Well last week we had our first graduation as parents. And it only took us 6 1/2 years to get here. I would say that it’s been an anticlimactic journey to reach this point, but it hasn’t. It’s amazing what can happen in 6 1/2 years of life.
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Autumn has learned her ABC’s. How to count. Her shapes. Sentence structure. Sight words. How to write a paragraph. And her favorite accomplishment thus far? Learning to read. Brad and I can spell very few words to each other these days, she can often figure them out. And she doesn’t give up trying if they aren’t easy. Meaning, days later she’ll say something along the lines of “I know what that word was”, and a smug smirk joins that party. She may not know WHAT the word means, but daggon if she didn’t figure out how to pronounce it based on the letters.
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We had to visit the doctor the other day and while we were waiting to get called back she was reading every magazine in the place. The really incredible part was that she was literally reading these articles. I have to admit, things got a little creepy for me when she discovered the “new mom” magazine and began reading the Babies R Us article….”We realize what an exciting time this is for you in your life!” Yeah, that was weird.

She amazes us daily with her incredible personality, her leadership qualities, her follower qualities (ha), and her beauty. The whining is pretty amazing too. Along with the drama. And here lately, a big old dose of ungratefulness. The reality though is that we have a first grader. An almost 7 year old. And she is AMAZING. In every single way, she is amazing. Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only parent that feels like this child can’t possibly have my blood coursing through her veins, that God couldn’t possibly have meant to give her to ME, of all people.
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Autumn, one day you will read this I hope. I hope you will know what an exceptional child you are. And I hope that as you read this, you have stepped in to whatever role it is that God has for your future and realize that being exceptional is just how God made you. Because it’s likely that even today, people find you to be impressive, amazing, EXCEPTIONAL. We love you sweetie.

 

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