29 May 2009


From beginning to end, in May, we had two major extended family events that occured this month. On 2 May 2009, my cousin (technically, 1st cousin once removed) was baptised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Somehow we didn't manage to get a picture of him, but my husband took this one shot of me with my Uncle Tim, who most everyone admires a lot!

Later, while my husband and Rhett (another 1st cousin once removed) were playing basketball, I took these few with my cell phone:

I also snapped a couple of my cousin (Rhett's dad) while he was visiting with others. It amuses me that he looked right at me, and probably still has not clue I was taking pics, LOL. I admire this family so much, they have progressed greatly and are wonderful examples, to all that know them, of making good choices!

Today, my cousin, Colton (Rhett's brother) graduated from Lehi High School. Steve had to work, so I don't have any good shots with his fancy schmancy camera, but here is his senior pic received in his graduation announcement. Also here is a pic of the "L" at the graduation.

I also have a few shots with my not so trusty cell phone camera, including the L above. I knew several of the graduates, but was only able to get pics of three of them. McKell with her parents. Devin, sorry, my cell phone didn't do better with that window in the background. Both of these amazing young adults are very good 'kids' and we are proud of them and I know their families are as well. Congratulations!

Then, of course, Colton, my cousin. The first two are outside of the Marriott Center and then one at Golden Corral, where he wanted to go for the after graduation family dinner. Thanks Colton, I love Golden Corral and don't remember the last time I was there, it was better than I remember! Oh, and I love the tie dye shirt!!!

This post started out as a short thing, ready to post when we got back from the graduation festivities, but I heard a lot of things that I liked, so I will share them here. First, I love their class motto: "Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to." by Henry Van Dyke. Several of the speakers focused their remarks on this motto, which I found motivational. The senior class president, Reta Ray said, "Although we didn't all receive the same grades, we are all receiving the same diploma." WOW, how true and equal! Of course, what you did in high school matters and can make a difference, but in the end, you all leave with the same diploma! I would say that we each must make the most of what we have, no matter where we are in life, graduating high school or trying to fulfill old and new goals!

I believe it was Carter Durrant who quoted Eleanor Roosevelt by saying, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." He also quoted Dr. Seuss, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose." It was their Principal, Charles Bearce, or as they affectionately called him, "Chuck" who quoted Cecil B DeMille as saying, "The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication." He strongly encouraged each of the graduates to never lose sight of their goals! Finally, Donna Barnes with the Board of Education, talked about this being the last class that will have students from Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain and said, "There is so much more that keeps us connected than keeps us apart." How true all of these words are and I, too, encourage all of these great young people to keep their eyes open and their minds focused on their goals. Never lose sight of your goals and never give up on reaching them! EVER!!!
Congrats to all these young people for doing their part and making good choices. I hope they continue to follow the many good examples in their lives and reap the blessings that will abound!

1 comment:

Hema and Becky said...

Congrats to Colton!!! Graduating is huge. Now on to many bigger things for him!