A High School Graduation Letter to Our Daughter

img_0018One of the purposes of this blog is to preserve a little family history. This letter to our daughter upon her graduation last year is a piece of our history. I’m not sure why I am just now getting around to posting it. Lydia will soon be leaving home for her sophomore year of college. I guess late is better than never.



Forever etched in my memory is that wide-eyed little redhead newborn staring off into the new world as you were swaddled against mom on that glorious summer day in Johnson City, TN. You exploded into this world with personality and have never looked back. Our family has been blessed with you.

Now, high school graduation! Our memory bank is full of specials moments like the numerous times we heard, “Oh, she looks like Little Orphan Annie.” The little girl who has spent hours and days casting fishing lines with me on the piers of Weiss Lake is now in line to receive a diploma from Brookwood High School. My Lilly, my Braves buddy, who could amaze me with stats about every player and bemoan the decision of Bobby Cox to send in Dan Kolb to pitch, is now getting ready to learn how to pitch education, marketing or some other marketable skill. The two-year old who once backed a car between two trees, through a fence and into the side of a neighbor’s garage is now preparing to drive off to Georgia College and State University.  I’m going to miss you.

The reasons for parental pride are too numerous to put on paper. While learning at school, you also learned the discipline of work by serving as a dependable employee at Bucks Pizza. You learned teamwork through soccer and endurance through Cross-Country and Track. With much determination, you bounced back from major back surgery on your 17th birthday. Out of nowhere, you have amazed me and mom with your artistic creativity and paintings. And we were delighted when you represented the Broncos with pride in your successful efforts in DECA.

Little Orphan Annie

Little Orphan Annie

I see you take initiative with confidence and determination, knowing these traits will take you far in life. Keep dreaming and pursuing—never give up.

It’s been fun to watch you enjoy your senior year. I can’t imagine a more spirited senior in your class of 2013. Yet, now it is time to move on.

Graduation from BHS is just another step in your wonderful journey. Whether you go on to teach or apply your knowledge in marketing, we will be your loudest supporters. We look forward to your days at GCSU and then the family of your own you will have one day.

As Graduation Day approaches I have just two words of advice, (that I will put in writing now). First, grow in your understanding and practice of living a life of faith. Hebrews 11 tells us that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Life will continue to throw many challenges your way; Meet them with an enduring faith that God is in control and that He loves you.

Second, remember to not leave a hot curling iron on the floor in your room at GCSU.

Happy Graduation Lilly!

Great seats for Braves game!

Great seats for Braves game!

We are so proud of you,


Dad & Mom


2 responses to this post.

  1. So enjoyed and was inspired as a parent this post. It took me forward 10 years when my daughter will hopefully be experiencing the same opportunities. Thank you for sharing!


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