Friday, June 17, 2011

The End and The Beginning

Yesterday, my LadyBug finished her last day of 6th grade. And with that, she ended her elementary school career... It's so hard to fathom the speed with which this precious gift of ours has grown from a little girl to a young woman.

Here's one of my favorite pictures of her, shortly after the end of her first grade year. We weren't digital before that, so I have no idea where the picture from the first day of school is filed :)

And here she is, waiting for the school bus on the first day of 6th grade. The whole year of change and growth and adventure was spread out before her and she was so excited to get it all underway!

And NOW look at her. It's unbelievable the changes and growth we've seen - in her appearance, in her character, and in her personality.  I can't believe that now we only get teensy tiny occasional glimpses of the baby girl that she was!

With her beautiful homeroom teacher

She's proven herself over and over this year to be a loyal and compassionate friend, sometimes even at the cost of fickle friendships. She learned a lot this year about being true to herself and about standing up for what is right, even when it is hard. It was a hard year for this class, with some major life changes and events for several of her classmates and she felt their pain deeply. Our relationship really grew as she would come to me quite frequently for counsel and support while she tried to navigate these tricky situations that cropped up all year long.

We are so proud of the young woman she is becoming and can't wait to see what junior high will bring this girl of ours!


ComfyDenim said...

How beautiful she is!!!

I didn't realize that She and Mini-me were of the same grade.

I hope she enjoys her summer!!!

Aus said...

Wow - looking at those two pictures - she's really grown into a fine young woman. And yeah - learned a great deal about loving and supporting her friends - proud of her right along with you!

hugs - aus and co.