Much to my surprise I find myself preparing for another child’s graduation. I’ve been blessed with 6 children; one is with Jesus due to a miscarriage several years ago. Of the other five, I am now preparing for the fourth graduation.
When I think of graduation, I think of endings and beginnings. In our state, we have the opportunity to participate in formal homeschool graduations sponsored by CHEM (Christian Home Educators of Michigan). This is a wonderful opportunity to bring closure to the homeschooling years, if you’ve been homeschooling. This program allows us to participate in a God-glorifying event, complete with prayers, songs of praise, a message/charge, and the handing out of diplomas by the parents themselves. When the parent or parents give the diploma to his/their child, they are allowed a one minute spot to give a blessing to the student. This blessing may take the form of a prayer, Scripture, song, composition, or charge. This is truly a unique event and the blessings from the parent is very special.
This week, as my daughter goes through her memory boxes (3 or so) to decide what she may want to display at her open house, she is able to go down memory lane and process some highlights of what she’s been doing the past 17 years since she was born. Yes, some of the papers will end up in the trash, like the many math notebooks filled with page after page of answers and calculations. There are some treasures in the boxes, like the email sent from a dear Christian uncle who has since passed away, scripture memory verses scrawled on index cards, and encouraging notes form grandparents who have passed away. There are some music and sports awards, some nice pieces of artwork, journals of God’s leading, etc.
After the ceremony and the open house, there will be new horizons for my daughter to explore…a new summer job as a life guard, new friendships, preparations for future work and honing cooking skills and other homemaking arts, more missions trips as God leads, …
Celebrate the passing of a period focused on study and living for the Lord as a student. Anticipate the adventures to come as God guides and directs the steps of these new graduates, young adults waiting on the Lord for guidance and direction.
Well, Opa and I, along with 2 of our daughters (now Aunties), took a long weekend trip to the South to see our first grandchild. A good friend emailed me and asked what that was like. I would have to say that it’s truly indescribable. Seeing the tiny fragile features of this little grandson up close, holding him in my arms, is just tremendous! Words are inadequate. God is so good, and His handiwork of creating a tiny new life in the womb, then being able to meet the little one that was formed in the secret place is truly only something a loving, Mighty, Powerful God could do. As I leave the keyboard to shed a few quiet tears of utter joy, rejoice with our family in this birth. Truly, God is good!
My 11 year old daughter is on a local summer swimming team. Mon. – Thurs. morning the team practices from 8am – 9am. Sometimes the neighbor children ride bikes together. If that doesn’t work, I put my bike helmet on and bike over with my daughter.
Once or twice a week they’ve had swim meets. There are over 60 events, from 100 free style relays to IM’s to 50 breast stroke. All 4 strokes are covered in age groups beginning with 6 and under upwards to the 17-18 year olds. This year, my daughter has enjoyed swimming and has earned 2 firsts, 2 seconds, and 2 third place ribbons. It has been a joy to watch her swim and learn about being on a team.
When you’re on a team, you need to remember that being a “good sport” is followed. The players/swimmers need to encourage eachother, congratulate each other, and do their part. Whining and complaining aren’t conducive to fostering sportsmanship. If there’s a discrepancy, it can be dealt with calmly.
This week is the city qualifying meet where all the children gather at one pool and therefore the competition is more stiffl. Then, the final meet is next week with the top places participating. It’s a fun summer sport. Several years ago some of the children went on to continue year round swimming with a U.S.S. team. That was a big commitment.
When I ride the bike with my daughter to swim practice, I usually exercise by walking around the track. Today, the chlorine reading was too high, so my walk was cut short because practice was canceled. Flexibility is key!!