August 23, 2009

It's Legal

Maddie's driving. DRIVING! All by herself. Going out into the world. Alone. Without her Momma beside her to keep her safe. And she has freedom. Freedom I'm not so sure I was ready for her to have. But there's no going back, is there? What a bizarre feeling it is to watch your child drive off in to the world. She took some of my heart with her. Also, some of my sanity.

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations Maddie!

    I know where you're coming from mom.

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  2. Love that photo!

    I see the Style Statement book under your reading heading - did you discover yours yet?! What is it??

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  3. We know this feeling....five times over and only three to go! It does not get any easier...but you raised her right and that will make the difference. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  4. Oh my!!!!!!!! My heart would be beating so hard and about to jump out of my chest!!! My oldest is going to be 12 in a few months and I took him out down our street (cul de sac) and taught him the basics of driving. I think the little baby steps will help him mom prepare for when the read day comes!

    I agree with Kelly.... you have to trust in the way you raised her. You both will do great!!!

    Have a great Sunday!


    Lanie

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  5. I know exactly how you feel!! My youngest will get her license in October! It didn't bother me as much with my older 2 girls...but with Logan it is driving me crazy just to think about it!!

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  6. My oldest is going into middle school this year, and I was thinking that that was a big, scary milestone. I can't even begin to imagine what it feels like to see her drive away on her own.
    Congratulation, Maddie! :)

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  7. Oh how well I remember that day when away she went to town in MY car and there I stood in the window watching and thinking...I did all right; I guess she will too! Special moments in life!

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  8. OMG Jen! That is a big step....I am thinking of you!! (I will be there soon enough with my daughter...)

    xo,


    annie

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  9. Hi There! Yes Congrats to Maddie and so sorry Mom!lol My only child/daughter got hers 3 years ago and every time she gets behind the wheel I get that stomach pit!!! It gets a little easier but not much!!!lol She lives on her own now and if I know she is going to be out I still make her text me when she's off the road for the night!!!!lol Best Wishes-Jeannette

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  10. My heart feels your pain with this new found freedom. I am so dreading that day. Luckily my girls are still little, but I know it will be here before I know it.

    Congrats Maddie...drive safe and be responsible:)

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  11. It is very scary, but hopefully she will do well with driving. My daughter is almost 18, so I definately relate with your comment about your heart going with her!

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  12. Maddie rocks! And she shore does look pleased about it... :) It's a whole new world, Mama!

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  13. NO WAY! Jen, Let me know how many gray hairs pop up in the next few weeks! I'm praying for you chick!

    Be careful Maddie, there are some real crazy folks out on the road!

    You sure look excited though! I bet mom's expression isn't that giddy!

    Be safe and congratulations!

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  14. Oh nooooo!!! Flashbacks to my life two years ago! I was trying to forget! Good luck to you!!

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  15. What a milestone. It's hard for the parents. I feel your pain. It hurts to see your baby drive off into the world.
    mary

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  16. Oh Jen!! I just blogged about the same thing and I can empathize with you 100 percent!! I keep telling myself " Roots and wings, roots and wings . . . " If you want to read about my son's big day please feel free to visit my blog. Best wishes to you and Maddie!!

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  17. Hi again. Thanks so much for leaving a comment for me. The saying is actually "There are two lasting things we can give our children. One is roots and the other is wings." I used to do home shows years ago and one of the items I sold had that saying on it. I used to sell so many of them. Have a wonderful day!!

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  18. How exciting! Lauren is 16 1/2 and still not driving yet! I have a stick shift so that's my excuse...and for some reason she's not complaining about it too much.

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  19. Congratulations Maddie!! What a great photo!

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  20. yay for you maddie
    hugs for you mama!

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  21. Hi! I'm Dena from southern Indiana. I've been following your blog for awhile. Just had to let you know that the in the pic of your daughter with the sunglasses and big smile she looks like she could be the twin of my 18 yr old Ashley. She didn't think so but i showed her dad and he thought he was looking at a pic of Ashley he just hadn't seen before. Just wanted to let you know i really enjoy your blog and had to tell you about the pic.
    Dena

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  22. gulp

    congrats, maddie!

    hang in there, jen!

    xo

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  23. Love love love the picture of Maddie!!

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