Thursday, April 4, 2013

Memory Lane

In our home we are hitting another major milestone this week - PROM! As we have helped Brendan get his tux and other prom necessities, I have had a chance to reflect back on my own Junior prom.

I had a few minutes this evening to go back and find some of our prom pictures. I knew the kids would get a kick out of seeing them and every once in a while I enjoy seeing the old me. By which I mean, the me who was naïve and uncertain, less confident than most but always looking out for others. What I wouldn't give for a 5 minute conversation with the 17 year old me. Some of you might be able to relate to that!

Anyways, this is not the exact picture I was looking for but it is the picture I kept out from all the others to show to our kids, specifically to Brendan and Ellie as they get ready for prom tomorrow.

First of all, let me say I really had NO IDEA how much Koby looked like Brian until I looked at this picture. I was amazed!! Something about the mischievous twinkle in his eyes and that cute smirk that is his father made over.

Past that, I have to tell you I can remember renting this dress just as clear as day. Puffy sleeves, lots of sparkle and black must have been just the mix I was looking for. And only my date could have pulled off the polka dot bow tie and vest!!!

In a scrapbook I found my invitation with a red rose across it and somewhere I am sure I have the keepsake mug. I remember how my classmates had such ambition to create a live waterfall and pond in the school foyer. I can't imagine an administrator signed off on that!!! And as we worked and worked it was finally our parents who came out and finished the project so we could get our beauty sleep the night before (plus I know I spent money on some fake nails that I could not risk loosing on building a waterfall or pond or bridge or basically any other item needed to decorate!).

Sometimes a trip down memory lane comes at an unexpected time and with it comes a sense of nostalgia for all that is left behind. The security of your childhood home, past friends and all the experiences that went into making you who you are never really leave your memory. It is no secret that when I met Brian I knew he would be the one. Prom night was really only our second real date, but I am sure I was madly in love and eventually he caught up. Earlier this evening I posted this picture on instagram and I wrote, "my prom date from 1994 and he decided to keep me for life! I never could've imagined how much I would love this man."

Now our son reaches this milestone in his own life! Tomorrow he will put on a tux for the first time and pick up a girl who has won his heart. They'll make their own memories with friends and classmates as they go through an evening of fun and excitement.

Tonight I took my turn at decorating and tomorrow I'll take as many pictures as I can! Prepare to be in prom overload at some point this weekend because I will be posting several I am sure.

I hope your week is going well and the Lord is blessing you as you walk with Him each day....


  1. note to self: quit reading these in places other than the comfort of your own home where you can cry and not worry about who is seeing you. lol. love the pic! can't believe brendan has reached this time of his life. hope him and ellie have a great time! looking forward to the pics :) love ya!

  2. Great post down memory lane - oh how i remember as we had our first prom with you and the fun we had - hope Ellie and Brendan have a great time and can't wait for all the pics - forgot that we rented that dress,