Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wednesday Gratitude #17 at Heart and Home: Lemons and Another Step Forward

Greetings one and all!
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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is
 not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

You might be wondering what these lemons have to do with anything today.
Wondering if I'm going to be waxing poetic about my gratitude for lemons.

Well, yes, I do love a nice looking lemon!
And these are especially lemony looking, piled in a bowl on my dining room table.
But no, that's not what this post is about! However, they do figure in, in a way.

Daughter #2 is completing middle school today.

It looks like she's on her way! Next year she'll start high school, and after that, who knows?!!

Knowing this girl the way I do, I'd say the sky's the limit.

I'm feeling particularly sentimental about all of this, because #2 is the last one, my baby. She's growing up, and fast.
She's proven herself to be a pretty terrific kid.

I'm  grateful for my daughter, and for her unceasing hard work over the past three years.
She's devoted herself to doing her absolute best at every opportunity.
She's rarely let us, or herself, down in any way. And even then, they've been only small infractions of the parental expectations.
I'm grateful that, for the most part, she's made it easy for me and her dad.

Given the opportunity, she makes the right choices.
Which is a good thing, because she doesn't like being told what to do!
Spirited and strong-willed are two ways to describe her.
Plus a million other characteristics I'm grateful for.  If I wrote them all down, this would be a very long post indeed.

But, I can tell you this much:
She's been a shining star since the day she was born, and from here her future looks really bright.

Along the way she's had some help.
I'm grateful for my daughter's teachers, for their skills, their patience and kindness, and for their devotion to their chosen profession.

I'm grateful for their encouragement and support, for their eagerness, and for their abilities and talents.

I'm grateful for way they can reach young people, and inspire them to try their hardest, to work without giving up, to persevere and achieve their goals, and to be the best they can be.

Which is what we, as parents, are trying to do every day, too.
But often, and anyone who has kids knows this, our little gems of wisdom aren't accepted the same way they are when they come from a respected and well-liked teacher.
As in, they aren't accepted!  At all.

But I have to say, for the most part it's been a breeze with our girl.
She's done really well, and made us proud.
She deserves some recognition, and a party, and treats to eat.

Which is what I will be doing tomorrow, preparing for a small party celebrating #2's achievements.

And baking lemon bars. Therefore, the lemons!
I told you they figured in!

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Until next time,


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Tracy F. said...

Love the lemons! I have those same flower petal candle holders, in yellow and in cream! Have a lovely day.

sewingseeds4U said...

Heidi, Enjoy your daughter, you are so right, time goes by way to fast. Blessings, Patty

Van said...

Beautiful home and reminders to slow down and be grateful for what we have. Love your blog, I'm now your newest follower!


Jemsmom said...

What a lovely post. It gives me so much hope as I have a spirited and strong willed four year old! As a former teacher, it is so nice to hear you compliment the teachers that she has had. We like to think we help a little! Have a wonderful day tomorrow and enjoy!

Gypsy Heart said...

Congratulations to your daughter...and to you. You know, I think that little girls are born with a certain something that gives them the determined, strong willed, gene. I know my daughter has it as well as my granddaughter. :-) They are all unique and wonderful and will have the strength and knowledge to make their way in the world with much success!

I LOVE lemon bars too ~ in fact, I had planned to make some this week but not feeling 100%. Enjoy for me, ok?


Rebecca said...

What a good idea for a post! Maybe I'll come link up some day. Visiting from SITS. Love the pictures!

Apron Senorita said...

Hi Heidi,
Your pictures are gorgeous!! The lemons are so bright and for sure to make delicious lemon bars.

I know how it is to have your baby go to high school. It is wonderful to hear how well she does and how proud you are. Daughters are precious gifts.

Yoli :)

Pinky said...

How blessed you are to have her! Enjoy every minute, time FLIES!!!! My sweet daughter is 39 already and a WONDERFUL woman getting married in Sept! XO, Pinky

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Hi Heidi, thanks for stopping by today! I like your lemon post a lot more than mine! :)I have a 7th grader, and are very proud of him too! Great post!
PS, love the chandy in the last post too, that's my favorite color! :)