We participated in a formal, but simple graduation ceremony with 7 other homeschooling families. It was lovely with beautiful music, delicious cakes and lots of attendees to bless the graduates. Each graduate was given the opportunity to contribute during the ceremony in some way. Nathan gave a short speech and his humor, as well as his spiritual depth, came through beautifully. What a wonderful young man he has become. I could not be more pleased.
We held Nathan's Open House the weekend before his graduation and we were overwhelmed by the number of friends and family who traveled across town as well as those who came from a couple hours away. With a little help from some friends, we fed a huge crowd approximately 20 pizzas and all kinds of assorted goodies. We've decided hosting a graduation open house before the actual graduation is a great idea. I was able to enjoy the final preparations for the graduation ceremony the following week. I have struck upon a good idea. Too bad I only have two more chances to perfect it.
The beginning part of summer finds us wrapping up 4-H projects, preparing for Nathan to leave for college in late August, and me in a constant state of de-junking. There's something about knowing one of your fledglings is about to leave the nest that helps one see the unnecessary clutter all around. Unnecessary clutter -- talk about redundant! Well, this is an ongoing job and while I hope to make significant progress this summer, I know it's a forever task.