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My Kids are Growing Up!!!

We're not quite empty-nesters, but it's sneaking up on us.  As I attended my youngest son's Senior Awards Night last night, I realized again how the years fly by. 

I've learned many different things from each of my children.  One lesson I've learned from this son is how fragile life is and what a blessing each moment together is. The before photos speak volumes:

(That's a preemie-sized diaper he's swimming in!) He stayed in a room in the NICU for the smallest and the sickest for 6 weeks before being able to come home.  That is, for a week, until the next hospital stay.  We felt like we lived at hospitals and doctor's offices that first year or two. 

He gradually got stronger and healthier.  He certainly is Mr. Personality (and Mr. Confidence) now:

Thanks, son, and thanks to each of my children, for the joy I've experienced through the years, and for the lessons you have taught me.  I truly am thankful to be Mom to each of you!

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