Today was a big day for our family. Parker along with 15 other second-graders graduated from our church's 4 year old to second grade children's program. It was also the last graduating class as our church moves to a new children's program.
I was flooded with memories today. Tony and I started volunteering with the kids over 10 years ago. At the time, we were still getting to know people and were childless. John hadn't married Christy yet and we didn't even know who they were. Now, John and Christy have Jillian. Parker asks me if it is possible to marry your best friend. I love it that I get to say I married mine. We are beyond blessed to count John and Christy as our dearest friends and Macy calls Jillian her big sister.
John has a tradition at graduation where he shares something special about each child. I made it through the first couple of kids without crying, but then John started talking about the kids that we have known since birth and toddlers. Tony said he expected me to cry at Parker's and Jillian's, but not at all the others. I replied that those kids are my babies too. These kids mean so much to me, and I am so proud that these are GOOD kids. As I watched John and Christy close a program that they started years ago with such grace and love, I was reminded that we don't serve for ourselves but for treasures in heaven. And we are blessed to work with some of those treasures on Earth.