The life and times of the Godfrey ten.

Graduation 2012, with many more to follow (we pray).

I have written about milestones ( The BlurMilestones) in the past, and once again we have reached another one, graduation. It was small, quaint, personal and touching, pretty much the opposite of my highschool graduation. Decorations were minimal as it was held at Beach Community Church, a naturally tropical decoration in itself. The graduates donned a blue gown and blue cap, with the ladies sporting a white sash around their necks.

Stacy and the Gold Coast Staff

Alli giving her Valedictorian speech. ( unfortunately, I had to use spell check to spell it correctly).

Dorian unloading on the world.

Alli receiving her Director’s award given to one student in the school whom the director chooses as an exemplary student.

Dorian receiving his MVP award for the basketball team, presented by the strikingly handsome coach.

Each of the four graduates gave a speech, each touching, most tearful and all from the heart. Our Pastor’s wife gave the commencement speech, and it was fantastic. She molded right into the mode of the ceremony, touching on God and humility. Both Alli and Dorian both won numerous awards, and Alli ended up being the valedictorian, giving a wonderful speech with her beautiful smile beaming throughout. Dorian’s speech was short and to the point, typical Dorian. And the morning was filled with inside jokes and much laughter upon the stage.

My Oldest son.

My oldest daughter.

The coveted piece of paper.

Finally, no more AP Stats!

Get out-of-the-way world!

As I sat there watching the events unfold in front of my, wiping an occasional tear from my eye, and dealing with a consistent lump in my throat, I recalled the years of home schooling, the entry into high school, public school, and now a small private school in Costa Rica. Which led me to recall my own college years. I remember the good times, I remember the buildings, the smells, the tiredness, stress, tests, tons of friends, but most of all I remember that is where I met my wife. That is my current connection to that world, from this world. That is where this period of my life started, 25 years ago. That is what lead to today. It was impossible to not contemplate the next step in my two eldest children’s lives. Where will they go? What will they do? Who will they marry? And as I sat and pondered these things I realized that when I graduated from high school I did not think once about any of that. I assumed I would be successful in whatever I did or wherever I went. I assumed it would all be taken care of, I assumed it would be easy. I was ignorant, arrogant and naive, but I was supposed to be.


This is how our family started.

Not yet little man, you still have a ways to go.

Alli and Victor

Alli and Stacy, her mentor for her senior year.

But after I met my wife I knew one thing, that wherever I went, whatever I did I wanted it to be with her, and in that I have been successful. So I pray for Alli and Dorian that they will follow God’s path for their live’s sooner than I did, listen to what he whispers to their heart, and most of all that God would bless them, as he did me, with someone who will walk with them, nudge them, be honest with them and be their helpmate for all their days on this earth. If so, then it will not matter where you go or what you do, as long as you are with whom God appointed you, and where God sent you. And I pray that one day as they watch their children take that walk in their cap and gown, they too can reflect on where it all began.


7 responses

  1. Wow, it’s so hard to believe that they’re that old! Great post G and congratulations Alli and Dorian. Also that is a wonderful family photo! You guys look great!

    June 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Thanks Ty, soon it will be you and you girls, it is truly a blur my friend.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  2. Sonya

    Mort and I looked at the pictures and read your post and of course I had tears in my eyes. What a joy to see your family and hear of how wonderful they are doing. Life is full of learning and Praise The LORD, HE is patient with us as we learn. Congratulations to the Two wonderful graduates. Our love is sent to all of you! I hope we can visit you one day in your new home. Blessings! Mort and Sonya

    June 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • Thanks so much Sonya. You guys were a huge part of this great adventure, and will always be.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  3. So incredible – beautiful post – congratulations to everyone!

    June 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    • Thanks Dianne, it goes by so fast.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  4. kim bennett

    you never fail to make me cry ,Glen. I’m so happy for the kids.Sounds like they were well taught. Love you all.

    July 18, 2012 at 10:03 am

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