Saturday, May 25, 2019

Our Last High School Graduate!

So proud of this guy. Our baby. Our last graduate. Oh, so many emotions—most of them ones that I will have to take out, one by one, and explore later.

We. Are. Done. We've been doing this for 19 years. A whole career! 

So grateful to these three for their good cheer, their humor, and their incredible love. And for this man... he is my rock, my best friend, and the most incredible father any child could imagine. 

And now for a few shots of graduation day itself...

Duncan with some of his best friends. Wow-- it was hot on graduation day!

Duncan's senior table-- he's sharing a table with his girlfriend.

Duncan and Haylee decorated their caps. This was the first year the graduates were permitted to decorate their caps, and there were some super cute ones! I love how their personalities show through here!

Our support group's Class of 2019. 48 graduates-- by far the largest class ever!

Duncan and Haylee, waiting for the ceremony to start. That cord he's wearing was a surprise from his Dad. It's the Eagle Scout Honor Cord.

What an awesome moment. Duncan received the 2019 Outstanding Senior Scholarship from our support group. I'm so proud of him! He think he isn't a good writer, but his essays have earned him thousands of dollars in scholarship money!

My three. I've been so richly blessed by these years with them! Can't wait for the ones to come.

Sweet boy, I thank you for your beautiful smile, your kind heart, and your sense of adventure. I can't wait to see what trails you blaze next. I love you!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Last End-of-School Ice Cream Outing

So yesterday my three and I had one last end-of-school-year ice cream outing. It’s a tradition we’ve had for years and years and years. 

But this one was the one to end them all. I wanted to write them each a letter to tell them just how grateful I am to have been able to homeschool them, to watch them grow and fly and sometimes stumble and fall, but I just couldn’t risk spending the day sobbing. 

Not this month, with two kids graduating and a wedding in 10 days. 

Just ice cream and then back to moving into his new apartment (Jesse), work (Duncan), and wedding details (Laurel and me). 

Grateful for these years together and excited about what’s to come! Later, when the house is quiet, I'll spend time going through boxes of memories and thinking about what all this means, all these years we've spend together. But for now, it's back to wedding preparations!

(Graduation photos coming soon. Two graduates, lots of photos!)

Friday, April 26, 2019

The End of Homeschooling

And just like that, we're done.

Today marks Duncan’s last official day of high school, and, after 19 years, my last official day of homeschooling. 

To laugh or to cry?

It’s tempting to curl up in a little ball and weep. One of these days, I’ll have the courage to sift through memories, through the boxes that hold “All About Me” books and paintings and poetry projects, handwritten notes and stick figures. One of these days, I’ll look through photo albums and read old blog posts and allow myself to turn into a big pile of mush. 

But these next five weeks hold so much excitement: two graduations and a WEDDING! So much joy! So much to celebrate! So much to be thankful for! 

What a grand adventure. And now: further up and further in!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

65 • 50 • 30 • 26 {SmallWorld's March math lessons}


Sixty-five days until our daughter gets married.


Fifty days until our youngest graduates from high school—and I graduate from homeschooling.


Thirty years on March 25, married to the love of my life. T H I R T Y. 


Twenty-six years of being parents. Jesse started it all on March 27, 1993. Randy, by the way, is 26 in this first photo.

That's what's happening in our own SmallWorld right now. A lot of celebrating, a lot of planning, a little melancholy, a lot of pondering, and mostly, incredible gratitude for this wonderful life.