Month: May 2017

Class of 2017

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?

It’s official.  My daughter is a high school graduate!  I would like to thank Martha Tomlinson and the good folks of Meadville United Methodist Church for helping me plan

Dacey’s “surprise” graduation ceremony and celebration.  If you were there, you know by the expression on her face as she entered the room, that she truly was surprised.  Dacey put on her cap and gown and made her procession around the room as Ms. Susie Kimbrough played Pomp and Circumstance.  Mr. Bob Kimbrough opened the ceremony in prayer and shared some words of wisdom about providence and prudence from the book of Esther.  Barbie Fleming read the Dr. Seuss favorite, “Oh the Places You Will Go,” to the delight of all.  Dacey’s younger brother, Isaac, wrote a special song for his sister, that he and Bro. Marvin Howard sang.  It was a beautiful touch that left the whole room in tears.  Rev. Milton Whatley delivered the graduation message in which he talked about the people who’d come along throughout his life and encouraged him to make the next best step down a successful path.  It brought us great pride for Dacey’s father to then present her with her diploma.  One of the requirements I’d asked of Dacey in order for her to graduate was to write a graduation speech.  She had no idea that she’d actually be giving it to a crowd of people.  She delivered it well (especially to have been her first public address).  The ceremony then turned to celebration with food and gifts.  Food was prepared by Madelene Carter, Margaret Chatham, Mary Clement, Beverly Gabbert, Janet Spring, Tammy Torrey, and Sidney Youngblood.  Though I am not a member of Meadville United Methodist, I do consider these good people to be my church family.  They exemplify what it means to be the church which is to be the hands and feet of Christ.  I pray God blesses each of them richly!

Congratulations to the FHS Class of 2017 who will be graduating Friday, May 18!  Life holds many adventures in store for you.  Keep God at the forefront of all you do and you will accomplish anything you set your mind to!

As I think about all of the things that are about to be different in my own home, I’m reminded of Ecclesiastes 3 that says, “there is a time for every purpose under heaven.”  In a world where the only constant is change, it gives us great comfort knowing that we serve a God who does not change.  The Word says, “He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”  Regardless of the whirlwind going on around us, He is our sure and steadfast anchor.  And though we don’t know what tomorrow will hold, He does.  He goes before us with our best intentions in His mind and works all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Whatever your week may hold, I hope you know the One who holds your week.  I hope it’s a blessed one, y’all.

Class of 2017!



Mother’s Day and Graduation

Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ‘em?

Mother’s Day this year marks the beginning of a new stage of life for me as a mom.  My oldest child is graduating high school, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out where the time has gone.  I’ve seen lots of mother’s online sharing pictures of their children in their cap and gown; so I know I’m not alone in this new territory.  As moms we often feel that our children’s failures are our failures and their successes are our successes.  For me that feeling seems to have intensified knowing that this is indeed the end of this season of life.

While graduation is the end of one chapter, it is also the beautiful beginning of a new one for our children.  All of the hope that we felt the day they were born greets us again as we become excited for the endless possibilities that their future will bring.  Some might go on to become doctors while others go on to become good mothers and fathers themselves.  (Both callings are as noble as the other.)

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Children are not distractions from more important work.  They are the most important work.”  Investing in our children is investing in our future, and the returns for such are unlimited.  Franklin County has always been a community that puts our youth at the forefront.  It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child.  If this is true, it makes me all the more grateful that my children belong to the village that is Franklin County.

To our moms:  Happy Mother’s Day!  For every moment of self-doubt and worry, and for every mess left for you to clean up, it is worth it.  You’ve done good.  Celebrate!  “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”  Proverbs 31:29

To our graduating seniors:  Congratulations!!  You have made it!  The world is yours.  God has great big plans for each of you.  Proverbs 3:5,6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your path.”

To my graduating senior:  My sweet Dacey, your dad and I couldn’t be more proud of who you are.  Go forth and shine!  “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

(And to Dacey’s three younger brothers, “No.  You are not getting her bedroom.”)

Have a blessed week, y’all!