I woke up early this morning with so much comfort. I was lucky enough to have beautiful dreams with mom in them. I did not want to wake up. It is a club you don't want to be in- but if you are- the one that you lost your mom or dad. It brings me peace to be with her again even if it's only in my dreams. I am thankful for those "tender mercies". I think about my mom every day and I know that she is still with me. So today I woke up feeling thankful for dreams with my mom. So thankful!
Yesterday was Matt's graduation. I have so many photos but for now I'll post just a couple:
I am so proud of him. I know it is hard to get through college and do all that he has done at the same time. He is a wonderful father, husband and son. Most importantly he is a very KIND person. Yes, many of you know that Matt is my "step" son. I don't use this term. He is just my son. However, if I have to explain it.. I always say I have "bonus" children. I have loved Matt from the first time I met him. He was 11 years old. He came to live with us when he was in Jr. High School- 12 years old. I never tried to replace his mother. She is a great person. I admire her and I see the goodness that shines in Matt because of her. So with love and acceptance, he came into my life. Matt was always a good kid. We only got into ONE argument in all those years of living together. He was in 12th grade and had a little attitude. Ha! It was so small when I look back at it. I decided early that I was not going to try to be "his mother" and but love him as if I was. He was so easy to love and he has been the BEST role model for our family. We all just got along. Ty and I had two children together- Zach and Ty. Matt could have been jealous or resentful. He was never that way...he loved the boys and would play, tease, and harass (yes, he tortured the girls and boys relentlessly!!!).
When I teach everyone is always confused about our family situation. Yes, we have SEVEN children. I think it is because they think Matt is mine, but with the age of Matt, I would have had Matt in Jr. High- ha! However, I am so thankful that he is mine now and that our family- our little Brady Bunch family... broken at first...we took all those pieces...his/ mine and ours and we created a beautiful family. I am so fortunate to have both Matt and Seth. I could not ask for more.
I know that Kayla is super excited that FINALLY he has graduated. They have been together for 4.5 years ++++ and married for 2.5 years++++ now. I had to not cry when we took some of the photos yesterday. Matt, Kayla and the babies. It filled my heart with love for them and realizing how much they have to look forward to.
Today we are headed to celebrate Maxson. He turns 2 at the end of the month but they are moving to CA for the next six months. (matt's job). My heart is sad to see them go. Today we will celebrate. Then again tomorrow because it's Gentry's birthday and she is officially HOME!
Whew...what a weekend!!!!!
I'll leave today with this darling layout. It makes me smile!!!!
Sweet afternoon by Stacey Michaud
TC Sweet Afternoon papers, die cuts, Fabrications (trinkets- metal pieces), Spring fling (gems and buttons).