June 4, 1995 I celebrated one of my first large accomplishments in life…..High School Graduation. NEVER did I think 20 years later that I would sit in a theatre on June 22, 2015 and watch my son walk across the stage and graduated from High School!
I’m not sure if I want to cry or be happy. I think I’m somewhere in the middle.
The story of our Buddy:
After high school I was married to the love of my life and we were blessed 1 year and 9 months into our marriage with a blessing we have loved and cherished ever since. Our first born, a son. Someone who looks like, talks like, and even acts like us! I remember the day like it was yesterday. I wanted to see that sweet baby grow into a man of God, a man who loves, a man who gives, a smart man like his daddy. I’m SO blessed that God had plans for all of that to happen.
Early on I knew Buddy was going to be different and we would be challenged. God wired him in a way that is unique and special. He walked at 10 months and was talking in 3 word sentences at 12-14 months! (And he hasn’t stopped talking since!!!!!) After starting pre-school at the local church when he was 3 we knew we had to motive him in ways beyond what we thought! Like when he was about the start pre-k 4 and he had to write his name to be in the class. I tried everything. Nothing was working. He knew the letters, numbers, colors, and shapes…but was NOT going to pick up that pencil and write his name. I resorted to the old trick…bribery! “Write your name so I can show the teachers and you can and get that really cool ($expensive$) StarWars costume at Toys-R-Us!” He did it right the first try! I couldn’t believe it! He moved through pre-k and on to K at the big public school. He wasn’t reading well when he started and I was once again wondering how to make it happen. We found the book series Magic Tree House and it happened over night. Needless to say in first grade when his teacher called and said “I’m sorry I can’t stop him, but your son has learned his multiplication tables from the videos at the end of the morning announcements.” I just laughed!!! 🙂 When 2nd grade rolled around I was back to feeling strained and not knowing what to do. He was in trouble for sharing the answers. They moved him one day a week to the “gifted” class and his teacher I’m sure enjoyed the day off!!! After that we knew he needed to come home and work with Mom. He was moving ahead in a fast way and wasn’t doing well in the classroom. He came home and moved at his pace through grades 3-8 and excelled at so many different subjects. Then we moved to Canada. Once here we wanted the kids to meet others and make some friends. We put them in Maple Ridge Christian School and Cameron was able to skip 9th and go right into 10th grade. It was a rough year socially for Buddy. He was bullied and had a hard time. He did ok academically but really wanted to be back at home. So for the start of 11th he was back at home and this was a time of real struggle. His wiliness to take on his studies alone was too much. So off to public school he went. He was able to take some great classes and finished up his 11th and 12th grade year in 1 1/2 years. I’m so proud!
But walking the stage….that was rough on this Mama Bear! I’m confident that God has great plans for you Buddy He says in His word “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
I’m looking forward to seeing how these plans play out in my young mans life. I pray he grows to love Jesus even more, I pray he seeks wise council when feeling the pinch, I pray he finds a sweet girl and they have LOTS of babies for me to take care of!!! LOL No really I do hope he finds a sweet God loving girl!
As of now my boy you want to join the US Navy and I could be more proud. To serve your country is wonderful. I’m happy and scared for you. I’m excited and nervous. But most of all I’m thankful to be your Mom and to have the opportunity to call you son.
Grace and Peace,
Sunflower AKA Mom! 🙂
When the grads were all walking into the theatre they had the side screens showing a video feed…..look who made the screen!!! hee hee