My oldest daughter, Faith Emilie, just graduated from high school last Friday. My husband and I are so proud of what she has accomplished. Really, just the thought of her graduating after spending her last two years in high school dealing with a mom who has cancer, had 3 surgeries, a fear of her mom dying and leaving her to help fill in the role of being mom to her 3 younger brothers. It’s a HUGE deal that she graduated and she had an internship in an OB-GYN, competitive cheer with out of state competitions, and all of her social activities in her Senior year is wonderful. She really has gone above and beyond all expectations!
Kindergarten picture on the left, Senior picture on the right
The seniors decorated their caps! It was very toughing that Faith put a cancer ribbon on her cap, but also made me sad that she has that on her mind during her graduation.
Before the ceremony
Faith and her BFF, India, before the ceremony
Faith and daddy before the ceremony (I was too busy getting the house ready for the after party)
Waiting for the seniors to walk out and they had messages that students recorded playing, most saying things such as “thanks to my mom and dad for helping me get through this far”…
Students walking out to their chairs, I was actually shocked that there wasn’t a section for teachers (only a few were there).
Principal, Dr. Ruggles, speaking
Waiting to get called up, Faith was in the front row of the far left section
Faith and one of her favorite teachers, Mr. Machado (Pro surfer Rob Machado’s brother, if you’re into surfing)
A closer view of where Faith is sitting during the calling of the names
Some students played a song, “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men, sang by seniors for the graduating class and all the students rushed the stage! (The principal was not very happy with this)!!
They did it! The whole senior class, 550 students with an average GPA of 3.5!
Faith and her BFF, India, after the ceremony.
Faith and two of her brothers, Zach with her cap and Josh
Our whole family with our graduate!
My dad, Flatty, made it for the ceremony (his wife’s birthday was that day, so we were happy to get the chance to see him)
I had to post a picture of Faith’s shoes….I’m not sure how she managed to not trip on the grass or walking up to the stage. She must be more graceful than her mom!!
It was a great ceremony and Sean and I had several friends over for a fantastic after party, after all, we needed it!!
Faith with grandma and grandpa after the ceremony, at our house
Ben’s Sunday school teacher, Lisa, on the right with her daughter on the left (Faith was a helper in her Sunday school class)
Faith and her cousin Ellie
Faith, and my sister, her Aunt Kim.
And then Faith was off to grad night…
Let the party begin…
A toast and a shot with some friends to one down, 3 more to go! (We are the first of our friends to have a child graduate from high school, even though they are all older than us)!
My girlfriend and neighbor, Shelley, toasting our shots! We may have consumed a few too many that night!
Sean and I enjoying ourselves after the party!!
This was a day almost 18 years in the making. It was awesome being able to celebrate with Faith as well as with family and friends. With having brain cancer, I always wonder if I’ll see my children graduate from high school and I’m so grateful that I saw one graduate. I’m going to continue my fight to see the rest of my children graduate from high school and hopefully college (they all better, just hopefully I’ll still be here to see it), but for now my goal is to see them all graduate from high school and become adults!