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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Pinnacle of Homeschooling: GRADUATION!

Last night I spoke to a homeschool support group on "Homeschooling High School". And it occurred to me that nearly no one reading this blog has seen any of my posts about our daughters' homeschool graduation - as I had previously been blogging on different networks.

Sooo...with some of you - or those you may know - are about to start planning their own teen's graduation, I thought I would re-post our oldest daugher's 2006 graduation story. I hope you enjoy it, I hope those of you closing in on this time in your family's history will be encouraged & I hope maybe I'll give you a few ideas of what YOU can do - right at your home - for your teen's big day!

Blessings from Ohio, Kim<><

Praise God from Whom ALL blessings flow -- WE DID IT!! We graduated our first precious daughter!!

We had our dd, Jasper's, graduation open house/ceremony this past Saturday, the 17th and a great time was had by all! After everyone filled up on the fantastic food that our pastor's wife brought in (she caters - convenient, huh?), we had everyone stay at the tables and chairs we had set up outside under our lovely maple trees.
The LORD was exceedingly gracious in giving us a beautiful, sunny day with a pleasant breeze - with over 100 people in attendance, we would have had a terrible time with everyone in our home!

After everyone settled down for our outdoor ceremony, Jasper came out in her cap and gown (thank you, HSLDA!!). As the only thing my dear hubby likes to do behind a microphone is sing, he had me do most of the talking. So, I greeted and welcomed everyone, then I introduced our Pastor, who kicked us off by asking the LORD's gracious blessings upon our ceremony.

Next, I read a list of many of Jasper's accomplishments throughout her K-12 homeschool journey - Poor, little "sheltered and unsocialized" homeschool girl - ONLY 2 pages, single space, worth! (Hopefully, we changed some of the minds of any nay-sayers in the audience!)

We had several surprises in store for Jasper - one was a family of VERY dear friends of ours came in from Michigan JUST for the occasion! And the OTHER was that our Ohio State Representative, the Honorable Diana Fessler, (who's successful campaigns our family has worked on through the years) was sneaked (snuk?) in and gave a fabulous speech and awarded Jasper with a proclamation!! THANK YOU, DIANA!!

Next, my hubby and I read letters to Jasper, these were the same ones that we had read to her at the McCHEO Senior Night. Didn't get through it any better that I did the first time - cried at all the same places! My sweet hubby had a hard time getting through his - you've heard of "hands-on" dads? He's a "hearts-on" daddy! Precious.

After this, Jasper got HER turn and blessed our family, extended family, "adopted" family (very close family friends) and others with thanks and love. Uh-oh, more tears!

After Jasper spoke, I read this:


You recently attended a very large high school graduation. You watched as all those graduates marched up to the podium and received their diplomas. You listened as small pockets of attendees cheered their favorite grad. But in the excitement of the moment, and as a homeschool graduate, here's something that you may not have thought of: even though there were so many graduates, all of those people were not there for one person, each graduate probably only had a hand-full of people cheering for them.

Look around you now, everyone attending your graduation is here especially for you! Everyone here is cheering for you because you have been important and meaningful in their lives and they love you for it. Everyone here is cheering for the person you have become through a godly education given to you by people who love and know you best...not strangers. Everyone here is cheering for the person you will become as you take the life lessons and academics we have imparted to you and live a life that will not only be a blessing to your family and friends, but will bring glory to the LORD.

It is with utmost pleasure and honor that Daddy and I present you with your Homeschool High School diploma. You have earned it and it has been a pleasure to, not only be your parents, but to be your teachers, as well.

[At this point, Ty presented her with her diploma (thanks again HSLDA!) and the whole crowd absolutely ERRUPTED with applause and cheers!!...and tears!!]

I leave you with these words of wisdom and a gift:

Rebekah Anast said, "When you step out into life, you will quickly discover that the tests you have taken no longer matter, but the tools you have acquired mean everything."

As your parents, we want you to REMEMBER that "all the praise and glory of a high school graduation ceremony could never compare to the thunderous applause of GOD or hearing HIS 'well done, good and faithful servant.'" Now, it is up to YOU to remain faithful and to nourish and maintain your relationship with Him. He loves you and you ARE the apple of His eye.

3 John 3 says, "It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth."

With that, I present you with a book of well-wishes, advice and memories from those who know and love you, telling "about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth."

May God bless you always,
Mommy and Daddy<><

With this, I presented her with a notebook that I had been compiling for the last couple of months. I had asked many of our family and friends to write a letter to Jasper of encouragement, wisdom, advice and/or memories of her. I have rarely been so moved as when I was reading these letters as they came in. We are blessed beyond measure with people who love and have nurtured our daughters, and who love Jasper enough to have taken part in her life and her big day. To cap off the ceremony, our pastor asked for anyone who would like to, to come up and lay hands on Jasper while he prayed the LORD's deepest blessings upon her life. To our astonishment, EVERYONE - EVERYONE! - came up and tried to touch a little piece of our darling Jasper and agreed with Pastor Joe in prayer for the LORD's leading in her life.

Blessings, tears and spoken agreement flowed from this precious gathering of family and friends. We are most humbled and grateful. It was a full day - started at about 1:30p.m. and many didn't leave until 9:00p.m. - but it was so much fun. After the ceremony was over, there were volleyball games, basketball games and water fights!
Laughs, memories and the blessings of gifts and well-wishes...and food, food, food! Now...we get to repeat this in 3 more years!

Feeling utterly blessed in Ohio, Kim Wolf<><


  1. Thank you for posting this! I like what you said about everyone being there to celebrate with Jasper - somehow I'm still struggling with the "homeschool is as good as public school", and I need to hear that it's far superior!

  2. Congratulations! Well done, Mom & Dad!

  3. Sounds like it was a wonderful day. Lovely!

  4. I really enjoyed reading about your graduate! I know what a special time that must have been for you and your husband. I'm also sure that it was an encouragement to many other homeschool parents out there.

    Thanks so much, Kim, for taking time to stop by and leave comments at some of my posts! What an encouragement! I did go back and view your "tin" collections and they are beautiful. My favorites are the one of the Nativity and the Currier and Ives...my everyday winter dishes are Currier and Ives. I love how each piece has a different activity pictured. When I go through boxes in the attic in the summer I'll try collecting all of my tins together and taking group pictures like you've done. I'm not even sure how many I have now.

  5. The Lord has certainly rewarded you and your husband for your faithfulness and hard work. What wonderful memories you have!


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