Friday, July 25, 2014

Rise-ing to the Occasion - Baker's Last Day

How am I writing an end of the year post?
Weren't we just readying Baker for his first day at The Rise School?

I started that post with,

"It's a pretty neat feeling to know that you are living out an answered prayer.
And that is kind of how I walked through today.
Knowing our actions today had been perfectly orchestrated by the works of our Father."

And I've never felt those words more true.

What a wonderful year it's been!

Baker was all smiles on his last day, and full of hugs to share with all!

It's hard to believe, just a few short months ago, Baker was not crawling (except for this adorable little army crawl), pulling up, standing, or walking. Now, he's practically running. He's stringing signs together to form sentences and doing small household chores. He's going to the potty and eating with utensils (and only sometimes do these two occur simultaneously. I kid! Sorta.). He is picking out his clothes (with a lot of encouragement to veer towards the adorable smocked ones from his momma and the ones with camouflage and cargo pockets from his daddy) and singing his stuffed animals to sleep. He is pretty incredible, if I do say so myself. And I do.
This has been a year of firsts and a year of milestones.
I give all of the credit to Baker's teachers and therapists. They have paved the way. They have encouraged and supported and loved and challenged all of us. And while I am extraordinarily grateful for all they have taught Baker, I am humbled at how much time and energy they have poured into Brian and me. They have dried tears, given hugs, educated, inspired hope, and smiled through it all!

There may or may not have been a tear shed by yours truly on the way out today. I'm not proud of it, but it happened.
I am sad to see it come to an end, but always excited to see the Lord's plan for Baker unfold.

We leave this year with many precious memories, special artwork boasting the sweetest fingers and toes, and this forever treat - a note from his first teacher, and a home for notes for his teachers through the years. I love everything about this. Pinterest, I love you to the moon and back for all of the thinks I wish I could think!

Twos, watch out!
This boy is headed your way, I have a feeling he will be as big of a blessing in your life as you are in his.

First Day - August 20, 2013
Last Day - July 25, 2014

Be still my Baker Boy loving heart. 

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