John’s Graduation Celebration

John’s graduation day finally arrived. Because of his investment working on our house and bus, John wasn’t able to finish his graduation requirements until we were on our last trip in September and October. He then turned these in to Steve, who needed to find time to go over them. The rest of the family was very anxious for John’s graduation. Last Sunday, Steve said John had completed his work, and we all voted to have the graduation right away.

John is the third of our five graduates to choose to have a family celebration for his graduation. Sometimes I have wondered whether we should include others in the graduation and whether the family graduation is too much like a birthday. John’s graduation dispelled those thoughts from my mind.

After eating John’s favorite meal and having family Bible time, we joined our hearts in a celebration of blessing and prayer. We each came prepared with a verse or two of Scripture written out to share with John and give to him. After presenting John with their verse, most also prayed for him expressing gratitude for where the Lord has brought him and blessing for his future. This was a very special time, filled with emotion and tears. The intimacy of those moments could only have come about within the context of our family.

The other children had prayerfully chosen and sacrificially purchased graduation gifts. As a mother, that conveyed so much to my heart of their love for their brother and desire to invest in his life.  John had written a precious card, which he presented to me, of gratitude to me for my investment in his education, and it included an invitation to go out to dinner with him.

Trusting in Jesus,

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 1:4).

We had our special time in the Word before we began our prayer time.
We had our special time in the Word before we began our prayer time.
Dad praying for John
Steve praying for John
While Grandpa was praying for John, Abby took his spot!
While Grandpa was praying for John, Abby took his spot!

12 thoughts on “John’s Graduation Celebration”

  1. What a beautiful celebration! Congratulations to John and well done to Dad and Mom for doing such a great job in educating your son (with the Lord’s help of course).

    Thanks for sharing those precious pictures – I particularly like the one of everyone on the sofa with baby toys at their feet!

    Many blessings this Thanksgiving to all of you. You are surely a blessing to me.


    Mrs. L

  2. John….
    Congratulations!!! May you always choose to walk the path set before you by God!

    Mr & Mrs Maxwell and family — Thank you for sharing these precious moments with all of us who are inspired by your family and your desire to walk with God in all you do!!! Congratulations on mentoring your fifth child to a successful graduation! May you all be blessed this Thanksgiving season!

  3. Congratulations John. Thanks to you and your family for sharing the intimacy of your family celebration. It is truly inspirational to see what the Lord is doing in the fruitful season. Such an encouragement to those of us are still in the early stages of our homeschool journey. Kim

  4. Thank you for sharing John’s very special Graduation time with your readers. How precious that family celebration must have been for all of you. Such a sweet, meaningful time for the Maxwell family- -Congratulations again, John! And also congratulations to the parents–what a blessing you’ve been able to homeschool your children, and are seeing the fruits of your labor.
    Hugs from Georgia, Patti M.

  5. Thanks for sharing! And Congratulations John!
    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thine ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to they bones.”
    Proverbs 3:5-8

  6. Congratulations John! I’m always encouraged when I hear about others that have been edjucated entirely at home, all the way through to graduation.
    I know of many families who homeschool their children during the early years only to enroll them in high school when they reach grade 9.
    You are very blessed to have parents who are willing to give it their all.

  7. Thank you for all your wonderful pictures! Congratulations, John!
    We have a daughter who will be graduating from our Home School in 2 1/2 years. I have wondered how we will handle HER graduation party. She is a very private person so perhaps that would be a wonderful way to do it! (I’ve also wondered about a trip to celebrate her graduation…possibly with a missions theme since she is interested in missions!)
    Thanks for the encouragement in raising our families.
    In Christ,

  8. Haven’t popped into the blog since these were posted. I’ve got the tears going. Love you John and congratulations to you, Mom, Dad AND siblings.

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