Manheim Central Graduation – Part 2

Thursday Evening, June 8

Mr. Dennis Enck – Manheim Central Class of 1970 – inducted the Class of 2017 into Manheim Central’s Alumni Association.

Jana leaving the stage

Our crew preparing to leave the auditorium and look for Jana

Flowers from Uncle Roy

Hug from a friend

Deb, Roy, Jared, Josh, Great-Grandma Hershey, Jesse, Kristen, Ian, Jana, Jere, Me, Cerwin

Jere’s family with Great-Grandma

Great-Grandma and Jana

Great-Grandma with three graduates, Travis, Jamie (graduated from Manheim Township the night before), and Jana

Jere, Jana, and Kristen

Travis with his sister Ashlea

Jana and her big brother Josh

Travis with his dad and mom – Larry and Karen Dull – and sister

Travis with Grandma and Grandpa Becker – Nancy (my sister) and Marlin

Me, Jana, Cerwin

A hug from aunt Deb

Deb, Jana and Roy

Marcus and Jana – prom date

Diploma in hand!

Arms full

A hug from little brother Jesse

Goodbye hug from Josh before Jana goes to a pool party with several girlfriends.

Walking Mother Hershey to the car


Thanks, Jana, for inviting us. We were honored to be there.

Manheim Central Graduation – Part 1

Again, like baccalaureate the night before,  everyone’s photos were on a slideshow, but we were only interested in one. 🙂

The students entered the auditorium from two back doors – with cameras on them. The students were very aware of the cameras and often hugged, high-fived, jumped, or did some other unique activity. The split screen was displayed on the stage. The guy on the left screen is our grand-nephew Travis.

Jana is on the far right.

Jana walking to her place on the stage.

Welcome by Marcus Huber – Class of 2017 President

The Star Spangled Banner

The students stood and clapped to honor their parents.

Jana and thirty-something-others were recognized for Senior Awards and Scholarships.

Musical Selection – You’ll Never Walk Alone – Allison Dombach, Marcus Huber, Kaley Yeager.

Accompanist, Rene Siegrist

I did not get photos of the Valedictorian (Caleb Weaver) and Salutatorian (Benjamin Weaver). Each student was challenged to “always make adjustments.”

Musical Selection – A Song from the Heart – by Maria Carvell. Her accompanist was also Renee.

Speaker – Catharine Roland – Manheim Central Class of 1979. “Don’t Give Up Your Dream.”

Congratulating the Class of 2017 – Dr. Hughes

Presentation of Diplomas – this student is our grand-nephew Travis – grandson of my sister, Nancy, and her husband, Marlin

Jana High – Magna Cum Laude!

Emily Kline – Summa Cum Laude – daughter of friends from church

Blair Martin – Cum Laude – son of friends from church

Shtefan Rhoads – our grand-nephew – grandson of Cerwin’s sister Velda and her husband Mel

Changing tassels


More tomorrow night.

Bacalaureate ~ Manheim Central High School

Wednesday Evening, June 7

This service at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church is not mandatory for students but open for those who wish to attend.

All 200+ graduate’s photos were presented by a video slide show. However, we were only interested in one. 🙂


Welcome and Opening Prayer

Praise Songs

Sign language for those without hearing.

Scripture Reading – Psalm 139

Scripture Reading – Luke 9:23-27 – by Jana


Scripture Reading – Colossians 3:1-3 – by Jana’s friend Makenzie Burkholder


Scripture Reading – 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 – Emily Kline – daughter of friends of ours.


Scripture Reading – Proverbs 3:5-6


Message by Pastor Wes Siegrist

He gave a fabulous challenge on comparing the fingerprints of Satan and the fingerprints of God.

I did not keep notes on the fingerprints of Satan, but tried to write down the fingerprints of God – In Him you are: 1. Completely Accepted, 2. Extremely Valuable, 3. Eternally Loved, 4. Totally Forgiven. 5. Fully Capable.

The service closed with a candle lighting ceremony.

Benediction Prayer

With her parents and younger brothers

With us

Makenzie and Jana

Leaving the church at sunset as the moon was rising.

So blessed to live in a school district that encourages a service that honors God.

Lydia’s Graduation from College – Part 2

Saturday, May 13

These are the photos I took after the graduation ceremony – pretty much in the order I took them.

We went outside to look for Lydia.

Found her!

With her instructors


Grandpa giving her a hug

A hug from her mom

Diane, Lydia, and Mark

Checking on a cell phone picture

We liked this unique tree.

Heading to the van before going to Portland for lunch.

This was when I noticed her sneakers.

Lydia said, “We were told to wear comfortable shoes.” 🙂

I like this view of Diane and Mark who were walking ahead of us.


Next post: Lunch

Lydia’s Graduation from College ~ Part 1

Saturday, May 13

Diane watered some of her seedlings before we left for York County Community College, Ogunquit, Maine.

We watched a downy woodpecker for a bit.

When I went outside to wait at the van for the others, I noticed dew drops on some of the new growth around the side of the house.

We are on our way to Ogunquit – south of Portland.

Lydia and Grandpa – waiting for the auditorium doors to open

York County Community College – 22nd Commencement Ceremony – 10:00 AM


National Anthem

It was difficult to get good photos with the bright lights on the stage, but I did my best.

The speaker, Jean Ginn Marvin, Innkeeper at Nonantum Resort, gave a great speech on facing life after graduation.

One of her points was: there are times that you have to toot your own horn, because nobody else will do it for you. 🙂 She proceeded to play her “horn.”

Lydia receiving her Associate in Applied Science.

I enjoyed seeing the decorated caps of some of the students sitting in front of us.

Closing remarks by the Dean of Students

It was delightful to be here for this special event in her life.


Tomorrow evening I will post the pictures we took outside the college and where we went for lunch.

Nsimba and Elizabeth

We had a full Sunday, visiting with Mark and Diane and their church family – then tonight we took Nsimba and Elizabeth and Mark and Diane to the hotel restaurant for supper.

Since I don’t have a lot of time for posting pictures (and we leave Maine early tomorrow), I chose a favorite of mine from yesterday’s wedding.


Diana’s Graduation

Thursday, June 9 and Friday June 10

1 (1)Diana came to our house so I could get a few pictures before her graduation.

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2Finally – graduation time arrived


3If you noticed my blog date, you saw two dates.

If you live locally, you know the story of the graduate who talked about shooting up graduation and that graduation was postponed from Thursday night to Friday night and the venue changed from LCBC to Manheim Central Football Field.

3bThere was some police presence, but by the time of graduation the young man was in jail and most of us felt safe to be in an open field. (LCBC Church was not available on Friday night.)

DSC_4405Our son Jeff talking to a friend.

DSC_4409The audience


DSC_4416The band entering the field

DSC_4418Faculty and graduates walking from school to the field.


DSC_4422Diana’s picture on the football screen.




DSC_4437We located Diana by her long white dress – below her gown.









DSC_4505The speaker was Hwaen Ch’uqu a 1993 graduate of Manheim Central. He is an Inca Indian – a native of Peru – and an accomplished musician of world renown. He is blind and has been in the United States since the age of five.

DSC_4541Receiving their diplomas

DSC_4546Diana waiting to hear her name




DSC_4568Our great niece Katie receiving congratulations





DSC_4665A hug from her mom


DSC_4668Hugs from best friends

DSC_4669Her very best friend – Donovan


DSC_4674Sharing the good news with another friend


DSC_4687With her dad – our oldest son

DSC_4699With her mom


DSC_4704Her youngest sister, Gloria

DSC_4712Her friends




DSC_4748Another graduate wanted his picture taken with Diana


DSC_4752With her grandparents



DSC_4756It was a beautiful evening.

Congratulations, Diana.

We love you and believe God has great things planned for your future.

Never stop searching for God’s direction in your life.

Christmas Eve

Thursday Evening, December 24

Jere and Kristen invited us to join them and Roy and Deb in their Christmas Eve tradition of going to see a family movie at Penn Cinema and supper at their house.

Christmas Eve (1)Ian, Josh, Jared, Jana, Jesse, Allie

Christmas Eve (2)It was almost like having a private viewing, as it was our group and maybe six or eight other people.

Christmas Eve (3)Love unposed pictures! 🙂

Christmas Eve (4)I gave them a second chance, and expect they will like this one better. However, they are still covering Jared’s face with the popcorn container.

Christmas Eve (5)This year they went to see The Road Chip – an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.

Christmas Eve (6)Oh, what fun!

Christmas Eve (7)It was a combination of Roy and Deb’s house “The Nut Hut” and the movie Home Alone.

Christmas Eve (8)I didn’t even like taking a bathroom break because I didn’t want to miss the action.

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Christmas Eve (11)When they discovered that their “dad” was dating this young man’s mother, they did all kinds of things to keep them apart – because they didn’t like each other. Buy the end of the movie they liked each other and did every thing they could to get their parents together again. 🙂

The four got in all kinds of trouble in both situations.

Christmas Eve (13)This was the evening sky when we left the cinema.

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Christmas Eve (15)The drive to Jere and Kristen’s house.

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Christmas Eve (17)The sunset at Jere and Kristen’s house.

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Christmas Eve (19)Lighting candles before supper

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Christmas Eve (21)I brought homemade bread – cheesy/herb and wheat – baked by our niece Amy.

Christmas Eve (22)A pretty bowl ready for taco soup

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Christmas Eve (24)Frosty – a newly rescued animal at Roy and Deb’s – was a highlight of the evening.

His mama gave birth to quadruplets – one died at birth and she made it clear that she wasn’t going to take care of the runt.

DSC_6194Of course, that is exactly the kind of animal Roy and Deb love to give a chance at life. He already has a lot of people asking to be his forever parents.

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Christmas Eve (28)Yes, he his calling for food – “baaaaa!”

That was a fun evening – thanks Jere and Kristen for inviting us.

Class of 2015 – Homeschool Graduation – Part 2 of 2

Thursday Evening, May 21

2 (1)The graduate’s siblings were invited to the stage to join in a family prayer.

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2 (2)Joanna’s family

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2 (3)Daniel’s family

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2 (7)Corey’s family

2 (10)Tanner’s family

2 (11)Sam’s family

2 (12)I didn’t realize until I was preparing to post these that I didn’t have a picture of Abigail’s family. They are behind the “Congratulations Graduates” sign.

2 (13)Following prayer, there was a slide show of the graduate’s younger days.

2 (14)Tanner

2 (15)Joanna

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2 (18)Daniel

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2 (21)Corey

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2 (23)Abigail

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2 (26)Sam

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2 (30)Daniel’s dad, Jon, gave the closing remarks.

2 (31)The parents prepared a delicious snack.

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2 (40)Sam’s youngest brother, Ben. 🙂

2 (41)We had a “table dancer” while we enjoyed our snack – our great-grandson, Anthony.

2 (42)He makes me smile.


Thank you, Sam, for inviting us, and thanks to the graduates and their families for planning a delightful evening.

We were blessed.