I’m home from a wonderful weekend away! I left Thursday evening to drive to St. Louis, where I spent the night at my brother’s apartment. Friday morning, we got up early and drove to Lincoln, Nebraska. We stopped so I could visit my college roommate, Grace. Sadly, it had been almost 4 years since we had seen one another. Our visit was long overdue. Plus, I needed to meet Grace’s newly adopted daughter, Samantha. It was nice to sit and talk for a bit.
Then, Joel and I drove into Seward, where we met up with my parents and cousin, Crystal. We had time to change before driving to St. John’s for the Baccalaureate service. To me, the Baccalaureate service is a very special part of the weekend. This was especially true this weekend, as my Pastor Dad was preaching for the service. He did a wonderful job (as he always does), speaking to the graduates about our location to serve and vocation of service. Even though it has been nine years since I sat in those same pews for my Baccalaurate, Dad’s sermon was exactly what I needed to hear as well.
Saturday morning, we woke up early and headed to the new gymnasium for graduation. We arrived two hours early – to get good seats – so used the time to visit with my parents, grandparents, second-cousin Crystal, and Aunt Becky. Liesl even called while we were waiting. Thanks to technology, she was able to stream the graduation and watch Mikaela gradate – even though she was in Okinawa.
Not only did we get to watch Mikaela graduate, but also her finance, JohnDavid. Our second cousin, Joey, was also graduating as well as Briar, another second cousin’s fiance. It was hard to believe it’s been nine years since I walked across the stage to graduate from Concordia, Seward. Now, Mikaela, Liesl and I have all graduated from Concordia, Seward! Of course, we’re very proud of our brother who graduated from Maryville University, even though we don’t share an alma mater.
It was good to celebrate Mikaela’s graduation as a family. We missed Liesl, of course, but we were thankful that the rest of us could be there this weekend. It also makes us look forward to this summer when we all will be together for Mikaela and JohnDavid’s wedding!
After graduation, we spent time visiting with one another, as well as our Rempfer cousins. We also loaded Mikaela’s things up into three separate – and very full – cars. On Sunday, we worshipped together at Calvary Lutheran Church – where Grace serves as DCE and Mikaela did her DCE practicum. After that, we took Mom out to Panera for Mother’s Day, before we had to say good-bye. Why is it that time together always goes so quickly?
It meant over 27 hours of driving in 4 days, but that was a minor detail. Graduations only happen once – and this was the last college graduation of our family. I spent four wonderful years at Seward and I loved remembering so many special moments. I received an excellent education at Concordia, and best of all? I met my husband there!