I Cor 16:14

"Let all that you do be done with love." I Cor 16:14

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Graduate

I feel like I have been living in a tunnel recently as my oldest son, Joshua, just graduated from high school.  The events leading up to it, planning a party and the actual ceremony have been sheer joy and I am so grateful to the Lord for His faithfulness.

We couldn't be any prouder of our son.  He has worked so hard throughout his school years and it has paid off for him.  He was one of 14 valedictorians at his school. My son who is so soft spoken you can barely hear him spoke with such confidence and conviction during his speech.  Sitting amongst family and grandparents we were in awe!

It is a sweet ending to a chapter in his life but there is also with it a tinge of sadness.  Do the two always go together?  Our little boy has grown up and he is excited for the next chapter of his life . . . college.

Thankfully, we still have little boys who are at home.  Boys who still need nurturing and training.  With Joshua moving out soon they are already coveting asking for his room.  I think it will be good for them to move up in the ranks.  There is a bit of competitiveness amongst them and we want each of them to succeed.  Dividing the time up evenly is challenging (if not impossible!)  My prayer is they will stay close to each other.

We were so blessed to have Joshua's grandparents with us. 

They have been such an integral part of his life and it was a proud moment for them as well!  Heaven only knows how their prayers and the time they have invested in his life have shaped him.

As if we couldn't be more elated the tv station stopped by and wanted to interview him. 

So we got to see him on tv as well.  When God pours out His love and favor it really spills over!

Amongst all of the people milling around after the ceremony Joshua's math teacher for the last 3 years stopped by to congratulate him. They exchanged some last parting comments and laughs.  My son has excelled in his classes and who knows how much this man has helped shape his mind.  My boys attend public schools and every year I always pray for God to put my boys with the right teachers because they can be so important in our children's lives.  Capturing this moment in a photo was pure icing on a cake!

So, the pages of this chapter close and the next chapter is just beginning.  As with every season of life there is excitement, anticipation and a bit of nervousness.   Normal I suppose.  But with God on his side who can be against him?

This scripture is a favorite of mine and it is a promise to ALL of His children.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11



Anonymous said...

It is a lovely offering of your heart for your son. Thank you for sharing. : )

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Sewn With Grace said...

Congratulations to the graduate and all of you! It is bitter sweet, isn't it? He looks like a fine, young man.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Josh again!!! Oh and your welcome Kathy for that teacher pic. ;) Aren't you glad I didn't listen to your husband. ;) It was a special time for me, too! Miss you all!

Shann said...

Hi Kathy! How proud you must be of your son! I heard from Grandma that she is mighty proud of him as well! What a special time for all of you. I hope your summer is going well! :)

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Awesome! You must be so proud of your son. I love how you put it about when God pours out His love and favor. You could not be more correct.

Anonymous said...

Rereading this again...you forgot to mention that a very special friend was there, too. ;)