A Delicious Snack Following Lydia’s Graduation from R10 Tech

Wednesday May 21

DSC_0164I enjoyed watching these girls celebrate with Lydia after the graduation ceremony.

DSC_0165The food trades students prepared a delicious layout of snacks for everyone to enjoy.







DSC_0174Lydia designed the beautiful flowers on this cake.


DSC_0180When I noticed that someone was taking their pictures outside the cafeteria, I quickly went to capture some of my own.

DSC_0183We agreed that they should be facing the sun for better pictures, so they moved across the lawn as one.

DSC_0184Then turned around.

DSC_0205As they walked across the yard, I noticed this scene inside the window.

DSC_0187Much better lighting.

DSC_0193It didn’t take them long to want to do fun pictures.




DSC_0204So ended our wonderful evening of celebrating Lydia’s graduation from R10 Tech.

Lydia’s Graduation From Region Ten Technical High School

Wednesday, May 21

Brunswick High School, Crooker Theater, Brunswick, Maine

DSC_0100Our first sighting of Lydia ~ after arriving at the high school ~ was with her friends Lydia and Franzi.

DSC_0102Sitting with her Food Trades class.

DSC_0104Lydia’s friends Lydia, Franzi, MaryEllen and her sister Elizabeth sat behind us several rows.

DSC_0107A picture of Lydia during the slide show of students as we waited for the program to begin.

DSC_0116Welcome and introductions by Mr. Lohnes, Director.

DSC_0120The program began with three awards ~ Student of the Year and two scholarships. We and Lydia were delighted and surprised when she won the Susan P. Ripa Scholarship of $1,000.00.

DSC_0121Her next honor was when she walked with the National Technical Honor Society.

DSC_0126It was delightful for us to watch her ~ a homeschooled student ~ win these awards. Good job, Mark and Diane ~ and Lydia.


DSC_0135Waiting for their diplomas in Food Trades



DSC_0140Presenting a gift to her Food Trades Instructor


DSC_0148Receiving her diploma in Early Childhood Education.

DSC_0151The Early Childhood graduates presented a gift of flowers to their instructors.


DSC_0163Friends, Greg, Jill, and daughters Emily and Kathryn congratulating her afterwards ~ as well as her mom and sister Elizabeth.

DSC_0161The wrist corsage we gave her.

DSC_0156Because Mark and Hezekiah missed the awards program, Diane suggested that she show her dad the scholarship.


DSC_0159Her sister Hannah congratulating her.

More tomorrow night.

Saying Goodbye To Anthony & Traveling To Maine

Nate and Abby came for supper on Monday night so Diane could spend more time with Anthony and say goodbye to them before we headed to Maine.

5-24 Blog (1)Diane giving Anthony a goodbye kiss.

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5-24 Blog (3)Cute feet

5-24 Blog (4)Cute baby!

5-24 Blog (5)We were up early Monday morning ~ and left just before sunrise ~ to head for Maine.

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5-24 Blog (7)At the traffic light in Myerstown

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5-24 Blog (9)We came upon some slow traffic in New Jersey and at one point ~ when we were stopped ~ I noticed the reflection of our RAV4 in this big rig’s hub cap.

DSC_0093We arrived at the Myers’ in the late afternoon.

DSC_0043We are rarely here when the lilacs bloom since we usually travel to Maine in January and August.

5-24 Blog (14)I promised Lydia a deluxe manicure/pedicure for graduation. Our favorite place in Maine is Elizabeth Nails in Brunswick. They are the best!

5-24 Blog (12)Diane went along ~ because she is my daughter 🙂 ~ and Hannah got to go because it didn’t suite Lydia’s friend. We had reservations for four.

5-24 Blog (13)Lydia was pleased with her French tips.

5-24 Blog (15)Wednesday we began preparing for Lydia’s graduation party.

DSC_0096I peeled the eggs for red beet eggs.

DSC_0215Diane, Cerwin, and I cleaned up the picnic area in the wooded area behind their house, thinking the young people may want to make a campfire.

DSC_9979I looked for a few photo ops in their yard. Their bed of mint tea is lush and green.

DSC_9987The young maple leaves are fresh and light green.


DSC_9973Wild violets beside the house.


DSC_9965Most of the tulips are finished blooming or just about “over the hill.”


DSC_9975I found one that was in perfect bloom.

DSC_9976Tomorrow night’s post will be Lydia’s graduation from R10 Tech, Brunswick, Maine.

Five Generations ~ And Other Family Photos

We had a family drop-in at our house on Sunday afternoon ~ May 18 ~ so our children and grandchildren could visit with Diane before we took her back to Maine ~ and to take family pictures.

DSC_9806Anthony made five generations on Cerwin’s side of the family. Mother High is pleased to have her second great-great-grandchild.

DSC_9872On my side of the family we also have five generations ~ with a step-great-great grandmother.

DSC_9886Four generations


DSC_9821Nate, Abby, and Anthony with Abby’s other grandparents – Joanne and Roy.

DSC_9833Nathaniel covered Anthony’s head while waiting for another photo.




DSC_9777With great-grandpa Myers

Several people took turns holding Anthony while visiting inside the garage.

DSC_9781With great-grandma Myers

DSC_9783With great-great-grandma High

DSC_9787With great-great-grandma Hershey

DSC_9793With great-aunt Deb


DSC_9788Josiah with his mom and Myers’ grandparents.

Roy and Joanne live about a hour from us, Josiah about an hour (in a different direction), and Diane in Maine, so visiting is a treasure.


DSC_9791Cerwin preparing a fire in our new, portable fire pit for a doggie roast supper.



DSC_9919After everyone but Nate and Abby went home, Diane was holding Anthony and talking to him when Abby came over to enjoy the moment and began talking to him. He immediately turned his head toward the voice of his momma. 🙂

DSC_9926I loved being there for that moment.

TFC Susquehanna Chapter Banquet

Saturday evening, May 17

1We enjoy this small banquet, because it gives us time to be with a wonderful group of TFC friends and supporters.

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3Maggie blessed us with two beautiful songs.

DSC_9757Bunny O’Hare gave a ministry update, thanked them for being faithful to TFC since 1975 ~ that’s 39 years ~ and shared how he challenges our chaplain staff to talk to God about men before they talk to men about God.

DSC_9759Cerwin shared about chapel delivery and construction ~ telling them that the next chapel will be going to Pass Lake, Ontario, Canada.

He will begin construction during the week of May 27.

DSC_9765We enjoyed a beautiful sunset shortly after leaving the restaurant.

DSC_9764We enjoyed having our daughter Diane along on this drive, as she was still visiting from Maine and helping with her new grandson.