I knew that on December 12, 1994 — the day you were born, that this day would come. Your graduation day. I have mentally tried to prepare myself for this day now for 18 years, and yet I find myself looking back over your life and crying happy tears.
Before I knew there was a God, I prayed to Him that He would send a little boy full of life and love — and guess what? He gave me exactly what I asked for. From the moment you were born, you have done nothing but be a blessing to everyone around you.
When you walk into a room, your smile and your personality brightens even the saddest of hearts. You have an amazing gift of making people smile. For me and your dad, you make us smile every single day. You are SO special, and I am glad that God blessed me as your mom.
Growing up, you have always been a great big brother to your sister. You never let anyone talk bad about her or pick on her. Kayla couldn’t have asked for a better friend. I watch other families as the brothers and sisters talk hateful to one another, and then I silently thank God for YOU and your heart of love towards family and sibling love.
I am truly honored and blessed that even as old as you are now, you are still not afraid to love on me and kiss me in public. That makes me blessed beyond any measure. You are proud of your love for me — and for that I am grateful.
You are surrounded by Godly men. I can tell that you have learned from them, you have listened to them, and that you have taken to heart everything that they have shared with you. Their lessons and teachings will take you far in life. Remember those as you continue to get older. They will help mold you into a more Godly man.
I am so glad that you have made some great friends at church. These friendships are important as you continue to grow into adulthood. Always treasure them. Treat your friends with love and respect always. I know you will.
And now — here’s the hard part. As your mom, it’s time for me to let go. You have now finished school. You have grown up into this amazing man that I am so honored to call my son. Your dad and I are SO very proud of the person you have grown into. You are definitely one of the BEST blessings I could have ever prayed for in my life.
Watching you grow up each and every day has been such a sweet honor, and now it is with love and joy that I get to step back and watch you soar as an adult. Always remember the truths that dad and I have shared with you. Those will take you far in life, but more than that — always let Jesus be your guide. He will never steer you wrong and will never leave your side.
Today is your day sweetheart. Enjoy in the fact that you are done and now — adulthood can really start.
Keep on keepin’ on. We love you immensely and always will!
We love you with an everlasting love!
Momma, Daddy, and Kayla