Today we tilted the family balance...We now have 5 graduated adult children and 4 still in school.
Jared wanted no graduation ceremony but to walk across the bridge at Hirosaki Castle, flip his tassle and be declared done! This we did. It was a GREAT graduation ceremony and we told him he's now fully graduated and no longer a graduate select! We were sad the timing and weather didn't work for the other kids to be there....but it's fine. Really it is.
At this point the kids formed up for a photo for the "sidebar of the blog". Love it! They are so well trained.
Then Jared said, "Wait, I'll step out so you can use the photo after July." So thoughtful.....
Resulted in the first "fab four photo"....
and a mini Mama meltdown.
NEVER too old for walks with dad. ::snort::
Did I mention the weather was cool...not raining but not scorching hot. So we lingered and discovered new areas of the park we've never seen. ::snort::
Out of focus but a memory to capture....Jared realizing this may well be the last time he leaves Hirosaki....and us realizing that we are entering into a lot of lasts in this land we love.
Consoled ourselves with freshly made senbei - and apple ice cream. LOL
Note he's CLEANING the iron and BLOWING on the iron... ::snort::
Um - yeah - prayers for the next months are welcome. We are living it NOW, in the present.....taking as much time as we can carve out for family, maintaining ministry and this mama knows that there will be some hard days between now and say August....but it's still all good. It's a phase of parenting.
Living all of life before the face of God...