Graduates Anyone?

It’s that time of year when hard-working students – AND those making it by the skin of their teeth – walk across platforms and get their diplomas.  Anybody besides us have a graduate this year? If so, tell us about him/her! No matter what the age or kind of graduation – from kindergarten to tech schools to doctorates – if an official ceremony is involved, let’s celebrate!  If you ARE the graduate, that’s even better. We love any opportunity to celebrate a Siesta. Tell us what God has enabled you to accomplish and what your plans are now.  This is what community is for.

While we join you in your celebration, please join us in ours. Here’s a huge Siesta shout-out to Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick for earning her second Master’s degree, a Th.M from Columbia Theological Seminary. Child, you have worked your fingers to the bone. You’ve done what it takes and at no small cost. Your Dad, Amanda, Curtis and I are so proud of you and amazed by you. THIS from the high school athlete dash prom queen with the blue and white 69 Camaro Z28 who mostly studied for a test on the way to school that morning…while driving. You are a stud, young lady.  Just like your sister. I celebrate the different directions Jesus has taken the two of you and I am so proud of the young women both of you have become. Make no mistake. You both need Jesus equally to make it through the lives He’s entrusted to you.

Colin, Melissa was so right to say that this graduation was just as much about you as it was her. Thank you for so often gazing at your new bride over a sky-high stack of books and papers and for listening to Hebrew lingo and doctrinal debates you never cared to know about. I have a feeling you didn’t see this coming when that young woman passed you in the halls of Langham Creek High School ten years ago. Keith, Amanda, and I will love you forever for how you love our girl and for how much you support her continued theological education. She’s so worth it, isn’t she? I speak this blessing as much over you as over her:

May God sanctify you, anoint you richly and shine His light brightly on your next steps. “May He remember all your sacrifices…May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy…and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.” Psalm 20:3-5

OK, Siestas! Let’s hear it for your graduates!


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  1. 451
    Lois says:

    My daughter Megan just graduated with a degree in nursing. (My youngest, Julie, will also receive her nursing degree in December.) It has been so much fun to walk this journey with them, to re-live some of my own nursing school experiences, and to see them become part of the profession I have loved throughout my adult life. Megan plans to work in Labor and Delivery, experiencing the miracle of new life daily. I love you, Megan, and I am so proud of you!

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    Jodi says:

    My step-daughter, who lives with us, will graduate from High School Saturday! There were times I didn’t think we would see this day. She has grown into quite a young woman. She will now head off to college to become a teacher. She has been through one self-destructive path to another. Fortunately, yes I said fortunately, I had my own time in an abusive relationship. I say fortunately because I could then help my step-daughter through hers. And thank you Beth for your own insight into abuse and addiction. You have helped us more than you will ever know. Melissa – Congratulations! I think that is so awesome!

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    Janet says:

    Congratulations Melissa, way to GO!!!

    I am also happy to announce the graduation of my oldest son from High School. He had some significant challenges along the way but with Christ’s love, energy and Holy spirit (and a lot of prayer from mom and dad) He was successful!
    Our son plans to go on to college to earn a Master’s in Psychology and use his degree to help troubled youths make their way in the world. Please join our family in continued prayer that he continues his journey living in God’s favor.

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    Monica says:

    My oldest daughter Moriah graduated from Moore High School. She is a wonderful daughter who has a great love for the Lord. She inspires me to be a better person.

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    SusanD says:

    Congrats to Melissa. In my house….I’m the graduate! Finally, after all these years working full-time attending classes part-time I was able to walk across that stage! What an amazing feeling. What’s in store now? Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m spending the summer seeking God’s guidance and wisdom for the next big adventure. There are a few photos posted on my blog. Blessings, SusanD

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    Jami says:

    I know this is almost a month behind 🙂 but I have rarely been around a computer in the past month, and just HAD to check in to read the past month’s blogs!! Beth, I HAD to share… I am now a college graduate, praise the Lord!! I graduated high school almost 9 years ago…entered college at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (Travis country!) in 2001 as an 18 yr old who had no idea who she was or what the world was about, or who she was in Christ. I failed out of school, took several years off, had to go to community college, went through the nightmares of transfer credits, and then got back into the University. God has been faithful…it’s been a loooong several years, but I FINALLY graduated with a degree in Middle Grades Education!! God has taught me and refined me and showered me with His grace and mercy through these years! I boast only in HIM! I am now trying to figure out the wheres and whats of the next step…Im looking at teaching jobs, but my heart is also in ministry and missions…so I’m seeking the Lord for where I can serve Him next. Thanks for allowing a post for the graduates!! LOVE this blog…it’s been a blessing to me the past several years! (PS Need a young lady to work for you in TX? haha)

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    Christa says:

    Just saw this post and have to add that BOTH of our daughters graduated from college in May (so 3 of our 4 kids are finished, yeaa!) We are so proud of both of them! Meryl is 25 and stuck with it to graduate after attending SIX colleges! Wow, talk about perseverance. Hilary is 22 and wasn’t sure she even wanted to go to college then, just kept at it and now has a degree from Arizona State. Incredible! We love you both and can’t wait to see how God will use your life.

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    My Taylor graduates tomorrow from Boswell HS in Saginaw, TX. I love my Tater Bug and she is going to Uganda as a missionary as soon as her passport will carry her… Love her to peices. Congrats to all the graduates of 2010.

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