by Designer Lori Esterly

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After Graduation

Whew,

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

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