Monday, May 18, 2015

High School Graduation

My beautiful daughter graduated from high school Saturday morning in the top 10% of her class.  It was such a proud parenting moment for my husband and I.  

Seems like just yesterday she was starting Pre-K.  It felt surreal sitting in the packed auditorium watching her walk across the stage.  Time really does fly!


Jade age 18

Jade and Caleb

Jade with her father; my husband

My super supportive aunts

We felt incredibly blessed that so many of her friends and family were there to celebrate with us.

My brother flew from Philadelphia to attend the graduation.

It's always been his dream to become a pilot.

After years of dreaming, I watched him fly off with tears in my eyes.

My parents would have been so proud.

They're smiling from heaven.

Meticulous engine checks before take off.




All clear!

Then we watched him soar out of sight.  He did it! 



Sorry for the shaky video, but here's my brother taking off!

47 comments:

  1. Congratulations Brandi - you can tell from your daughter's beautiful smile that she's got a kind heart (and obviously is smart to boot!). Glad that you had such a special celebration!

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  2. Awwww! What a great weekend for your family! Congratulations to your daughter! And how cool is that that your brother could fly in!

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  3. Congrats to her and congrats to you for raising a beautiful young lady. I wish her blessings as she goes into the world and take it on.

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  4. Looks like you have a lot to be proud of lately. Congrats on daughter's graduation! What a party!

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  5. Awww, what a wonderful weekend -- congratulations to your lovely daughter!

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  6. so awesome Brandi!! So proud of Jade and you all for molding such a wonderful child! Many congrats to her and wishing her all the best. And your brother, how cool is that!! I would have had tears as well.

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  7. "...so many of her friends and family..."


    That is a blessing all by itself!

    And SO cool that your brother flew himself there!!!!! So cool!

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    1. Congrats to your daughter. by the way! :)

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  8. Congratulations, Brandi!! What a proud day for you and your family, it's wonderful you could all be there to celebrate your daughter and brother's accomplishments!

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  9. Hi Brandi, what a wonderful and up lifting post. Your daughter is beautiful and I'm sure that you cried at her graduation, I certainly have at all of my daughter's. Happy tears are a joy to behold. It is wonderful to seeing that your brother is living his dream, too. It looks like you had a house full of company this past week, all smiling and in sure a celebrating mood. Here's to good times and precious moments with family and friends. Have a wonderful week.
    You have much to feel proud about:)
    Connie :)

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  10. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter!! This is such a wonderful time in life full of so many possibilities.

    Your family seems so neat! I love that so many came together to help you celebrate. So cool that your brother flew in!!

    I've said this before but I'll say it again, you take amazing people pictures. Also, gorgeous women in your family!

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  11. Congratulations! Well done daughter, mom, dad and uncle! Your daughter is beautiful and already so accomplished. That's a gorgeous photo of her grad gear. And very impressive that your brother flew himself to the graduation. I'm sure you'll be grinning from ear to ear for quite some time. Enjoy!

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  12. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter Brandi! She is quite an accomplished young lady, and I know she will just love college next year. So wonderful your brother could be there, and doing so with a dream of his made it all the more special. It also shows the kiddos that they too can do anything if they put their minds to it.

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  13. Such a happy occasion with a great family!

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  14. I'm so proud of your baby girl! Congrats to her and her continued successes, I know your weekend was filled with so many amazing moments!!!

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  15. Congrats! You must be very proud. Enjoy!

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  16. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter, what a wonderful day and great accomplishment for your daughter and your brother.

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  17. Well you sure have some talented people in your family! Congrats to your beautiful Jade and to your brother too for making his dream come true. :)

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  18. Congratulations to Jade on her achievement as well as your brother's. What a wonderful weekend for all of you . xoxo Su

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  19. Congratulations Brandi!!!! Jade is for sure on her way to bright and blessed future! You are blessed too to have such a supportive and loving family! CHEERS!

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  20. Hi Brandi! Many congrats and blessings to your sweet daughter on her big day. The future awaits, but how do those kids grow up so fast?! What a beautiful and handsome family you have. I am so happy you all could share in Jade' s special day. Jane

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  21. Congratulations Brandi!
    It's a lot of emotion. Another important step in the life of much love: children!
    Your family seems to be wonderful!
    It is unforgettable celebrate with the family a moment of deep joy.
    Your daughter is very beautiful!
    Cheers!

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  22. Congratulations to Jade! Such a big accomplishment and you have much to be proud of. So glad you were able to celebrate with your family!

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  23. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter, Brandi! You must be so very proud of her! It is so wonderful that she has so many loving and supportive people in her life. She has an Uncle to be proud of, too! So exciting to see him fly. Wishing your daughter many wonderful opportunities in the years ahead. xo Karen

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  24. Congratulations to both your beautiful daughter and your brother. So nice to see that dreams do come true. When your brother is up in the air, I am sure your parents are soaring right beside him in heaven. Janice

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  25. Congrats to your daughter! You have good reason to be a proud Momma, Brandi.
    so wonderful you had your family there to celebrate with her.

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  26. Congratulations on your lovely daughter's impressive graduation ranking!
    What a testament to you !
    So lucky to have such large group of relatives supporting her and cheering for the next step in life!

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  27. oh my word, what a fabulous day. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter and wow. wow, to your brother.

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  28. That is so awesome! Your parents would be so, so proud!

    Looks like a beautiful day! Congrats to your daughter and to your brother for going after his dream!

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  29. Hi Brandi, Congrats to your beautiful daughter. Such a wonderful time with family and friends. Lovely pic of you all gathered together. Congrats to your brother also for reaching his dream.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Blessings, CM

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  30. Congratulations to you and your daughter. Really heart-warming to see so much love and support.

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  31. What a wonderful, wonderful family story!! All God's blessings to the graduate!

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  32. Congratulations! How wonderful!!

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  33. Congrats to your lovely daughter. It's wonderful that so many family members were there to celebrate with you guys. Super awesome that your brother flew in to show his love. I absolutely loved the pic of the whole family together.

    Have a wonderful day... :)

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  34. Congratulations to your daughter and the great job she did! Wonderful photos of sweet family celebrating!

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  35. Congrats to your daughter and her parents! Well done! Such an accomplishment for your brother also. You've got some real go getters in your family! Something to be very proud of. : )

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  36. Congrats to you & your daughter!!! So great that your brother followed his dream! Great pics all around, thanks for sharing!

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  37. Congrats to your daughter!! Your brother is living out his dreams. Fantastic!

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  38. Oh, such a special time, high school graduation. Congrats to Jade and all the supportive family she has. I know you were one proud mama! Glad to see your brother see his dreams come true.

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  39. Congratulations on your daughter's graduation. To graduate in the top 10%...is awesome. I had tears in my eyes watching your brother fly off. It is always so wonderful to fulfill your dream.

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  40. Congratulations to your daughter! I would be bursting with pride, too. In fact I'm feeling some right now. And also congratulations to your brother for following his dream. I'm very impressed with both of them!

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  41. Congratulations, Jade! How exciting . . . for you and for her!!
    I love the photo you took of your whole family. So special! And what a beautiful and happy family you have! I would totally print that and put it somewhere so that I could see it every day. It's so hard to gather entire families these days!
    And wow, that's so awesome that your brother is a pilot!
    Thanks for sharing this special occasion with us :0)
    Hoping all is well!
    Suzanne

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  42. Congratulations to your daughter. And to your brother for realizing his dream.

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  43. Congrats to your daughter.. It's such a proud moment watching them graduate and enter into another phase of like. And the part about your brother..omg., what a tear jerker.. God bless him..! Family is everything.. Best wishes to yours

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  44. I have been absent from the blogland for some time, thought I would take time to visit your blog and see what my fellow Ga gal has been up too. My goodness, you have been up to so much and your latest decorating style is so pleasing to the eye. I adore all what you have accomplished in created a comfortable beautiful home. Congrats on to your daughter and to your brother, GOD keep him safe flying. Have yet to get back to the Farmers Market but I have read where the new addition is coming along. Need to stock up on spices soon as mine are over a year old.

    I will continue to read on this AM and see what else you have been up too.
    GOD bless you and yours and keep you safe.

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