by Designer Lori Esterly

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Wordless Wednesday

Isn’t this a great (amateur) graduation photo? I’m so Proud of Keith!

My friend Joanne, the photographer posing Keith for Cap & Gown photos.

A Friend of mine…Joanne Graves

Hello Everyone,

I know I have introduced you to Joanne before, she had a photography studio for over 20 years, but I just had to tell you what she did for us just yesterday.  You all know that Keith just graduated from high school.  Well, she being the wonderful friend that she is took Keith and me over to a local park and took Graduation Pictures of Keith both casual pictures and a few in cap and gown.  And on top of all that, she is going to put a whole album together for us.  Don’t I have just the best friends in the whole world?

Tell me about some of your friends.  I’m sure I am not the only one who has great friends. Right?  Tell me who has done something special for you and your family or someone you know who deserves some recognition for something they have done for someone else.  I want to hear back from you.

Me taking pictures of Joanne and Keith while Joanne is showing Keith how to pose for his pictures.

Me taking pictures of Joanne and Keith as she shows Keith how to pose for pictures.

You can imagine that if my amateur shots turned out this well how great hers are.

Except for the car in the background I thought this was a great amateur shot.

Just Enjoying a few moments of glory before getting on with work.  I hope you take time out of your busy routine to enjoy your blessings too.

~ Lori

After Graduation


It has been a whirlwind week!  Friends and Family came in from out-of-town and joined us at graduation on Wednesday.  I think I am still in shock.  I made as much preparation as I could and everything went great but Wow, it was here and gone so fast I hardly had a moment to relish it.

As any parent, I am so proud of Keith!  He has worked hard and done a great job!  All of this makes me think of times past, of things accomplished, even some regrets.  But I have to lay all of those aside and look to the future now.  Keith has a bright future ahead of him indeed.  I just got an email from work services with the name of Keith’s job coach, JD.  We are really looking forward to meeting him and starting this new adventure into adulthood together.

I just stop and think of the day and all of the smiles and encouragement and even some tears, all of the well wishes and further encouragement from teachers and friends.  It was a wonderful day indeed.  Just for those of you who know me it was only a two tissue day.  That was really good for me!  For the rest of you, I am a big crier and I carry my own box of tissues to events like this and sometimes I use the whole box.  Yes, I know it is pitiful.  But as I said it was a very good day.  The hard part is not to see those folks who have been such an integral part of Keith’s life for 12 years.  They have been such an encouragement to me over the years.  So, a HUGE Thank you goes out to Centennial School of Lehigh University and to Dr. George and all the staff and ESPECIALLY THE TEACHERS!  We Love you all!  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!  I could never thank you enough.  You make a big difference in the lives of young people and families.  May the Lord continue to bless the work of Centennial School.

Keith and some of his teachers over the years.

Thank you!

~ Lori

Wordless Wednesday

Keith and Tanya, his first teacher at Centennial School. Congratulations Keith! I’m so proud of you!

Congratulations, graduate

Hello Again,

I read a really great blog by Tammy Davis. She is a brand new friend. I just saw her Freshly Pressed article on Graduation and thought you all should read it. It really hit home since she and I graduated about the same year and Keith, my son just graduated last week. So, enjoy!


Though I find it hard to believe, twenty-five years ago today was my high school graduation day. Besides making me feel pretty darned old, it also leads me to reflection. If I could go back, what would I say to my 17-year-old self, assuming she would listen to me? Who knows, but here goes.

  1. Don’t sit on the sidelines; participate. Ask questions, get to know people, build relationships. The high school model of learning–listen to a lecture, do your homework/write a paper/take a test, move to the next one–won’t get you a good grade in real life. You might pass, but you won’t excel. Whether you go to college or to work or anywhere else, get to know people. Connections count; you never know where or when it might make a difference. And no matter what happens, those relationships will enrich your life experience.
  2. Explore, explore, explore. I wish I had…

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Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you had a great week.  By the time you read this my son, Keith will have graduated from High School.  It is such a proud moment when your children hit huge milestones in their lives…don’t you think?  It is a time when I am full of pride for my son and all he has accomplished.  We all know as parents that they didn’t get there on their own.  They had lots of help along the way from teachers to friends to us, the parents.  So hats off to all this year’s graduates and those who helped them along the way, especially you parents!  You have run the race and finished the course, Congratulations!

And now the reward…Which one would you choose?  Wait…who said you could only choose one?

Shells – An Old Favorite Returns for Summer Necklace, Bracelet & Earrings

Onyx, Amethyst & Sterling Silver Necklace, Bracelet & Earrings

Turquoise, Swarovski Crystal & Glass Necklace

Another Old Favorite – Ceramic, Aqua, Amber & Sage Glass Beads

This is Reilly. How did he get in there?

Blue Crystal & Chain 30″ long

Pastel & Sparkle 24″ with Matching Bracelet

New 3 Strand Floating Black & Silver Glass Necklace

Matching Black & Silver Glass Earrings

Aqua Crystal & Sterling Silver Figaro Chain Necklace with Earrings

Congratulations Again!  Have a Great Weekend!

~ Lori

A Friend of Mine…Joanne Graves

Hi Everyone,

How are you all doing This new week?  I hope you had a great weekend like I did!  I have a question for you.  Did you ever have a friend who would do anything to help you?  I have great friends!!! The best friends I have every had in my life have been the friends I have since transplant.  They are the kind of friends who will help you with anything but give you a good kick in the pants when you need it.  Joanne Graves is a friend like that.

Joanne took me to Hahnemann last week and it wasn’t the first time she has taken me to the hospital for check ups.  She is also helping me with a lot of details for my son’s Graduation party at Church coming up very soon.  I hope you have faithful friends like I do.  I try not to take them for granted.  Also, I try to reciprocate as much as possible but I have to tell you my friends appreciate me even when I can’t reciprocate.

I never had a lot of friends in school but I learned a principle.  If you want friends you have to be friendly.  So, I began trying to be friendly.  It worked!  People started smiling back at me when I smile at them.  Say hello and they will respond.  Put yourself out there and be friendly and you will be surprised how people respond especially in this world where everyone is too busy to be personal.  You may just make someone’s day with a smile.  Try it! What do you have to lose?  Then come back and tell me what happened.  I’m waiting to hear from you.

And to Joanne…Thank you so much for all your help and especially for your friendship.

Have a Great Week!


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