Last Friday night our family had the privilege of witnessing a very meaningful and touching graduation. It was a lovely ceremony that celebrated the hard work and determined efforts of a dynamic group of students who would progress on to the next level of academics.
Some said it couldn't be done, that the curriculum was too challenging and the bar set too high, but this class, with grit and resolve never seen before, proved all the naysayers wrong.
They graduated kindergarten. SNIFF
The church was packed, tissues were balled in every mama's fist and cameras flashed like a celebrity premiere as a line of cap and gown adorned kindergartners walked proudly down the center aisle with much pomp and circumstance (get it?).
Our family monopolized an entire row as we proudly watched our sweet Chandler travel down the carpeted path that will lead him to first grade. His eyes searched the crowd until he found us, waving and beaming from ear to ear, recognizing that we were there just for him.
(My bottom lip quivered in this photo and throughtout the service. An ugly cry lurked at the surface but I was able choke it down with much effort and a poke in the ribs from my mom)
There was much fanfare and joyful celebration when Chandler walked across the stage to receive his "diploma" along with awards for academic excellence, highest math average and biblical character award of Luke for his compassion.
After the ceremony I snapped a few photos of him with his baccalaureate buddies:
Chandler, we are so proud you. Your kindness always wins the hearts of others and your love for learning is contagious. God has great things in store for your journey and we pray that you seek Him always as you fulfill your life's purpose. Be strong and courageous and know that wherever you go, God will be with you. We love you so very much.
Mommy and Daddy