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Lesli NolenBy Lesli Nolen

Published May 2012

I have determined the older I get the faster time passes by. I look at my calendar on my phone and I have red lines under nearly every weekend from now until the end of June. It’s crazy to have that much going on, and then I realize why I’m so busy. I have a daughter graduating this year, another turning 11 years old and a husband that will be 40—all this month! No wonder my days are full, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Cap and tassel As I mentioned, Ashley is graduating this year. She is a senior at Saginaw High School. We are headed out this weekend to watch one of her last volleyball tournaments. Then we will be getting her ready for prom and graduation. I can’t believe it’s actually here. I think all parents sit back and wonder how it all happened. Seems like yesterday she was learning to walk and talk, and then we were sending her off to kindergarten. Junior high came and went—thank goodness, those were some years. Now, in just a couple of weeks she’ll be standing on stage in her cap and gown receiving her diploma awaiting a world she has yet to discover.

Moving on to the younger child, Skylar will turn 11 years old on May 7. She will graduate from elementary school this year. The wonderful world of junior high awaits her (Prayers are appreciated!). She will be embarking on a new journey as well. There already seems to be so much drama in the fifth grade, I can only imagine what next year will be like. But Sky is a beautiful young girl who has the means and stubbornness to be anything she wants to be.

40th Birthday Now for my wonderful husband; he will be the BIG 4-0 this month (May 19th). I am so very proud of him, proud of the man he has become. Over the past 16 years of marriage, we have grown together in many ways. He keeps me sane, keeps things fun and keeps us laughing. Our family is blessed to have him in our lives and I look forward to his next 40 years.

The other day I was adding more things to my calendar and I kept looking at all those red lines. I was getting overwhelmed just looking at them. How in the world and I am going to get all this done. A little while later as I was driving home with my mind going 1,000 miles a minute I looked over saw a man in a wheelchair going down his sidewalk to check his mail. As I was stopped at the red light I watched him maneuver his chair, reach as far as we could, open his mail box and retrieve the papers inside. As I sat there, I prayed and thanked God I was physically able to do everything on my calendar with ease. I was completely humbled at that moment. So as time flies and my calendar fills up I thank God for the opportunity he’s given me and look forward to the ride.

Phone As these wonderful events approach I have to remind myself to stop and enjoy the moment as the moment happens.  Before long I will fitting veils on my girls, watching them become a mothers for the first time and wondering where my teeth are! Times passes in the blink of an eye, but we must pause long enough to enjoy where we are.
Ashley—I’m so very proud of you! I look forward to this new chapter in your life and I pray that all your dreams come true!

Skylar—I wish the best 11th birthday ever! I’m proud to be your mom!

Breech—Happy 40th Birthday Sweetheart! I love you more today than I did yesterday. Thanks for being the man God called you to be!

We will celebrate many mile markers this month and I’m so blessed to be a part of all it. I look forward to many more!

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