Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Oh, sweet mercy it's finally here.

Summer, we've been waiting for you. It sure took you a long time a'comin'. You hid yourself behind finals and graduation but now, you've made your first appearance in the 'hood and we're sure glad you're here.

Actually, my kids get out a week before the kids in West Dallas so we've got exactly five days before our house is overrun with cuties offering to wash my car in exchange for a popsicle. They love to spray each other with the hose and my car can then stop growing things in the door jams. Sometimes, I give them two popsicles because I'm so nice that way.

Dea, our 'sweet-eldest-almost-foster-except-for-the-fact-that-he-still-has-official-parents child' graduated on Saturday and we've been celebrating all weekend.

He was really excited.

Sebastian was just mad I made him dress up since, "Mrs. Hill, I coulda totally worn my basketball shorts to Dea's graduation. Lots of other kid's did."

Yes, and lots of other girls wore dresses four sizes too small, too, but that don't make it right.

I'm kinda old school that way.

We had a little graduation shindig Sunday night that my friend Jennifer and my in-laws helped put on. You gotta love a kid who, when asked what kind of food he'd like to serve, doesn't hesitate before he yells, "DOMINO'S PIZZA!!"

With the giant cake and Hannah's best ever salad, which I highly recommend, it was a wrap.


His parents made it to graduation which meant a lot to Dea and they were obviously proud of their son. Darius is more cynical when it comes to his parents. When they said they were going to have to bow out for the party in the 11th hour, Darius said, "They pretty much bowed out about fifteen years ago." Our hope is that this young man who has such a bright future ahead of him will lean into the arms of a Father who's love has a height, and depth, and breadth that we cannot measure.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

14 comments:

Coneymama said...

You close with my all time favorite scripture...anytime I doubt, I recite it to myself. Congrats to Dea and you, his almost-foster/forever family. May God continue to bless you as you bless others!!

Jess said...

Pizza and yummy salad? That's my kind of shindig :) Hope you have a super fun summer and that it's not too crazy :0)

LoLa said...

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Jennifer said...

I love how much you love Dea and Darius! Seriously, it's my dream (and, luckily, my husband's) to do the same with some sweet kids someday soon. We've just got to find 'em.

Guard Wife said...

Big, BIG congratulations to Dea! That's a huge accomplishment & I hope it's the first of many as he gets out there & sees exactly how full of possibility the world is for someone with drive & talent. Congrats to you too for sticking by the boys, even when it was tough, and for trusting enough to let them go & then envelope them in when they realized they deserved you.

Henley on the Horn said...

Good for you for celebrating Dea in such a special way! I loved reading about it!

Misty said...

yayayayay Congrats Dea from Weatherford! :) Hi Mel and family I know i have not been an active comment-er but I faithfully keep up with the blog! love reading what's goin on and how God is workin in all ya'lls lives way over on tha east side :) <3 Misty

Andrea said...

What's the recipe for Hannah's best ever salad?!

Sumer said...

Wonderful post and God Bless ya'll for what you do each and every day!

Rachelle said...

Congratulation to Dea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Becca said...

aw what a fun party - he is lucky to have y'all! :-)

Becca said...

We want to do the same thing with some kids sometime soon too . . . you are an inspiration!

Sarah said...

Such great pictures, and it warms my heart over and over again to think that those boys are able to be a part of such a loving, godly family. :-)

Sue said...

What a great celebration. Big congrats to Dea for a job well done! You certainly have been a blessing to these special young men! I'm sure it means the world to them.