And just like that…on the 21st of May, Smith will officially be done with elementary school!
The Shull family is about to officially have two middle schoolers and this mama heart just can’t handle it. I am SO PROUD OF SMITH! He is just such a good kid. He is that kid that, as a mom, I just don’t have to worry any extra about. He’s so mature, so level-headed, so funny, smart, quick-witted, sweet, kind and I cannot believe he’s just about done with fifth grade. I’m going to take a minute and gush about my boy today 🙂 .
This has been an extra special year because it’s the one and only time that Madeley and Smith will ever be at the same school together. It’s been a year of kinder, 2nd and 5th grade over here and Smith has LOVED it! He loves his little sisters so much and has so enjoyed being the big man on campus this year taking care of them. (They’ve enjoyed it too!)
One of the things I love about Smith is that he truly is a Renaissance man. He is so diverse, has such a wide range of hobbies and interests and is always learning something new, studying something new and enjoying something new. He loves to fish, he loves to read, he’s currently working his way through Babbel right now to learn French, he’s memorizing the book of Romans…I’m telling you…when people ask me what he does all morning (he likes to wake up early!), I tell them that Smith is SUPER busy! He’s a man of many interests…
God knew exactly what he was doing when he surprised us with Smith 😉 . He is the PERFECT kiddo to be wedged between three girls…
…he teaches them poker, how to shoot a bow and arrow, how to build a fort, catch a fish…it’s always something.
Smith takes boxing during the off season, wants to learn how to row, he’s currently reading his way through all of John Grisham’s novels…
…this kid is a force.
Fifth grade certainly hasn’t been perfect…you know…2020 and all, but overall, he’s had a great year and a wonderful end to elementary school.
I can’t believe that little boy of mine is about to be in middle school. It’s just going by too fast.
Kindergarten to fifth in a blink.
Look at this pic from last week of Drew, Nixon, Smith and Bowen…
…and then look at this…
…I took this pic the month Smith and Nixon started kindergarten. My heart.
Happy end of elementary school, Smith!
I love this kid so much. xx
Sheaffer Sims says
He’s learning French and memorizing the book of Romans? I’m sorry. WHAT?
It’s been amazing to watch him grow up on your blog! You have one special kiddo! Happy graduation year!
Amy Heinl says
He is an amazing young man…and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him. I remember you posting pictures when he was little and he would fall asleep anywhere and now look at all he has accomplished already in his young life. His curiosity about life and thirst for learning will undoubtedly open so many unexpected doors and paths for him. Keep reaching for those stars Smith…we can’t wait for your journey ahead
Awwwww, he is amazing! Congrats to Smith. I’m sure you have all the feels right now. I also have a fifth grade boy leaving elementary this year. While he is so ready, I don’t think I am! There are a lot of really special parties and events that typically happen in fifth grade and my heart is breaking that my son had to miss them all. He only went back to school in person last month. Trying so hard to focus on what he did get out of the year and be grateful, but I’m just sad that he didn’t get the usual happy fifth grade year. It’s also my last child (of three!) to graduate from the same elementary school. Sigh. Any suggestions for a special gift to commemorate the occasion and such a hard year? Enjoy celebrating with Smith!
I’m looking for the day he lets you video him playing the violin for us!
Goodness gracious! I remember that Kinder post! Such a sweet handsome feller! The girls are blessed to have him!
I always smile seeing post about Smith because he is my birthday buddy, January 18th! ?
I love this post! Smith sounds like such an amazing kid! I also have a 5th grader (she is my younger) so this is the end of Elementary School. It is so bittersweet. She is excited to join her big sister in middle school next year but I am not ready!
What a neat guy! Some mama that you may not even know is praying for him, because she has a daughter…….. Thank you for sharing about Smith!
What a remarkable young man. Kudos to his parents ♥️
Laci Murray says
Smith is an amazing kiddo!!
Sue Jones says
He is soooooo handsome! Look out ladies!! 🙂
Tracy W Doubts says
Oh my goodness, how he has grown. Smith is going to do great things. I know that you and Andrew are so proud
of him. That picture of him holding Yankee is so adorable!
Kayla Bruce says
Yay, yay! Congrats to you all. As a boy mama this makes my heart so happy!
Ani Martinez says
A self starter! This kid will go places 🙂 What a privilege to watch him grow up into the man he is meant to be.
Marla Slaughter says
Omg!!! Add “ A Painted House” to his John Grisham read list!! The Hallmark movie from the book was filmed in my little hometown of Lepanto!!! Grisham grew up just a few miles away and I designed the movie poster for the film!!! Almost my entire class was in the movie!
Mrs. Plank says
When I was in 5th grade I was picking wedgies and daisies. And I ended up with a Masters degree. Pretty sure he will be President. At the very least. Way to go mama!!!!!!
Shelley Beauregard says
Can you remind me where you got your arm band for when running!! 🙂
And ditto to the other comments! Reading all those books, violin , football, boxing, he is one of a kind little man!!
Mix and Match Mama says
Amazon!!! I have it on this post here: https://mixandmatchmama.com/amazon-faves/
He’s fantastic! And so brilliant!!
From a little boy who fell asleep in the most interesting places to a pre-teen, I feel like I’d love this one to bits!
Mix and Match Mama says
Hahahaha! He was 100% that little boy 🙂 .
Emily Gess says
Oh gosh, I love Smith 🙂
Aren’t boys fun?! They definitely hold a special place in a mom’s heart. From an outsiders perspective, he has amazing examples in you and your husband. He seems like an among kid! Way to go mom and dad! ??
Monica Stoleson says
God has blessed you!! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Smith. He’s precious!!???
Mary Dollar says
Goodness what an awesome guy! Now…if he could just get over his love for that sorry Yankee Team!!! ???
Danna F says
I love your posts on your kiddos. You do such a good job documenting them. I hope they do (will) appreciate it. Hugs to you as you go through these last days of elementary with him. He sounds like a very well rounded little man. I am so impressed with his willingness to always learn something new. Never stop Smith!
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says
Awww, happy graduation! ❤️✨
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
Alison T. says
He’s going to make some lucky lady very happy, someday. 🙂 What a wonderful young man you’re raising! Boys hold a special place in a mom’s heart.
Elizabeth Thorson says
Oh my, Smith is one very handsome, remarkable kiddo! I am amazed by the scope of his interests and accomplishments! I understand how proud you and Andrew are if this smart, kind, funny and delightful Smith Shull! How lucky his sisters are to have him for their brother!
He’s just so darn cute and all those interests will serve him well in the future!! Congrats on his graduation to middle school!!
Kacy M says
Aww what a sweet boy Smith is!!
Leanne Gilchrist says
AWWWWW! In the blink of an eye, with a flash of lightning, the years just shoot past! Praise God for Smith, and for the perfect plan our Lord has for him! Thanks for sharing about him. My mama’s heart melted too, reading this! 6th grade will be fun for him!
Anita Hays says
Wow! He is very well rounded. I love to hear about kids doing other things besides playing video games. He is so inspirational. I’m so proud of him and I don’t even know him. ?
Smith has definitely inspired me to do more! He is such a special young man. You and Andrew have done a wonderful job of guiding him.
Kristy Moore says
Wow! Can’t believe he’s in middle school! There’s going to be one lucky girl out there one day!-What a great kid!
Wow! Smith has so many talents and interests! Also, the pic of him on the couch with Yankee/his dog & the pic of him at start of 5th grade against the door —looks like he grew a lot taller! Congrats to Smith for graduating 5th grade!