Saturday, December 14, 2013

Graduation Celebrations

Graduation and friends - the two themes of yesterday! I took the girls to breakfast yesterday a.m. to meet one of Arielle's friends - Ashley.  I didn't get a photo.

After graduation we had a dinner celebration. Jamin chose the location and asked for the A family to join us. This was a wonderful treat as it gave us time to visit together on this trip. When we lived here five  years ago we all enjoyed friendships with this family - along with many power play dates!

Arielle & Emma

Nolan & Erik 
Ellie & Stacia

Everson & Zander

Michael & Doug

Hamming for the photographer

 Deja & Me

Doug has been a huge encourager to Jamin over the years

Deja points out we won't have any reasons to come back to TX on the calendar for another 1.5 - 2.5 years.....I think we'll find a few reasons before then.

After saying goodbye to the A family the rest of us headed to the "boys" apartment and played Mafia.

Stacia takes Mafia seriously 


Animated Narrator

Around 10 p.m. we called it a night. Well - we headed back to the hotel and finished wrapping gifts for this phase of our Christmas celebration.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Jamin's Graduation - Part One

Today is the day our 4th child graduated from college. Way to go Jamin. We stand in awe of the work of God in Jamin's life. He's faithful, steady, determined....he worked a zillion jobs to get to this point....

Waiting for Graduation to commence
Larissa and Jared

Shelby and Cy

It was easy to keep Jamin in our eyesight.....he was wearing the bright, white Athlete sash ....there were only about eight wearing it.::grin::  Here he comes - and yes, it is still emotional with the fourth.

See? Look for the athlete sash 

General Ronnie Hawkins (will check this) was the speaker. He spoke about LIFE: Legacy, Innovate, Family, Endurance

It's him, it's HIM! 



Mom & Dad with Graduate

Jamin with all the gals

Jamin with the guys

Jamin with all of us

Jamin with the record board - he's pointing to his event - but his name isn't up there yet. 

 Jamin sees his decorated pick up 

I think it's great for the younger ones to watch the older ones achieve their college dreams. I sat today and watched the boy many told us would NEVER amount to anything walk across a stage to get his Bachelor's degree. He's excelled in both Cross Country and Track. He's graduated in the 87th percentile NATIONALLY for history majors. He's already accepted into his master's program in regional Security and will begin in January.  He loves God. He's solid. He's faithful. He's certainly amounted to MUCH.  We love you, Jamin. 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...