8th Grade Promotion – May 26, 2009

Emma is promoted from 8th grade and is now officially a Freshman in high school!   Time goes by so fast!  We are very proud of you Emma!  Reminiscing our middle school years… 

  • Braces…only a few more months to go! 

    Jorie Smith and Emma

    Jorie Smith and Emma

  • Dance, Dance Revolution                 
    Emma and Katie Olson

    Emma and Katie Olson


  • Cell phones and text messaging…”hey what’s up?  Nothin. U?  Nothin.”  cell phone
  •  I-pod… and I-tunes!  Music has become such an important part of your life.  As you say, silence is too loud.
  • Heely’s  Skate Shoes – you wore them everywhere. 
  • Camp Paradise… making special memories with Dad!149-4911_IMG
  • The era of “quotes”… endless quotes!
  • Cheerleading during football and basketball games – fun times with friends.

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  • Basketball (and getting mono, which ended your basketball career for the season).
  • Field Trips:  Cave of the Mounds, Medieval Times, Snowboarding/skiing at Chestnut, Great America.
  • Girlfriends and drama!  And more drama!  And more drama!

    Emma and Katie Olson

    Emma and Katie OlsonKatie, Emma, Kelly and Jorie

  • Boyfriends and drama.
  • Band sheets – we can finally get them signed on time – and it took nearly 3 years!  On another note (no pun intended), we really did enjoy listening to your flutist skills significantly improve each year!.
  • School dances and rec nights.
  • Father / Daughter dances… your father will miss these most when that boy asks you to your first high school dance!
  • That pose!  

Mary Grahf and Emma
Mary Grahf and Emma


Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Birthday Sami!


Today is my baby’s first birthday!  Sami has brought so much joy to our lives.  Seriously, we sometimes refer to her as our therapeutic dog because she loves everyone and can lift their spirits with the wag of her tail.  Things I have learned this past year from Sami and other wonderful memories: 

I do believe she is prepping me for the time we have a human baby.  She wants my attention always and is often very needy. 

She is excited to see you as soon as you come home.  Why can’t I greet everyone with that much enthusiasm? 

She loves us unconditionally – even when we gripe and complain about whose turn it is to let her outside.  Actually, I have learned that I most often do not mind the “inconveniences” of taking care of her since I love her so much.  I just do them for her knowing I am meeting her needs and that I love her so.  Again, I wish to be just as intentional of caring for my family with a loving attitude. 

Sami loves to tear up paper.  The habit started when she was a puppy.  I used to joke that the only way I could read the mail was to give her the envelopes that she would tear to a zillion pieces.  This holds true to this day.  If she even hears me opening a piece of mail, she comes running and wants the envelope.  She is the only one who gets away with making a mess in the house – and I happily clean up after her.  Shouldn’t I be just as happy cleaning up after everyone else? 

As Sami is a little dog weighing only five pounds, she is sometimes intimidated and fearful of being alone.  I have prayed often over her that God gives her a bold and courageous spirit.  

Yes Sami, you have taught me well to better love people, to be more patient and caring, and to appreciate life while living in the moment.  You have been God’s gift to our family.  Happy Birthday my sweet girl!

Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment