Sixth Grade.

I remember when Dylan was only 5 years old and I sent him to elementary school for the first time. It was a hard time for both of us because he'd never been away from me. We were two peas in a pod, literally. He went pretty much everywhere I did and never had to be left in daycare or with a sitter, when he was with a sitter it was family. Through the elementary school years he grew and became a little less independent every year. He literally grew from a shy 5 year old to a very outgoing, confident 11 year old in those five years.

He's received all kinds of awards for his excellence in academics, his behavior and his willingness to help others. He's been in Program Challenge since second grade, which in middle school means he's in gifted classes for his basic core (math, social studies, science, & language arts). He's an all around excellent kid and we're super proud of him this year. Sixth grade proved to be no easy fete for this kid whom has never had to study and never failed, rather exceeded at everything. Math gave him a run for his money this year though so because of it he didn't win any awards but i'm still one proud Mama and Alex is still one proud Dad because we know he gave it his all and he learned from his mistakes. Life isn't always easy, we all know that, so the struggles are part of it but I believe it's how you handle the struggles that matter most. He learned about study habits, note taking, and organization and came up with his own methods for all of that.

I'm proud and relieved all at the same time. There were moments of sixth grade when we had Come to Jesus meetings. Moments when I thought none of us would survive but when it was all said and done we did! I celebrate this year for all three of us. It was also the first official school year as a family of three, not just he and I. I think we all did well! So here's to the 2015-16 school year. 7th grade ain't got nothing on this kid but first let's enjoy our summer!

Dylan and his Grandparents on Grandparent's Day @ school in first grade.

And the first day of 6th grade.

We love you buddy. Just remember you've always got your family & God on your side.
You can do anything you believe you can!

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