Throwback Thursday – Graduation

Jen.1Hi and Happy Thursday. Today is graduation at both the high school and Ian’s school for the fourth grade students.  In honor of that, here is a photo from my graduation — many, many years ago.

I am the one in the large glasses as was the style in the 1980s.  Glasses that covered half of your face and big hair. That was quite popular. I am pictured with my friend Jennifer. We are still friends and still see each other.  She is a lifelong friend.

This summer my graduating class is having a reunion.  I am on the planning committee. My class enjoys getting together and we always have a great time.  It may be unusual but many people always come back for the reunions.  I am blessed and very thankful for that.

Two weeks ago, our nephew on my side graduated from high school.  He like the students graduating tonight is ready for the next chapter of his life. Last night, our nephew on Kirk’s side of the family graduated as well.  I am thrilled for all of them and excited for their opportunities.  God bless and good luck to all of you.

For the fourth graders graduating to middle school, I wish only the best for you.  You have learned a lot at the elementary school and are ready for the next phase in education.  You will be the big kids. God bless you.

Although my graduation was a long time ago, I remember the fun yet also unknown feelings that I experienced.  That summer we went to the beach and had a great visit. I had great times with my grandparents, siblings, parents, aunts and uncles, and cousins and I will always cherish those.

It was plenty of play time and I am thankful to my parents for that time. When it was time to go to college, I flew back home by myself, packed the car, and drove up to my college. My parents later checked in with me to be sure I had all that I needed. I sure felt grown up after that experience and that I was ready to be an adult.

A few quotes about graduation:

  • “There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.”  Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.” ~ Orrin Hatch
  • “The tassel’s worth the hassle!” ~ Author Unknown
  • “You may not know where you’re going, but so long as you spread your wings the winds will carry you.” ~ C. Joy Bell C.
  • “I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.” ~ Author Unknown

To the high school graduates, I wish the best for you whether you are going to college, joining the military, starting your career, traveling for a while, or a combination of those.  May you use your wings to pursue your dreams and remember all that you learned and where you came from.

I wonder how I am going to feel when Ian graduates from high school in 10 years?  I imagine I will be both happy and sad.  We have lots of great years between now and then and I plan to enjoy and savor each one.  After all, that time will fly by.

Monday Musings – Changes

DSC00725Hi and Happy Monday!  Today is the last Monday of kindergarten for Ian.  He has 8 more days left of school and is very excited for the summer.  I on the other hand am having a hard time realizing that his first full year of school is nearly finished.

It went so fast.  How is it the end already?  It seems like he just started.  But, there are huge differences.  Now he can read!  He has learned to be more independent.  And, he is learning math and so many other things.

He has loved his teachers, making new friends, and the entire experience.  We will soon have a rising 1st grader.

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Today is also a celebration for my niece who just finished 8th grade.  She starts high school in the fall – 9th grade.  Amazing!  I remember when she was born and when she was Ian’s age.  And, now she is a teenager ready for a new chapter.  Time has flown!

Sadly we won’t be at this party to celebrate this milestone but wish we could be.  We love you Gussie and hope you have a great time!  Can’t wait to see the photos!

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Today is also my dear friend’s son’s birthday.  Kendrick is 19 years old today and graduating from high school.  I remember when he was a little guy too.  He has grown up into such a nice young man.

Happy Birthday to you Kendrick!  May you enjoy this amazing year coming up.  May you have fun at school and enjoying the experience and all the amazing things that you will learn.

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Life is so full of changes and these are great ones.  Yet, I have happy tears as I realize these are major milestones for three dear young people.

Today I am thankful for:

  • Celebrations with family
  • Singing Happy Birthday
  • Life-long friends
  • Years of fond memories
  • Photos of loved ones from many years ago
  • Listening to Ian read
  • Buying end-of-year gifts for Ian’s teachers
  • Writing thank you notes to those who have helped Ian grow so much this year
  • Hugging a boy before school starts
  • Picking him up at the end of the day and a nice walk home

I wonder how these three young people will enjoy these changes in their life.  May they enjoy the journey!

Graduation Day

Congratulations Graduates!!

On Saturday afternoon, my husband’s family celebrated the high school graduation of one of our own.  My nephew (Kirk’s brother’s son) Jonathan graduated and it was a real celebration.

When I first met Jonathan, he was 5 years old — nearly the age that Ian is now.  He was into similar activities that Ian is — loving cars, and playing and just being a little boy.  He was the ring bearer at our wedding and looked adorable in his tuxedo.

As we were driving to the graduation, Kirk and I were talking about our wedding and that he was just starting school at that point.  Fast-forward 14 years and Jonathan is a fine young man with an exciting life ahead of him.

It is truly amazing how quickly time flies by.  We have a lot of memories with Jonathan and his parents and have so enjoyed spending time with them all of these years.

One year we were at the beach together and had a wonderful time.  Playing in the sand, making sand castles and sand animals, going to a parade, and eating cheese steak sandwiches are some of the highlights.

Despite the difference in their ages, Jonathan and Ian are buddies and get along very well.  They trade toy cars and when Ian was younger, they loved playing together.  They still do enjoy talking about trucks and cars.

For graduation this year, Ian decided to give a book to Jonathan about Tonka trucks.  This book was given by my sister to my brother’s oldest son, who then passed it along to Ian a few years ago.  On his own, Ian decided that he wanted his cousin to have it!  What a sweet and caring thing for Ian to do.  He knows that Jonathan likes the trucks as much as he does.  It is very special to know that this book is still in the family.

Graduation is truly an amazing time in one’s life — both for the graduates and the parents.  During the ceremony, I was watching Jonathan’s parents who were beaming with pride as their son received his diploma.  They have been great parents to him and have taught him so much!

Since my son hasn’t started school yet, it is hard for me to imagine this feeling.  Yet, I know it will be here in no time.  Once he starts school, the time will fly.  Lord, please help us along that journey!!

The graduation speaker said these words, “No one will care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  I really like these words and know they are great advice.

Here are few other graduation quotes that I found online:

“There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.”  Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.”  ~Orrin Hatch

“The tassel’s worth the hassle!”  ~Author Unknown

“The future lies before you
Like a field of driven snow,
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show.”
~Author Unknown

For those of you graduating this year, whether from high school or college, I hope and pray that you will enjoy the next phase of your life and can look back on your growing up years as a fun time.  God Bless!