We all dressed up in our finest, and enjoyed a lovely dessert. Everyone went around and shared a "few words". It was touching, and I concluded by thanking my family for being who we are. I feel truly blessed, as we grow in God's Word. We are an open minded family, and break all the "cookie cutter" rules, and I love that! It's true freedom when "tradition" is cast aside, and following the Lord's leading comes first!
My Mother presented me with a handwritten diploma, signifying that I've mastered the required basic skills and education that will help me later on in life. We're always learning new things, and growing in the Lord everyday, so I honestly can't say that I'm completely "DONE". I'm still exploring interests, and do quite a bit of researching everyday. I actually look forward to volunteering at museums, studying on genealogy, or researching different eras next time I pop into the local library. I'm proud to say that I'm continuing my studies, and if you "insist" that I further my education this fall semester, my Major will be Domestic Engineering ~! (maybe even a little herbology or photo journalism for fun? ;)
(This particular college I'm referring to is conveniently located at our humble cottage!)
Although all this did not happen "Graduation week" in late May, I'm glad. I don't feel "peer pressure" to conform to the world's standards for when and how things should be done :) It was a warm, pleasant, and relaxing evening & we even watched one of my favorite movies,"Finding Neverland".
~I know this was totally different from "normal" graduation celebrations, but I wouldn't change it for anything! (I still can't believe we've been homeschooling for 9 years! Time flies when you're having fun, eh?)
Tea on the Lawn
After breakfast, we ladies enjoyed rose/green tea with lovely conversation...
Fruits of the Garden...
"We must not be decieved by the mere fact a person can read or write. Unless he has received that broader training which enables him to know the object of education, the uses of education; unless he recieves that broader training which will make him realize that book education is useless without character, without industry, without the saving habit, without the willingness to contribute his part toward law and order and the highest and best in the community, his mere book education will in many cases mean little or nothing."
~Booker T. Washington