College Graduation

I gaze down at you

from my bleacher seat perch

with a sea of black square-top hats before me


and I pick you

out of the crowd

staying fixed on that one square hat


for you are my son

and my heart is set on you


This is a monumental moment

when the boy we raised

becomes an independent man


and I’m proud,

so proud,

but my emotions start to stir


for when I close my eyes

and open them again,

you are standing there with a white square hat



and my heart skips a beat


I can never convey to you

what raising you all these years

has meant to me, Arik,


and God’s heart for you

rests in me

for He put that love for you there


I thank Him,

with tears that words cannot express,

for allowing me

and your dad

to watch you all these years

become the man you were meant to be


I love you, Arik ❤


– Mama – Susie Stewart


I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

– 3 John 4


Photos by Andy and Susie Stewart


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  1. Hey Susie!

    I’m loving your blog (followed!) but I would also like to invite you to submit a short piece to my own. I think your perspective and style of writing would be a perfect piece for my project.

    It’d also be a great way to get your blog/writing out there.

    Please feel free to email me (jennifer@youngandtwenty) with more questions, or take a look at the ‘BEING Young & Twenty’ page on my blog.

    I hope I’ll hear from you 🙂



    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! I appreciate you following my blog and for your input! I leave in a couple of days to go to Uganda, so after I’ve returned I’ll contact you. Blessings!


  2. Our hearts rejoice as our children grow into the people God has made them to be. All of mine have now graduated college and I get to enjoy the fruit of loving them and raising them. Blessings to Arik as he goes on to a new adventure.


    1. Thank you for your kind message, Melanie. I have just started following your blog and look forward to hearing your heart in it.
      You are right, our hearts do rejoice in the people God made our kids to be. Blessings on you and your family.


      1. Thank you, Susie.

  3. Congratulations – you all have done a beautiful job. God’s continued blessing upon you.


    1. Thank you, Ellie! Blessings upon you as well.


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