May 30, Daniel turned 19 years old.
Daniel has returned to home this summer to work as a lifeguard and our head swim coach.
He has a zeal and passion for the sport that shows through his coaching. He also had a tender heart that allows him to work with the little ones.
Abbey and Elijah love having him around and don't want to talk about him leaving. The other day, Daniel was packing up some things to take to his new rental home in Wilmington. He brought stuff to the living room to set apart. Abbey, apparently remembering when Daniel had stuff in there before he went to school, came to me and said very solemnly, "Mom, come here." She took my hand and led me to the living room. "Look."She then looked up at me with mournful eyes, waiting for me to return the sentiment. She was relieved when I shared that Daniel would only be gone for a weekend, and wasn't leaving us for a few more months. It's going to be hard on them when he does leave again.
Uncle Dan loving on Miss Layne
Daniel finished his freshman year with a 3.7 GPA, made the conference team and loved his first year of college.
Mr. Lead Foot did return home for the summer with empty pockets, (the results of said pesky lead foot while driving), which he's been hard at work correcting ever since he got home. He's gone a lot, but I still love having the nightly "recap" of his day before he turns in for the night.
I always dread the end of summer and, again, this year I'll doubly dread the end, because it means my boy will be leaving again.
But, he's been hard at work and I'm expecting some big contributions from him to UNCW's swim team.
Thank you Daniel, for brightening our lives for the past 19 years!!
I love you to the moon and back!