A picture that has been running through my mind is one taken 18 years ago, when the "three amigos" were all less than a year old and we were at a family gathering. Someone had the idea to sit them in my dad's lap. There he sat, with arms full of infants, one squriming (Brandi), one looking slightly confused (Luke) and another posing pretty (Elsa).
And here they are today:
All three of them will be attending college with athletic scholarships. Luke graduated first, two weeks ago. He is actually the youngest of the three kids, by just a month. You've heard me gush on about him a lot these past few weeks. He will be attending Lamar Junior College this fall, playing baseball and studying Criminal Justice.
My niece Brandi (in the middle), the oldest of the three by a couple of months, graduated the next weekend. She is an awesomely, incredibly fast runner -- lithe, petite, brown-haired and beautiful. She will be studying business at the University of Tulsa, running track and cross country.
And this weekend, my niece Elsa received her diploma. She is tall, blonde, brown-eyed and gorgeous. Elsa will be attending the University of New Mexico playing volleyball and pursuing a career in nursing.
They are all three just great kids and I loved being able to celebrate each one.