Two Piano Selections from the Graduate
I. Impromptu and Variations in B-flat major, Op. 142, No. 3, Franz Schubert
II. Fantasia I in D-minor, W. A. Mozart
Fantasia I in D-minor, W. A. Mozart from Cheryl on Vimeo.
Hymn - "O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly" - LSB 897
Slideshow - "The Story of Caitlin"
The Story of Caitlin from Cheryl on Vimeo.
Presentation of Diploma
Hymn - "How Clear is Our Vocation, Lord" - LSB 853
Remarks and Special Presentations
Prayer and Blessing of Graduate
Hymn - "How Firm a Foundation" - LSB 728
"How Firm a Foundation" from Cheryl on Vimeo.
And now, some pictures from the day!
Piano Recital (She played beautifully.)
Look at that hand position!
Before the diploma presentation Phillip outlined Caitlin's accomplishments, shared some of his own memories of being her dad, and talked about what he personally appreciates about his daughter. Then together we presented her high school diploma.
Caitlin's aunt told some funny stories about little Caitlin, and Trevor reminisced about growing up with Caitlin, shared what he admires about his sister, and gave advice for the future.
I talked about Caitlin's love for stories and the importance of stories in our home school and took the opportunity to read one more story to her. It was one she especially liked from her childhood: "Grover and the Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum." In the story Grover visits the museum in the title only to find that it doesn't have everything in the whole wide world. He wonders where everything else is and in the end finds a set of doors marked "Everything Else." Opening the doors he finds himself outside the museum, looking at the world spread out before him. I told Caitlin that she reminds me of Grover not only because of Grover's kindness, enthusiasm and curiosity (which sometimes leads him to forget to watch where he's going and to, um, stumble a bit) but also because being a student in the Philipp Nicolai Lutheran Academy can sometimes feel like you're growing up in a museum. We have tried as Caitlin's parents to share everything in our little museum, but there is more to be seen and learned than we can provide, and it's time for Caitlin to take full responsibility for seeking and finding it. God bless you, my dear daughter, as you head out to find your "Everything Else."
After I read to Caitlin one more time, her dad sang to her one more time. He started out with a song he wrote for her when she was still a baby--"Sweet Little Caiti-Girl"--and segued into a song by James Taylor that we have found to contain sound vocational advice: "The Secret of Life."
"The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time . . . . Try not to try too hard . . . . It's just a lovely ride."
Finally, our Pastor called Caitlin to the rail and prayed over and blessed her. Thank you so much for your words, Pastor Wilke.
Then it was time to party!
(Colors were purple and white for TRUMAN STATE.)
On the right of the table we placed copies of one of Caitlin's stories, available for guests to take (and get autographed by the author).
Caitlin and her aunt
How I'm going to miss this girl.
We have arrived at the time in life where it is a blessed event to have everyone together for a photo. (Evan was unfortunately not feeling well this day, which is why he wasn't singing in the video--poor guy seems to have picked up a sore throat at camp.)
Brother and sister
After the party we went home for gift opening.
High-fiving: we did good with our gift selection!