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THE MEMORIES OF GRADUATION

Writing this blog brings back so many memories for me and hope it does for you too. When I graduated, it was in May mostly. You see my graduation ceremonies went something like this: Elementary School or K-6(No Graduation Ceremony), Highshool(A May Graduation), A 2 Year College(Got My Diploma In December of 1989 and went to the graduation ceremony in May) but could have skipped the May graduation ceremony in May since I already had my diploma. I felt since I worked so hard to Β accomplished a diploma, I wanted to go through the graduation ceremony. I also had a 4 Year College(A May Graduation). Β It may have been a lot of work but was well worth it.

Graduation is a time for every student to reflect back on what they’ve worked for and to be proud of what they accomplished whether they ended up graduating with honors or not. Β Also, most students celebrate by having a graduation party in May or early April.

The following is only one memory of my graduation and there are more memories also but memory listed below is a memory that stood out to me.

I know I was excited and proud of what I accomplished. I think I felt this way because I had people tell me I couldn’t accomplish going to college and when I went to a 4 year college, I had professors telling me I couldn’t do it. However, I have to give the one professor credit because he eventually came back and told me he was proud of what I accomplished.

So whether you’ve graduated or are about to graduate, remember graduation is a time to look forward to and to celebrate what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish-a diploma and/or a degree. You’ll also find it a time to decide what college you’re going to or decide if you’re going on for a graduate degree.

πŸ™‚Congratulations if you worked hard to earn yourself a diploma and/or a degree.πŸ™‚

If you don’t have a degree or a highschool diploma, I urge you to either complete highschool or get your GED.

🎈🎈Congratulations to the Class Of 2017 🎈🎈

My niece graduated from highschool already and pictures below show the some of the memories we shared with her.

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My Niece, Kaitlin Getting Her Diploma

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown Holding Her Pet Dog, Maxi

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown And Behind Kaitlin From Left To Right Is Her Dad, Her Mom And Her Older Sister

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My Niece, Kaitlin On Her Graduation Day With Her Sister, Allison

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Kaitlin In Her Cap And Gown

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Kaitlin Showing Where She’s Going To College

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My Niece, Kaitlin Who Graduated With Honors With Other Girls Who Graduated With Honors

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Side View Of Kaitlin And Other Girls Who Graduated With Honors

Below Is Kaitlin With Other Girls That Just Graduated With Honors With Writing On Their Caps.IMG_2290

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THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS

There is an expression that we have heard of and it is Β “Every cloud has a silver lining.” The meaning and origin of this phrase is as follows:

The Meaning

“Every bad situation has some good aspect to it. “This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.”

Origin

“John Milton coined the phrase ‘silver lining’ in Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634”

“I see ye visibly, and now believe

That he, The Supreme Good, to whom all things

ill

Are but as slavish officers of Β vengeance

Would send a glistering guardian, if need were

To keep my life and honour unassailed

Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

I did not err; there does a sable cloud

Turn forth her silver lining on the night,

And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.”

“‘Clouds and ‘silver linings’ were referred to often in literature from then onward,usually citing Milton and frequently referring to them as Milton’s clouds. It isn’t until the days of the uplifting language of Victoria’s England that we begin to hear the proverbial form that we are now familiar with-‘every cloud has a silver lining’. The first occurrence that is unequivocally expressing that notion comes in The Dublin Magazine, Volume 1, 1840, in a review of the novel reviewΒ Marian; or, a Young Maid’s Fortunes, by Mrs. S. Hall, which was published in 1840:

As Katty Macane has it, “there’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if we could only see it.”

‘There’s a silver lining to every cloud’ was the form that the proverb was usually expressed in the Victorian era. The currently used ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ did appear, in another literary review, in 1849. The New monthly belle assembl`ee, Volume 31 include what purported to be a quotation from Mrs Hall’s book – “Every cloud has a silver lining”, but which didn’t in fact appear inΒ Marian, which merely reproduced Milton’s original text.”

If you want to read more about “Every cloud has a silver lining” then you can go to these links:Β ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’Β andΒ Links for ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’.

In my opinion, this saying is true. You see there really is a silver lining to every cloud and a lot of times we might not see the silver lining right away but for every cloud there will be a silver lining. Some examples of this saying are as follows:

Someone tells we can’t accomplish something

We might not accomplish what we want to do right away but the silver lining here it will be accomplished in the future.

We suffer the loss of a loved one and/or friend

It’s hard to find a silver lining here but there is one. It will take some time before we see it but the silver lining will eventually show up.

Becoming unemployed

If you ever been unemployed then you know it’s no fun. The silver lining here is you will get another job, retire or better yet start your own business.

Being Single

It’s hard to see the silver lining here especially if you’ve been single for quite some time. Remember the silver lining might be you find the right person and get married or you just stay single.

When a situation comes up in our lifetime, we shouldn’t think a bad situation is bad but think of it as a good thing because really if we think about it they’re stepping-stones to our destination. These stepping-stones that we may consider roadblocks make us stop and ask ourselves is this what we really want? Of course, this is a question that can have many answers and that’s because everyone has to answer this question every time a situation comes up.

You may be going through a situation that’s making you take a step back and ask is this what I really want? If you aren’t asking this question, then you either have already answered this question or your situation that caught you off guard is a good situation. Sometimes good situations do catch us off guard and make us ask the same question.

My hope for everyone is that you will have more good situations than bad situations. I want everyone to try to smile when you have both good and bad situations. I know it’ll be hard to smile through bad situations but if you do, you’ll find it’ll make it easier to get through your bad situation. It’s usually pretty easy to smile when you’re in a good situation but when you’re in a bad situation it’s not as easy.

Smiling through all situations that come our way will not only make us feel better and put us in a better mood. Smiling also makes other people want to be around us more.

In my opinion when you smile, I think you will find that people treat you better than when you aren’t smiling. So smile through both good and bad situations and you’ll go far. How far is up to you. If you smile through the bad then hopefully your reward will be that you have more good situations than bad situations. Also in my experience, I have found a smile will change your attitude from bad to good. Β Even when you’re in a really bad mood and/or just plain having a terrible day you may be asking? Especially smile when you’re in a terrible mood and/or just having a terrible day because it will not only change your attitude but people will notice the change in you.

Let me share a tip about smiling and that tip is even if you have to put a fake smile on your face to change people’s attitude toward you, you will find even a fake smile will help your attitude. How do I Know? I’ve put a fake smile on my face many times and it actually did change my attitude and how other people viewed me. What happened when I smiled? It was contagious and made people ask why are you smiling?

Remember, Smiling is contagious and does have benefits. If you would like to learn more about smiling and the benefits you can go toΒ THERE’S A SILVER LINING TO EVERY CLOUD AND HOW A SMILE AFFECTS YOU AND OTHERS. This link provides several links you can learn about why you should smile and the benefits a smile provides.

πŸ™‚πŸ™‚Do me a favor, Smile no matter what and you will be rewarded.πŸ™‚πŸ™‚

 

 

 

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown And Behind Kaitlin From Left To Right Is Her Dad, Her Mom And Her Older Sister

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My Niece, Kaitlin In Her Graduation Cap And Gown Holding Her Pet Dog

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My Niece, Alyssa With Her Grandfather In Their Shirts They Got Each Other

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My Niece, Kaitlin Getting Her Diploma

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My Niece, Kaitlin Who Graduated With Honors With Other Girls Who Graduated With Honors

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My Niece, Emily With Her Mother At Their Birthday Party

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My Nephew, Dylan Holding A Rabbit, In The Center Is My Cousin, Jeff And On The Right Is My Youngest Sister

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On The Left Is My Niece, Alyssa In The Center Is My Nephew, Dylan And On The Right Is My Oldest Niece, Emily

The above pictures are examples of smiling through good situations.

The pictures below are examples of smiling through bad situations.

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My Niece, Alyssa smiling even though she’s on crutches.

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My Niece, Alyssa with her brother, Dylan walking around our campsite even though she’s on crutches.

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My Niece, Kaitlin With Her Get Well Flowers And Her Smiley Balloon

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Get Well Flowers, A Little Stuffed Animal With A Smiley Balloon For My Niece, Kaitlin

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WHAT DOES FAMILY MEAN TO ME?

What does family mean to me? I think this is a question we all ask ourselves several times in our lives. I ask myself this question everyday and come up with a different answer each day. I am just thankful that I have a family that is loving and supportive. Above are some pictures of family and yes some of those pictures will have pets in them because in our family our pets are part of the family. I hope you enjoy the pictures. You will notice I put in a picture of a ring and that is because my brother-in-law and his two girls went to a Steelers Game against Philadelphia Eagles and the guy who was working at the game felt sorry for my niece so he showed her his Superbowl ring and let her try it on. Cool Huh!?

IMG_2186The above pictures are as follows from left to right: 1. Picture of my cat, Β Daisy Mae sleeping on her “throne”, 2. this picture is of my youngest sister opening one of her birthday gifts, 3. the picture under picture 2 is of my niece, Emily opening her birthday gift and beside her is her boyfriend, Nick. Emily’s birthday is just 1 day after her mother’s birthday. 4. This picture is of my mom bringing in the birthday cake to Emily and her mother.Β Β  5.Β  This picture is Emily and her mother, 6. This picture is of another niece, Alyssa with her grandfather showing off their shirts. Alyssa has the same birthday as her grandfather. 7. This is at the farm show. Shown in the picture is my nephew, Dylan who is holding a rabbit, in the center is my cousin Jeff and my youngest sister who is holding a rabbit. 8. In this picture is my niece, Kaitlin getting ready to graduate high school. 9. In this picture is Kaitlin with her sister, Allison. 10. In this picture is Kaitlin in the front and center and behind her is her dad, mom and olderΒ sister, Allison. 11. In this picture Kaitlin is telling us where she’s going to college. She went to the Pitt-Bradford campus. 12. Here Kaitlin is holding her dog, Max. 13.-14-15. In these three pictures, you have a group of graduates that are excited to be starting their next chapter in their lives. 16. Under picture 12 is Kaitlin walking across the stage to get her high school diploma 17. This is of Kaitlin who is a SteelersΒ fan between her older sister and her dad. If you haven’t figured it out yet from the picture Allison and her dad are Philadelphia Eagles fan. 18. Below picture 17 is a picture of my niece Alyssa my nephew Dylan and another niece Emily.Β  19. In this picture, Emily is getting an award from one of her professors at Slippery Rock University.Β  20. In this picture is Allison with her boyfriend Zack. 21-22-23. These pictures are of a Superbowl ring. Kaitlin got to try this ring on. 24-25. These pictures are of a bear that came to our campsite.Β  26. This picture is of a deer and some raccoons. 27. This picture is of raccoons. 28-29. These pictures are of deer and raccoons. 30. This is a picture of a raccoon. 31. Another picture of deer and a raccoon. 32-33-34-35-36. In these pictures, it shows the male turkey showing off for the female turkey.Β Β Β The above picture is of Kaitlin with Robbin Roberts. This was a picture I just had to add.

I have 4 beautiful nieces and 1 handsome nephew. From oldest to youngest and their names are: Emily, Allison, Kaitlin, Alyssa and Dylan.

My faith gets me through each day and helps me overcome a lot in the situations that may come my way.

As you can see, Family means a lot to me and so do my pets. Also, the animals we outside and around our place mean a lot to my family and I too. You see, we feed these animals just like we feed our pets. Even though these outdoor animals aren’t our pets, they come around for food and water.FullSizeRender (18)

In the above picture is my brother-in-law, holding an owl.