ella was so focused on performing! she participated in all the hand motions and sang her little heart out! i could tell she was watching me from the stage (she is SO much like me...i used to watch my mom just like that) and when it was over she asked "mommy, were you crying happy tears"! oh my yes, ella...i am just so blessed to be your mother!
after they sang their songs, they presented a precious puppet show of "brown bear, brown bear" (ella was one of the black sheep!), and then came the most adorable part of it all...each class appeared on stage with their caps and gowns and received their "diplomas"! they posed with miss kim and everything - a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e!!!!!!!
ella received a wonderful bible from the school...one that will be such a special reminder of the time she spent at first baptist. she has made some wonderful friends over the past year and a half (as have i), and while i couldn't be more excited about our move, it's never easy to say goodbye to people that impact your children's lives. mrs. bradley was such a blessing to us this year...and ella (and maddie) LOVED her! she always greeted ella with the sweetest smile each morning...making it easier for "mom" to walk away knowing she was in such great hands. we will definitely miss her being a part of our monday, tuesday, thursday, friday days...so many of my teachers still hold a special place in my heart...and no doubt, mrs. bradley will hold a special place in ella's!
tonight was a night that we won't soon forget...and i couldn't help but flash forward to a time that i know will arrive all too soon...when ella will be in another cap and gown...but this time, my mind will flash back...to that day in may 2009, when my sweet first born was in fact still little...