Graduation Celebrations!


Our graduation celebration for Bella started on May 23 in Utah. This was the date of her last concert with American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic Orchestra.


They played at The Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, and it couldn’t have been a more magical setting for a magical evening.

The orchestra played a piece from their album, The Master, and then The Planets by Gustav Holst.

The highlights of the evening were their guest performers William Joseph and Lexi Walker.


Bella said a beautiful opening prayer and was introduced as part of the group of graduating seniors

and there was a mention of her non-profit that she is working on in the program.

We couldn’t have asked for a better ending to her high school years!

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Just before the concert started we presented her with her a diploma and a pair of princess cut diamond earrings!

She was surprised by the diploma and so touched that she started crying.

Her Diploma reads:

Island School House


Our daughter

Bella (full name here)

has not only mastered a body of knowledge pursuant to a high school education, but has also demonstrated Godly wisdom and personal maturity based upon faith in Jesus Christ,

We, her parents, present her with this

High School Diploma

It is evidence that she has fulfilled all requirements for graduation and is given with

confidence that she is equipped, by the grace of God, to meet the challenges of life as an adult.

Dated this month of May, Two thousand fourteen

“That all those who shall worship in this house may be taught words of wisdom out of the bet books, and that they may seek learning even by study, and also by faith.”  Doctrine and Covenants 109:14


(If you are interesting in a diploma for your child, check out Home School Diploma!)


We are beyond proud of this special girl!

She  has accomplished so much and is still working so hard!

The next year will be filled with travel, service,  BYU classes, and filing her papers for an LDS Mission.

Her optimism and testimony are contagious!  We can’t wait to see what she’ll do in the future!

Photos by Pete Hansen Photography and Tyler Walker