Monday, May 18, 2009

Prom and life's ups and downs

A proud mom always has to show off pictures of her children and this weekend I was very proud of Claire, my 17 year old daughter. She went to her first prom with boyfriend (of 1 year!) on Saturday. They went out of town with 3 other couples for dinner, back to town for the "grand march", the prom and then the after prom party. They arrived home around 3 am. I was only worried about the drive out of town, but all went well. It was a little windy out and DD's hair became a little wind blown, but she was lovely none the less. Most of the girls had their hair up, but she decided to keep it down and lightly curled. Her dress was actually purple but showed up blue in all of our photos!

This picture is "so Wayne County". Various vehicles dropped the kids off in front of the auditorium where the prom was held. There was even valet parking for them. Some kids came by fire truck, some by convertible, but I didn't see any limos this year (and no Amish buggies!).

Aside from this fine weekend, I have been distracted and disturbed by some family issues. It has me reevaluating my life and my choices, the good and the bad. It is so hard being a parent and I wonder if I ever should have taken this on. I find myself wondering what the heck life is about and how to make it meaningful. Anyone out there have the answer? Please pass it on...

Hopefully stitchy pics will follow soon.

Thanks for stopping by!


Melissa said...

Hi Barb,

The pictures of your DD are lovely. The photo of the big truck dropping kids off is pretty funny.

I'm sorry to hear you are going through a bit of bumpy ride. You and I are around the same age I think. I can understand it's a time of reviewing our life choices and wonder about them.

Drop me a line if you want a chat. I'm off work this week and just catching up on life in general! Take care.

Lee said...

Yay for Prom Pictures! Claire looks beautiful. It's so adorable - the way she has her head tilted in the first picture is cute, cute, cute. And the blowing hair in the second picture make her look like a model. You've got a lovely daughter there, Barb.

I hope that life and family things sort out for you soon. I don't think that any of us have the perfect answer for all of the doubts we have about parenting and life in general. We all muddle along...and occasionally we do something right!

If I can help you in any way - even if it's just to read/listen to what's going on - I'm here for you.

Sharon said...

Beautiful picture of your daughter and heyr BF! I hope things will get sorted out you soon!

Deb said...

Your daughter is beautiful and she and her date make a very nice looking couple! I have never heard of a truck like that dropping kids off at the prom, but I think it's great! I hope that your family issues resolve themselves soon. I think I wonder almost weekly if I'm really cut out for raising kids (especially teenagers), but I'm sure that we'll get through it (as hard as it may be sometimes).

Pam said...

Your daughter looks just beautiful, wind blown hair and all! Her gown was so pretty. Simple, yet very elegant. You should be proud.

I have to say that I know exactly what you mean about how hard it is being a parent. My kids are younger than yours so I'm sure that the problems that we face are totally different, but there are days when I, too, wonder how on earth the good Lord ever thought I would be good at being a mother. I hope that things get better.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb, I've not been able to visit blogs as much as I'd like, but glad to be able to catch up today.
Your DD's pics are so lovely, I really love her dress, and she looks so beautiful. What a lovely couple they make.

I hope you're family issues settle down soon. I have 3 kids, a soon to be 17yr old, and a 13 and 11yr old. So I'm fairly new to teenage years but hope i can get through them 3 times over!

Take care

Tammy said...

Great pics! Your daughter is beautiful! I sure don't have the answer, but I totally get where you are coming from. I'm looking for that answer too, but right now, I'm at a loss. Hang in there girl.

DaisyGirl said...

Hi Barb,
Your daughter is beautiful! So glad that they had a safe and happy prom. Thanks for your comments, Jason did graduate and I'm recovering now. One down, one more to go next year, but Jacob's will not be like that at all. (Cross my fingers!)Can't really help on the advice department, I totally stunk with Jason's ordeal. Hope not to repeat with my other son.

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