For many years now I have made Amara calendars for special members of her fan club – OK, family! This year I really got a late start on them but they finally were mailed! The hardest part of making the calendars is picking out just the right pictures for each month. January 2016’s page needs photos from January of 2015 and so on. While that part takes the longest it is certainly, the most fun and I found some pictures that reminded me of posts that needed to be done. Still I procrastinated until a friend asked me to post to Facebook three of my favorite Mom moments. Here is that photo.
Early last year I told you about Jenna receiving the Parent of the Year award for Santiago. They had a huge celebration and presentation at the school board. It was an evening I will never forget. That was in April of last year.
The first week of June Jenna came to pick me up to do some shopping. Before I could get out the door, she came in the house looking very nervous. She had gotten a letter from the City. Not a letter to Justin or to the family but to HER. She was terrified to open it. I think we both cried when we read it.
I was so glad I got to go! The awards were presented in the City Council chambers so we had to go through strict security procedures to get in. They even checked Amara’s purse and ran the metal detector over all of us. It was really very impressive. There were other recipients from other schools, too. Of course, we had to sit through a lot of other City Council business before they finally got to the important part but it was worth the wait. We were lucky enough to have gotten front row seats. It was another wonderful night of Mom pride. I couldn’t help but cry when they called her name.
Jenna certainly hasn’t let that award go to her head. She is not sitting back on her laurels this school year. She is President of the PTA and is loved and appreciated by all. She knows all of the teachers and most of the students by name. She does so much for so many of the students at Santiago. She is such an amazing person and such a positive influence. The students and teachers all know they can count on her and that she is there for them if they need her.
I am pretty sure Jenna has never said “No” to anyone! I am very proud of her.