

My daddy, her papaw.


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