Sunday, May 27, 2007

Congratulations to my daughter, the graduating senior!


(left to right) My son, me, my daughter and my wife after graduation


Friday night, May 25, 2007 marked the end of a long and amazing journey for my daughter as she graduated from high school. The road for her was not as easy at is for many. You see, she was born with learning disabilities associated with auditory processing and speech / language issues. If you had a regular conversation with her, you might not ever pick up on it, but if you got into deeper or more abstract subject matter, it would become increasingly apparent. Imagine going to school amongst a peer group every day where your communication skills were about 70% of age level, and that's what she faced every day. When she was 4, many of the so-called "experts" to told us she would never make it in a regular school, much less graduate on time (if ever). We refused to believe that. Through years of prayer and hard work, and meeting after meeting with her teachers and counselors to make sure she was on task, she not only ended up graduating in regular mainstream classes with her senior class (even making the honor roll with all A's and B's one semester), but she lettered for 3 years on her high school drill team, a difficult task to even make the team. I tell people all the time my daughter is a hero to me. No words will ever be able to adequately express how proud we are of her.

14 comments:

warriorwoman said...

Well that's great - well done to all of you.

robtherunner said...

Congratulations to your daughter and to the supportive family as well.

Shelley said...

You and I have a lot in common..my oldest son has experienced the same situation through out his life time...congrats to your daughter, i'm sure you are very proud.

The Real Kidd said...

Congrats to your daughter!

momo said...

congratulations!! that smile on your daughter's face says it all!

she is blessed to have such great parents who believed in her every step of the way. good going, dad and mom!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

congrats! and THANKS for being a supportive parent to her. I'm sure that has made all the difference. :)

Deb said...

Congrats to her on graduation and to you on such a beautiful family!

Jess said...

Congratulations to your daughter. What a great accomplishment!

Jason The Running Man said...

Congrats to your daughter! What an accomplishment! I know your one proud pappa!:)

psbowe said...

Congratulations! So amazing and inspiritional...shows that anything is possible. Shows that you're one heck of an awesome parent.

laura said...

That is a great story. I was a special education teacher before staying a home with my daughter. I love hearing success stories.

Pat yourself on the back too, because unfortunately, there are many parents that do not follow through.

You big congratulations to your daughter!
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-christina said...

Congratulations to both your daughter and your family. For sure the reason she was able to overcome was her supportive family she has and the love she received when she most needed it.

Sir Bio said...

Congratulation to your daughter and you and your family for the determination..... Exemplary parenting....

Black Knight said...

Congratulations for the daughter and the beautiful family!