Saturday, May 18, 2019

Congratulations Class of 2019

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in from Claremore, Oklahoma. We have enjoyed a fabulous week at Westside Holiness Church. These people have been our dear friends for a long time. It is a blessing to see God helping them. It is extra special to be in Claremore with Bro. Jimmy, Sis. Shauna, Carli and Landon Millikin in their new role as Pastor here. 

Westside church has had a great impact on many lives for many years. We are excited to see what God has planned for Westside under their leadership!

Class of 2019
It is graduation season and we have many friends that are graduating from high school or college. It is a huge milestone. I am super proud of each of them and their accomplishments! Congratulations to every senior of 2019!

In our close immediate families, we have four graduates. On both the Morgan and Boggs sides of the family, we have a high school graduate and college graduate. There is a lot of celebrating going on.

Hunter Travis Morgan graduates this month from Whiteoak High School. It seems like only yesterday that we were waiting for him to be born. Hunter brought great joy as the first grandson on the Morgan side of the family. Time has flown by and Hunter has plans to begin college this fall at Wilmington College. 

Hunter has always been my buddy. I have lots of great memories of his childhood. His love of animals was fascinating to me. He was a fun kid! Growing up we always played like Hunter was my pet tiger. Today I still lovingly call him Tiger.

I was so happy when another nephew, Jonas Keith Boggs came into the world. I can not believe that he is already approaching his high school graduation. Jonas will graduate from Waynesville High School on Memorial Day weekend. He is planning to attend the University of Cincinnati this fall. 

Jonas was a precious,  “perfect” little boy growing up. It was almost as if he did nothing wrong. Uncle Steve jokingly called Jonas “Baby Jesus”. We have had a lot of fun with that title over the years. 

Jonas was a loving kid. It thrilled me that he liked to spend time with me, his older cousin. He was always so sweet and quick to give me a compliment or lend a helping hand. Jonas did something as a small boy that still makes me laugh today. He loved to push me over and he would then happily sit on me! I do not have a clue why that was his favorite seat. My cousins just like to push me around. 😀

Now for our two college graduates. They both completed their classes in December, but they walked for their graduations this month. 

Kayla Jo Morgan graduated from Wilmington College last weekend. She now holds a degree in Chemistry, a certified science nerd. Kayla definitely worked extremely hard to reach this accomplishment! She was a committed student.

Her prayers for a job were answered very quickly. God gave Kayla a great job at a company close to home. Now she is planning a fall wedding.  Her life is full of new adventures. It is an exciting time!

Lauren Elizabeth Osborn graduated on May 4th from Ohio University. Baby Lauren is the baby granddaughter on the Boggs side and a very sweet part of our family. She will always be “ Baby Lauren” to my Dad. 

Now she has obtained a degree in her field of choice, Retail Marketing. She spent 4 months in Maui, Hawaii working at an internship to complete her requirements for graduation.

Lauren is a great worker. The company where she served as an intern, offered her a manager position. They have moved her to Key West. She will be in Florida for at least a year managing two stores.

Life has happened in the blink of an eye. My baby cousins are grown. I am proud of them for accomplishing their dreams. Hunter and Jonas are separated by three weeks in age and I have watched them go through life at the same pace. Kayla and Lauren are just a month apart in age. It has been neat to watch them grow into ladies. 

Hunter, Jonas, Kayla and Lauren, I pray for you that you place God in the center of your life. Make Him your Lord! No matter what life holds for you, know that God will always be with you! Family and friends are only a call or a text away, but the Lord is even closer to you. He is ever listening for your calls to Him. I love all of you so very much and you brighten my life with your presence! 

Thank you, friends, for reading as I celebrate my cousins' graduations. Have a great weekend. 


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