With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Celebrating Grads

Monday, June 25, 2012

Celebrating Grads

Saturday we had a party to celebrate Erin's college graduation and Jared's middle school graduation

 Jared listened intently as Pop-Pop shared and prayed for our oldest grandson
 Our first-born and slightly strong-willed daughter was a little apprehensive when her dad called her to his side and began to share her accomplishments.  He reminded her of her first word, "I-will-do-it", and how that trait along with her determination, perseverance and hard-work helped her to obtain her degree while maintaining a home, career and being a mom.  This much-loved daughter has boundless energy, creativity and personality. She is talkative, bold and opinionated. 
She weathered being the oldest child and gracefully forgave us of the many errors we made as parents.
(this Einstein art was a gift to Erin made by Abbey)
 So that Erin always remembers that others appreciate and admire her many gifts and talents,
I made this subway art for her.
~ Erin Lee ~
 Some of the friends and family that celebrated with us
 I saw the candy poster on facebook and copied the idea for Jared
Sunday afternoon we gathered again to celebrate the graduation of another sweet girl.  Karli, (Top right photo between her brother and dad) is the daughter of my late cousin, Tammy.
Karli, and her younger brother and sister lost their mom in a car accident twelve years ago.  She recently received her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

My cousin Karen (Karli's aunt) was showing off her 1st grandbaby, Emma Katherine

My cousin, Caroline (in the orange dress and Karen's sister), has a daughter who is getting married in August. So we still have some more celebrations to come!


marie said...

I love when you share these family celebrations! The love is just flowing!
Congratulations to Erin and Jared...huge accomplishments for both! I love the gifts you made for each of them Lorraine...you are such a thoughtful gift giver!!
I think my favorite part of your post are the photos of John with his daughter, and with his grandson. What special moments those must have been.

Pondside said...

What wonderful reasons for celebration! Your daughter will be an inspiration for all the younger ones in your extended family!

SJ Scott said...

So wonderful! thank you for sharing these precious moments!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Your life is such a party! Congratulations on all of the graduations, degrees, babies, and for surviving it all. Love your candy card for Jared!

Debbie said...

Congratulations to both of your graduates! Your daughter is just gorgeous. I love the sign you made for her. And those candy cards are so cute. My grand daughters made one for their daddy's 39th birthday, so cute. I love to see pics and hear about times of celebrations of life's sweet moments. It's what it's all about.

Ann said...

Lots of celebrating going on there. Congratulations to both of the graduates. Love that subway art and the candy poster is great. I love that idea.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I love that candy card. I love the subway art! And I love the Einstein artwork! Wow! Looks like everyone had a lovely time. Congrats to Jared and Erin. And Karli. So sorry to hear about the loss of your cousin. Have a wonderful rest of the week. Tammy

lindsey said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely family photo's. You must be so proud of your daughter...I like the way you describe her 'first born and slightly strong willed'...you could be describing our first born daughter too :)

corners of my life said...

I'd say Pop-Pop looks mighty darn proud. Congratulations all.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Family celebrations are the best. Precious memories being made. (That cake is gorgeous!)

Down By The Bay said...

Beautiful pics and celebration. I have one of those slightly strong willed first-born daughters too:) Would you consider shparing a tutorial on the subway art. What a wonderful present! Enjoy your posts always!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

These are beautiful photos of a beautiful celebration! Thanks for sharing! Love the photos of your daughter in her cap and gown especially!

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, such wonderful memories your family has made. So happy for all. Thanks for sharing all the great photos. I LOVED your subway board, too! Susan

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love the signs. Those are too cool!!! Both of them. What special gifts.

Laurie said...

I love that you have this record on your blog of these wonderful celebrations, and this year is so full of great joy for you! Congratulations to Erin and Jared! The sign you made for Erin is a true labor of love, and so many of her traits match our daughter Sara's.

Enjoy your summer of celebrations!

Traci said...

Congratulations to all the graduates! I love the candy poster. I've never seen that done.

podso said...

Wonderful events to celebrate! Congratulations to the graduates!

Melissa said...

I love the cake, the gifts and the wonderful family photos! =)

Congratulations to the Graduates!

Maple Lane said...

Sure was a lovely cake! Glad you shared the pictures of friends/family enjoying the graduates' special day!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Congratulations to Erin, Jared, and Karli on their accomplishments! What a wonderful celebration...and wonderful photos of it all. ...and many more celebrations ahead!

And what a blessing it is to have family together for such special occasions as these.

Blessings & Aloha!


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