Given the fact that (barring the miraculous), Alyssa will never go to college, get married, or achieve other ‘normal’ life steps, graduating from high school is probably THE biggest event of her life.

And boy, has she made the most of it!

She has been talking about her graduation for months. Every time we were on the phone, she asked if I was coming to her graduation. When she meets people now, her new line is “Hi, my name is Alyssa, I’m 21, and I’m graduating!” She passed out hundreds of invitations to all of her many friends. She is having three parties to celebrate (two down, one to go!). These last couple months have been filled with preparations for Alyssa’s graduation celebration.

And now… it’s here.

Yesterday morning was the senior breakfast and graduation rehearsal from 7:30am to 10:30am. Last night was supposed to be a ‘small’ party at school that ended up with quite the turnout. Friday is a little bit of a breather as we prepare for Saturday’s graduation and party!!!

Graduation is a big step for anyone. For Alyssa, it’s all the bigger as it’s a step we never expected her to make. And we’re going to celebrate every second of it!

Graduation Party Number One: Party with the cousins! (L - R: Shayla, Jordan, and Alyssa!)

Graduation Party Number Two: A glimpse of the party in action!