Saturday, May 30, 2009

Bo, The Graduate 2009

I will start this post off by apologizing to all of you for not visiting YOUR blogs in the last several days. It has been a whirlwind, as I'm sure you know, if you've graduated children or been a graduate yourself. Believe it or not, it never dawned on me that we would be attending all these parties as well as graduation ceremonies. I mean, I knew we had the parties of ten girls (from the ten core friend families) but then add in all the OTHER senior friends and well, wow! It is party central starting last weekend through the next three weekends. But what great fun!

Last night........indescribable. I watched my sweet Bo walk down the aisle as a high school graduate. It was surreal. I didn't cry because I couldn't. Each set of parents (in a graduating class of forty) had the privilege of handing their graduate the diploma he or she had earned, and then giving a sixty-second blessing. I had to stay focused and not look like a wreck when all I really wanted was to sit and have a good, heart-felt cry.

But here she is walking toward us:


The Wild Man with Bo:


And another one just because it shows her cute shoes and my cute kids - oh be still my heart!


The proud and happy family - The Wild Man, Me, Bo, and Grizzly


Bo and TWM have been privileged to be part of an incredible homeschool choir through Peoples School of Creative Arts at Peoples Church in Fresno. The choir has over 250 homeschooled kids from K-12. The High school portion is called Concert Choir and Bo is also part of Girls' Ensemble. In the photo below, some of the graduating seniors (who were in the choir) perform. When I can figure out how to get this off of my video camera I will upload it. They're amazing. I wish you could hear them now.


And this shows the size of the whole graduating class: (There were about 1,000 people in attendance.)


It was the most marvelous experience for me to witness this event. Many of you know I left home at 15 and, though I tried to forge ahead, my life was so topsy-turvy I left school in my junior year. I never went to a prom or wore a pretty gown. I missed high school dances and senior events. Senior trip was something I heard about through a few friends but never experienced. I didn't graduate until my early 20's and only then because I wanted to start college. So, if I tell you this was a thrill, believe me. My heart was intensely delighted (as well as healed) to watch my daughter do all these things, and more. To see her standing there in her cap and gown last night was a full-circle experience. This time, with God's goodness and graciousness, it came out right. We broke the cycle of failure and dysfunction and crossed the finish line, with the honor of a full ride academic scholarship. I'm still shaking my head in wonder.

I don't think I fully grasped the magnitude of the whole thing until I sat down to tell you about it this late night. I looked down the long road when I was pregnant for her. I saw the finish line and knew what I wanted even then, but I couldn't fully grasp how it would feel or who she would be, or who I would be, for that matter. I think I could sum up much of my life by saying I have failed forward. But this is full circle. This is thriving. This, THIS, is a happy ending. She is not her mother's child. She is SO much more.

Thanks for loving us and walking with us on our journey.


Copyright 2009

50 comments:

  1. Congratulations...yet it is an ominous post for me as I'm afraid my own young ones will be walking the aisle sooner than I would like and I too will be experiencing that surreal feeling.

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  2. Wonderful pictures she is very lovely you both must be so proud of her:)Hugs Darcy

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  3. I didn't see any frozen finger blog. I think you guys are tricking me to post here! lol

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  4. How sweet! Congrats to you all!

    As I think you know (maybe?) I have been on my own since I was 16 (it sounds like we may have had similar families), so I know what you mean about watching your children do and accomplish things that you never had the opportunity to experience. Even though my kidlets are still small, when I see them having those life experiences that I never did it makes me want to bawl like a baby-those are some profound moments.

    By the way, I think this is an especially good time to tell you that I have given you a Mom of the Year award on my blog.

    Again, Congrats to you all :)

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  5. Oh I understand your joy and it is well deserved. What great names you have for the loved ones in your life! Your daughter is beautiful - just like her mammy! Enjoy!

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  6. Congratulations! What a wonderful event!

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  7. I am so happy for you Robynn. You are so proud and you deserve to be. You've have been a great example to both of your kids and this is just the beginning. Bless you all.

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  8. Our backgrounds sound very similar. I too left home (kicked out) at an early age..and missed out on all that also...thanks for sharing your heart with us, and your family. I LOVED the pics.

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  9. We get to do it today. Today at 3 o'clock. But to Bo I say...CONGRATULATIONS!!

    I know you are so proud.

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  10. What a blessing you are . Your daughter is very lucky to have you for her mother. By the way, your a very attractive family! Many congrats, let the tears flow, you deserve them!

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  11. What a wonderful day for not only your beautiful Bo but you as well!!!

    It is obvious your love and pride is bubbling over, enjoy the experiences and feelings!! You deserve them!
    Bo may be so much more, but she is her mother's child, you raised her!!!
    Best wishes...Heather
    PS...love the shoes!!!

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  12. Dear Friend Robynn,... For you to see your beautiful Bo graduate with that glowing smile and friends and family gathered around her must be such a gift for you. Hugs to you, especially Bo,.. and whole family. I'm so happy this morning to see these pics and read your proud words! Congratulations Bo!

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  13. How incredible to be able to give your child her diploma. I don't know how you made it through without crying a river!

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  14. Tears stream as I read this beautiful post!!!! God has blessed your faithfulness, indeed!!!! What a beautiful family you are, inside and out!!!!! Love the pictures!!! Love you!!! Janine XO

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  15. She is lovely! You have done an incredible job! Congratulations to all of you!

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  16. Wow! Brilliant! You must be bursting with pride! I know I am...

    Now, what's the deal? You mean to say you went to a graduation instead of visiting our blogs??? (Just kidding, honey!)

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  17. So thrilled for Bo and SO thrilled for you. It is healing to watch your child succeed and make good decisions. That's the result of good parenting, so congrats to you, too.

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  18. Oh honey, I'm so happy for you.. and proud of you BOTH!

    You've raised an amazing child, and it takes someone pretty amazing herself, to lead her child into a happy and productive adult-hood!

    I wish I could give you a hug right now... because I'm just so darned proud!!

    muah!
    xoxoxox

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  19. THAT is just AWESOME! Congrats!

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  20. Love, love, love to you Robynn.
    *Sigh*
    We could probably all just sit around, cry a bucket of tears and marvel at a God who chose to use our brokenness to His glory. So grateful that He did not give me what I deserved, but rather what He willed.
    Well done, friend, and well said.

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  21. You've got yourself one very good look'n family!
    Congrats to all of you, and my very best wishes to Hannah Bo, for a wonderful future...filled with love, happiness, and knowledge!

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  22. Oh Robynn, what a great summation of what we are all feeling. I am so moved to read about how your journey has come full circle and you have truly broken the cycle of dysfunction. You have two amazing children and an amazing husband, which says a lot about you too! Don't argue...see I heard you start to try! We are all so proud of Hannah and her full ride to FSU. I was just telling my mom about her this morning. Thanks for sharing the journey with us and for being there last night at Jen's party. We are blessed with great friends!!! Love you. :)

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  23. Oh goodness! I can just imagine how proud you are of Hannah! I know as proud as I was last week as I watched my older two girls graduate kindergarten and 2nd grade, you had to be 10 times prouder helping her graduate high school. Embrace these moments of joy...you both earned it!

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  24. Robynn, Your comment didn't make it. I just got a comment asking if it made it through...Unless you were confused by the fact that I posted two posts on Saturday...one that was a thank you to another blogger, and one that was my regular Saturday Post...writing a sniffle...Thanks for stopping by Robynn...I know you are so very busy! You are so kind!! Love to you!!! Janine XO

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  25. No it hasn't gotten here yet...but mail is so sloooooooooooooow here. I'll let you know when it arrives. Thanks again!

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  26. wow... congrats!! :) Bo looks so beautiful!! You're whole family is beautiful!! You definitely have a reason to be proud!! :)

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  27. What a night!!! It was wonderful! And I would say in God's good grace you have absolutely succeeded! You have done wonderfully, and there is evidence! Now - let's party on!

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  28. Robynn,
    Congratulations to you and your family. There is nothing in the world like seeing your children grow and come "into their own". Just you wait. Even in the tough times, they will never cease to amaze you and make you proud. God bless you all.

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  29. Came across your blog tonight and enjoyed it. My daughter will be graduating this Friday night.....a night of joyful tears.

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  30. Congratulations ... your daughter is beautiful. it is surreal to watch our 'babies' achieving such goals. Part of you wants them STOP... but for the most part it is heart tugging to see them grow and 'spread their wings' ... I think that you have done a magnificent job with your children ... you should be so proud of her ... and YOURSELF ... well done, Momma!

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  31. Congratulations Robynn and Bo!! I couldn't be happier for you and this amazing journey you've travelled together. I have goosebumps on my arms from reading your reflections of your past and just how far you have come!! And what a beautiful family, I love that you posted their picture twice, and tell Bo those shoes are adorable! Congrats again!!

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  32. Oh, Robynn, what a beautiful post! What the enemy stole from you has been restored, praise God!

    Your daughter is exquisite!!!

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  33. You have such a way with words, powerful and so touching!

    And, thank you for your kind words and prayers this afternoon. It has been an exhasting few days and your words today brought tears to my eyes and some relief for my feelings.

    Your daughter is very blessed to have you as a mother just as you are to have her as your daughter. You must be so proud and excited for all she has and will experience! I have always had a difficult time verbalizing my feelings of love and pride as a parent, you expressed it effortlessly!

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  34. It's a proud moment, Robynn,when our offspring make their milestones.I left home & went to college at 17 & found my own way without help. We teach & model the basics we have learned to our children & they choose their paths & from then we can only watch & pray. Blessings

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  35. What a wonderful post and I certainly understand your pride and awe for your marvelous daughter. You should be very proud of her and of yourself as well.

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  36. Robyn, I can't tell you how much this post has affected me. Tears are just streaming down my face. I have to get it together before my kids see me:-)

    Congratulations to all of you.

    Your family is just beautiful! and your daughter shines! I love the shoes.

    As a home school mom, I feel so much pride for you, your daughter and your family. YOU DID IT!!! TOGETHER!

    Hugs ~ Lisa

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  37. Congrats on having reached a big milestone - you should be so proud!

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  38. As Kahlil Gibran put it, (paraphrasing here), your child is the arrow, you are the bow. It is your job to send your child, prepared, out into the world.

    I'd say you've prepared her well. She has such a confident loving look walking towards you all to receive her diploma. I'm sure it will take weeks to get that smile off her face. Every time she, and you, think about her graduation, that sunbeam of a smile will burst forth once again.

    Congratulations to you both. You made it!!!

    Helen

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  39. Congrats to Bo! So awesome... I love that you guys got to give her her diploma, and she got a ceremony. That's awesome.

    God is so good... So amazing to look back and see where we were, and then to bask in His blessings!

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  40. Congratulations!! Blessings to you and your family!!

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  41. Robynn, your a mom, enjoy the moment, savor, it is all too short. Plus my daughter has those same shoes, but just the opposite markings!

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  42. Miss Bo, big time Congratulations are in order for you! Robynn, you have a wonderful family and I wish your daughter all the best for her future. You and the Mr. have done well in raising your children.

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  43. Congratulations to Bo - and you're right, you do have really cute kids!

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  44. She is as beautiful as you!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  45. Robynn, this made me cry.

    What a beautiful family!! Congratulations to Bo.

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  46. Awwww Congratulations Beautiful Girl! She's so beautiful Robynn.. I know you're so proud of her. I can't believe I'll be watching mine doing that in a couple of years.. got tears in my eyes already. I've been a lil awol myself around here .. tryin to catch up on all this remodeling we're doing at home. I thought I was playing it smart by waiting for school to be over so I could have Ashley as a helper.. well WRONG on that.. She's a Big Chief nodda lil indian. She's a madman with power and barks out orders like a drill commander. If you see a news alert on CNN about a poor worn out crippled over Georgia woman rescued from a power tripping abusive teenager.. shout Hallelujah cuz you'll know I've been saved lol.
    Enjoy your company.. and give my congrats to the Beautiful Graduate Woman Bo!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  47. Robynn your daughter is beautiful and reading your post I can see how amazing her graduation has been for your family.

    I'm so glad the cycle has been broken. God is really GOOD :)

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  48. Oh my gosh! I'm getting caught up on posts (wrapped up our homeschool year on Monday, woowho!), and was so moved by this post and the ones prior to it! Congratulations to Bo on graduating from highschool, and moving on to college! Actually, she sounds just like her mama ... you are so much more than you realize! You showed her how to break the mold and follow a more inspired path ... just like you did. Her path was smoother, in large part, because of your love, and that's the best gift of all. Well done, to both of you.

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  49. Oh my gosh, sounds like a cosmic force at work to get you all together at the same time! Hope your get together's are full of laughter!

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