We started out last week with the Senior Baccalaureate Mass at a beautiful cathedral.
This was a picture Jeff took of Isaac in kindergarten. It's my favorite picture ever of him. He just looks so cute, and confident and sure of himself.
I asked Isaac if we could go to the same park and take the same picture and he was totally into it...from finding the right shirt, the exact bend in the road, the perfect stick to hold. We laughed so hard when he made the exact face I could hardly take the picture. I have both photos framed now.
Right before the graduation ceremony.
That night we gave Isaac his present. It was a big surprise we were keeping for months and months. I made sure he knew it was NOT a car or an IPhone just so he wouldn't have any false expectations. He wanted to me to tell him so badly, but I am awesome at keeping secrets and it wasn't hard to keep this one...there was NO way he was going to guess it anyways.
We had him unwrap little hints and he had no idea till the last present was unwrapped. It was a flight to Ireland to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their sweet little boy for 10 days. He was SO surprised and happy and grateful and nervous too...but excited nervous. (And yes the "hints" were super queer...what does Lucky Charms have to do with Ireland? But I did the best I could with what I had access to! See the toy airplane from the Thomas the Train set?)
We had gorgeous weather for his graduation party 2 days later, thank you God. The weather channel called for thunderstorms and 90+ degree heat but they were wrong, wrong, wrong and I was sure happy about their bad call. It was breezy and balmy.
These were my simple and easy center pieces. You know I'm into simple and easy right now.
I set up a table with his scrapbooks and this beautiful quilt made by my friend Jane. I'll show more of it later...I love it and so did he.
And two days later he was off. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be to tell him everything he needed to know:
1. He hasn't flown/been in an airport since he was six months old.
2. He had a connecting flight to make at a huge airport.
3. He was flying to a different country.
We did the best we could with our instructions, and prayed that there would be no major glitches.
So far so good-at least we know he made it to Ireland and Andy and Rose have him in their possession. I just can't wait to talk to him about it all. I told him-if you can navigate this all by yourself-baptism by fire really, you will have the confidence to go anywhere in the world for the rest of your life. And I want that for him more than anything.