My family is too amazing. That’s for sure. On graduation night they hummed me pomp and circumstance. I gave my valedictorian speech. Then Papa brought in my diploma. Now, when it comes to my graduation ceremony and present, I was completely in the dark. I pride myself in being able to figure things out. Yet even with Daddy handing me a diploma tied up to a baloon on a string – I still didn’t get it. It wasn’t until my family handed me the bestest graduation gift in the history of graduation gifts, that I finally understood: My graduation was UP themed…
If you haven’t yet noticed, Ellie Fredrickson is my biggest animated role model and “adventure is out there” has become the motto for my adventure year ( and quite possibly the rest of my life ). My family, being the sweetest family one could ever ask for, decided to give me an up themed photo album. The attention to detail was incredible. My sister even mastered the art of Ellie style handwriting.
|Compare Mariah’s inscription to the one in the movie. They’re identical!|
Each page in the album was titled with one of my dreams or goals for adventure year. As I flipped through the book, chuckling at the inside jokes and admiring the detailed decorations, my family handed me gifts that corresponded to the goals on each page.
So for the cooking page my big sister Sarah handed me the definitive how to cook guide from America’s test kitchen. When it came to my reading goals page, my lil bro handed me a gift card to Barnes and Noble. At the page titled “learn Italian”, my parents handed me an Italian bible that came all the way from my big brother in California. On and on it went, until by the final page I completely overwhelmed by the terrible feeling of being blessed with people much sweeter than I deserve. Seriously, it was too much.
My family is the best.
On a side note, a fellow homeschool graduate and I are having a pie potluck graduation celebration this Saturday. Nobody brings presents, everyone brings a different type of pie. Nummdiddlyicious. You’ve got to admit, that is a fantastic idea. We are so smart.
Who says homeschoolers don’t know how to graduate?
(pictures and stories to come)