Today we finally got Lauren's graduation announcements mailed out, I know it is late, but we did the best that we could. Amy took the photos, Lauren designed the cards and I just got all the names and addresses together. We always try to have the kids put some kind of personal note in their announcements, simply because, as you know ...IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD! So last night we are all down stairs and trying to personally stamp the cards and fill the envelopes, when Jeff realized that we had 3 words wrong on the personal card. We about died, we had proof read that two or three times but we couldn't go back and do everything over again. It was too late and it would have cost too much. Plus, we didn't have the right envelopes, we went to two different stores but couldn't find them so... we had to use plain ole business envelopes. Amy thought that they looked pretty tacky and then we found the words that we had wrong on the card. It was almost comical.
Amy, is so precise and everything that she touches is darn near perfect. Lauren is on the extreme other end, she just wants to get it done, she likes it to look good, but doesn't want to put a lot of fuss into it. I am stuck right in the middle of those two. My solution was to hope that the family and loved ones that receive her graduation announcements, will be more concerned about the important part inside and not how tacky the envelope looked or get stuck on the written mistakes! I told the girls not to worry about it and that I would find some way to make this experience a learning one and write it in my blog tonight. So I did, here is the story that emphasizes our experience. Life isn't perfect, it never will be, but it is good and some times even, down right funny! Thanks for looking over all our flaws! :) NIGHT!
Parable Of The PENCIL
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
"There are 5 things you need to know," he told the pencil, "Before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be."
"One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in Someone's hand."
"Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become a better pencil."
"Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make."
"Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside."
"And Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write."
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now replacing the place of the pencil with you. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best person you can be.
One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in God's hand. And allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, by going through various problems in life, but you'll need it to become a stronger person.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.
And Five: On every surface you walk through, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties.
Allow this parable on the pencil to encourage you to know that you are a special person and only you can fulfill the purpose to which you were born to accomplish.
Never allow yourself to get discouraged and think that your life is insignificant and cannot make a change.
'Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference." ~ Arie Pencovici
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. " ~ Judy Garland