Well, God helped us...and the graduation and party were a success! I tell you, we were rushing around to get everything ready. With us buying the fresh fruits and veggies this morning at the market, it really MADE US RUSH to get everything cut up and done. I had wanted red and pink roses and God helped me find 24 ROSES for $3.00! (In Case you didn't know, Colombia provides 90% of USA's roses on Valentine's day!) Phillip helped me a lot (the whole family worked together to make this happen!) I wanted a 3 tier plate to serve the Choc. covered strawberries on, so came up with the idea that Phillip glue some of my CHEAP dollar store china together and make me one! =)
He also made the nice grad. program, and Carved the watermelon into a baby carriage.
We rushed around and basically had everything done when our first family arrived right on time....2:00...our next guest arrived at 2:15...and the rest arrived on LATIN AMERICAN TIME...and we started the graduation at 3:45! =)
~All of us waiting for the last guests to arrive~
There were 24 people here including our family! Praise the Lord for giving us "family" and friends in Colombia to help Sarah celebrate. The graduation went well. We had wanted it to be outside, but with us being in the rainy season, that was not possible, so we switched it to our garage and it turned out nicely there. Sarah marched in while I played "Pomp and Circumstance". A pastor friend prayed the Invocation, and then we PLEDGED TO THE AMERICAN FLAG, CHRISTIAN FLAG, AND BIBLE IN ENGLISH! Then Sarah and Kimberly both played a song on the piano, and Kimberly on the violin.
Sarah sang a solo in Spanish, and our family sang a special in Spanish too AND NOAH EVEN SANG! YEA!
The girls quoted James chapter 2:1-26 in English. Phillip gave a little sermon and did well, then he presented Sarah with her diploma, and another preacher friend prayed the Benediction. Then we went inside the house for the reception. Another preacher friend asked the blessing, and then I served the food. (There were 4 preachers here!) Notice my "Fish Bowl" punch bowl. =)
Thank the Lord they enjoyed my "GRINGA FOOD"! (Food from the USA! =)
Sarah was thrilled to get lots of nice gifts....and even Kimberly, Noah and I got a couple gifts too! YEA!
We thank the Lord for a successful day!
~I made 11 of these platters with a loaf of my banana bread to give as a Thank You for each family that came.~
Now...where is my bed?! HA!