Getting personal for a minute. Today was my oldest kid’s last day of 8th grade and then on to high school. But first- Honors and Awards. No one told me to wear waterproof mascara. No one told me I would cry. No one told me my heart would swell out of my chest. The first award of the day chosen by teachers to honor an 8th grader who exemplified leadership and good character. And then and there my heart goes walking across the stage. Yep. I was done. I’m proud of her hard work and good grades in all of her classes, but this, this means the most to me. Character and Leadership are deep. And sometimes as parents you love your kids and hope you are doing well parenting and then something like this makes you step back, breathe a little deeper and thank God. So yes, a little proud and thankful for that daughter of mine and praying that an honor like this only reminds her and encourages her to know that good character and the people around her matter so much. Ok I’m done, off to reapply my mascara.