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I haven’t done this for awhile, reflected on what I learned the last month, and I thought it was time to do so again. So I am joining the link up at Emily Freeman’s blog Chatting at the Sky.

1. City Grad is way different from Small Town Grad!

Our son graduated this month. He is completely finished high school and I couldn’t be more proud of that guy. As youth pastors in a small town we went to all the graduations, those were our kids, too. Last year we went to the banquet and everything because my husband was honorary dad for a couple of the grads. It was a bittersweet day because it was our son’s class that was graduating, but he wasn’t in it. He was homeschooling and wasn’t finished his course work, so we had to wait. In the meantime we moved to the city and he finished his credits and then got into an high school apprenticeship program that was amazing for him. So he got to graduate in the city.

Small town grad is very family oriented and everyone comes and each of the grads (all 8 of them or so) has a big bucket and everyone gives tons of gifts and there is a huge party afterward at someone’s farm that is usually pretty cool. There are tons of meetings and get-togethers to plan and decorate and decide on things. Not so the city.

Not one meeting. We filled out a couple of forms. Paid some money. Had to beg for two more tickets because each grad only gets four tickets to the exercises. There aren’t warm, fuzzy slide shows or cute speeches that include each grad by name. It is all rather impersonal. But it gets the job done.

So yeah, no friends, not much family…it was just kind of strange. But it happened, and that is all that matters in the end!

2. Boxed dye will do in a pinch.

I got my hair cut a week before grad but there wasn’t time for a colour. I didn’t think I’d need it but I was wrong. The ‘silver frame’ was back in full force! My sweet friend came over to help me and we coloured my hair with a box dye…and it worked just fine!

3. Renovation decisions are hard work.

Trying to decide what countertops are going to go in and the colour of the faucet and all that kind of stuff is mind-boggling…just saying. And then there’s the patience…don’t get me started on that!

4. I take some really good pictures now and then…