On April 3, 2013...my baby officially turned into an adult! 18! NO...not my baby!! That's what was going off in my head, outwardly however I shouted, "HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY LIJEY!" So as I celebrate my official "man"...I'll take you on a little trip down memory lane with me (tears falling.)
When Elijah was little he was the most stubborn little guy ever. He would stand in the corner for hours rather than apologize and be done with his punishment. As he got older, he rarely needed to be disciplined and was always such an incredibly good little boy, doing his homework without being told, making lunch for himself along with all of his brothers & being their little gofer (go for this and go for that.) He always had a huge beaming smile on his face...happy to help however he could. He was such a little angel, but still had that stubborn streak that was impossible to break.
|THAT LOOK SAYS IT ALL! LOL!|
|STILL WINNING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!|
As a 5 year old boy playing flag football he had set one very important goal that he wanted to achieve in high school; he had one final chance to accomplish it...this year, his Senior year. This goal was by most standards almost impossible. But his sheer will, stubbornness & determination kept his dream burning deep inside. He had an incredible drive to see it fulfilled...despite the odds & the school's history of losing the "BIG ONE." Elijah wanted to win a CIF Football Championship. He wanted to set a school record. He wanted to graduate with a CIF ring on his finger & see his childhood dream fulfilled.
As the team won game after game, his dream seemed closer to a reality, until a semi-final playoff game against Foothill. Edison (Elijah's team) was behind 16-14 with less than 2 minutes left in the game. I began to feel literally sick and nauseous as I could only sit and watch my son's childhood dream slip away. But Elijah wasn't ready to give up, his stubbornness, perseverance and sheer will to realize his dream kicked in. Elijah was in at running back and they gave him the ball...the game looked hopeless as he appeared to be caught in the backfield...BUT SOMEHOW, HE REFUSED TO GO DOWN!
|ELIJAH-TEAM CAPTAIN #9|
When the noise died down and the stadium began to clear, Elijah seized the moment, lying victorious on his field of dreams!
|ANGEL'S STADIUM AFTER THE CIF CHAMPIONSHIP WIN!|
|ELIJAH HANGING THEIR CIF CHAMPIONSHIP FLAG AT THE ASSEMBLY|
|THE DREAM RING!|
|WHAT A SEASON!|
|WOW...CHECK OUT THE CIF DREAM TEAM RING!|
HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY LIJEY!!!