Celebrating! Mary Maxwell’s Graduation

I’m so excited to share with you that Mary is graduating from high school. Tomorrow night, we celebrate Mary’s graduation. Our family started homeschooling in 1985, so my parents, Steve and Teri, homeschooled for 30 years!

If you feel so led, please leave a note of encouragement to Mary below in the comment box. She’d love that!


I’ll be sure to share about Mary’s party later.


“Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

64 thoughts on “Celebrating! Mary Maxwell’s Graduation”

  1. Congratulations, Mary. All your hard work has paid off. God bless you as you continue to serve Him, post high school years.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS MARY!!!! I’m so excited for you! What a beautiful picture of you on the bridge! Enjoy your party! Well done, girl!

  3. You did it!! Many congratulations, Mary! How awesome to be finished with school!! I’m sure you’re glad that you persevered when it seemed overwhelming. 😉


  4. Congratulations on your graduation, Mary! I pray that you will continue to love and seek our Lord Jesus Christ first, in your life. That is what is most important.

  5. Hi Mary! Praise the Lord for all He has done in your life! We praise him for you, your parents who trained you up to be a servant of the Lord, and all of your siblings who encouraged you along the way. We are so blessed to know you and your family! We thank God for all He will continue to do in your life as you seek Him first and follow wherever He leads. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 We are praying for you!

  6. My applause to you, Teri and Steve! I have homeschooled for 11 years and it’s challenging but also my life’s joy. Can’t wait to see what the Lord has for Mary’s life. Keep Him close always. Enter his gates with thanksgiving. You can’t go wrong.

  7. Congratulations, Mary!! 🙂
    I’m sure you’ve worked very hard and this is a special achievement. You’re a beautiful young lady and your love of Christ is evident. May the Lord always guide, lead, and bless you.
    Love, Mrs. Patti
    P.S. Congratulations to your parents too – – quite an accomplishment to homeschool for so many years. How wonderful!! 🙂

  8. Congratulations, Mary! I trust you keep your tender heart to the Lord. Your smile reflects a heart that loves the Lord. May the Lord bless you as you enter this next chapter of your life.

  9. Congrats Mary on your graduation. What a wonderful accomplishment. Many blessings for what God has in store for your next chapter 🙂

  10. Congratulations Mary—so happy for you. You have worked long/hard for this great accomplishment. Our 3 children also were homeschooled & next year is our last year. Thirty yrs. is a great accomplishment for your parents. May God bless you & keep you, may His face shine upon you and give you peace.

  11. Congratulations on your graduation, Mary! I pray that God will bless you in the coming years as you start a new and exciting phase of life! 🙂

  12. Congratulations, Mary! That’s a huge accomplishment for both you and your parents! We look forward to seeing what you will do next.

  13. Hi Mary, congratulations on completing high school. What an exciting season to be in. You have been very blessed to be able to learn at home. You’ve also been blessed with a very devoted mother. I pray Mary that you continue to work hard and fulfill the role that God has placed you in.


  14. So happy for you Mary!! May the Lord bless you and direct your path. So grateful for your example to work hard and be a blessing to your family!

  15. Congratulations on your graduation! May the Lord continue to bless you where He leads you as you serve Him!
    (Our eighth child, Joel, graduates the fifth of May! We only have six more children left to graduate!)

  16. Great job on your graduation. Enjoy your celebration.

    Tagging from last post….if you wanted to “sharpen” (pun intended :p) your haircutting skills and maybe even learn ladies’ styles you might be able to volunteer/apprentice at your church/nursing home setting. Our hairstylists at the nursing home I worked at always needed help fetching and returning the tenants to their rooms, sweeping the floor, washing, wrapping perms etc. It is a wonderful ministry of presence and service to the elderly. Plus it is fun and a blessing to everyone involved.

    “Our Lord written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” Martin Luther

  17. Aww Mary, Congrats!! What are your plans now that your a high school graduate? I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for you! God bless!

  18. Congratulations, Mary!
    I’m sure that took a lot of hard work!! 😉
    Keep serving Jesus! 🙂
    In Christ,

    A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Proverbs 1:5

  19. Congratulations Mary!
    Graduating from High School is a very exciting time!!!
    No matter where you go or what you do in life don’t forget this verse:
    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt. 6:33

  20. How Exciting! Since I am only two weeks away from finishing high school, I think I know how you feel! May God bless you as you continue to serve Him. I always appreciate your happy smile.
    P.S. Congratulations on your years of hard work and dedication, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell! My parents get to celebrate their first graduation while you celebrate your last.

  21. Wow! It was 15 years ago that I found the old Mom’s Board! I can’t believe you are now old enough to graduate!! It has been fun to watch from afar as you have grown into a wonderful young woman with a love for Jesus and others! The smile on your face always radiates him!! Congratulations on completing this season of your life. My God richly bless you in the next!!

  22. Congratulations on reaching this milestone. I pray God will always guide your steps and you will feel His presence.

  23. Congratulations Mary!! So happy for you. Can’t wait to see how the Lord leads you next. I’m thinking illustrating Moody books for sure!! A new season of life starts for both you and your parents. Have fun at your party this weekend.

  24. Congratulations Mary! I along with many others, cannot wait to see where God takes you in life.

    Wow 30 years!? Congratulations to you too Teri.

  25. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    Jeremiah 29:11

    A graduate! I look forward to hearing of your plans Mary as you move into this new stage of life.

  26. Congratulations! Hope that you got to celebrate at the Olive Garden. Please keep us updated with your post high school plans. Maybe start your own business on Etsy or become a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Congratulations again.

  27. Wow, Congratulations Mary! …..and, congratulations Teri! You deserve your own personal “retirement gold watch” after 30 years of faithful home teaching…One career ending and new ones about to unfold. You have been, and continue to be an inspiration, Teri! God bless.

  28. Congratulations, Mary! May God richly bless you and guide you as you begin the next chapter.

    Hugs to Teri! I’m so glad that God gave you grace for this task, and that He laid it on your heart to encourage and teach the rest of us moms along the way. I too am finishing my journey as a homeschool mother this year. You have been one of my greatest friends in this endeavor, even though we’ve never met. God is not finished with either of us – I pray that we will both find and do the new work He has for us.

  29. Congratulations! ‘Thou hast died for me, may I live to thee, in every moment of my time, in every movement of my mind, in every pulse of my heart’ – from The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.

  30. Congratulations Mary!
    May the Lord bless and keep you always!

    My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalms 62:5-8
    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Phil 1:6

    The Lord is working through you in so many ways: you have surrendered your life to Him, and He is bringing glory to His Name through you! Praise Jesus!
    I am so excited to continue to watch His Hand in your life!
    Because He Lives,
    Hannah Pro.3:5-6

  31. Congratulations, Mary! What a wonderful accomplishment. Best wishes to you in your future endeavors. God Bless.

  32. Congratulations to Mary & congratulations to Steve and Terri! Homeschooling for 30 years is such a testimony and encouragement to so many. My last graduates were 2 years ago and that completed my 18th year of homeschooling! d

  33. I am new to the blog but wanted to wish Mary my congratulations! I can’t wait to see what comes next in her life.
    Such an exciting time in her life!

  34. Congrats, Mary! I know you’ve put in a lot of hard work-12 years of it-to earn this diploma and God’s richly blessed you with the arrival of it!

  35. Well done, Mary. We join you in exalting our Lord for His grace upon your life. May your celebration be filled with joy and your future be rooted in Christ.
    The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (?Psalms? ?25?:?9? KJV)
    Thank you, Teri for encouraging us to Homeschool with a Meek and Quiet Sprit. Congratulations on this landmark!

  36. Congratulations Mary! May the Lord bless you and direct your path. So grateful for your example to work hard and be a blessing to your family.

    30 years of homeschooling? Congratulations Teri.

  37. Congratulations, Mary! There are so many young women around the world who are never afforded the opportunity of an education. May we always remember how blessed we are – there are many without, and we are SO very fortunate. I pray that you will continue to share the love of the Lord with all those around you!

  38. Congratulations to Mary and congratulations to Steve and Teri! I look forward to hearing of your plans Mary as you move into this new stage of life.

  39. Teri you have done a wonderful educating your children and protecting them form outside influence. Mary is now graduated and ready to take path the Lord places her on. Congratulations to both of you, Mary and Teri.

  40. Congratulations Mary for your hard work and your parents perseverance; this achievement not only shows your intelligence but God’s hand on you and your wonderful family .

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