It was with great joy that our family gathered together for the sixth of our homeschool graduations last Saturday evening. This one was for Anna, who was our first child to graduate early. She has worked hard on her school requirements, and she was able to complete them several months before her normal graduation time, which would have been next May.
Anna wanted to have the same family graduation that several of her siblings have chosen. This graduation included not only our family, Gigi and Grandad, Nathan, Melanie and their girls, but also Christopher and his new wife, Anna Marie.
Anna chose the menu for our dinner. After eating, we had our family Bible time and then moved into a season of blessing, challenge, and prayer for Anna. We each had a verse written out to share with Anna, and then we prayed individually for her. Even 2-year-old Abigail had a verse from Psalm 1 that she quoted. This is the highlight of the graduation for all of us as we reflect back on the thirteen wonderful years of homeschooling Anna and look forward to what the Lord has for her future.
I am amazed at the importance the children have placed on prayerfully selecting graduation gifts for their graduating siblings. They invest heavily in these gifts, and their choices reflect a great deal of love and thoughtfulness. We all enjoyed watching Anna as she opened her graduation presents.
At the end, there was one present left, but instead of opening it, Anna brought the present to me. Then she proceed to read me the most touching three page letter sharing how much homeschooling her had meant to her. She and I both cried as she read it aloud â€“ maybe everyone in the room was crying with us. Anna had looked long for the exact gift she wanted give – a Precious Moments figurine of a young mommy in a rocking chair holding a Bible and another book with two children sitting at her feet. It is now a cherished possession sitting on my dresser.
As we see the work the Lord Jesus has done in Annaâ€™s heart and the delightful young woman He has grown her into, we rejoice in who she now is and what she will still become as she follows and serves Him.
We are also blessed beyond measure that our adult children, who could choose to leave our home when they turn eighteen, want to live here and continue to be a daily part of our family until the Lord gives them a family of their own. We love each other, we enjoy being together, we build each other up in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in that atmosphere, they want to remain.
Trusting in Jesus,
â€œStudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truthâ€ (2 Timothy 2:15).