Remember. Celebrate. Trust. ~ High School Graduation!

Whew. The big exhale. My apologies that I haven’t posted in about a month. It’s been a whirlwind at our house lately!

The Saturday following Josiah’s memorial service cake & grad pic june 2016(see previous posting on “Remember: The Brokenhearted”), our second son graduated from high school. Woo-hoo! June has been a flurry of activity for him and for us:  rehearsals, recitals, parties, awards ceremonies, graduation, job changes, final transcripts, college orientation…  All exciting milestones in the life of a family!

For those of you who have been there already — perhaps numerous times — please enjoy a stroll down memory lane. For those of you who are not there yet, read this as a “mini-warning” to sleep now (and sock away some “cash-o-la” — haha!) to prepare for yourself or maybe a loved one who will experience these joys in the future!

High school graduation is the perfect time to Remember, Celebrate, and Trust. We are remembering how adorable our students were as toddlers (“Wasn’t that just YESTERDAY?”); we are celebrating our graduates in a variety of ways and hopefully with lots of friends and family in tow; and we are trusting God that the next big step of college or the working world will be a good one!

This whole process has been very exciting with Josh. He’s our middle kiddo (excuse me – “young man”) and is pursuing a different path than his older brother, Jonathan, who first earned his associate’s at the local community college and is now enrolled at a four-year university to pursue his bachelor’s degree in finance.

Josh is a TOTAL MUSICIAN, and the “community college to four-year plan” was not going to work for him as beautifully as it did for his brother, since music majors basically require eight semesters of very specific classes. (I’m learning as I go…) It was a crazy spring as Josh narrowed down his choices and then attended auditions with his classical guitar. For anyone who has been through the college application process, you know that it is both nerve-racking and exhilarating. He was accepted into the colleges and their respective music schools, thankfully, and then just had to make “the big decision.” The winner was Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA! We are very excited for him!

This would be a VERY LONG post if I shared all of the details, so I’ve decided to use a bunch of pictures to display some of the transitions along the way.

REMEMBER: “The Little Red Wagon” Illustration


From this…


To the controlled track…


To the BIG SCARY ROADS in a car he bought himself!

REMEMBER: The Bands  🙂


For the Celebrate and Trust part — here’s a “charge” to Josh and each of us:

“Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes…Otherwise, you may say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand made me this wealth {got me this far}.’ But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers…”. Deuteronomy 8:11, 17-18

I’ll close with an awesome song by Josh Garrels that our Josh chose to have playing during his senior slide show. The lyrics are perfect. Please take a few moments to relax and enjoy “Farther Along.” (I hope this works! I’ve never inserted a YouTube video on a blog. If not, please look it up!)

Josh Garrels’ Farther Along

Until next time, have a fun-filled, relaxing July! 🙂

Lisa T.






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