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!)