A Day of Graduations

J & E Graduation


Family Grad

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On Saturday, May 17, we had the opportunity to attend not only one, but two graduations! Saturday afternoon @ 2:00 p.m. our son, Jacob Lee, graduated with a double major in Business Management and Accounting from Central College in Pella.  This summer he will be working for GrowMark/FS in their seed department.  In addition, he will be assisting us on the farm.  Jacob enjoys fieldwork, but he will do about anything else that needs done including grinding feed, feeding calves, hauling manure, and loading pigs; however, he doesn’t do much power washing.  Emily has way more hours in that department! Jacob has always loved numbers which is a huge part of farming today. Jacob and Emily plan to continue their sweet corn business (J and E’s Sweet Corn) this summer too.


On Saturday evening we were  able to attend the high school graduation of our niece, Heather, from Lynnville – Sully.  She will be heading off to ISU with Emily this fall.  The girls are like sisters.

We actually began the festivities of the day with a small celebration dinner in town.  Kevin’s birthday (1/2 century +1) was May 16th.  The last two years it has hit graduation! As last year we had Emily’s high school graduation.


Being gone all day  adds a different dimension to the day.  Thankfully we had eager volunteers – Kevin’s uncle and good friend to haul calves from the dairy and do the afternoon calf feeding.


I would like to share the following story that I had printed off from an e-mail that I received several years ago.


A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.

As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box.

Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care things. When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

Congratulations and God’s Blessings to all graduates!




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