Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Patty Party and A Graduation

The end of the semester was a whirlwind, as expected, and it's hard to believe that it's over. My apartment is packed up, classes are finished, exams are done, graduation is over, and even the drive to Colorado is behind me.

But I can't skip ahead to where I'm at quite yet, since I do want to remember the weekend of everything wrapping up for the semester.

Caleb and Haley drove back to Chicago so that Caleb could walk at graduation to celebrate finishing his time at Moody. Mom and Dad were here for his graduation too, and the whole family had about 24 hours together, which is a rare occasion these days, and always merits a family photos because of that (with a tripod, of course!).

This Patty Party on Friday was bittersweet, since it's the last one we'll have in Chicago (unless by chance everyone made it to my graduation next year at this time, which I'm not even sure I'll be able to make it to after finishing in December). Tyler and Lara won't be in the Chicago area much longer, and I'll be done in December, so these days are coming to a close. They've been hard ones, challenging and full of ups and downs, but also rich in relationships and growth, which is why this season will always be a very important and sweet one.

Even though Caleb technically graduated in December, I'm so glad he came back to walk at graduation so that we could all celebrate with him on Saturday. He has modeled what it looks like to serve humbly and generously even amidst studies and work and life. He's also the one who taught me that it's possibly for homework to be worshipful when it's presented to the Lord and in love for him, and he consistently displayed that to me and everyone he interacted with during his time at Moody. 

I know so many, including me, have been blessed during his time at Moody by his diligence, love and interest in others, hard work, incredible attitude, compassion, sense of humor and delight even in the littlest of things. 

I'm proud to be known as your sister, Caleb! 

Caleb and Haley - you're amazing for all you walked through during your time in Chicago. And I'm excited to see what the Lord continues to place upon your hearts as you continue on in Colorado and beyond.

1 comment:

  1. What a sweet post Claire! Truly hard to believe all of that is behind you now, and Colorado and MTI are in front! :) Excited to see posts from there this summer!!


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