That’s a wrap

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life165 Comments

Just like that, graduation season is over.

We had our party over the weekend and despite bouts of torrential rain, thunder and lightning, it was probably my favorite party to date.

Dan worked his tushka off to get the yard looking delightful and the garage people-ready. I am so grateful for my partner in crime. All you single parents who pull these things off, you have my crazy admiration.

I took only 10 photos and most of them are duplicates of the one you see above. I just wanted to enjoy the people who came to celebrate Aidan.

I had her scrapbooks out. I had her photo boards mounted on a series of old doors (Dan’s awesome idea).

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We borrowed tables from his brother’s church. We cobbled together as many different chairs as we could get our hands on. We hired Minnesota-based Famous Dave’s to provide the main course (best decision I could have made, saving a lot of time and stress, if not money.) We had breaks in the weather so people could be outside.

It was a really lovely day. It was my kind of Zielske Pinterest party.

Oh, and I started drinking at 2 p.m. But of course, in moderation.

Nothing like an early glass of wine to remind you the day is going to be awesome.

I have more thoughts on this girl and a cool project to show you later in the week, but for now I leave you with the slide show we ran every 45 minutes or so for the revolving crowd. I made it in iPhoto, recorded it using ScreenFlow and posted it to Vimeo. I don’t have the rights to use the song, so it may get pulled down at some point, but it’s Conor Oberst’s newest, “You are your mother’s child.” If you know Bright Eyes, it’s the same guy. And while the perspective and gender references in the song are a bit off, the sentiment? It’ll hit you right in the feels.

Thank you for following along on this remarkable young woman’s life. It’s been my extreme privilege to share her story with you.

Grad Party Clip from Cathy Zielske on Vimeo.

 

Cathy ZielskeThat’s a wrap

165 Comments on “That’s a wrap”

  1. #1
    Jenny in Wellington,Nz

    Dang, Cathy… That was one HELLUVA edit…,

    YOU have raised a beautiful, beautiful young woman.

    I’m not sure who I should be more proud of.

    Wow. Just. Wow.

  2. #4
    Sara Mangan

    This was wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes. I met Aidan at CKU- Chicago. I remember even back then I was so impressed what a neat kid she seemed to be. What a blessing for you to get to be her mom!

    I have to say that watching this video made me also think “way to go” to you and Dan for working on your marriage. She is very lucky to have parents that are married to each other AND still like each other.

    Congratulations Aidan!!!

  3. #7
    Lori

    Wow Cathy. That is THE most awesome video. Love the song and Aidan is stunning. Really good job mama. My three birds are about 5-7 years ahead of Aidan and believe me – you have awesomeness ahead for you. Take joy in that thought. Thank you SO much for sharing.

  4. #9
    Keianna

    Couple thoughts:

    1) she is lucky you are a scrapper. Those were AWESOME PHOTOS.
    2) she has some fun memories to carry into adulthood.
    3) you seriously made me tear up this morning.
    4) she had AMAZING hair through the years 🙂

    Congrats to all of you. I really hope she has a blast at college.

  5. #12
    barbara eads

    So beautiful, I cried all the way through it. One question. Does she have two nose rings? Sometimes it’s on the right, sometimes it’s on the left!! Maybe it’s a “faker.” Any which way, she is a gorgeous girl. You done good!

  6. #13
    Kristin

    Wow. The music and the photos. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing and thanks to Aidan for sharing herself with all of us through the years.

  7. #15
    Pam Abbott

    So. Totally. Awesome. And you were right, it did hit me right in the feels. Thank you Aidan for letting your mom share your life with all of us.

  8. #16
    Lida

    You and Dan have done well raising your kids. Most enjoyable memory video! How are you going to top this for her college graduation?! No matter, this is so special for your family.

    Definitely going to swipe some ideas for my girl’s graduation next year!

    Aidan is a beautiful young lady like her mom!

  9. #17
    Theresa

    What a beautiful video!! Thanks for sharing… Our oldest daughter is starting Grade 11 in the fall. My stomach is already in knots!!

  10. #19
    Mandy

    What a beautiful video to have forever! I am expecting my first child and to hear that song for the first time was awesome and brought a little tear to my eye. Your daughter is beautiful and her smile is the best!

  11. #20
    Deb @ PaperTurtle

    Ack! FANTASTIC video, Cathy. I’m all choked up and don’t even know what to say, but I had to leave a comment and tell you that it has been such a pleasure to follow along on your girl’s journey. Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us. Have yourself a great summer!

  12. #22
    Tara

    Wow Cathy, that was amazing. It has been a pleasure watching Aidan grow up. Thank you for sharing her journey with us!

  13. #23
    Holly B.

    That is a BEAUTIFUL video for Aidan. Thanks so much for sharing! I love that song, and I actually love the singer. We used to babysit Connor when his folks were our neighbors. That is probably my favorite song of his to date, and I love the way you put it to beautiful use. And, I might add, I am always blown away by how gorgeous your photography is. Great job, Cathy and Dan!

  14. #24
    krys72599

    Congrats to Aidan AND to Mom and Dad!
    I don’t know any of you personally, but that video and song combo just brought tears to my eyes!
    (First thing Monday morning, new makeup, at work – THANKS a LOT! LOL!)

  15. #25
    Keri

    Wow. I generally don’t comment, but wanted to say that I love the video and it made me cry. I am just starting to put together the photos to make a slide show for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah in November. I would love to hear any hints/tips about putting together the slide show. I have watched quite a few recently (trying to figure out what I want to do) and generally find them a little boring. But, this one was amazing. And I hope you are going to post about the photo boards. I’ve been waiting for months to see the finished project.

  16. #27
    April

    Enjoyed that video of your gorgeous daughter. Aidan is so blessed to have her family behind her supporting her and she is going to do big things, I’m sure.

  17. #28
    Holly Corbett

    I cried real hard And then I went and tracked down my rising Junior and gave him one of those crazy, “don’t leave me hugs”. He played along. He knew what was wrong…as usual.

  18. #32
    Lisa

    Started crying at the first frame OF COURSE. Thank you for sharing her with us, my friend. Love to you all, and major hugs.

  19. #33
    Renee T.

    Very moving video. And awesome idea, to mount the posters on salvage doors. I L-O-V-E the garage transformation! Nothing like a good garage party!!!

  20. #39
    Mary R

    I have only “known” her through your blog Cathy, but I can say I am so excited for her future. This video completely made me cry!!!

  21. #40
    Kym

    I don’t know any of you, but I am sobbing over here. What a beautiful tribute! I have playlists for each of my boys, and I just put this song on them this past weekend. It chokes me up every time.

  22. #41
    Janet

    So beautiful. Cried the whole way through it. Of course, I have never had the privilege of meeting your daughter but 4 years ago I was right where you are today — daughter graduating and off to college far, far away. It’s hard to let go of everything that is certain and look forward to something completely unknown. But you have so much fun ahead of you, watching Aidan continue to grow into the young woman she is destined to be. Congrats to you all!

  23. #42
    Amy J.

    I so right on your heels lady (soon to be 13) that I couldn’t finish the video. I got to “you are your mama’s child” and had to stop because I haven’t even had coffee yet.

    I am watching you during this time very closely…to see how you do. You and I have a few of the same traits as women and mothers. I can clearly see that after all these years of reading this blog.

    I literally can’t even have the thought of my oldest being “grown” without having the worst anxiety, dread, fear and sadness start to gurgle in my head and gut. I keep thinking my best years are soon to be behind me once my kids are grown.

    So, I want to see someone else do this…get through it…intact. No pressure, lol.

    You’ve done great so far. Now just to see how things go in the fall and following months.

    Good gawd, even typing that…for your child…made this mama’s heart start to seize up. : (

  24. #43
    Shereen

    Ah I’m so glad I got to see it. What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful girl. And doesn’t it feel time has gone just as quickly as the video?

  25. #44
    Janice S

    Oh my goodness–tears running down my face! What a beautiful girl you have there! My baby will be a senior next year. I don’t know if my heart can take it. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. You are an inspiration!

  26. #47
    cathy

    Well, I will say Im no pioneer, right? This is what we do. This is what life does. I will say that having a lot of personal help via therapy has helped me to understand more, do what is needed more and make this NOT about me. This is her life. So my sadness exists but its in a place that is more for me to connect to, while at the same time, I get to cheer this kid on like crazy. Its a mixed bag for sure.

  27. #48
    Deonne

    Thanks for sharing the video and pics. I imagine there are times when it’s odd for you or your family to share so personally, but as much as you can like people you’ve never met, I like your family and appreciate the opportunity to be one of those you share with. I remember so many younger photos of Aidan and it’s a joy to see this young woman becoming more her own every day. Blessings to you and your girlie on this new chapter of life. 🙂

  28. #51
    Whitney

    Beautiful video of a beautiful girl! Well done! It’s been fun checking out all of your scrapbook pages through the years. You are gifted at what you do, and your love for your amazing family shows on each and every page. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  29. #55
    Natalie

    Absolutely amazingly incredibly beautiful. And boy was that song perfect!! Loved how you timed the images with the lyrics. So awesome!!!

  30. #56
    Leanne in CA

    Amazing! She is absolutely beautiful!! I remember when some of those photos were originally shared, years ago. It goes by so fast. Congratulations and best of luck to Aidan in college!

  31. #58
    Sophie

    Oh man, it’s hard to let go. I’m three years away ftom my first one leaving for college. Tearing up watching the video and just thinking about it. (((HUGS)))

  32. #59
    kristina

    What a beautiful video and what a truly beautiful daughter you have, Cathy! I remember seeing scrapbook layouts of her back in the day and she was so little! Now I feel old, ha, but love how you’ve captured her beautiful life. I can see the joy you have and how proud you are of her! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing that with us! My daughter is 8, but sometimes I catch glimpses of her and it’s like life has just flown by and I can’t for the life of me figure out how she got so grown up looking SO fast. Sigh. Anyway, sending you big hugs! 😉 It’s so not nice what time does to us Mamas. 😉

  33. #60
    Krista

    I never comment, but felt I needed to here – for years, and years, and years I’ve marveled at the parallels we’ve shared (from afar) in scrapbooking, moving from paper to digital, I also work in Graphic Design, less-than-perfect marital bliss, to working towards making it what we both deserve and even better than we’ve ever had, your battles with moving-more-eating-right, to realizing and then changing some gawd-awful neuroticisms about myself, and then the girl….. I also have a graduate who I’m insanely proud of, who is also heading to Madison. She makes my heart burst with pride and love. Reading about your intense pride, awe of the person she is, her individually, and more – It’s been a pleasure knowing that someone else is feeling (and articulating) many of my same feelings. It makes me feel good, knowing there are more of ‘us’ out there that share a lot of the same craziness in life. It doesn’t hurt that we are both call Minnesota home (Duluth). Thank you for allowing me to take my own personal journey with you. It’s been a real pleasure.

  34. #61
    Yolanda

    Huge. HUGE crocodile tears here. That was as perfect of a graduation tribute as I’ve ever seen. Just pitch perfect, and clearly crafted with love. It’s so hard to close a chapter, even though I’m really excited to catch glimpses of her life ahead

    Also, really excited to see the way your storytelling evolves as you become the only chick in the house. And hoping we get a chance to know Cole as much as we’ve gotten to know Aidan. But…boys and their mommas are quite different than girls and their mommas.

    I was the youngest of two, though. And my older brother is 4 years older than me. And I remember the hole I felt with him gone. But I also remember loving the chance to get to be the only child for a while and to be seen without his somewhat oppressive shadow. So perhaps there’s a similar story lurking there, yet to be uncovered over the next few years.

  35. #62
    tena

    I loved this, thanks so much for sharing. Congrats to Aidan and to you and Dan. I won’t lie, it was an adjustment when my two went off to college, but amazing in a whole new way. I looking forward to reading about your adventures as the mom of a college girl!
    Tena

  36. #63
    Caroline

    Beautiful video Cathy. Thank you for sharing her life with us. My own “baby” graduated 2 years ago and there are so many conflicting emotions for a mom. You want them to go out and have a great life, but they are never out of your mind and heart.

  37. #64
    cathy

    I hope that story evolves. Because there might be some truth there. Unfortunately, I wont be able to share as much of his life… I have always said if the kids didnt want stories shared, then that would be the final word. Looks like Ill be blogging a lot about menopause. ; )

  38. #65
    Nicole Norman

    Damn you Cathy! Sobbing at work here! My baby girl is 4 months old and I swear, when you have kids, someone cranks the knob on the speed of time passing. Watching this was like seeing the next 18 years of our lives. I can’t imagine how you’re feeling now. Good luck to her, and to you and Dan. She has got some amazing things coming her way, I’m sure of it.

  39. #66
    Kathy G

    I recently started following your blog and am currently taking your clean & simple class. I felt an immediate connection to your memory keeping style and your life. Your video to Aidan was so powerful and full of love. It brought back memories of my own daughter (34) and son (29) and the amazement & gratitude I feel being a part of their lives. Thank you for sharing and keep enjoying life! PS – Be aware when she leaves for college, it’s a killer!

  40. #67
    ScrappyTams

    Parallel journey, right down to Famous Daves. Out oldest graduated. It happened so quickly. Family came in to town to witness and celebrate. I am clinging to these few short weeks before we take him to college. A new chapter begins. Thank you for sharing.

  41. #68
    cathy

    Hey Kathy, always nice to hear from newer readers and I hope you are enjoying the class!

    Yes, I know. Its going to be a time of adjustment and sadness, but Im prepared for it as much as I can be.

  42. #69
    Jennifer O.

    I’ve had two children graduate in the last 3 years (with one left to go) and those graudation videos make me cry every time. Well done! She’s a lovely young lady who sounds like will do lovely things in this world.

  43. #70
    Karen

    So beautiful! tears in my eyes….I have six years to go and I am already a mess…Aidan is a wonderful young woman and her mother rocks! thanks for sharing. You are amazing.

  44. #71
    cathy

    Hey Keri, I put mine together in iPhoto. I think Ill do a post later in the week about the boards and the process of making this video, because I was super frustrated trying to do it at first, then figured out a way to work it out using a combination of programs!

  45. #72
    Wendy

    Cathy,

    One of the very best things two loving people can do together is to create a child. Loved the video, it brings back memories of our son’s graduation last year. Such a great celebration in our lives, seeing our kids growing into the people they want to be. 🙂

  46. #73
    Darcie

    I add my comments to the previous 60 or so at this typing. What a wonderful, heartfelt video. My babies are grown and out of high school but I may have to go back and do a “graduation video” for each of them using this song. 🙂 Haha! Good job, Mom! I’m excited for her future – she seems like she will be happy and do good in the world and that is really what all mothers want for their children.

  47. #76
    Jocelyne Hayes

    Congrats to her, and you & Dan both. Awesome tribute.

    The one thing I always remember when you share Aidan’s story is when she told you that there better be color film in your camera!

    I wish her all the best as her new future unfolds.

  48. #77
    Leslie B

    As so many others have shared, I got all teary just seeing that there was a video to watch! And then I hit ‘play.’ So many tears. Some of them came because I will be dealing with this major change next year with my daughter. But mostly, I am touched by the honesty in your posts. Your absolute love and admiration for your daughter just shine through.

    And don’t think it went unnoticed that the softball picture showed up at the perfect moment in the song 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

  49. #78
    Kim Delaney

    Beautiful tribute to your beautiful daughter! Loved that you used your garage – it looked so cool!!!

  50. #79
    madeline St onge

    Ok you made me cry Aidan IS her mother’s child, she is beautiful and looks just like her mom. Love this video Cathy.

  51. #80
    3Joyce

    In September we begin the journey of our first son’s senior year. And, WOW, this video and song will be near and dear to my heart as we march through his year. Beautiful just might be an understatement. Congrats Aidan!

  52. #81
    Elizabeth

    first frame – eye swell! love, love, love – thank you Cathy for sharing her with us. Love the doors! you are an inspiration in so many ways!

  53. #83
    Regina White

    WOW! Okay so now I know why we take so many photos. You did such a fabulous job. I’m sure it was tough picking out photos for this. Thanks for sharing your life and being such a down to earth person online.

  54. #87
    cathy

    Well Krista, it sounds like we really DO have some parallels for sure. You know, I read every comment. I dont always respond to each one, but I appreciate that people read what I put out there. I really do. So, heres to your graduate and your experience as well! Maybe our offspring will cross paths on that giant campus! : )

  55. #91
    cathy

    It was hard to pick. I didnt want to overdo it, but just wanted to get the gist. Sigh. Having all those digital photos from 2004 on sure helped!

  56. #95
    Tamara

    Wow, not even my kid and I cried! Seriously, you did a great job – with your beautiful daughter and the slide show!

    Could you tell us how many photos you used – and the settings for the timing? I haven’t done any slideshows to music, but have a need arising soon.

  57. #97
    robin

    well I waited to watch this cause I knew it would be tough cause I’ve enjoyed watching her grow so much thru your eyes ever since you started this blog. Whata a beautiful video cathy to sum up ALL those years…and I will continue to enjoy the next milestones in her life as long as you allow me to, thank you

  58. #98
    Tara

    Sobbing through all the feels. She is one amazing girl, and so are you.

    (I just saw Anna … )

    xo

  59. #99
    cathy

    I used 58 photos in iPhoto, set to a song that was about 3-1/2 minutes long or so. iPhoto automatically makes it fit to the music.

  60. #101
    Jenell

    Sitting at work, supposedly getting a project done, realized I hadn’t checked your blog today. AND now I’m crying. Re-living all of my moments with my daughter(s) as I watch the video and how you captured Aiden. Beautiful, Cathy. Really nice job – hadn’t heard the song before, but you nailed it for the video. Aiden is going to go far – she’s beautiful, smart, funny, caring and just seems like a wonderful girl (we all know her through your blog and love her). Great job and Congrats, Aiden! You Go Girl!

    PS My daughter is “graduating/finishing” her Family Medicine residency in 2 weeks. I think about the road that took her to where she is now through high school, undergrad, med school and now her residency. I guess I better get working on a video!!!

  61. #103
    Rosa

    Sobbing at my sons baseball game, in my car, watching this. Watching her grow from birth to a gorgeous young woman right before my eyes. Cathy, your ability to make us feel, is remarkable. Congratulations to all of you! From a purely selfish reason, I hope Cole allows more stories of him to be shared… I have 3 boys, no girls, I only have that mother-son bond… I often wonder what having a daughter would feel like, how it would be different. I think that is another reason I’m crying over that video, beside it being over-the-top awesome!!

  62. #105
    courtney

    Amazing! Your love for her shines through all of those later photos! She is a beauty! As a new Mama, I bawled all the way through the video!Love the song and the editing it flawless! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  63. #106
    Jean Schmuker

    Cathy, that was beautiful. I have been dealing with my very empty nest for the past 5 years. 4 years at university and one year study abroad in Japan. Now she is moving to Orlando to intern at Disney. I just keep reminding myself that our goal as parents was to raise a healthy, happy, independent woman and that is what she is. I miss her a lot but I know she is where she is supposed to be–(besides there are some advantages to having that empty nest.)

  64. #107
    Ivanka

    Cathy, I pop in and out of your blog, but you seem to have a knack of reaching me just when I need it. As many of the previous posts said, I feel quite the parallel between our lives. My youngest is graduating high school and going off to University. I’ve been following your grad celebrations, taking tips on the types of photos to capture, feeling your feelings and looking forward to the grad party.
    I’ve been struggling with the emotions, especially with this being my baby. I absolutely love, and will cling to your post about this being about her and not me. I am so freaking proud of my daughter, not just for what she’s accomplished but what an amazing person she has become. I see that same proudness in your posts and your video. The video is perfection.
    Thank you for sharing it. Congratulations to Aiden, and to you and your husband. That is quite a girl you have.
    …I’m turning 50 on Wednesday (double whammy!) so now I will be really looking forward to your menopause blog posts!!

  65. #110
    dawn

    Hi Cathy, so excited to see this post!! Looks so cool, I LOOOOOVE the doors!! What will you do with them now? Also what did you do with the stuff you keep in your garage, I am asking so I can make mine look this good next year for my daughter’s party. So glad the day went well even with some rain!! Can’t believe you only took 10 pictures, totally get wanting to just sit and enjoy but still only 10, lol.
    She is just gorgeous, so excited for this next phase in her life. It’s off to a great start thanks to you and Dan!

    Thanks for the video and making me cry, just love it!!!

  66. #111
    galen

    this is wonderful. like everyone else I am crying, but I could not help but wonder, does the nose ring change nostrils?

  67. #113
    Dianne

    How the heck did you get through that? I’m weepy just trying to imagine you planning that while sifting through photos of all the years and memories. Amazing, moving and what a tribute to you as a Mom. Your rock CZ!

  68. #114
    Amanda N.

    Perfect-congrats to you and your husband for sending such an awesome young adult into the world to do good things! This is def a scrapbooking win on the video front!

  69. #115
    Amy Myers

    Like so many others, it brought tears to my eyes. My daughter just finished kindergarten. I kept thinking about what’s in store for her these next years. That was beautiful, Cathy. Simply beautiful.

  70. #124
    RobynS

    Girl, let me just say how blessed I feel to have you and your family in my life through this beautiful cyber world. OMG are you kidding me how beautiful this is. I love it. Your daughter is georgeous and her hair…killer. So our oldest son, who is now 31, had a group grad party so no movie, our 19 year old son wanted no part of a party so when my 14 year old daughter does this….well look out. We did have an awesome slides show at her 8th grade graduation. It is so special. I have thought of so many other things about Madison. May have to send an email. Whoop whoop. Good job mama!

  71. #125
    Gina T

    Cherish every moment. I will be doing a video soon too. Not for a child going off into the big bright world….for a child going home too soon. I’ll be looking for your tutorial on how you did this. I need all the help I can get. I would also like to do some photo boards.

    Tears of joy, tears of peace, tears of hope.
    Blessings to you, love, love, love.

    P.S. Death is something no one wants to talk about either but reading your blog gave me courage to blog about it. It’s part of life folks, it really is 🙂

  72. #130
    Karen Freeman

    Aidan rocks
    You rock
    Dan rocks
    Coleman rocks.
    Rock on Zielske family.
    Loved watching you grow.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us, even those of us on the other side of the world from you.
    Hugs
    Karen

  73. #131
    heidig

    Yup, hit me right in the feels! Love the pics on the doors. Very cool idea. Congrats to all the Zielske’s!

  74. #136
    cathy

    Gina, I cant imagine what you are going through right now, so I will be thinking of you, even though I dont know you, because you are right: death is part of life. Peace to you. : )

  75. #138
    Kendra B

    Wow. Beautiful. She’s an amazing girl and it really did shine through in this video 🙂 Well done!

  76. #139
    Stacey

    Wow, just…sniff… WOW! I’ve followed your blogs for years and have watched her grow up. That video was perfect, bravo! So happy for her as she begins this next chapter. I’m feeling your pain as my son is now officially a senior – happy to have some ideas to steal ahead of time! Thanks as always for the inspiration. And I would love to see a process post on how you put this together! Thanks for keeping it real!

  77. #140
    Theresa Grdina

    Congratulations….what a beautiful film for your daughter. My youngest graduated in May and just left for DC and a new job…it was a killer. enjoy the time you still have left. and as you know, it will go quickly!!

  78. #143
    suetreiber

    You’re not supposed to cry at other people’s kids videos, and here I am, tears running down my face.
    Beautiful tribute. Killer song.
    You did good, girl.

  79. #144
    Angela NJ

    I am your age and my only daughter is 11 and I cried as I watched your girl grow right before my eyes because I know I can’t keep mine from doing the same. I’ve been visiting your blog for years now, and this video is so much more than the photos and song – it’s a beautiful reminder of all of the great things you and your husband have done to raise such a remarkable young woman all bundled up in clip that showcases your incredible talent. I would definitely love to read a tutorial if you choose to do one, and hopefully I won’t be so old when my daughter graduates that I forget how to access your site. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  80. #145
    Jill

    Oh…..beyond well done! What a tribute! I’m not ready for this in a few years. What a beautiful young woman!

  81. #146
    Debbie

    Awesome! I have been following your blog for about 7 years and it has been a pleasure to watch your daughter grow up. Thank you for sharing so much with us. I remember when my first child graduated from high school and left for college. People at work stopped asking how she was because I would tear up. But, believe me, you will get used to it and although things will change, new things will come and it will be just as good. I now have three beautiful grandchildren between by two children, and life is very full. Enjoy the ride that these next years will bring!

  82. #148
    Kate Ware

    Oh, Cathy!! What a beautiful tribute to your beautiful girl. That song was PERFECT!! I’m in tears, here — wasn’t able to have children of my own, so thanks for letting me live vicariously through you as you see your daughter off on her next adventure. Go, Aidan!

  83. #151
    Leora henkin

    Cathy,

    I finally got to watch your video! Wow! Wow! Wow! I love the video and the love that shines through behind it. Thanks to you and to Aidan for sharing the adventure. Wow!

  84. #154
    Natasha

    Oh Wow, sitting at my desk crying (discreetly?). That is amazing. Thank you, and Aidan, for sharing your journey with us. She is no doubt an amazing young woman, and I’m pretty sure you guys had a hand in that!

  85. #155
    Joanna

    Holy gorgeous, Cathy! That was AMAZING! I’m three down and one to go, and now I’m seriously considering getting a Mac JUST so I can do something similar on Iphoto for the ‘baby’ who will be graduating next year… Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  86. #156
    Joanne Caruth

    Okay, recomposing myself after that. What a perfect tribute to this amazing young woman. You should be very proud.

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    JennieB

    Oh, my gosh, that was beautiful. I didn’t realize how long I’d been following you and your family until I saw the photos. The only thing I missed was Aidan’s birth and early birthdays. Thanks for sharing her with us. She truly is an amazing young woman.

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    Deborah P

    Beautiful. I marvel at picture after picture – showing a lovely child, girl and now young woman. Although I only know her through your blog, I’m certain she’s as lovely inside as she is outside. Thank you Aidan for allowing us to share the teeniest bit in your life; thank you, Cathy, for being the conductor on this ride. I’m so proud of you both!

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    karen

    Cathy…you must be so proud…proud of the woman she has become…and proud of the journey to get her there. like everyone else, I’ve watched A grow into the beautiful woman she is today – all power to you and to Dan for getting her there…And all power to YOU A – you go grrl!

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    Marjorie Nienhius

    Maybe you already know this but in case you don’t… The Movie “Stuck in Love” with Greg Kinnear uses this song for a very emotional scene featuring a scrapbook of sorts. As it started to play, in my head I yelled, ” I heard this song on Cathy’s blog!!” Thanks for introducing us, your readers to newness all the time which causes unexpected and much welcomed smiles and happiness!!!

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