Seeing pictures over the last three years my mind is blown at how much Dominik has grown. Seeing him everyday, I don't really notice it. But when I look at where he was when we first got to Okinawa I can't believe how big he is. Seeing him hold his certificate that said "Kindergarten Graduate" almost made me cry (in all honesty, I had really bad allergies that day and I actually had pretty watery eyes...Dominik thought I was emotional about his growing up and I think he thought it was endearing so we will just go with it). He has worked so incredibly hard this year and is turning into someone that TJ and I are incredibly proud of. Dominik is resilient and persistent, he loves fiercely and is empathetic to anyone in need. He has an incredible memory and if he learns something once he is hard pressed to forget it. Dominik fights for the underdog and is kind to everyone he meets. We are so grateful for his teacher this year - Mrs. Palazzo - and her dedication to teaching Dominik. She was firm and loving...just what Dominik needed to push him to be his best. I can't wait to see how he continues to grow as a big ol' first grader!!
|Dominik's bus mates Jerry and Lydia (not pictured, Madison and Zoe)|