Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Graduation Day

On September 18th, 2009, Lee walked through these doors for the first time. He weighed 39 pounds, was 43 inches tall, could only write his name in upper case letters, and could only read a handful of 2 & 3 letter words. Leaving him there was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I remember crying all the way home and wondering if we had made the right choice to put him in preschool.
On May 18, 2010, Lee walked through these doors for the last time. He weighed 44 pounds, was 45 inches tall, could write his name with capital and lower case letters, and can read chapter books. Leaving him there was much harder than I could have ever imagined. I cried all the way home, knowing that in 3 short hours, Lee's preschool days would be over. He would officially be a Kindergartner. We would be leaving behind our comfort zone, our amazing new friends (& their mommies!), our routine, and most importantly the teachers that we had come to love like family. For the first time in Lee's life, I did not want to go pick him up.
I did stay long enough to take a few pictures.
One of Lee's favorite places in their room was the prayer table. He talked about it a lot.
Lee and Paul are getting ready for their last calendar time.
The day absolutely flew by, and before I knew it, it was graduation time. The stage was so precious. The backdrop was made out of handprints.
The kids marched in to the song, "What a Wonderful World." Their little gowns were too cute. I didn't survey the room, but I feel certain there weren't many dry eyes.
They sang several songs including, "I Love You, Lord," "Zaccheus," and "My God is So Mighty."
I LOVE Lee in this picture!
Look how they're all doing something different. So funny.
Paul is getting his diploma.
Lee is getting his diploma too. Lots of hugs.
Holy Cross Class of 2010!
This was Lee's favorite part.
I can see this picture re-emerging in about 13 years.

A HC event is not complete without a picture of Lee with Marly Kate.

I wish I had the words to convey just how much Holy Cross Catholic Preschool has meant to our family. Lee has learned so much more than Kindergarten basics. He has made amazing friends that we would not have gotten to know otherwise. And I have new friends that I am certain are for a lifetime. I am so grateful that I was able to be a "Mommy Helper" as often as I wanted and was able to be a part of Lee's days. Lee and I will treasure those memories forever. Most of all, we're thankful for Mrs. Angie's and Mrs. Connie's influence in further developing Lee's relationship with Christ. We were constantly amazed at the amount of material Lee remembered and asked questions about from their Bible story time. It was just what we needed to guide our own devotion time at home. It was so exciting to watch Lee grow and want to learn more about the Bible. The Graduation ceremony was just the perfect ending to our year.

You are probably wondering where Wade was during the festivities.


He was busy getting completely spoiled by the Coffields.
He was rocked,
cuddled to sleep,
talked to,
and loved on more than any baby could imagine!
He was so happy with his first babysitters that he cried when it was time to leave. Thank you to our precious friends for taking such good care of our sweet baby so that we could focus on and enjoy Lee's special night. We love you!

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