Remember school picture day? I remember hating school picture day. I have the photos to prove it, too. I remember one in particular from either freshman or sophomore year. I had recently discovered tweezers and plucked my eyebrows to a thin and very unattractive shape. I looked perpetually surprised. And, I do believe there was some horrific blue eyeliner involved along with a pair of denim overalls and little red bell earrings. Make it stop! LOL! My youngest son had one of those days for his third grade school photo this week. He's the most easy going of my two boys. So when he told me he didn't even want to show Me his photo I knew it was going to be bad. He looked like a deer in the headlights, and the deer had Jiffy Pop hair and was wearing braces with his mouth squeezed tightly around them in a painful half-smile half-grimace. Luckily there is a do-over picture day for him.
Here's my oldest son's sixth grade picture. I love his happy smiling face. This Sunday he turns 12. Every year I expect him to still be a laughing four-year-old boy. And of course he is not. But this year, in addition to turning 12, he is going to be baptized on his birthday.
We are so happy for him. He is growing up and learning so much about life, God, and himself. He is a wonderful little man-in-the-making. We are so proud of him. And while you all may stop by here to see and hear about my artwork and such, right now my family and these boys rise above everything else so I wanted to share this with you all. Soon enough I'll be back to posting what I am making and cajoling you with what inspires and excites my artistic sensibilities.Until then, please join me in celebrating all the milestones in life, whether you are 12 or just feel 12 in your heart. Seize Life and Live Joyfully!