Sunday, May 1, 2011

Our First College Graduate!!!

May 1st has long been on our calendar this year~
the day our first would graduate college.
It has come and gone just like the past four years.
Scott and I both agreed we can NOT believe 4 years have flown by SO quickly~
seems like yesterday that we moved to Hartwell
and then dropped Savannah in Dahlonega.

Today was a mixture of emotions.
I really think I would have had a harder time with graduation
had Savannah not been getting married in 6 days.
It was great to have my mom and dad, Josh,
and all the girls there for the celebration!!!

This photo is blurry but her smile was shining through
as she walked in the beginning processional
and I had to use it~

We were ALL so proud and thankful
to see her walk across the stage and receive her diploma~

Right after all was said and done,
Savannah came out to hug her fiancée first thing~

And receive a kiss from her biggest fan~

It all started with two~

and went to three~

then on to four, five,six, seven...
(can't wait for baby eight!!!)

and our prayer for Savannah as well as all the girls
is to work hard for their education
and you will be able to do whatever you want to do!!!

Only thing missing was one precious little brother in China~

Our college graduate and high school graduate~

Precious girls both waiting for their wedding day
with one big accomplishment done~

The littles were amazing for sure~
EK still a little under the weather

and SJ just enjoying every moment~

We were all ready for a yummy meal
and enjoyed just that @...

And off to get a few last things for the wedding...
aren't they just the cutest couple???

Dad and I couldn't be more proud of you for SO many reasons!!!
You have always been a beautiful daughter inside and out,
setting an awesome example in front of your sisters.
Thank you for choosing college and persevering with grace.
We don't look at this experience as an end
but as the beginning of what God has chosen for your life.
This was merely a stepping stone to His Will for you.
I pray you will seek Him in everything
and allow Him to lead your way!!!

We are SO excited about this coming week~
the week before your wedding.
We know you are so excited about starting your life with your soul mate!
I can say from experience,
it is one of the most amazing blessings in my life
and am sure it will be in your's as well.
Dad and I love you with all our hearts
and know what a treasure Josh is receiving in you.
We are not losing you but gaining a son!!!
Oh JOY!!!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

~Number 6:24


  1. What a wonderful post! I'm so happy for Savannah! This is such an amazing time in her life. I know how proud you are.

    I love all of the pictures...especially the one of you and Savannah. Just beautiful! Enjoy the rest of this week. I'm praying for every moment of it!


  2. Savannah could NOT look more gorgeous!! She is just radiant! You can always tell a woman who is confident and accomplished (not to mention getting ready to WED!) She looks beautiful on the outside and seems so sweet & beautiful on the inside. You & Scott have done an amazing job with all your kids and you are just the parents that I WANT to be when my littles grow up! Thanks for being an inspiration! Congrats to both your graduates!!!


  3. What a beautiful day. You have done so well. I think I'm more excited about this wedding than the royal wedding :) I can not wait to see pictures.

  4. How do you top this?!! You must be so proud.


  5. So much excitement, and so much to be proud of!!!

  6. What a week, Shay! Enjoy every second!!

  7. What a precious post. Made me tear up and everythig at work today!

    Such a beautiful daughter and I can't wait to see what God has yet in store for her and her NEW family :)

  8. beautiful post...made me cry!!!Congrats Savannah!!

  9. I must say I have way more anticipation over seeing Savannah's wedding dress than I did over the Royal wedding. Congrats on her graduation & can't wait to see all the wedding pics!!!!!

  10. Awww, what a wonderful day! She looks so happy! So many amazing events going on in her life right now. In all your lives. Congrats!

  11. Congratulations!!! I can't believe you're having a wedding in just a few days!!! So exciting!!

    Congratulations to Savannah!!!

  12. What a big day. She is so lucky to have the opportunity to go to college and the support of her family; both are blessings, as Savannah is obviously one of many blessings that you have been given. Congratulations to Mom and Dad!


  13. I am just catching up!!!! Are you taking deep breaths hourly right now? So much going on! So many blessings!!!! I love how you captured this day.. That photo of SJ in the Graduation Cap is an all time favorite! Adorable!!!!

    I pray your have a gorgeous day for the wedding!! And, that God blesses your precious daughter and her husband-to-be abundantly!!!!!


  14. My word. You must just be dizzy with joy, emotions and activity!

    Congrats! What a time for your family!

  15. I love, love, love this post! You must be one proud mama!

    You have such a great looking family, and I can't wait to see a little boy in the mix!