Friday, June 10, 2011

wish we could be there...

It's grad time of the year...
with celebrations everywhere.

My niece in Iowa is having a big party this weekend..

...and I wish I was there!

Some of my family...
from Texas and from Manitoba...
along with my sister, brother-in-law and dad from British Columbia...
are in Iowa right now...
helping Kiley celebrate. 
They really know how to make grad a memorable occasion over there!

It seems not long ago that Kiley was the wee cherub...

...pictured here.

But the years fly by quickly...
and when we were last in Iowa...
Kiley was already half-way to grad!
And she looked so scholarly...
sitting with Mark Twain along the Mississippi River!

 ' The man who does not read good books has no advantage 
over the man who can't read them.'
 ~Mark Twain

I rather like that quote.
Our talents are useless unless we use them!

Kiley uses hers.
 She has never been afraid of hard work...
whether it involves studies, summer jobs, or helping at home.
She has learned that the key to success is effort...
not luck!

Kiley...we wish you many blessings as your journey continues.

(photo used without permission from Kiley's facebook page)

Keep smiling!


  1. Wow! Aren't you getting brazen stealing pictures from Facebook and admitting it openly?! Too cute.

    Your niece is a beauty and I can tell how proud you are of her. What a wonderful family she was born into. Your dad has how many grands?

  2. Congratulations to the grad - I'll be the open house will be a fun affair with so much family in attendance. How quickly they grow up!

  3. She looks very well rounded with a good sense of humor! Blessings on her future!

  4. Congratulations to your niece. It's hard to be away from family celebrations.

    Our two eldest graduated from an American school in Quito and you're right, they make a huge deal of grad. It was a lot of fun!

  5. Congratulations, Kiley! and congrats to the Grammy too ! I WISH you could be there...I'm sure you would fly on your own wings if you had them !!
    Beautiful granddaughter ! May God bless her as steps out into the adult world !!!

  6. Congrats to Kiley! I wish her a life of happiness and achievements!

  7. What a lovely young lady! I imagine they will have a great time today. Graduation is such a special time... a real milestone! Congratulations to her!

  8. Isn't it amazing how quickly they go from being little ones to their graduation? Beauty on the inside and outside is a rare combination. I wish her joy and blessings as she faces the future.

  9. I love the quote as an illustration of Kiley's character! Wish you could be there too... but I'm sure she appreciated this sweet tribute.

    Blessings, Debbie

  10. Judy. .I love celebrating family too and seeing your niece just made me smile. It reminded me of a story that I seem to be reading a lot lately out of the Dora selection where Swiper helps himself to the bracelets. .. but no one really minds because he shares and makes everyone happy.

    Congratulations to your neice.

  11. What a milestone! Congrats and all the best for the year ahead! God bless! Beautiful gal!

  12. Congratulation to your niece Kiley! Isn't facebook a fun way to keep in tpouch with all the nieces and nephews? I joined for that reason and found many friends from the past that I've enjoyed catching up with..and of course I am a fan of the MGCC facebook page :)

    I just got back from spending a week in Colorado. The grandsons are growing so nicely and V and I had fun celebrating our birthdays with them!


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