And lately, I've been thinking about how fast time goes by. I know, it sounds a bit nostalgic, but the older I get, the more I realize how true it is that "man's life is but a vapor."
The things that we get excited about and wait for so eagerly quickly become just a thing of the past. Just a memory.
I think of last summer...we were waiting and waiting for our trip to Oklahoma last September, and it felt like September was an eternity away. Now it's been just over 8 months since that trip!
In a few months, I'll turn 19, and then next year, I won't be a teenager anymore!! I remember so well my 13th birthday with everyone asking "How does it feel to be a teenager now?"
We just have to remember to really enjoy whatever stage of life we're in. Because it'll be gone so fast, and we may just find that we want it back. I really like Trace Adkins' song "You're Gonna Miss This." It's just really, really true.
So anyways!!! *snapping out of whimsical daydream*
GRADUATION!!! It was wonderful! And my mom got to come! YAY!! Some awesome friends stayed here (huge thank you to David and Mrs R!!!!!) and watched our pregnant mare so that Mom could go. My grandparents were also able to come, and it was just a very special time.
Cathi Herrod (President of Center for Arizona Policy) gave the commencement address and did a wonderful job of it! It was a very appropriate speech with a heavy dose of Scripture. And the neat thing was that she is a personal friend of my grandparents, so they introduced me to her after the ceremony and we got to talk for a couple minutes!
The senior address was given by the graduate who won the speech contest...and that winner was the son of the pastor of our sister church, and long-time friend Gabriel Hudelson (check out his blog at www.allauthority.blogspot.com) As was to be expected, Gabe's speech was fantastic!!! We got the first minute or so on video, so I might try to post that at some point....
Here are pictures!
Here are pictures!
|All the grads lined up. I'm somewhere in the third row back on the far side.|
|Another very fuzzy picture of me walking off of the stage|
|Me & Jessie|
|Me & Anna|
|Me & Jessie (again)|
|Me with my awesome Mom!!!!|
|2012!! I gotta say, those caps are terrible. They are super hard to make stay one, and they are so awkward and awful looking that it's impossible to make them anywhere close to attractive. Oh well, tradition, I guess.|
|Talking to friends afterwards|
|(left to right) My dad, two friends from our sister church, Gabe, ??, our pastor, and another man from our sister church.|
|Gabe with his dad and little brother, Micah|
|The very sophisticated and uproariously funny Moriah (Gabe's younger sister)|
|And these are just random pics from afterwards.|
|The city at night can be fun for pictures.....unless you have a camera that gets grumpy after you put your ISO any higher than about 800.|
|On Saturday, my Aunt Lisa (mom's sister) and Uncle Jerry drove up from Tucson to spend the day with us. My aunt is an amazing cake decorator, and made me this beautiful cake....|
|Finished product!!!! Isn't she amazing?!?! I mean, she could do this professionally!!|
|Me laughing at my grandma before blowing out candles!|
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend filled with wonderful friends and family and lots of fun. It blows me away how supportive and encouraging people have been of me!!! I love you all!!!!! God has blessed me with an amazing family and very supportive friends.
Thank you everyone!!!!