“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11

Graduation… a time to reflect on the abundant goodness of the Lord in the past. A time to evaluate your direction in life in the light of Scripture. A time to set goals and make decisions. A time to commit everything anew to the Lord, knowing that in His perfect sovereignty, He will work it all together for His own glory, and your best good.

By God’s grace, I walked through this door this past Saturday as we celebrated my high school graduation. Many dear friends and family members came to join the festivities, and the Lord gave us a joyful, tremendously encouraging afternoon and evening together.

An oh-so-extra-special blessing was having both grandmothers there, as well as a dear cousin who came all the way from NY at the age of 94 to see her namesake graduate! 

Confetti... a Neely graduation tradition. :-D This time, though, the tradition was added to. Typically the graduate gets it thrown all over her bedroom floor, but I received both that, a shower of it when I was getting ready for the day, and a violin case full! :-DCherry limeade - deliciously refreshingIMG_9113

Mom and I had a delightful time working on this togetherIMG_9115Who would have thought that they would come out with pink and brown Oreos special for the occasion?? :-D

Family shots Smile

Cousin KatieNanaGrandmama and "Uncle Fudge"

My darling little and big-little sisters!The best brothers in the worldCousin and soon-to-be cousin-in-law! PTL!

Dear sweet Motherkin:-D

Alumni Association :-DMy precious parents

Music presentation

'Tis So SweetIMG_9226

"Orange Blossom Special" -- just for Dad!!String sextet

Fellowship…  glorious fellowship!

 Band of merry gentlemenMom time


The famous grass sledFor of such is the Kingdom of Heaven

Willing helpers

My dear mother, sisters, aunts, and a few cousins did all of the serving to free me to socialize :-D - this one kept us well supplied with delicious cherry limeadeRefilling trays :-D

An emerging tradition – that of doing some shooting after the graduation — turned into a painful, educational, and actually quite hilarious experience. (That 50-caliber beast – an elephant gun for safari hunting that was loaned to us for the occasion – had the audacity to “scope” us!) Needless to say, for the rest of the evening, we sported beautiful cuts and goose eggs.

L to R: Knuckle Head, Smash Face, Knot Head;-D

Fellowshipping while cleaning upSweetThe Grant family drove nearly three hours each way to come for the day -- such a blessing!

IMG_9327IMG_9337A simply lovely name plaque from the Owen family (btw, note forehead)

To God be the glory!