The last few months have been filled with emotions. Love, happiness, pride, excitement, and at times a sense of loss. What could possibly invoke such emotions?

Well, to start with, in March my oldest daughter turned eighteen. It seems like yesterday I was holding her in my arms at the hospital. The past eighteen years have gone by so quickly. The fond memories are etched in my mind and heart. The love I have for her (and her three sisters) is profound and unconditional.

Then in May she went to prom, and as I helped her into her gown and spent the next thirty minutes cutting six layers of tulle, we talked and laughed. As we did this, I couldn’t help but shed a few tears. Those tears would continue as we drove to her friend’s and thenĀ  boyfriend’s houses for pictures. She looked so beautiful and it hit me that the little girl I used to love pushing on the swing was all grown up.

The final wave of emotions came with graduation. As family arrived to celebrate the event, everyone was beaming with excitement. I am the eldest sibling and started my family earlier than my sister and brother, so this was the first graduation for the newest generation in our family. My daughter had worked hard throughout high school and ended she up graduating with her Associates degree by participating in the Running Start program her Junior and Senior years. She did this while working and playing Varsity softball all four years. She even broke a couple home run records at the school.

You can probably tell I am beyond proud of the young woman she has become. She’s intelligent, driven, resilient, and stronger than I was at her age. As she prepares to embark on the next journey of her life, I’m anxious for what awaits her. All I can do is hope that we’ve prepared her enough to continue to make good decisions. More than anything I hope she continues to take risks, live life to the fullest, and occasionally call home.

Sarah Slonsky

Sarah has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years and began her career with Verity Credit Union in 2003 as the Manager of the Alderwood Branch. Over the years she has led several departments including Internal Audit and Consumer Lending. In her current role Sarah is responsible for ensuring the credit union continues to meet its member’ financing needs while minimizing losses to the credit union and its members. She also serves as president of CU Home Mortgage Solutions, which provides quality mortgage services to Verity members and other Washington credit unions. Her goal is for “Verity to be top of mind when our members have a need to borrow or when they pull out a credit card to make a purchase.” Sarah holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from City University. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters.

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