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.

Spring passages

In amongst the hustle and bustle of the past week I noticed the whitest of lilac blossoms peeking out amongst the green leaves.  Whereas the purple lilacs are now past their bloom, the white lilac is at its peak.  So similar yet so different, not only in its blossom but also its scent.  Our house has been filled with the fragrance of spring, although that too will be coming to a close as the last of the lilacs fade away.

We celebrated another ritual of spring this past weekend — a quick trip to the Kansas City area to attend my niece Alyssa’s high school graduation.  With her high school studies, sports, dance, and other activities behind her, she’s now looking forward to attending college in the fall.  Congratulations, Alyssa — you’ve made us all proud and we’re excited for you and your future endeavors.

Eagle Scout award

Parker 39559I traveled to the Kansas City area last week for family celebrations.  My nephew Parker graduated from high school and received his Eagle Scout award.  It was a festive and grand time — a time to celebrate all his many accomplishments and to marvel at the young man he has become.  He’s had the support of his parents, grandparents, family members, and the extended community where he has lived.  He’s experienced the many ups and downs of a child, a teenager, and a young adult.  And he’s made his aunt so very proud of him.  Congratulations, Parker — I look forward to seeing what accomplishments and adventures are in your future.