As you know, I am a very emotional person. Some might say I wear my emotions on my sleeve. Others might say I wear my emotions on my sleeve, collar, hem, pant legs, and everywhere else. But whatever. I didn't earn the title of runner up in the "Most Likely to Cry" competition at work for nothing.
Well, the last 10 days have brought a lot of emotions with them. This blog post will be dedicated to a few of them:
Amazement, Joy, Sadness, Pride, Awe, and Excitement: Hannah had her last day of middle school yesterday. That's right, folks. Kevin and I are the parents of a High Schooler! All of the cliches are true: time flies, they grow in the blink of an eye, it'll be over before you know it, it just gets better, etc. She has grown and changed so much. But she is still our sweet, sassy, funny, spit-fire of a girl. She work so hard in school and had another year on the A/B Honor Roll. She got a commended score on the Math STAAR test for the first time, and earned an achievement award in math class. She published a novel, is one of only 4 freshman to make the "varsity" choir, and is going to work diligently to try to earn herself a spot on the high school volleyball team. I am so sad that the years are going by so fast, but I am so excited to see what her future holds!
I am surrounded by the most caring and generous people at work who have supported me not once, not twice, but 3 times now when my health has gone wonky. I have the most amazing husband who loves me, cares for me, and makes me laugh. I have the most wonderful kids who help me out, keep me on my toes, and make me laugh. I have the most loving, thoughtful, and supportive parents, siblings, and in-laws. And while I am SO incredibly grateful and beyond appreciative for these things I hate being the cause of their pain, stress, and worry. I can't stand being a burden and having to ask for help. I feel so incredibly guilty for all of it.
So, while things remain a bit scary and uncertain, I have hope and some peace of mind. At least for now. And I am going to go on a road trip vacation to Florida with Kevin and the kids. I am going to huff and puff my way through the beach at Pensacola and walk slowly & breathlessly through Harry Potter World at Universal. We are going to have an amazing fun, rain, and laugh-filled week, and I just can't wait!