Tears sprung from my eyes. His statement seemed to contextualize the array of emotions flooding my soul on this notable occasion.
We have a precious young lady who causes our hearts to swell with pride simply by her presence in our lives. But that swelling stretches the boundaries of hearts; as we delight in her development we are simultaneously torn over our inability to preserve the present. Today so rapidly becomes yesterday.
Meanwhile, these moments put a spotlight on our loss as we become more acutely aware of the common but beautiful life experiences that will never be realized with Jud. Such instances in life, the ones that define childhood and shape parents, are now all bound up for us in one sweet child.
So we celebrate our first and last kindergartener while Judson is enfolded into each memory with longing, love and hope.