In just a few days, you’ll be walking across a stage to receive a piece of paper that will open a new chapter of your life and allow you to say goodbye to old friends, hello to new ones and begin a journey that will continue to grow into a wonderful future. Along with a class of 600 students, you will end your high school career and move on to college. These are exciting times for you and for those who have watched you grow into a confident, self sufficient woman.
I’ve learned so much from you, my dear, Kaeli Bug. I’ve always admired your strong will and ability to stand your ground in almost every situation. You’ve taught me how to be more compassionate – more caring – spunky – independent and still very tightly connected to those you love. When we watched the movie, “Shrek,” over and over and over again, I also learned some valuable lessons. We are like onions- with many layers, Sometimes those layers are designed to shield us from outside influences and danger. There are also times when we can hide behind them and keep our true feelings hidden from others. Each layer serves a purpose and can add or subtract from our lives. Isn’t it amazing what we can learn from an ogre?
Maturity takes time to grow, but you’ve proven to be well beyond your years as far as that’s concerned. To say that grandpa and I are proud of you is an understatement. We know that you have a wonderful relationship with your Savior and a special place waiting for you in eternity. You are also destined for great things on this planet. Always remember that God is in control and He will direct your ways throughout your life. Take His hand and allow Him to lead you.
As you turn the page of this chapter of your life, you will face adventures unknown – dreams fulfilled and/or crushed – challenges met – goals achieved. Dream big, because you are a lioness. You are capable of greatness and willing to take the necessary risks to achieve success. Dream big, because God has promised you, that He has already mapped out a plan for your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11-12