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.

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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

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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.)

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DSC_4418Faculty and graduates walking from school to the field.

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DSC_4422Diana’s picture on the football screen.

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

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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

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DSC_4568Our great niece Katie receiving congratulations

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DSC_4665A hug from her mom

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DSC_4668Hugs from best friends

DSC_4669Her very best friend – Donovan

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DSC_4674Sharing the good news with another friend

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DSC_4687With her dad – our oldest son

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DSC_4704Her youngest sister, Gloria

DSC_4712Her friends

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DSC_4748Another graduate wanted his picture taken with Diana

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DSC_4752With her grandparents

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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.

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2 (15)Joanna

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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.

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

We were blessed.

Class of 2015 – Homeschool Graduation – Part 1 of 2

Thursday Evening, May 21

We were invited to this program by Sam – one of our faithful man cave guys – who was graduating in this ceremony.

1 (1)Each family is a member of the same homeschool co-op.

The graduates each had a table that displayed things of interest to them.

1 (2)Tanner Fahnestock

1 (3)Daniel Martin

1 (4)Joanna Rogers

1 (5)Abigail Wantz

1 (6)Samuel Zuck

1 (7)Corey Rohrer

1 (8)Corey’s youngest sister, Valarae, gave out programs

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1 (10)Daniel’s sisters were positioned with programs at the other side of the door. He is the only graduate who does not attend our church, so I do not know their names.

1 (11)The ceremony

1 (12)Sam’s brother Nathaniel Zuck (our grandson-in-law) led the congregational songs.

1 (13)Welcome by Corey’s dad, Scott Rohrer.

A bit of unrelated information: his and Deb’s oldest son, Dustan, will marry our granddaughter Jenna in September.

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1 (15) Special music by the graduates – Daniel, Corey, Joanna, Abigail, Tanner, and Sam.

1 (16)Their graduation challenge came from John Minnich

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Take time to learn what God has wired you to do.

You have been given much. From the Gospel of Luke: to the one who has been entrusted much, much is expected.

Seize the day. You are a blank canvas. Do not waste your youth. Opportunities are there. Movement doesn’t mean progress.

Serve the Lord. You are six amazing people. God has a plan for you. Put Him first. You are God’s masterpieces.

1 (17)Enjoy the trip of life. Take mission trips. Don’t take life too seriously. Pay off your credit cards. Floss your teeth. Enjoy sunsets. Smell the hay. Live within your means. Honor your parents.

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Be blessed by God.

1 (18)John introduced the parents, then said, “Graduates, I talked to your parents about you.”

Joanna – Your parents are grateful that God placed you in their family. They see you as a woman of courage – with grace under strength.

Tanner – Your parents are pleased to see you growing spiritually and are excited to see what God has in store for you.

Corey – Your parents are your greatest cheering squad and said that you gave your best effort during your school years.

Sam – Your parents see you as a young man who is thorough and thinks things through before taking action.

Abigail – Your mom is blessed to see your passionate heart and talent for preparing food.

Daniel – Your parents say that you are gifted in hands-on-work and love hunting and fishing. They are pleased that you are a good example to your younger siblings.

1 (19)Dustin Martin presented the students and parents.

1 (20)Tanner and his parents, Dwight and Rose

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1 (24)Daniel and his parents, Jon and Gwenda

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1 (26)Joanna and her parents, Dave and Bev

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1 (29)Corey and his parents Scott and Deb

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1 (32)Abigail and her mom, Doretta

We are used to seeing Doretta alone, as her husband, Buddy, died in a swimming-related accident many years ago. However, his presence was especially missed at this ceremony.

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1 (38)There will be another set of pictures tomorrow night.

Our Two College Graduates ~ Hezekiah & Lydia

Sunday Afternoon, May 17

1After church and the bridal shower, we found a woodsy area to take pictures of Heze and Lydia.

Since we had to miss her graduation, Diane and Mark wanted pictures of both of them.

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DSC_3774We drove by a very interesting farm on the way home.

There were ducks, geese, pigs, and cattle everywhere.

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DSC_3788When we got back to Mark and Diane’s house, the late afternoon sun was highlighting this tulip.

DSC_3799There were still a few more poses they wanted before the caps and gowns were put away.

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DSC_3824It was a joy and honor to be in Maine to watch Heze and Lydia move on to the next step in their lives – Heze to his job as a big rig mechanic – Lydia to a summer job, then two more years of schooling before her next graduation.

We wish them God’s richest blessings.

Celebration Meal With Hezekiah and Lydia – The Graduates

Saturday Evening, May 16

1By the time we got back to Brunswick, Maine – from Presque Isle – it was time for supper with the Myers Family. This was the restaurant the two graduates chose.

1aLeft to right – clockwise: Lydia, Hezekiah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Cerwin, Diane, and Mark.

It was fun hearing about Lydia’s day since we missed her graduation, but we will be there, Lord willing, when she graduates again in 2017.

DSC_3366Lydia, Hezekiah, and Elizabeth look over the menu.

DSC_3370Some of the food choices.

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DSC_3380That was a fun dinner.

I love having meals with our children and grandchildren.

DSC_3402When we got back to the house, I arranged the two commencement programs and caps for a photo shoot.

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Hezekiah’s Graduation From College – Part 2

Saturday Morning, May 16

1 (1)Waiting for his name to be called.

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1 (4)Hezekiah Abram Myers

Diesel Hydraulics Technology – Associate in Applied Science Degree

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1 (11)Benediction by Reverend Bud Fancy, Presque Isle Wesleyan Church

1 (12)I like this picture of Mark waving and Diane taking a picture as Hezekiah walked by.

2 (4)We had to wait about fifteen or twenty minutes before we could go behind the curtain to see our graduate.

2 (1)Heze and Josh

2 (2)Heze and Grandpa

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2 (5)Getting a kiss from Mom

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2 (7)Gideon and Obadiah giving him a gift.

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3 (2)Delicious food and drink was available to everyone.

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3 (5)One of the bagpipers walked by me.

5 (1)With his friend Garth.

5 (2)Garth’s dad (left)

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5 (3)This cook said she is going to miss him.

5 (4)Hillary came for a final “Heze hug.”

5 (6)A few posed pictures on the stage.

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5 (15)A final shot of the flowers on the stage.

5 (16)A final shot of The Forum and Presque Isle.

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Tomorrow night I will post pictures of our evening celebration with both graduates – Heze and Lydia and their family.

Hezekiah’s Graduation From College – Part 1

The Graduating Class

of

Northern Maine Community College

announces its

Commencement Exercises

Saturday morning, the sixteenth of May

Two thousand and fifteen

at ten o’clock

The Forum

84 Mechanic Street

Presque Isle, Maine

I need to insert here that our granddaughter Lydia (Heze’s sister) was graduating at exactly the same time – from York County Community College, Wells, Maine. One in northern Maine. The other in southern Maine.

Lydia decided that we and her parents should go to Heze’s graduation, because she will be having another college graduation in two years. Her sisters Elizabeth and Hannah represented the family by going to her graduation.

Graduation 1 (1)Cell phone photo

Our day started with breakfast in our motel restaurant.

Graduation 1 (2)We thought it was interesting that the coffee and cups in our motel room were “Jana” brand with the same spelling as our granddaughter.

Graduation 1 (3)These signs directed us to The Forum in Presque Isle.

Graduation 1 (4)Outside The Forum.

Graduation 1 (5)Just checking the lighting with my camera.

Graduation 1 (6)That’s a large stack of diplomas.

Graduation 1 (7)Pretty flowers on the stage.

Graduation 1 (8)Looking down on Diane, Mark, their friends Sarah and Josh and boys Gideon and Obadiah.

After sitting there for a bit, I realized that I would not see very much, so I went to the side bleachers. Cerwin joined me after he realized that I was staying. 🙂

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Graduation 1 (10)The room was filled with family and friends of the graduates.

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Graduation 1 (12)The ceremony began with bagpipers Scott Heney and Lynn Alexander.

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Graduation 1 (14)There he is!

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Graduation 1 (17)Looking for his family.

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Graduation 1 (19)Trying to see Hezekiah.

Graduation 1 (20)From our view on the bleachers, we could see the decorated caps.

Graduation 1 (21)Invocation by Reverend Bud Fancy, Senior Pastor, Presque Isle Wesleyan Church.

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Graduation 1 (23)Canadian National Anthem by College Chorale

Graduation 1 (24)USA National Anthem

Graduation 1 (26)Welcome by Dr. Dottie Martin, NMCC Academic Dean

Graduation 1 (27)Charge to Graduates by Timothy D. Crowley, NMCC President

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Graduation 1 (29)Student Address by Duska Kingsbury who is married, has five sons, and was graduating with a 3.9 grade average.

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Graduation 1 (32)Greetings from the Board by Robert Clark, Executive Director, Board of Trustees, Maine Community College System.

Graduation 1 (33)Commencement Address by Luke Shorty, Executive Director, Maine School of Science and Math.

  • Reflect on your personal journey.
  • Thank the people who helped you.
  • Prepare for what likes ahead of you.

Tomorrow night – Degrees and Certificates and Presentation of Graduates.