Yesterday was Senior Sunday at church.
Momma PYG started her day with this social media status
"Senior Sunday at 1st Pres of Perry. 7 graduating. This is the first group that I have had all the way through high school. They become like your own. I am going to miss them terribly. But, I know these kids are rooted in the Word and will do awesome at college! Scoot over mommas! Hand me the Kleenex!"
We started the morning with an amazing breakfast sponsored by the elders of the church.
Each senior had a picture board.
Drew and I completed his on Saturday.
The seniors stood in front of their board, introduced themselves and guests, then told their future plans.
Andrew will be attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Kaytlyn will be attending Johnson County Community College in Kansas to play softball.
Drewman will be attending Oklahoma State University majoring in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering & Technology.
He plans to pursue a career as an Environmental Health and Safety Engineer.
That's Our Boy!
Shauni will be attending the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Rylee will be running Cross Country at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
Taylor will be cheering at the University of Oklahoma.
Skylar will be attending Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Although Momma PYG and the Church made this day all about the Senior PYGs, I would like to make this section, of this post, all about Momma PYG and the Church.
With Drewman's permission, I would like to share an essay he wrote for a Ministerial Alliance Award.
The awards banquet will be held this evening.
I am certain the recipient for this award has been chosen, so I believe it will be okay to share.
(Note: You might need a tissue.)
The essay topic was "express how his/her Christian faith has inspired and informed his/her service in the church, school or community.
After losing our home in a house fire, my church wholeheartedly supported my family and me in everything we did, as well as nurturing us and continuing our Christian education. Through this past three years my church has not only grown into a family, for me, but I have become a part of their family.
My church family has really pushed me to use my Godly Gift of Pastor. My church is currently without a Pastor. One Sunday per month, our youth does our church service. As the youth voice of my youth group, I've preached to the congregation. I have spoken to the church and community about our youth group involvements, activities and missions.
I am also the youth voice on my church pastor nominating committee. I have been able to really use my voice for the good of not only our church, but for the good of the community. While interviewing our pastor candidates, I have not only had the opportunity to promote our church but also to boost Perry, as well.
My youth pastor, for the past three years, has always pushed me to be not only the best man I can be, but the best I can be through Gods eyes. I love that woman with all I have. She has become a second mother to me. I will drop whatever I am doing to help with whatever she needs at whatever time she needs it. She has always been there for me, guiding, directing, loving and nurturing me, just as God has taught us.
Because of the actions shown to me by my youth pastor, I work to achieve goals I have set for myself, our church and my youth group. I assist in as many church activities as I can, including attending each youth group meeting and luncheon, assisting with Vacation Bible School, participating in Christmas pageants, help with our Wednesday night children's program, delivering holiday meals and participate in youth fundraisers, as well as attending church camp each summer.
Our church camp is another thing that has molded my faith. Every year I go back to church camp, it gets better and better for me. The past three years, I have been blessed to have a small group with not only leaders but kids that are truly rooted in their faith and truly love helping others with anything they need, even if we are complete strangers. Each year I come back with a spark lit in me that will last throughout the year. With this spark, I am able to enlighten those in the church and also the community. I truly love my church; I love everyone in it and everyone whom I am surrounded.
My church, my youth group and my youth pastor help to hold me accountable. They make me a better person and a better leader. With this, I believe I have stepped outside of my comfort zone, putting my best foot forward in becoming the Godly man I was born to be.
Words cannot express the pride Flower Boy and I had when we read this essay.
During church service, the Senior PYGs once more were called to the front.
Momma PYG had gifts for them.
So did the Presbyterian Woman.
A prayer was spoken over these kids, as they move forward into their future.
Momma PYG's Bible Verse for them is Jeremiah 29:11.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
As Momma PYG started the Children's Sermon,
"Will the children come forward?"
Her Senior PYGs stood up and walked forward, with the little PYGlets!
As they sat and listened to the sermon of how they would be leaving and doing great things, just as God has done, tears flowed from Momma's eyes.
We Love You Momma PYG!
As I tell you often, we don't know where Drewman would be without you!
You have done so much to prepare your PYGs to go out into the world and do great things!
We cannot thank you enough for the love and support you have given your PYGs!
Drewman says it all!
You are his second Momma!
God Bless You!
God Bless You!
Rancher Girl & Flower Boy