We celebrated the high school graduation of my youngest son this past weekend. As do a lot of homeschoolers around here, we had a ceremony and a party at home.
We borrowed a tent in case of rain.
Dad handed out the diploma.
We gave speeches, had prayer, sang a hymn together, and played volleyball.
The food theme was ICE CREAM!
With all the fixins'
Everyone was asked to bring their favorite quotation. Younger Son chose his three favorites and those folks won a prize.
We also gave door prizes for the person who unknowingly sat in a specially-marked chair, for the person who guessed the right amount of candy in a jar, and for people who got their ice cream in a special red bowl.
Later on, the extended families of my husband and myself sat around, cooked hot dogs over the fire, and visited. Since mine are from Indiana, we don't do that very often.
My speech at the ceremony was to be An Encouragement. This is what I nervously said:
My youngest son is officially graduating from high school. He's got a good heart, a lot of patience, and a great dry sense of humor. I enjoy him very much. I know he will continue to do well with his life.
When he was a baby, I often sang hymns to him, and a phrase from one of these comes especially to mind today:
"Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children; in His arms He carries them all day long."
This is what I would like him to especially remember and to be encouraged by.
We all have wonderful events in our lives, and sometimes we have difficulties too. But always--ALWAYS--Jesus will be our Shepherd, guiding us, guarding us, and yes, even CARRYING us through it all.
So, your heart can be filled with comfort, and peace, and joy! God bless you, Ben!