Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Congrats to Mr. 18.....................


 This gorgeous, wonderful, sweet and shy young man of mine graduated from high school today.


It has been quite a week.  Here we are at his Medical Magnet Senior Ceremony this past Friday evening.   He is just such a great young man.


And here we are this morning at 7:45 at Tropicana Filed where The Rays play baseball.  


This photo is from the Jumbo-tron where each and every senior had their picture posted with the principal of the high school.  It is good they had that on because we were pretty far up in the stands.


I am so proud of him.  He is such a wonderful guy, quiet and steady.  He has been through a lot and I am just so proud of him graduating with good marks and plans to attend college.  A college 4 hours away from me, that I am still coming to terms with.


I absolutely adore him and I am already missing him and he hasn't even gone yet!!!  You know how I am with my boys, I don't feel okay unless we are all under one roof.  I want you to know it is a rare day I allow my photo to be taken, but it is a special day so I thought I would include photos of us.  He warms my heart.


Mr. 18 you have one very proud Mother.  I love the young man you are turning into, and I am so excited about the path you will take.  College is the best time of your life, well maybe the most jam packed, fun time of your life.  I trust you will be careful and have fun, oh and don't forget to study!  You are loved beyond measure, you are adored and you will be missed.   You are perfect just the way you are, don't ever forget that.

46 comments:

brsmaryland said...

Many, many congrats!!
Hope you all enjoy the summer before college begins.

-beth

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It is such a proud moment for sure! Mr 18 is a handsome guy and I know you are a proud Mom and so you should be! Congrats! I know how hard it is to let them go...but someday you get Grandkids (does that help??)

Linda

Teresa Kasner said...

*C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* to your wonderful son! You're all beautiful. I remember when my youngest drove off in his VW Bus from Oregon to his college in Tennessee. He was so full of adventure and bravado! I'm so proud of him - he is now a great husband and father to my grandsons. You have so much joy ahead of you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Dee said...

I'll add just one more thing to your advice ---- "Congrats Mr. 18 .......call your Mom once in awhile. She worries, you know."

I hope Mr. 18 has a wonderful summer and just the most wonderful time in his new endeavor. I know he will be a wonderful, successful man. Just look who his Mom and Dad are! :-)

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful moment. Congratulations to all of you!

20 North Ora said...

Congratulations on raising such a fine young man. You look great in your pictures. Beaming with pride!

Judy

kristieinbc said...

Congratulations to your wonderful son. And congratulations to you, a deservedly proud mom. The pictures of you together are lovely!

Chris said...

Congratulations Mr 18,! He is a handsome young man and he sure looks like his pretty mom. It's lovely to see you! All these milestones as our kids grow up...sigh. You will sure miss him lots I can tell.

Shirley said...

It is such a wonderful occasion when they graduate from High School to go on to a new adventure in their life. We can only pray that they use common sense when traveling this new path. It is hard on parents when they leave the nest so to say. I have been there and done that. Congratulations to Mr. 15. Have a wonderful day and enjoy every minute the kids are around because they will soon leave the nest. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend. Shirley

CJ said...

What a handsome boy he is, and the photos of him and you and him and his dad are absolutely lovely. You should have your photo taken more (not to post, but just to keep for your family). I'm guilty of almost never being in photos, mostly because I'm the photographer around here, but I often wish there were more pictures of me. I'm sending my biggest congratulations to Mr 18. I'm sure he'll have a wonderful time at college, although I do know how very hard it will be for you. He is at that fantastic age where the world is his oyster. So many possibilities, so many opportunities. Wonderful. Sending you a cyber hug Meredith. CJ xx

Teresa Hennes said...

Congratuations. Mr 18 year olds! Life is going to get very interesting now!
Meredith you must be so proud of him!

mamasmercantile said...

Congratulations, you have a lot to be proud of. Love him enough to let go and be secure in the knowledge that he loves you enough to keep coming back.

Amy at love made my home said...

CONGRATULATIONS MR18!!!!!!!! I hope that you really enjoy college and whatever the future may hold for you, and that it will all be good! Wonderful to see pictures of you all!!! Hugs! xx

linda said...

Lovely photo's to treasure Meredith, congratulations to your lovely handsome son. :) xx

Christina said...

It is so lovely to read this post Meredith. Your love for Mr 18 shines through in every sentence. Hugs to you! xxx

Ingrid K. said...

Hello Mere! Thanks for sharing your son's milestone! Congratulations on raising such a lovely young man!

Hugs!!!
Ingrid xx
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Tammy said...

Congrats to Mr. 18! Thanks, Mere, for sharing this day with us. Always smile big and say CHEESE! when given the opportunity. :) Hugs and blessings, Tammy

Beth P said...

Aww!!! What a beautiful memory making day for all of you!
Hugs,
Beth

Bridget said...

Congratulations to Mr. 18! I hope his future is the so bright he will need sunglasses.

I really enjoyed all the pictures.

Have a good rest of the week and weekend.

Lilbitbrit said...

Congratulations to Mr. 18 I love your photos with your dear boy. Such a time of joy and change.

Take care,
Christy

Betsy said...

Congratulations Meredith! You have raised two fine young men to be proud of. I truly understand how you feel about them all being so far away. It's hard for us Mama's sometimes. Your little guy will be keeping you on your toes though. :-). The pictures of you and your husband with Mr. 21 are priceless. I know you'll cherish these moments.
Blessings,
Betsy

Valentina Olden Patterns said...

Wow, congratulations, to both of you! No wonder you're proud! xx

Melissa said...

Oh I do understand about that "under the same roof" thing. Son #1 nearly killed me (mostly because he went in the Army and I knew what that meant...and it did...and then I got to be in a self induced coma for a year while he was in the desert), and then Son #2 left and I died all over again. Now its going on two years they've been gone completely from home, in their own places paying their own bills doing their own things. Its never really the same, but I promise, after a while you'll get used to it. Now, when Son #1 comes home from Texas to visit, after about a week, I'm pretty much ready for him to go home now. :) LOL. Son #2 lives close by, so he stops and eats now and then (just like Raymond). And you have little buddy to keep you busy and smiling. After a while, I stopped cying "they don't need me anymore!" and realized, they'll always need me. So will yours. :) NOBODY can take mama's place. ;)

kathyinozarks said...

Congratulations!! thanks for sharing with us-hugs

ellen said...

Congratulations to Mr. 18. It is such an exciting time. I know that all of you will miss him so much. What a wonderful opportunity for him. Our oldest grandson graduates on Sunday. How do these things happen so quickly?
Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us. Each one gives me a very warm and happy glow.
With love, Ellen.

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

The hugest congratulations to Mr 18 & to you for bringing him up so well. My son had the time of his life at uni & graduates next month. I would pay several times over for him to have that time again. He was a 3 &1/2 hour drive away & ahem has applied for a job that is a 3 & 1/2 hour flight away now. It's what you bring them up for though, take care xx

WildflowerWool said...

What a great picture of you and your son!

Jo said...

Exciting times ahead. You take a great photo Meredith, I often wonder why you don't model your beautiful makes. Jo x

Home Meadows said...

What a handsome young man. Congratulations Mr. 18! Heather

kathy b said...

He looks like a strong gentle soul. It is so hard to let them go to college! UGh.
LIl buddy will miss him terribly IM sure. Max too.
YOU Look beautiful!

Lynne said...

Oh I love the pictures! It's hard to let them go,especially the boys for some reason. Four hours away isn't too bad, my son is 6 hours away and he still manages a road trip home in between holidays. I know I cried like a baby after dropping him off at his dorm.
Enjoy the summer with him before he leaves!

Wainwright and Wright.Co said...

How lovely Meredith, congratulations to Mr 18! Super photos. My younger son left for Uni this year (both gne now) and I miss him terribly, he is such a happy person to have round the house - I can sympathize with how you are feeling. Hugs
Caz xx

Claudia said...

My handsome nephew, who, incidentally, looks just like his mom. I'm so proud of you, dear nephew. Congratulations to one and all!!

Signed,
A Proud Aunt

My Garden Diaries said...

A big congrats to him my friend! You should be so proud mama!!! You have raised such sweet and good kids! Life is good and I wish him all the goodness life has to offer! Happy day you! Nicole xoxo

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Meredith,
I can see that Mr. 18 is a sweet and beyond wonderful young man. Congratulations to all of you and for raising such a fine human being. You look lovely and so proud!
xoRobin

handmade by amalia said...

You deserve a happy day, Meredith, I'm so happy for you. Congratulations to you and your handsome son. What a lovely family you all are.
Amalia
xo

gaia said...

Congratulations!

moonstruckcreations said...

What lovely photos, what a super lad he is, no wonder you are so proud of him.

Congratulations to Mr 18!

Helenxx

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Congratulations to your son Meredith!!! Wonderful family pictures!! Such an exciting time for all of you!!

Carla from The River said...

Congratulations! You have such special boys. I do love reading about the love you have for them.
Wishing him the very best!
Carla

Annie Cholewa said...

Hugest congratulations Mr 18!

Joyful said...

Congratulations to your son! What a wonderful tribute and celebration.

Sandy said...

Congrats Mr. 18! Good Luck in college! Wonderful family photos So glad you decided to share with us. Yes you will miss your son but he has to spread his wings and experience life outside the nest. What a handsome fellow and a pretty Mom!

Taciana Simmons said...

That is so wonderful my dear friend Meredith . Congratulations to mr 18 and I hope you had a great celebration day!!!👍🎓🎓🎓

Gracie Saylor said...

Celebrating with you across the miles!!! Blessings as you make many decisions and face challenges as you pursue your heart's desires. 💫🔭🎓xx

Toni said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!! What a handsome young man!