I don't think of children as markers, or numbers--or, at least I try not to. When Joey got married someone said to me, "One down, ten to go." But I don't think like that. In my thinking, each child is their own, "One down, all done, in their own station of life." Even so, it is not lost on me that Troy is our true middle child--5 older siblings, 5 younger siblings; 2 older and 1 younger sister, 3 older and 4 younger brothers. When he turns 18 and graduates from high school this year,it will mark the point in our family when we have more adult graduates than dependent minors. There is definitely a milestone "marker" feeling about it.
Troy had his senior pictures taken by our friend and now "personal-family-photographer" Bob Mainhart and we're in the process of picking favorites. Chime in with your opinions. I'll pick my favorite to join the Senior-Picture-8X10-Club on my shelf but I want a variety of wallet sizes. The following pictures are in Troy's order of top ten favorites. My favorite is near the bottom, of course. These pictures could still have some adjustments made yet (which I like to keep to a minimum)--cropping, oreintation, highlights, touch-ups, etc.