December 2010

December 2010

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Well, he's off to conquer the world...well, at least college!

Mark and Derek left this morning to drive up to BYUI. I cried way more than I thought I would. I actually didn't think I would cry at all. I have been pretty matter of fact about the whole thing...this is what he needs to do, it'll be great. But when it came right down to it. There are SO many things about this kid I'm gonna miss.

I mean, wasn't he just little? Wasn't he just my pudgy, little happy baby. Derek was such a happy baby!

They all just grew, and grew and grew. And I really don't know where those years went. The little kid years seem so long ago...back before the hard, trying teenage years.

Seriously, after we began and somehow lived through Dallin's teenage years we were tired. Still are. But enjoying Caitlin's and Derek's and Cody's teenage years has been a ton of fun. And for that I am so grateful. I mean, we have felt joy like I can't describe. Again, I am grateful.

What I will miss the most about Derek not being here is what a good brother he is. He always made things just a little more fun. He comes up with the most random things, I tell ya!

 He is the best big brother

And he has set a great example. Tonight after dinner, Cody cleared the table without being asked and I thanked him. He said, "I have to be Derek now." Wow. Thanks so much Derek.

He was just my pudgy little baby who smiled all the time, and has grown into an incredibly handsome and honorable young man. 

I'm okay now, not crying anymore. I am just excited to hear how his new life...classes, friends, apartment stuff, etc. goes. (Don't worry, we're keeping his legacy going...recycling, Padres, spongebob quotes.)


  1. You have every right to be proud. Derek is a great young man. I look forward to hearing more about his life in Idaho.

  2. Wow, Cody's statement brought tears to my eyes! Derek must have been such a good example for him.

  3. This will be a great year for Derek, you can be proud. Looking forward to the good news from Idaho!!