When I left home to start attending VSU in August of 2006, Darlene started working for a second family to keep their newborn, Trae. I still remember going by the Hardy's house to say goodbye to Darlene before I left town. She was standing in the driveway holding Trae, crying as I pulled out. She did the same thing when I went to Kindergarten. I'll admit, I was a little jealous when I found out Darlene would only be with us part time so that she could go on to raise new children. I felt I was going to be replaced. Little did I know, I would grow to love those children like they were my own siblings.
I love Trae and Kate Hardy like I have never loved any other children before. I'm so glad Darlene has raised them to be a part of our lives.
Yesterday, I had the privilege to attend Trae's kindergarden graduation. I can't believe how fast he has grown up. Here are a few of my favorite photos of him I have taken over the years (a couple of these are from his mom's FB page).
|Big brother with little sister, Kate (2008)|
|My buddy (2009).|
|At my house in summer 2009.|
|3rd birthday party (2009)|
|So sweet and still has that "baby" look.|
|Trae eating with his papa.|
|This was taken while I was babysitting them one evening (2009).|
|Sitting with us at an HHS football game (fall 2010).|
|Playing on the gator (winter 2010).|
|Trae's first year playing t-ball (2011).|
|My favorite t-ball player. One of my favorite pictures of us.|
|Duke's of Hazzard 5th birthday party (2011)|
|Trae with his parents at his pre-k graduation from FBC day school (2011).|
|Trae and me at his pre-k graduation reception (2011).|
|Trae's first day of kindergarten. This photo almost had me in tears the first time I saw it.|
He looks so grown up. Priceless photo (August 2011).
|Swapping Christmas presents (2011).|
|Trae and his sister, Kate, love to go to the "Waffle Place" (Huddle House). I took them there a couple of weeks ago when I was babysitting (May 2012).|
|"Look! I've lost 2 teeth!"|
|Yesterday at his kindergarten graduation from Westfield. So proud to be a part of this precious little boy's life.|