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The Graduate

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As Anthony’s homeschool teacher for 4-1/2 years (from 5th grade until halfway through 9th grade), I can attest to the fact that he was not always the most independent worker.

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In fact, I like to tell people that Anthony was expelled from homeschooling due to driving the teacher crazy.

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So I couldn’t be more proud of how hard he has worked in college, even taking on extra classes for two semesters to graduate early.

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Not only that, but he did so with honors…graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. Well done Anthony!!

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And we finally got to meet his sweet and beautiful fiance, Kameko, in person!

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They are such a cute couple and are going to make me gorgeous grandbabies some day :).

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Three of Anthony’s grandparents were thrilled to take part in the celebration. Kelly came in for the weekend celebration too, although we were not able to snag her a ticket to the ceremony itself.

We all loved the leis that Kameko made and brought to congratulate Anthony. It is a Hawaiian custom to place stacks of leis on a person during important events.

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After the graduation ceremony and a brief tour of campus, we returned to our Airbnb that we all shared together for a catered Chipotle dinner.

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Then we taught the gang how to play 4 Up and 4 Down.

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And of course, there may have been a cocktail or two to celebrate!

12.14.18 Anthony's Graduation (66)The next day, we continued the celebrating and enjoyed spending time with my brother, Brad, who was a trooper and hung out most of the day, even though we made him drive to the Westside. Feeding him double hamburgers every two hours seemed to help. His girlfriend, Gwen, came for a while after work as well.

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Our niece, Abby, also stopped by for a short visit with her dog Moes.

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It was a great weekend celebrating Anthony’s accomplishment. We are so very proud of him! We can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for him in Hawaii. We are so happy that Kameko came to the mainland for the celebration as well. Since Anthony and Kameko flew back to Jacksonville with us until New Year’s Eve, we look forward to spending time with them over the next few weeks. And Kelly (and her boyfriend) and Carl’s parents will be joining us for the annual Christmas-week visit as well.

Lots of family time to look forward to the rest of this year.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “The Graduate”

  1. Congratulations to Anthony! And the parents for a job well done! What a testimony of God’s faithfulness! I love the leis too. Party Down!

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  2. I am so very proud of Anthony and all that he has accomplished. I was so happy to be part of his graduation ceremony and celebrations. Meeting Kameko was wonderful and I agree they make a beautiful couple. It was a great time with great people and I look forward to even more fun in Hawaii for the wedding.

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  3. Happy we were able to join the celebration of Anthony’s 3 1/2 years of intense studies to get his degree, with honors, no less. WE are very proud of all he has accomplished. We also had the pleasure of meeting Kameko, his fiancée! They are the perfect picture of “young Love!” Happy for them both. Thanks Kristy & Carl for making it easy for all of us to enjoy the fun filled weekend! Plenty of good food & fabulous adult beverages….no one went for naught! Had fun playing cards around the table & kibitzing till late into the night! Memorable!!!

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