Sunshine Quilts

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Graduation

We made it through graduation with just a few tears. Isn't my boy cute? I'm so proud of him. These past 13 years haven't always been easy but I'm so pleased with him. The teachers have had wonderful things to say about him, he ended up with a decent GPA, is enrolled in community college for fall and probably has a job lined up. I'm surely not giving advice to parents but I will say . . hang in there. The teen years can be rough but at our home, after Chad turned 18, there was a drastic improvement. Always know who your kids are with and make sure they know how much you love them . . even when you have been disappointed with each other. My parents leave early in the morning so there will be more tears. I wish I wasn't such a cry baby! Mom almost finished her Halloween wall hanging so she'll finish it after she gets home. Dad needs the computer so . . that's it for now. Judy

17 Comments:

  • Judy,
    I have been PATIENTLY waiting for this post!!! Chad looks happy and GREAT!!! You deserve to be proud!!!
    Hugs
    Laurie

    By Blogger Laurie, at 5/24/2006 06:00:00 PM  

  • Congrats to Chad!! I know what you mean about needing to "hang in there" - my sister-in-law is officially graduating tomorrow and it's been a very rough 14 months for my MIL... but they both got through it!! :)

    By Blogger Leah S, at 5/24/2006 06:14:00 PM  

  • Handsome young man! You have every right to be a very proud Mom!

    By Blogger Norma, at 5/24/2006 07:05:00 PM  

  • Oh, gosh, where's the Kleenex? Congratulations, Chad! And Mom!!

    Judy, you did good, kiddo! But don't think your worrying is over now. Like Dad always said, when they're little they pull on your apron strings; when they're grown they pull on your heart strings.

    (((HUGS)))
    Vicky

    By Blogger Vicky, at 5/24/2006 07:30:00 PM  

  • Congratulations - I know what an accomplishment this is not only for him but for you. Adam should be graduating from his culinary program this month (if he decides to attend the ceremony). He has a good job with the Ritz Carlton and is living on his own but I remember the feeling 3 years ago when he graduated high school - it was pride mixed with RELIEF!

    By Blogger Mary, at 5/24/2006 07:35:00 PM  

  • congrats! I graduated from High School this year too!

    By Blogger Elisabeth, at 5/24/2006 08:50:00 PM  

  • Awwww, I know you must be proud. These days, getting them through high school is quite an accomplishment for both the parents AND the student.

    Congrats!

    Are we going to get to see the completed Halloween quilt? Did your mom get over her fear of using orange? :)

    By Blogger ForestJane, at 5/25/2006 12:24:00 AM  

  • Sounds like a happy day, all around. Wonderful!

    Cheers!

    Evelyn

    By Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy, at 5/25/2006 04:07:00 AM  

  • Congratulations Judy..and Chad! I'm so happy for you...and you've earned the right to shed a few tears!

    By Blogger Carolyn, at 5/25/2006 05:05:00 AM  

  • Congratulations to Chad, and hugs for everyone!
    Jeanne :)

    By Blogger Jeanne, at 5/25/2006 09:33:00 AM  

  • What a good looking young man! Congratulations to Chad and to mom for raising a son she can be proud of!

    By Blogger Laura, at 5/25/2006 09:48:00 AM  

  • Judy,
    Congrats to Chad. And congrats to you and Vince for living thru the teenage boy years. There were days (weeks, months) that I wished I could freeze my boys at age 13 and then thaw them out at 17. It is not surprising that some animals eat their young.
    The payoff is when you hear 'your words' coming out of their mouths. That's when you finally realize they really were listening.
    Celebrate the beginning of a new phase of your lives.

    By Blogger Ramona-quilter, at 5/25/2006 10:51:00 AM  

  • Congratulations to you all!

    By Anonymous Samantha, at 5/25/2006 11:57:00 AM  

  • Well Congrats to Chad !
    Judy , remember we used to chat and I'd tell you this day would come !
    You did a great job Mom ! congrats to you too! He is a handsome kid, and I'm glad he grew up to be such a nice guy too!

    By Anonymous Boop, at 5/25/2006 07:48:00 PM  

  • Being a parent in this day and age is a real challenge. And I think being a teenager is also difficult. Congratulations on a job well done - parent and graduate!

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 5/25/2006 07:50:00 PM  

  • Congratulations to all of you. You have every right to be proud of Chad !
    Good advice and I second it. Especially now that mine are all in their 20's : )

    By Blogger Patty, at 5/25/2006 08:16:00 PM  

  • Big CONGRATS to you, Judy, as well as Chad! He looks so handsome.

    By Blogger Darcie, at 5/28/2006 05:37:00 AM  

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