Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Graduation Ceremony

 Everything went wonderful with the ceremony for Josh's Graduation.  My sister set up the front table.  I love how it looked!
 In the fellowship hall we set up a table with Josh's "stuff"  It was fun deciding what to put on the table.  There were several of Josh's senior pictures in frames.  And his acceptance letter to Golden State was framed as well.  We also put out his Bible, his Calvin and Hobbes collection, his varsity letter from playing football at Emmanuel, his St. Barths house he built, his basketball jersey from 1st grade, his Winnie the Pooh and Tigger that were his favorites when he was a baby, his quilt, his coonskin cap, his harlem globe trotter ball, and his 2 albums.  He's very diversified! :o)
 There were 4 homeschoolers that graduated together.  It made it very special to be in the ceremony all together.  And one of them is Josh's bestfriend, Noah, so that made it even more memorable for Josh.
 Our Pastor is wonderful at ceremonies.  He knows how to make things important, yet relaxing at the same time.  We started with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
 Then, it was time for Pomp and Circumstance.  That song always gets to me!
 Then, each student had their allotted time.  During that time Pastor read a small biography of the student, Bro. Stoudt led in the student's favorite hymn....
 Brenna played for Josh's hymn: I Believe in Miracles.
 Then, Josh gave his speech.  It was so good!  I love his preacher heart.
 My niece Sarah was our photographer for the ceremony.  She did excellent and really captured the moment!  I love this shot of our row during Josh's speech.  You can even look all the way down and see Jonathan, Logan and Isaiah (3 of my nephews)  Josh had lots of proud family there!  Then, each student showed their slideshow.  Patrick and I had fun narrowing down which photos to use to fit in a 3 minute song.  Not an easy thing to do!  Josh wanted the song to be, "God's Been Good"  It was perfect!
 Our Youth Pastor, Joe Calger, gave the "Charge" to the graduates.  He did a great job!
 Then, it was time for the diploma, given to Josh by his Daddy.

 Then, while telling him how proud I was of him, I turned his tassel.  I guess that means it's official.  My boy is a graduate.

 Congratulations Class of 2014!


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  2. That was such a special day....or as Kami says... bittersweet. We are so proud of you Josh! You're a wonderful Grandson. Praying for you as you enter this next chapter in Life. Love you so much. Love, Grandma & Grandpa

  3. Such a wonderful and personal ceremony for Josh and all the family to treasure for years to come.