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.