"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

May 19, 2015

End of the school year, a birthday and a graduation!

Andrew has his end of the year testing today. Hoping he does well! He always does!

Our sweet daughter-in-law (to-be) has a birthday today and we are celebrating on Friday night.
Happy Birthday Tiffany!

And on Sunday:
Joy is graduating from high school!!!!!! AHHHH!!!! 

I can't believe it! -I may accidentally wake her up for school next week just out of habit. ; ) 
We are so very proud of her. She plans to get a degree in ministry and become a Christian counselor. She has a passion to help hurting girls. Love her heart!

Instead of throwing a graduation party, making food, decorating, and making a video of her childhood set to music,  (I didn't really do that part, Nate made his own!)
ALL I have to do for this grad,
is take her and her 4 girlfriends to Orlando to for the 5 1/2 hour graduation practice on Saturday
(how can it take that long?!)
 and hang out at downtown Disney with her friends while we wait for her, then swim at our hotel, go out to dinner to celebrate and then go to the ceremony on Sunday!!! Hubby and the boys will get up early to travel and meet us there. -I think I got the REALLY good end of this deal for sure! : )

Also, our best friends from CA will be in town for one of their relative's graduations and they are going to attend Joy's ceremony and then spend some time with us next week! Super excited to see them again!

Nathan is in Washington DC all week getting paid to make a video for a Republican group! So excited for him! What an experience!
He wanted to surprise us and show up for Joy's graduation, but he wasn't able to miss any more school. Sweet of him to try!

Zac finished up his semester at ASU with all A's. Hooray!

There were times during this year of homeschooilng when I wished our kids left home for school because home was not very conducive for studying. Hubby was in so much pain during chemo and radiation. To say it was distracting, is an understatement. In fact, one of our kids still has about a month more of school left to do, because of all that didn't get accomplished during that time. But God is good and I'd be hard pressed to think of any other year when our family grew so much in areas that really matter. I would surely give my high-schoolers A's in: character, joy in the midst of pain, FAITH, perseverance and patience. : )


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