Happy Birthday, Graduate!

Congrats Dear Daughter. We are proud of you.

Love, Mom and Dad

It is a landmark Year! She is 18, working her first job, graduating from high school tonight with 12 hours of college credit under her cap, and a recommendation from her English professor to join the honors program. Life is good, especially today.

I remember teaching her to read using vinyl letters suctioned to the bath tub wall. She set the bar high for her younger siblings by walking at 8 months and learning to read at 3 years. She caught on so quickly that I knew this homeschooling business would be a piece of cake. It took a couple more children for reality to kick in. Dear daughter had a photographic memory, a special gift from God which was no reflection on my teaching skills. My favorite memories, besides holding her for the first time, were watching her imitate the saints as she became whatever character she was reading about from the Vision Series. When we couldn't find her, we would look in her hermitage, hollowed out of the azalea bushes, or snuggled on a branch at the top of a tree. Reading. Always reading. And climbing. Constantly climbing. Our little Tigger couldn't hold still for 5 minutes. As a tween, she was a bit different than the other girls. As they sat to giggle about make-up and boys, she would pull a book out of her backpack with excitement: "How to Build Telescopes." The girls were not impressed. The boys they giggled about, on the other hand, were. Dad has fond memories of her questioning the Jehovah Witnesses who frequented our neighborhood.
"If the line of Cain was destroyed in the flood, where did the Canaanites come from?"
"Sure I can explain the Trinity. Let's get some clover from the backyard."

She was 7 at the time.

We survived all 12 years of school at home, including 2 solid years of Senioritis. If I had to describe her in a word, it would be a challenge. She is vivacious, beautiful, intelligent, talented, kind, sociable, creative. One word?

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

God has a plan for your life, so SHINE, baby, shine!

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And what a smile.......


Andrew & Laura said…
Congratulations, sweet K! I can't believe you're 18! The perfect example how a perfect baby can grow into a graceful young woman with the right combination of love and dedication. So many wonderful things ahead of you and so much promise! Where on earth have the years gone??
You're in our prayers and our hearts!
Jennifer Merkel said…
We are so proud of you Katie! You have grown up before our eyes! I still remember the first time I met you.
We can't wait to see what you are going out to do in the world. We do know that it will be a better one for your place in it.
God Bless You always!

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