Graduation/ Wedding/ Mother's Day Mashup

With a passel of kids, it seems that major life events often come right on top of one another. Take this weekend, for example.

First, Peter graduated from IU's Kelley School of Business!

How wonderful to see God's grace in Peter's life these past four years! Somehow Peter managed a triple major (accounting, business analytics, and technology management) while working every semester. Peter also ran cross country and track with the IU Run Club and was active in our church's college group, ClearNote Campus Fellowship (CNCF.)

We are so thankful for God's faithfulness to Peter, helping this young man grow in godliness while gaining accounting skills and other business knowledge.

Peter will be moving to Minneapolis in July to join Target's accounting department. (P.S. If you have any recommendations for a good church in Minneapolis, please drop me a note! Peter's doing research, but we'd love some personal input.)

Events so often come in bunches! Sometimes it has been the strangeness of having joyful events as the same time as anxiety or even grief. Like when two of our kids graduated from college the same week a younger brother and their grandfather were hospitalized. Or the year when a family member took her life and a grandfather died in the busy days before a daughter's wedding

But this year, our other events of this mashup weekend were happy ones!

On Saturday, while Tim was at Peter's actual graduation, I was hosting a bridal shower for Kristen. (Peter wasn't originally going to go through the mass ceremony, as the important part for him was a business school ceremony the night before. Several of us were able to be at that more personal event.)

What joy to share this special time with ladies from our church who have known and loved Kristen through the years! Oldest sister, Kara, shared a wonderful devotional with biblical and practical advice about how to love your husband, forgive quickly, and serve as his helpmate.

And finally, because eight of our kids were here this weekend, they planned an early Mother's Day surprise. After the big events on Saturday were finished, Tim told me we were going for a walk on a trail in a neighboring town. I was tired! Still, I took him up on it without suspicion. He'd been asked, you see, to get me out of the house for a while.

And here's what I saw when we came home!

Seven gorgeous hanging flower baskets now fill all the slots on my porch!

I'm pretty sure our family isn't unique in having plenty of mashup times where so many different things take place at once, our heads are spinning. Most likely, you have those times as well. Though sometimes I'd like to slow the world down and take things one at a time, that's not what God has purposed for me. I'm so very thankful for His presence and grace for each day, no matter what that day brings.

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; 
He will never let the righteous be shaken.  
Psalm 55: 22 



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