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Last Day of School

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Tomorrow, my son will walk into the doors of Eagle’s View Academy for the last time as a student. It’s so hard to believe that he’s a senior and about to graduate from high school! Jonathan entered EVA as a small, wild-eyed fourth grader. He’s always been our mischievous child…the one with whom we never knew quite what to expect…the wild card. Oh, and the brilliant one, too!

Our wild card has grown up into a handsome, curious, compassionate man. Jonathan is full of life and questions and answers and pursuing God. I love him so much! He’s so very different from his older brother and younger sister. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

After a [much too short] summer, Jonathan will pack up and move into a dorm room at Florida Polytechnic University near Lakeland, FL. He’s wanted to go there for the past two years, and we’re so happy that it’s working out for him to attend his #1 choice! He plans to study some sort of computer science. Exactly where will that take him? Only God really knows!

While searching through old pictures for his senior video (an EVA tradition), I ran across a scrapbook album that I created for Jonathan when he was just four years old. And I found the sweetest note that I wrote to him fourteen years ago:


                                   We are so glad that God chose you to be a part of our family. At the completion of this album,

                   you were four years old. But you are growing so fast that you will be all grown up before we know it!

                   No matter how tall or how old you get, you will always be our precious little boy. We love you!                 

                                                                                                                                                                                        -Mom and Dad

Oh, I wish you could see the whole scrapbook album! Those baby and toddler years were so cute!

Another section that I found particularly meaningful was a page that listed our hopes for Jonathan. Here are a few:

                   There are so many things to wish for in life, but some of our biggest HOPES are that Jonathan will…..

                   …..come to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord.

                   … deeply.

                   …..have great faith.

                   … day fall in love with and marry a Christian girl with whom he will share a family.

                   … and follow God’s will for his life.

                   …..choose a career that he truly loves.

… blessed with many true friends.

Those hopes for Jonathan were written fourteen years ago, and I still agree with and wish for each and every one! As my boy steps out of this chapter of his life and into the next, I know that many of these things are already true. And I pray for God’s great blessing on his life. My heart is full, and I’m so happy for my son! So this last day of high school is a happy one. A job well-done. A future full of hope!

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