He’s 9! I love getting to capture milestones.
Joshua graduated from 6th grade tonight. He is now off to middle school…how did that happen so quickly? The celebration ceremony was so nice. The kids sang several songs, one of which was “Forever Young”. They did a beautiful job and the lyrics are so applicable to these young girls and boys who have so many life experiences ahead of them. One thing that especially moved me during the ceremony was when a boy who has been with this group of approximately 150 kids since kindergarten walked across the stage. You can’t imagine the joy on his face, his smile was worth more than life itself. The applause from the other students and the crowd was overwhelming. It brought me to tears to hear and see the love and support of this boy who has Down Syndrome. It was obvious that these students, even though young, have empathy, and love in their hearts. It was a joy to have witnessed their support for this boy. I remember Joshua telling me about him, but I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him when visiting the school, but wish I had because he certainly seemed like a gem of a person, a person who touched the lives and hearts of many students and people.
Another thing that impressed me was how many students were recognized for academic achievement. It was evident that the Central Buck’s School District is a wonderful school district with caring, motivated, and inspiring teachers. We are so proud of Joshua for working so hard and being so diligent with his academic work and for receiving the President’s Award for Academic Excellence (signed by none other than President Obama). I hope it doesn’t seem as though I am boasting, I’m not, I’m just so happy for Joshua – he’s truly worked very hard to be the student he is and it is nice to see him rewarded for his efforts.
When I set out a year ago to share my hobby and passion, my goal was to touch people with my photographs and words, alike. As I reach the milestone of 100 posts today, I am pleased to be able to say that through comments received from my readers, I have achieved my goal. It is comments like the one I share below that motivate me to keep blogging, to keep sharing. The comment below made me think of the image beneath it. The author of the comment didn’t know it when she wrote it, but her comment really was the “X” that marks the spot for my blog this evening.
The second image posted this evening reminds me of the phrase “don’t look back”. I took a big leap last January when I began this journey into the world of professional photography and began sharing my passion publicly. Many times I’ve questioned my decision and wondered if I shouldn’t be the pharmacist I was educated to be instead of changing my life course, taking more classes, and throwing myself out there for the scrutiny of the public. But alas, I cannot look back. I know I was led to do this, I know I am making people smile with my work, and it makes me so happy to be able to accomplish that, especially in the world we are living in today – so many people facing so many difficult situations. No more looking back, just moving forward and focusing on becoming the best photographer and writer I can be! Hoping along the way that I am, in some way, encouraging others to follow their dreams and passions as well. It can be frightening and overwhelming, but it is worth it!
I leave you tonight with a couple of interesting images taken during an outing with my family along the Delaware River Canal on New Year’s Day and a BIG thank you to my family, faithful readers, and fellow bloggers for your support and appreciation.
I want to THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful gift of photography with the world! I have spent the past 4 hours looking at your photos and reading your beautiful blogs! You are very talented and I’m positive your “hobby” will bring you much success!