Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

June 24-30, 2016, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, days 144-149: Our 2016 Graduation

June 24-30, 2016

I could talk about the paper that James is writing, (and in fact, I will in another post) and reading about voices in the woods in Midsummer Night's Dream or about Quentin's memorizing passages from it, but all of that kind of fades in the background for us as we prepared and had our 2016 Graduation in our own backyard.

It was a most moving and magical ceremony. A couple months ago, we all met together (Eddie, Hope, Sam, Steven and I) and I gave them all options for their graduation (I will be writing a post on that as well) and as they picked and decided (and, thankfully, we were all in harmonious agreement) their own unique ceremony was created. 
Our red and blue layered drink was just one of the decorative items in our red, white and blue color scheme.
This drink was supposed to have a white layer as well, but it didn't quite work out that way.

They had decided blue gowns with red and white as complementary colors in their tassels, and since it is between Memorial Day and Independence Day, there were a lot of decorations and ideas on that color scheme.

The boys walked out from the house to the backyard while Pomp and Circumstance played in the background.

Hope read Sam's diploma, and then presented it to him, while his chosen graduation song, Faith of the Heart, played softly in the background. We had decided from the beginning that Hope would present my boys' diplomas and I would present Eddie's.
We were not sure how Alex, who has autism, would respond to the ceremony, but since it was in our backyard and among friends, we had decided that we would let him do whatever he wanted to, as long as it didn't interfere with Sam's and Eddie's ceremony. To our surprise and pleasure, Alex loved all of the ceremony and was thrilled to participate and do whatever we asked him to. I am so glad we decided to include him. His diploma was presented with Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World playing softly in the background.
We decided that I would present Eddie's diploma to him and Hope would present the diplomas to my boys.
I presented Eddie's diploma while his chosen graduation song, Lee Greenwood's I'm Proud to be an American played softly in the background.

After receiving their diplomas, they moved their tassel from right to left, symbolizing their being graduates.

I then read to them a passage from the letter that was included with Sam's diploma from our umbrella school, Homelife Academy,

"As you move into this new season of your life, we pray for God to make clear His direction for you. We believe every individual has a calling and purpose in God's Kingdom. If you are unsure of that direction right now, just keep praying...God will reveal it to you in His perfect timing. Remember God's purpose for your life is more about character than career (see Philippians 2:5). These two things summarize God's will for your life, that you:
Maintain a vital and growing relationship with Him, trusting Him in all things.
Let Christ live life through you, whatever career or role you find yourself. 
The rest will fall naturally into place." 

The boys then processed down the path and back into the house...
where a party to celebrate their accomplishments was waiting for them.
Playing Bocce.
As evening fell, we enjoyed games outside together...

Post on how to make these Movable Light Posts can be found here.
and felt as if it was indeed a Wonderful World.
Eddie and James playing light sabers with sparklers.
How was your week?


  1. What an incredibly special post. I loved reading about the boys' graduations. They all looked so handsome and ready to take their place in the world as young men. Alex's smile says it all and I definitely think you ought to have that photo blown up and framed. Beautiful :)

  2. What an amazing graduation ceremony! I feel blessed to of witnessed it from a distance.

  3. Congratulations to your new graduates! The ceremony does feel magical. Did Sam decide on what he wants to do?


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