Emily Graduates

Isn’t she lovely? Last week my baby sister graduated high school. When I was in fourth grade, Emily entered our lives. She was my human baby doll. It was hard to see her as a real person, she was just this thing that entered our world. The thing grew and developed a unique personality. Emily has always been someone who does things the way she wishes to do them.

The morning of her graduation, I went to the grocery store to get a few things. I saw giant balloons and teared up. My baby sister needed a giant balloon. My baby sister wasn’t a baby anymore. When I graduated high school and went off to college, Emily was eight. Emily is a wonderfully creative young woman now. While Michael and I grew up together, we watched Emily grow up. When I watched that girl cross the stage, I shot up and screamed with pride and joy. I am so proud of the person she has become. I love her lots.

Celebrating TRENT

I first met JMO’s little brother at a football game almost four years ago. Trent was shorter than me then. I know that shouldn’t matter so much, but I always want to tell him, “I used to be taller than you! There was that one time!” Here he is sitting, so I clearly tower above him.


Trent reminds me a lot of my brother. He makes friends whereever he goes and he is always up for anything. Whatever he ends up doing will be interesting (also like my brother). He is heading off to Oklahoma State, and I have no doubt he will have a million friends and a million job offers before he graduates college.

Trent & iPad

The kid cleaned up on gifts. Here he is with his iPad (gifted by his brother). JMO swiped his computer the day before and put all his stuff on it, including an art project Trent did and used it as the background.

My favorite part of the weekend was getting to spend time with and meet various relatives of the Oswalt clan.


I met cousin Oran, he was quite entertaining.

The Original Oswalts

I got to spend some time with JMO’s dad, Granny and Aunt Carol.


I got to hang out with JMO too.


I also met one of the cutest little girls I have ever. This is Berlin, JMO and Trent’s cousin Nicki’s daughter. She laughed a lot.  There were many kids around and she LOVED playing with them.


The Oswalt family officially has grown-up boys now. Trent will be good at this grown-up gig. If not, he has a million friends, so he won’t ever be out of a place to live.