Graduation celebrations

Graduation celebrations_StaatsSpringtime brings many new things including new starts and celebrations.  We journeyed to Kansas last weekend to celebrate the college graduations of my oldest nephew and niece.  After the hardships and sorrow our family has been through recently, this was all a grand opportunity to be joyful and celebrate.  The weather was wonderful, the ceremonies were filled with the usual pomp and circumstance, and everyone came together to note their accomplishments.  I’m so very proud of all of my nieces and nephews – it’s been a delight to watch them grow up and to be able to share in their lives.

Red shoes for a wedding

We drove north this weekend for a family wedding celebration along the shores of Lake Superior.  The bride and groom met while playing co-ed soccer and have a love of adventure and the outdoors.  They hike and ski, bike and snowboard, and have a goal to visit all the national parks in the United States.  It was only fitting that they celebrate their wedding outside, surrounded by family and friends, with a view of Lake Superior.  Although there were a few minutes of raindrops prior to the wedding ceremony, the clouds passed, the sun began to shine through the clouds, and the bride walked down the aisle in her red shoes to greet her soon-to-be-husband.  With the support and blessings of their families and the friends that came from all corners of the country and the world, they began their new life together with smiles of joy and happiness.  Here’s to a future of adventures and much love!