Thursday, June 15, 2017

Anna's Middle School Promotion Ceremony

Time is such a funny thing; one minute it's forever and the next, it's gone ~ Susan Branch

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Wasn't it just yesterday that I wrote this post?

and this one

and this?

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Wasn't it just yesterday that I hung her elementary school graduation dress in front of this window for a photo?  It was.  But here we are.  It's not a high school graduation but it was very special and lovely.

(2014)
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Anna had her hair done and she looked amazing.  While so many girls wore dresses that I wanted to throw a blanket over to hide too much skin, I was thrilled Anna likes modest, simple, elegant dresses.  This organza one was instant love.

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I love my girls.

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I love my little family.

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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  ~ EE  Cummings 

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New gold sandals to match her dress.

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I adore these two.

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This song played as they marched in.  As soon as those first few notes rang out the crowd started clapping and cheering.  It was kind of emotional (even for a middle school graduation).

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I kept switching seats not knowing where Anna would be.  But crazy camera Mom that I am, I just didn't stay in my seat.  I had to get all the shots.

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Our view.  She was pretty close.  (watching all of the other kids walk in)

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The awards ceremony was last week so the graduation consisted of a few speeches and songs.  Then it was time.  I scooted over to the other side of the gym, climbed over a few people, snapped on my telephoto and got these!

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Isn't it so cool when you hear someone say your child's name?  "Anna Baker"  I kept thinking at her high school graduation when they announce full names no one is going to be able to pronounce her Chinese middle name.

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And just like that, she's done.  Roses in hand, daddy by her side.

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Reminds me so much of this picture from her elementary school graduation ceremony.  These two.  They are quite a pair.

(2014 Elementary School graduation night)

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Middle school ending has me well, thinking.  I'm not ready to say goodbye to these past three wonderful years.  I'm not ready for her to be a high schooler.  I'm not ready for AP classes and college visits.  But then I think.  I remember that there will be magic in those four years too.  And abundant blessings.

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And when I'm not ready to say goodbye yet, I look where I am and look at how long it took me to get here.

And then I know that I'm ready.  Because we've come so far.  With Anna, our little China love, we've come so so far.







3 comments:

  1. Oh! Congrats to Anna (and mom and dad)! What a special moment in her life. BTW, I LOVE her dress, how she always dresses. So modest. I read an article just today that the lingerie department has been relocated to the junior section. So true. So when I see how Anna dresses, we see that she doesn't have to push her beauty onto others, it shines brilliantly all on its own. God perfectly made her!

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  2. Congratulations Anna! I love her dress! And your dress as well!

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  3. Congratulations Dear Anna!!!!
    Beautiful young lady
    Beautiful dress
    Beautiful family.
    Tara...how proud you and Scott must be...
    And happy.
    Hugs!!!!

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