This is the amazing story of our micro preemie, John Craig. He was born on November 30, 2005 at 24 weeks and 5 days gestation. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces and was 12 inches long. John is a true miracle and an inspiration to all that meet him!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29.11

Thursday, August 11, 2011

1st Day Of Kindergarten

You were six months old and full of fun,
With a blink of an eye, you suddenly were one.
There were so many things we were going to do,
But I turned my head and you turned two.
At two, you were very dependant on me,
But independence took over when you turned three.
Your third birthday, another year I tried to ignore, but
When I lit the candles, there weren’t three, but four.
Four was the year that you really strived,
Why, look at you now, you’re already five.
Now you are ready for books and rules,
Today was the day, you were anxious to go,
We walked to the school, going oh so slow.
As you stepped inside and waved goodbye,
There was a lump in my throat and tears stung my eyes.
Time goes so fast, it’s hard to believe
That just yesterday you were home here with me.
So I’m holding these moments as hard as I can,
Because the next time I look,
You’ll be a grown man.

John, there are no words to describe how incredibly proud I am of you.  You have defied ALL the odds and have shown everyone that miracles do happens. I love you with all my heart and could not have "hand picked" a better son.  God has big plans for you....I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

"Today is your day.  You're off to Great Places!  You're off and away!"

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Stephanie Halvorson said...

I have goosebumps! YAY JOHN!! Have a WONDERFUL year in K and we need to play together soon! Great pictures Jill! xoxo

Sarah Pope said...

This is so sweet...I nearly cried. Way to go John! I hope kindergarten is a great year for you!

Breeana said...

I've been silently reading your blog for a while. It's great. But, your poem brought me to tears. Congratulations on such a big day!

elyse2hope said...

Rock on John!! I can't wait to meet you!

M2Amos said...

Made me cry! What an accomplished little guy. WAY TO GO, JOHN! They "first day" is coming way too fast for my little ones :(

Jessica Crozier said...

So cute…I love to see the excitement on their faces!! I'm sure he had an amazing day! Emma starts her first day at the private school tomorrow, and she's SO excited!! I love their enthusiasm for learning!! I hope he has a wonderful year!!

JaBLes Mommy said...

What an amazing boy John is! He looks so grown up and ready to take on Kindergarten! Congrats to John and the whole family on a FABULOUS first day! Love you guys!

Jerenda said...

SOOO exciting! He'll probably talk all night about it and be ready to go in the morning! What an exciting time for all of you!

Meggan said...

This totally made me cry :) He is such an amazing man!

Billie said...

Oh my goodness! So cute!!! Have a great year in kindergarten John!

Cindy said...

Proud, proud, and more proud of you big guy. Enthusiasm, persistance, great spirit - you've got all the ingredients. Mix them up, stir in your love of reading, and whatever you do, I know you'll be great. You already are!
Oodles of love.
Grams and Papa

Anonymous said...

John, you are more than a miracle. You are such an example. You are always willing to work hard and smile even when it is hard. We are amazed watching you read your books, write and draw, follow directions, and always try to learn more. You are amazing!!! We could not be more proud of you.

Just looking at that last picture, what a big boy. Sitting with your study work; there were so many that said you couldn't do it. You showed them!!!

We are all so proud of you. Love you little man!
Grammy and Papa

Ben & Michelle said...

I love the family pic of you all so healthy and happy beautiful just beautiful... talk about tears. Still can see that little guy in the NICU like it was yesterday... he is the cutest thing ever. Those uniforms are so adorable. John... you are here to teach us all... love you dollie... well done mommy!

Nana said...

John, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

I love you. Nana

Holly said...

So beautiful Mama! Keep growing John!