On Saturday we celebrated Kaylie's graduation from high school. We had a graduation party for her complete with 100 guests, lots of great food and a video that highlighted Kaylie's life from birth until now. It was a an amazing success! We all had so much fun and we got to celebrate our daughter who brings us such joy it's unimaginable!
On May 15th, Kaylie was able to wear her cap and gown and "walk" for her graduation at a Baccalaureate Mass at our church. All the seniors who were graduating, no matter from what school they attended, wore their caps and gowns to Mass and were celebrated at Mass. It is such a great time for the kids since they can be proud of their accomplishments and they can stand together, not as all coming from the same schools, but as coming from the same faith background. It's always wonderful to see all the seniors up front in the church but this year even more so when our daughter was there with all those amazing teens.
Each year the Knights of Columbus give out two scholarships to the seniors who exemplify certain characteristics... teens who are outgoing and give back to their community through their involvement in school activites, youth group activities and areas they engage in on their own. They look for the teens who are willing to give more than they get and who give so with an open heart. They look teens who not only serve the community but serve the Lord as well. Kaylie was chosen to receive one of these scholarships! I was so very happy for her because while she never expects to be honored for what she does it is always nice to be recognized sometimes. As her mother I know what a kind and giving child she has always been. I was so thrilled for her that others recognize that in her as well. We are so very proud of the young woman she is becoming... always putting others needs before her own, giving when she can and humbly serving even when it's hard to do.
We have so much to be proud of! We have high hopes and dreams for her but we know her own hopes and dreams will come before our own for her. We know that she will do well in whatever she chooses to do. I am so very proud of her. It's amazing to think of her as a tiny baby swaddled in my arms... she was so amazing then and I didn't think I could love her any more than I did at that moment. But time has shown me that it is possible to love her more and more each and every day. We've been blessed to have Kaylie as our daughter. I can't imagine our lives without her. I can't wait to see what her life brings her and what roads she decides to travel on. Wherever she goes we've told her that we are always her ready to guide her and walk with her, listen and understand, cherish and love. She has the whole world in front of her. I can't wait to see her take it by the tail!