Sunday, June 5, 2011

Happy Graduation!

Yesterday was Graduation Day for Amanda, the 4th graduate of our homeschool, Cornerstone Academy!

She and 28 other seniors from Lighthouse, our support group, marched into the church auditorium to "Pomp & Circumstance" and were presented diplomas by their parents, who also offered words of congratulations, advice, and blessing to their children.

Mark, following his tradition of presenting our children with a strange yet symbolic gift at graduation, gave Amanda an African Violet plant.  He explained that this represented her upcoming trip to Africa, and also was a reminder that just as plants need care and attention in order to bloom and thrive, so does she, and he encouraged her to make wise choices regarding diet, sleep, relationships, etc.   Also, there are many varieties of African violet, and he proceeded to read a list of the "Ten Varieties of Amanda" -  the whiny Amanda, the athletic Amanda, the prankster Amanda, the creative Amanda, etc.

A video slide show of "growing up" pictures played as each group of seniors and parents walked onto the stage. After that, the new graduates turned their tassels and exited to the Hallelujah Chorus!

Amanda and Emily sang the National Anthem.
(Amanda is singing the harmony)

We celebrated with a Graduation Party back at our house!  This was the culmination of about 2 weeks of serious housework and yardwork! ahh.  It was worth it.
We love you and are proud of you.

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