Thursday, May 28, 2009

CELEBRATIONS! ...Walking Their Predestined Paths

"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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD..." (Jeremiah 29: 11-14a)

Woo Hoo! Ooo rah!
Graduation and Completion!

Last night we celebrated and recognized the accomplishments of two sons.
Both of them are honorable and accomplished young men. They are deserving of their accolades and honors, and we as a loving family, applaud them.

Jonny has been awarded his diploma for finishing up his home school endeavors. He is the first of our four to have gone through his entire schooling process here at home. Katie and Justin attended a private Christian school their first few years of schooling, before we began our homeschooling journey. So, Jonny has endured! We are pleased with his fortitude and long suffering to finish up. He has been attending Central Piedmont Community College to get his finishing classes and credits.

Justin has completed his journey on Parris Island in boot camp to become a Marine.
This young man, too, endured much... more than we will know, I'm sure, to finish that particular race and calling. He graduated, and received a meritorious promotion to Private First Class. For this feat and triumph, we honored and thanked him for choosing to serve us and all peoples in our country by defending and protecting our rights and freedoms we know and experience.

We had a wonderful evening with Grandmama and Granddaddy Shaw hosting in their home.
Their was plenty of food - Greg's Barbecue, and all the fixin's to go with it. YUM!

After stuffing ourselves, we headed out to Grandmama's sunroom, our traditional "recognition room". Another tradition in graduation celebrations is the photo board of the graduate's life. Below is Jonny's.

click on the photo to get a closer view of the photos.

Next is Justin's photo board of his journey from taking his oath at the MEPS center in Charlotte on January 13th to Graduation Day at Parris Island, SC on May 22nd.

After speeches, sharing, presentations, and gifts, we had delicious cake and ice cream!

Kudos to the wonderful lady in the bakery at BJ's Club (employment stomping grounds for Katie, Justin, and Jonny) for decorating this cake with instructions from Katie. She applied the "edible photo" from a sample pic we provided of the eagle, globe, and anchor symbol. (even though Jonny's name was spelled wrong, we think she did an awesome job.) :-)

...and of course, photos, for memories. We will recall and remember and thank our God, when we look back over our lives at the many milestones and celebrations He has brought us through!

Psalm 46
"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.
'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'
The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

This scripture we claim for our walk through this life. God, the Lord Almighty is with us. He is our fortress. He WILL make the wars cease. He will keep us and shield us as we live for Him and through Him. We are covered. Our children are covered. Praise the Lord.

Many pics today, but again, this is one mom's e-journal as she posts and scrapbooks her memories of family and God's workings in this life.

I close today with one of Justin's favorite musical selections. :-)
With a grateful heart full to overflowing,

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