S: College Graduation December 18, 2010
BC: The End | “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. “- Psalm 1:1-5
FC: Memories, Jokes, and Letters From Family and Friends | Kelton Hooper Presley
1: Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street. And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too. Oh! The Places You’ll Go You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win? And if you go in, should you turn left or rightor right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind. You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across | weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Placefor people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting. No! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy! Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t. I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you. All Alone Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot. And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are. You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and percent guaranteed.) Kid, you’ll move mountains! Sobe your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. Soget on your wa | Oh The Places You Will Go Dr.. Seuss
2: Telon- We have almost had 21 full years of memories! Good and bad... We have had quite a few laughs, fights, tickle fights, tears, hugs and some good talks! I would not have traded these last few years at Baylor with you. Being able to share some college memories have meant so much to me. Even though everyone says we look so much alike even though your a boy and I am a girl, I would change being here at Baylor with you for a moment. I am so thankful that mom taught us to love each other with unconditional love. We had a few hard times especially at the beginning of me joining you here at Baylor, but if it wasn't for those down moments our relationship would not have been able to shape into what it is now. And because of our unconditional love we share for each we have learned to forgive each other, support each other, accept each other, and caught out losses with others to stand up for each other. You have truly shown unconditional love to me these past few years. You have been there for me for every fall, every heart break, and every celebration. | Favorite Big Brother Memories: After spraining my ankle in 3 different parts you came to the gym to me pick up, carried me upstairs to your room and put on Cop and a Half for me. You carried me up many flights of stairs in Collins and drove me around many places. You have always dropped everything to be by my side any minute I have needed you. Remember in High School, I think I went to the bowling alley with some friends and these creepy guys would not leave us alone? And I called you. You were 15 or so minutes away and from the the minute we hung up the phone to 2 minutes later you were there in the parking lot with your friends. From that moment on, I knew the minute I called you, you would be there for me. Thank you.
3: I am so proud of you Kelton. And I cannot wait to see what God has in store for you! I can't wait to come visit where ever it is that you decide to go. You know that I will be the first one there to start decorating! You are the hardest working person that I know and you are going to be great. I cannot believe this time has come. I do not feel that we are old enough for this. But if dad is turning 50 this year, I guess we are! :) You are completely fearless (at least that is what I see and I look up to you for.) Because of that, Kel you have so much to offer this world and your personality of making everyone feel like your best friend, you are going to accomplish great things. You are going to leave a great foot print here at Baylor so go on to your next chapter full of faith, trust, and prayer. You are the best big brother a little sister can ask for and you know that anytime of need I will be right by your side holding your hand, praying with you and for you, and supporting everything you put your heart into. I love you Big Brother! XOXO Sisso | Favorite Getting In-trouble Memory: Mom and Dad were on a date so we had a babysitter. Aaron, I think? I can't remember because I am pretty sure he got fired after this night. We tricked him into letting us eat in the living room on our brand new white carpet! You faked threw a piece of pizza and me use to having you throw things at me, I flenched and ducked. I hit the table and knocked over my sunkist, spilling all over the brand new white carpet. Y'all sent me to bed and I guess both of y'all tried to clean it, didn't work so y'all rearranged the furniture. The next day we were in your room and you told me if I told mom and dad it was us (who else would it be?) then you would frog me 50 times. So of course wanting to be my big brothers best friend I didn't tell. After school that day I got home before you and mom and dad were in the living room staring at the floor and dad had his evil staring right at me the whole way down that hallway. I was terrified. Of course dad just looked at me and I started crying and told them the truth. I can't remember if you frogged me that day or not but I think over the years you have gotten in well over 50 frogs in. Thanks. Made me tough, right? | Quotes that Remind Me of You: -HOT DOGGGGGGG! (while playing hiding and go seek with jamie and kyle to get me and jamie to laugh. Which I'm sure worked. -Case Closed. -Do you have something to share with the class? -Shenanigans. -12 X 12 = 144. (I will never forget that 12 times 12 equals 144, after every single night you asking me growing up) -That's a BIG dog. -REALLY?? really? REALLY? really? -You: He doesn't even deserve to lick the dirt of your cleats. Me (thinking): I don't wear cleats?? -Write that down.
4: Kel, if you hadn't been born, our family would not be complete. God knew exactly what He was doing when He brought you into our lives. We will always be praying for you no matter where you are in life. We love you and are so proud of you for your college graduation. Momma and Pops
5: Always remember...Faith Hope and Love, and the greatest of these is Love... Psalm 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
6: Rmember the hat we had you wear when you had ear infections when you wanted to go outside to play, which was all the time! | Remember HP, y'all were buds and you loved climbing on and in the doghouse with her. | Remember Biggie... you were her "Little Man" | Remember Prissy, Biggie's dog? She loved you | Remember back in 1991, your last ear surgery, (after having one every year since you were born) you were a real trooper!
7: Remember when Great PawPaw gave you your first haircut | You could fall always fall asleep anywhere! | Remember when Brady Green would make his mom bring him to all your football games? And you always made time to speak to him afterwards no matter win or lose. | FHS Football | FHS Baseball
8: Kel- I cannot believe this time in our lives has already come. I can't wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store, becuse I would not trade our time together through the first 23 years of our lives for anything. I am also very excited to see you finally succeeding in graduating. My time will come, but as we know I am clearly in no hurry. I will miss my trips to Waco dearly; we really had some fun times in your tenure there. It will be tough to pass through there in the future and know that I can't stop by the house anymore and know that you will be there ready to scare up a good time, which we had many of. Maybe too many?...Naaaah! You've surrounded yourself with some awesome friends there that I am thankful to have had the privilege of getting to know. We have definitely made some memories in Bear country. Due to the numerous memories, and the questionable behavior of a couple, we will not publish them in your book, but instead keep them in our heads to reminisce in our times ahead. I love you more than words can describe cousin! I always miss you and I can't wait until the next time we get to unite and hunt, fish, enjoy the great outdoors and do what we do. God has blessed us both!! Your loving cousin, Tittle Monster
9: I feel blessed to have Kel as a part of my family. He has always been so loving and determined in life. I always loved spending time with the Presley's and admire all of Kel's character. I know he is going to do amazing things in his life and I love him very much!! Love, Jaime
10: When Kel was a baby, his hair when combed was bushy and stood straight up. One evening I was babysitting with Kel, bathed him and combed his hair. It was not bushy or sticking up. His hair combed nicely and layed down. When Dan and Lu returned home, they went to his room and saw his hair combed nicely and asked how I did it, you have to put the hair in the correct place! Love,Papa | I remember when Kel was small and his Dad and I took him fishing. Danny got him all set up with a pole and bait and he caught a little fish. He was so excited and proudly held it up to show every one. We actually caught about 20 fish that day. We had to leave the little one as it had been handled too much. As we cleaned the fish Kel looked at each one and even with that many fish he realized his was not there. We never thought he would notice, but he did and he was so disappointed. Kel, I remember going to one of your games where you got hurt and you went right back in. I was so proud of you for sticking with it. I have always been proud of you, and proud to be your uncle. Love, Uncle John
11: Dearest Kelton, My how proud I am of you and the young man you have grown up to become. I can easily remember back to the time you were born and blessed our family with your presence. What an exciting time that was for all us since within a couple of weeks Michael would arrive on the scene as well and of course Kyle had just been born right before you. I tried to get the doctor to give me a discount since I had referred both your mom and Mindy to him...no luck. Though. I think you came out of the womb ready to play ball! And it was amazing to see you sit on your dads lap for hours as small child watching games with him. I often wondered if you would be a coach since in later years it became clear you not only knew how to play but had a good game sense, who knows maybe you will someday. It meant a lot to be able to have you, Caroline, Katie, and Michael grow up close enough to see each other on a regular basis. So many fond memories of watching you all play and interact with each other and just hugging on each other truly precious. I thank God that we all had the means to not only get back and forth between cities but were able to travel a bit too. And of course you and Katie being in college together and being there for each other for the good and not so good times. I think the hardest part of her being done with college was not being able to see you weekly. And now what fun for you, Katie, and Caroline to be able to go back for homecoming together. My most endearing thoughts of you are every time I have ever seen you I am embraced with a truly loving hug and a smile that could light up the darkest of nights. Kel, as this chapter ends and as you embark on charting a path that God is creating with you I champion you to stay true to your heart and all that has been instilled in you from God’s word. There is not greater light that can shine in your life than the word of our Lord and Savior. It we are lucky that we have a source from which we can always refer back too when our course or path may be uncertain. Along with that Christian family and friends that have your best interests at heart. I have great confidence in you and your abilities to be all that you want to be in life. I am excited as your aunt to see how you will take your God given talents and transform them into building a life for yourself and how you will use them to benefit the communities you live in. May God Bless you always and may you always know someone in Austin loves you dearly..unconditionally. Lovingly, Aunt Margie
12: I am so happy for you, Kel. I want to congratulate you on your graduation from Baylor. I know it hasn't been easy. I'm sure it has been hard because I can remember the early days of your life struggling with your ear problems. I can remember those early days as well as these days. Always remember Micah 6:8 -- He has showed you, O Man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. We need to enjoy this day to the fullest. I love you. Great Grandmother | Hey, Kel, One of the very good things about having Great Grandmother here in Denton with me is that I've been able to see you often as you've come to visit us. It's been exciting to watch you grow into the responsible, intelligent young man you were meant to be. You were a cute, endearing little boy. Now you're a handsome, loving man who has learned to make good choices that speak of your firm faith in Jesus Christ. Just keep on loving Him and your family, and you will have a strong foundation on which to build your own family (with your lovely Kim, I trust and hope). Much love, Aunt Maxine
13: Remember when you used to get such a dark suntan that we called you "the negative"! | Remember when you tried wearing a hearing aid? You were ticked! | Remember fishing off the dock at grandmother and granddad's, it used to keep you occupied for hours.
14: Dear Precious Kel, When your were born I wrote a letter to you to be opened on your 15th birthday, and if my memory serves me correctly, your mom gave it to you then. I hope you will reread it. I found my copy tonight and reread it. So, as I think about this occasion of your graduation from college, (where did the years go???) I want to repeat some excerpts from it...which may not make sense coming out of their context ...in addition to whatever else comes to my mind at this time. "Wednesday, July 29, 1987, 2:30 a.m. ...Kelton Hooper, [your dad] said and would call you Kel. ...my thoughts turned to a long line of grandsons beginning with Andrew, then Rich, Stephen, Kyle -(and later Jere, Peter, Sam, Aaron, Walt, and Jake were added)!!- ...I could just see all of you running, jumping, climbing, rough-housing, crying, laughing together. I even laughed out loud as I thought of you all. (and all of those things came to pass. I remember you all standing in line ready to do somersaults on a mattress in the floor! Riding on the hay wagon during tree season. Planting Christmas trees. Fishing from the dock at the pond with Granddad. He loved those times with you. Pouting when you didn't get exactly what you wanted at Christmas!! Riding and bouncing around on the three-wheeler! Eating burritos at midnight. Raiding the fridge for whatever you could find - usually Blue Bell ice cream. Climbing on hay bales and a cousin trying to push the bales and you trying to stay on at the same time. Staying at the pond long into the night. Seeing who could catch the biggest fish at the pond. The many, many nights of sleeping on the floor with only quilts - nothing soft and more comfortable, but you guys never seemed to mind! Who cared??? You were at Grandmother and Granddad's for crying out loud!!! What fun! ) ...I thought about your life before you and prayed for the constancy of your life to be Jesus Christ. Hooper, He is the only solidity of life. I hope by the time you read this that you will have already chosen Him to be your Rock, your Savior, the Lord of your life. ...He [your dad] is a good guy and will teach you right. Listen to your parents, respect them whether you agree with them or not. They are your parents, the ones God chose to love and look after you. They wanted you so much. ...By the way, your granddad is a great guy, too. Fun, jolly, rough, steadfast, solid, good - like Jesus. You'll love him." These are just a few of the things that I wanted to repeat.....
15: .....There are many things I admire about you and the most outstanding to me is your ability to meet people with courtesy, good manners, respect. I am never embarrassed to introduce you to anyone. You have been taught well. Your quick laughter, sense of humor, kindnesses you show, love for your family - especially your sister Caroline. So many brothers seem to ignore their younger sisters, but you two show your love toward each other. How precious is that?? And I believe you have shown your love and respect for your mom and dad - or, at least, from what I have observed at my infrequent times with you all. I am so proud of you for many things. I believe in my heart that the characteristics of integrity (Webster defines this word as meaning quality of being complete; wholeness; entirety;soundness; purity; moral soundness; uprightness; rectitude, that is, rightness of principle or practice) you are exhibiting will take you a long way in whatever you pursue in life. I have every confidence in you, Kel, that you will seek what God wants for you. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says: "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest." So there is no reason for you not to shoot for the stars!! God is always there and waiting for you to want Him to show you what He has planned. I have a letter you wrote to me - it has no date, but you were young - and I have it hanging in the dining area at my house. It says and I am writing it just as you wrote it: "Dear Grandmother, I wanted to tell you that I went too two different vacation bibble schools. One in Frisco and one in The Colony. I had fun at both of them they were great. I like learning about the Lord. I want to be a Christran baseball player. I've been thinking about you and Granddad. Have a good trip. BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND IN HIS MIGHTY POWER EPHESIANS 6:10 God bless you Love, Hooper" I said from the time you were born that I was going to call you Hooper, but that didn't happen. When everyone else was saying "Kel", it just stuck for me, too. I'm glad all my memories of you are happy ones!! What a great guy you are! My only sadness is that your granddad is not here to see you now. He loved you and was so proud of you and enjoyed watching you grow up. Somehow I believe he would be popping buttons right about now!! My love for you will never grow old or cold, Kelton Hooper. Grandmother
16: Kelton, Congratulations! I am so proud of you. I am thankful for the time we had together at Baylor and for all our Waco memories. I am so lucky to have a cousin that has been more of a brother and a best friend to me. I hope you enjoyed college because you’re now in the “real world!” However, I know you are going to succeed in everything you set your mind to so get excited about this new chapter. I love you and can’t wait to see what wonderful things God has planned for you! Love always, Katie
19: When I was keeping Kel one night when he was only about 21/2, he wanted to watch baseball on TV. He said that is not Nolan Ryan pitching. I couldn't believe he knew who Nolan Ryan was and what he looked like. Once when he was riding in the truck with PeePaw they stopped to get a soft drink. When they got in the truck, Kel said where are your cup holders as if all trucks had them. PeePaw said you have to use your hand, this is not a new truck. Peepaw loved Kel and all the grandkids. He was so glad when they would come up to Telephone. When Kel was about 3 PeePaw and I gave him a red pedal car. He was so surprised when we said it is yours to keep. He loved it and took it when they went to Lake Bonham a few weeks later. One of my favorite memories is; I was keeping Kel and Caroline over night. When they got up that morning Kel laid Carolines clothes out on the floor and told her to put them on in that order, which she did. Then he brought her to me and said, Grannie I got her dressed but you will have to do something with her hair. More recently Kel and Caroline came to take me to lunch. It was the first time I had ridden with Kel driving. I was delighted they took the time to be with me. i also remember taking him to a business meeting with me and he sat in my lap and didn't say a word. I also had him with me once when I was on phone duty, I was in real estate, he just sat in his little chair and ate goldfish. He was a really good little boy. Kel, You are a delightful Grandson. Your cute smile melts your Grannies heart, as I'm sure it has alot of girls. You have always been so polite, thanking me for gifts and even when I have gone to your games you would call and thank me. You have always been loving with me at home or in front of your friends. Some kids act ashamed of showing care in front of others, so I'm proud of you. It has been a pleasure watching you grow into the person you are today. I'm thankful to God for a Grandson like you. I LOVE YOU!!!, Grannie
20: Congratulations Kelton! I hope you enjoy and take in all the fun that comes with graduating, because I know I already miss college! It seems like just yesterday that we were both playing around outside, building forts, riding bikes all over Frisco, spending the night with each other every night for WEEKS at a time, driving your parents crazy, driving my parents crazy, spending all the money we had at Johnny Mart on Big League Chew and that beef jerky that came in a snuff can, renting the movie Heavyweights EVERY time we went to Blockbuster, playing Candystand Mini Golf for hours at a time, inventing games in the pool (Pool Ball is definitely the best), talking about how we didn't like girls (then a couple years later ONLY talking about girls we did like), trading baseball cards (I think you got a good deal on some of my A-Rods for your Chipper Jones ones), taking turns hopping the Ferguson's fence to get lost balls, having slam dunk competitions in your driveway.....and all this only took place before high school!
21: The list of the memories that we have made throughout our lives could go on for hundreds of pages, but the point is that they are the things that I remember most from growing up. I couldn't tell you half of what I learned from all our years in school, but I could tell you every single thing we did growing up together, and I thank God for blessing me with a best friend who could have such a huge impact on my life. Just remembering all the fun we had throughout the years makes me smile. From growing up as little kids together, to standing right next to me as I got married, you have been there through it all. I know that we have seen less of each other these past couple of years, and I already regret letting that happen, but one amazing thing to take from these last years is the strength of our friendship. No matter how long it’s been, each time we see each other I feel like we pick up right where we left off. I know that the friendship we have is a lifelong bond, and I only hope it can grow stronger as we grow older. I totally agree with what your dad told us at the rehearsal dinner the night before my wedding; to maintain a strong bond, you have to keep in contact, and I intend to follow through on that. I'm so excited for you as you reach a point in your life where you truly get to decide what YOU want to do moving forward, and although it will be hectic, (I'm right in the middle of the same thing), I know you possess all the tools and the drive to do whatever you want. I'll wrap up this sappy note by simply stating that you’re more than a best friend to me, you’re a brother, and I'll always be there for you. HAPPY GRADUATION! Justin
22: Kelton Hooper Presley, What can I say... You and I have been through a lot together, a lifetime together! You are a best friend, you are a brother and it has always been that way. We started in preschool at FBC Frisco and quickly became friends for life. Together we went through Acker, then made our way to Rogers Elementary living walking distance from each other we spent almost everyday together. There were countless games of basketball played at the courts of Rogers, stickball quickly became a favorite past time of ours, and we seem to always make our way over to your house where we spent countless hours our back in the "treehouse" talking about what girls we were going to let date us next. After Rogers, we made our way to the 6th grade center where we found ourselves on different teams and separated for the first time. We still saw each other, just not quite as much. It was our first dance and the old community center in Frisco. You, Brian, and me went dressed to impress and impress we did. I still remember our parents coming to pick us up from that dance and our dads asked if we danced with any girls and both of our responses were, "Yea, there was a line of girls waiting to dance with us!" We had it all figured out. We competed in an event I still to this day do not believe I competed in, lip sync. The Backstreet Boys had nothin' on us!! We had that crowd which included 8th grade chicks chanting our names, we were celebrities... Jason Nix, Richard Francois, Brian Jameson, you, and me. That year we also played football for the Aggies. They couldn't stop the down, out, and go!! Your pop got me in trouble with my dad at Cowboys stadium when he told us to do the "Dirty Bird!" From there we continued on to Staley Middle School with people like coach Maupin and Mrs. Stafford. Football was a rough season, but in basketball we dominated. Madison Miller was the girl of my dreams after you broke up with her. Kelli Klein became your new squeeze. Brian left us for Little Elm that year and the Big three became two. 8th grade is where our story takes a big twist. My nani dies in the summer going into 8th grade and we both know she was the sweetest most wonderful lady that ever lived, always supplying us with awesome stories that somehow always included us as the heroes!! My family choose Celina as a new place to live. This next part is with VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED: You come spend the night in Celina and we see our first pair of boobs through my window when three high school girls pull up to the driveway and begin to flash Cade and friends in the upstairs room. But this was a tough year as I had lost my two best friends because we had moved. High school, we kept in touch, but not as much as I would've liked. We had a few weekends here and there that we spent together, but the rest of the time it was catching up on the phone. College has now come and gone and you and I have had our good times, some of them were together and those of some of the best times I have had. Freshman year you played ball for the Bears and had too many lady friends to count. I came and visited and we spent most of the time bouncing from party to party meeting new people around every corner. Later that year, you came to visit on NFL draft day where you ended up passed out in my bed leaving me to entertain your friends that I had just met... We spent time with JD at the riverhouse, where JD tried to shoot us while we were in the river... The Ranch has always been a favorite of ours, hog huntin' and fishin' you can't beat it!!! Kelton, you have always been a great friend, there have been times of frustration, anger, happiness, and sadness between us, but we have remained best of friends through all of those times. We have always been able to be honest with each other which is a reason I believe our friendship continues today. I pray that God will continue to bless you as you begin this new chapter of your life. I pray that He will give you strength to glorify Him in whatever circumstance life gives you. I pray that you will always be faithful to His calling for you. "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." -1 Corinthians 10:31. If you will remember to glorify Him in everything you do, you will continue to find that peace that you have always shared with those around you. I love you KP. Connor J. Nichols ***I forgot to mention Danny and Danny at all of our little league games getting kicked out for yelling at officials.**
24: Kel, I can’t believe that we are already at this point in our lives. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were in kindergarten, running around on the playground together. I enjoyed growing up with you, sharing great memories, and I am thankful that we remain friends today. I know that you will go far in life, and you should know how proud your friends and family are of you. I just hope that now you’re moving back to the Dallas area so I get to see you more often! CONGRATS ON GRADUATING! Love ya, Chelsea Bradford
25: Kel, I can’t believe we are all growing up and graduating from college! It feels like just yesterday we were graduating from high school together. I will always remember the times we have shared over the yearsyou, me, Chelsea, Allie, and Justin hanging out; cheering you on in baseball; coming to your house every Wednesday for SPOTS; visiting you at Baylor for Halloween, and so many more! You are one of the kindest, most genuine and respectful people I know, and I truly cherish our friendship! Congratulations on graduating! Keep in touch! Megan Heinz | I've known Kel since kindergarten and have been buds ever since. He has always been there for me especially in high school when I really needed it. I don't know if I have every really thanked him for that. I have always looked up to him and have loved him like a brother. Thank you Kel for always being there for me! Steven Reames
27: I get by with a little help from my friends.... -John Lennon
28: Congratulations on being a college grad. I know how hard you've worked and I'm so proud of you. I think back on a lot of nights you and I sat around and watched games, talked about our future, our trips to CC's when no one else would go, and sleeping in your game room after late nights. It's been a good ride and I'm truly blessed to have you in my life. You have a work ethic and determination like no one else I know. God has great things in store for your life and you know I'll be there for you the rest of the way. Thanks for the friend you have been to me and the great times we've had over the last several years. Love you buddy. -Bry
29: KP-Hey buddy. I really wish I could be there to see you graduate. College was a great run for us, and I’m glad we got to do it together. I still owe you for putting the idea of coming to Baylor in my head. I remember the weekend I first came to Baylor, it was probably one of the best weekends of my entire life, truly. I don’t know if I’ve ever had more fun. And that includes the fact that the damned Baylor police towed my car, and you had to drive me 20 miles outside of town just to get it back. That’s one of the things I love about you, KP. I don’t guess I’ve ever told you, but I think you’re one of the most generous people I know. Whether it’s driving me way the hell outside of town, or picking up my tab cause I’m a dumbass and left my wallet at home, you’ve always had my back with that. And no matter what, if you were leaving the house to go to the gas station, you’d always ask me if I needed anything. Even if I was sitting on the couch, watching TV, eating Wendy’s, drinking Dr. Pepper, with a full can of Snus on the coffee table- everything I need in the whole world to be happy- you still would check and see if you could get anything for me. That always made me feel good..... | ...I can’t begin to talk about all the fun we’ve had. It’d be too damn long of a letter. But I want you to know how good it was to get to go through high school and college with you. It sure has been memorable, and I know that what we’ve got ahead of each of us will be just as good. I’m really happy for you and Kimbo Slice. She’s lucky to have you, and you’re lucky to have her, which is a good combo I think. I really admire how hard yall have worked to do what it takes to love each other well. That takes a real man, and I think it’s awesome. I pray your days after college are fulfilling. It’s a pretty good-sized change, but if I remember right, you like challenges, so life after college will suit you. I hope someday down the road we get to drink beer and play FIFA again, cause I miss shit-talking and drinking and playin till 4 in the morning. I’ll always miss that! I pray God continues to bless you, and I hope, more than anything, that we can do great things for him and his kingdom with our lives. I look forward to celebrating the great things you do with your life, and promise to be there however I can for you when things get hard. You’re a good friend, and a brother, and I hope this weekend of graduation is one of the happiest you’ve had yet. I’ll see you over the break bud. Brady
30: From a new car paintjob, to always being open to a couple cold ones no matter what day of the week, "did you get a jay?", Kel has always been a good friend. When my car was totaled, kel was there to drive me to hilsboro. When the largest football players ever wanted to rip me in two, kel was there to talk me down. His door is always open, and his bed is usually occupied by some friend. Kel's the type of guy to give you his shirt, shoes, and jacket if you need it. He taught me why he has pride in Texas and always opened his ranch to have fun. One afternoon he wanted to go shot for shot and we spent 2 hours making up a handshake that neither of us remember. Senior year, Kel decided to rope a dummy everyday and I had the joy of explaining to my Chicago friends that my roommate ropes dummies with a lasso. Kel hated soccer, but senior year I’ll never forget how addicted Kel got to Fifa and how amusing it was to beat him. Those FIFA tournaments were stupid fun. Or how bout when we were at the ranch helping Kel and his dad move a blind and was almost bitten by a huge snake. Kel’s been the reason we haven’t received deposits back on our house, its amazing. Like the time him and Brady got in a wrestling match and put 4 holes in the wall. Or the time he kicked down Bryan’s door. Or the couple parties we had when we all lived together. But I’d have to say above everything my favorite part of Kel is that he’s never sarcastic and we never got in any arguments ha. But seriously my favorite thing is I can always count on a loyal friendship from Kel no matter what the circumstances and that is hard to say about every friend. He’s the most loyal friend anybody can ask for and even though he knows more people than anybody I know, I’m glad I can call him one of my best friends. -Daniel
31: Favorite/fondest memory with Kel: 1917 S. 14th Street Apt. B (Monday night) & watching Cowboys games | Something I admire in Kel: Strong Faith Loyalty Trustworthy | Funniest thing that has ever happened: Playing pong with people from Scruffs Hunting – let me take the spike Throwing up on Kel’s back Dax trying to sting me with a wasp “Is it St. Patty’s day today?” “Indeed” | Kel’s sayings: “heyyy bud” “it’s the fact of the matter” “be more/less _______ (insert whatever adjective here)” “sorry about it” “whats your brother/dad doing out there?” “Kel, K-E-L” | Congrats on the graduation buddy! Be more smart. I can’t tell you how much I cherish our friendship. I know that no matter what, you will always have my back. College was a blast and you know sophomore year was the highlight of it all. No way I could write all of our memories on this single page. Thanks for always being there bud. I look forward to all the memories we have out of college. Congrats. Now stop reading this page and go celebrate your graduation! Love you bud, Tyler
32: O Heeeyyyyy!!!!! I’m extremely proud of you bud for dominating school (haha) and getting that Baylor degree. I really enjoyed our time together and we might have had a few good times to look back on while we were there!!! You’re about to move on to a different phase of your life and I hope you’re very successful in everything that you do. I know you will be!! I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be a part of that and look forward to the many experiences that lie ahead of us. I can’t tell you how much you mean to me, you’re just like a brother to me, and I’m so grateful for you and your family pretty much making me a part of the Presley family. You’re always there when I need you and I just want you to know that you mean the world to me and I can’t wait to have many more good times and memories together!!! Love the hell out of you and I’m proud of you bud!!!! By the way, isn’t it funny how we didn’t really care for each other the first time we met? So much for that idea haha. -Jerm
33: Hey Buddy! It's been awesome getting to spend so much time with you over the years. From trips to The Gap to long nights over at the Oupost, I wouldn’t trade those days for anything. It's going to be fun one day talking about all the good times we had. Is it sad this is the most I have written in 5 years? Thanks for always being there for me and being a great friend. Love the hell out of you bud! Oh yeah, could you please email the pictures to the Horny Toad. -Beamer
34: Kelton, I hope this little letter finds you well on your graduation day. I’m supposed to write you a little letter of sentiment, or some happy thought, or something like that, but I feel I can’t just write something like that, so here is my recap of what your friendship has meant to me: I remember when we met. You were wearing your flat billed LA Dodgers cap, Under Armor shirt, white Nike shorts and some tennis shoes and you were introduced to me as being a member of the baseball team, and I thought, “Well, here’s a stereotypical baseball player who’s too tough and too cool for everyone.” But I put it aside and had an open mind. Honestly, within about five minutes of our first conversation, I truly knew you would be one of my good buds, but little did I know that you would be one of my best friends throughout college. We have done many crazy and fun things together: All the late nights and deep conversations with long tobacco binges freshman year; all the fun times when we were team mates at y’all’s house on Wagon Wheel. Then there was the pool at Aspen Heights, and then those late, late, late nights at Basa Beru. Yikes. All of those typical Kel comments that you would say and typical Kel things that you would do, as if you were trying to make people laugh, but it was just you being you. Studying for all those finance tests from Coldwell’s class that were just brutal Me kicking your butt at golf time and time againBut some of the most fun I think we’ve ever had were the times out at your ranch. Whenever we were just hunting, fishing, going to the Toad, throwing washers with old men, and just getting to be in our element. Oh yeah, remember that time we accidentally burned ourselves? Yeah, me too. Then going spot-lighting and us trying to see “FIFTY BUCKS!” All this to say, I think it’s a fair assumption to say that we had a pretty good four years of getting to know each other and watch our friendship grow. To this day I consider you one of a very few people who I can tell anything to and for that I can not tell you how much that means to me. You have always been there for me, when things were good and bad, and for that I count you as one of my very best friends. I can honestly say that I love you like a brother and wish the very best for you now that you have graduated. Well, I figure that’s all I have to say, so congratulations on graduating KK. Just don’t forget about little ole’ TyTy once your making the big bucks. I love you buddy, take care. Your Friend,, Tyler Daniel Howarth PS – Hopefully we’ll be roommates in a couple of months so I can see your pretty face everyday after work.
35: .My favorite part about Kel Presley is how completely rowdy he is at all time. I can count on one hand the times that Kel has walked in a room and not tackled, hugged, wrestled, or kissed me on the cheek. He's a heavy-handed man. I also love how Kel is deaf in one ear so I can talk shit to him when I sit on his right side and he has no idea. Lastly, Kel is truly one of the most genuine friends I could ever ask for. I have no doubt that Kel has my back in any situation without me having to ask. That is truly an admirable quality and I cherish our friendship. You're good at baseball, too. -CC's
36: Kelton, I just want to start off with saying that living with you this summer and this last semester has been unreal, and my love for you is burning from the deepest depths of my heart. Secondly, Im pretty sure that Kim is unhappy with me because I am almost positive that I am the last person to write you something, and Kim has told me seriously about 7 times to do it. Story of my life. That being said, one thing that will always remind me of you is that I dont think I can ever stop saying the word "WOW" ever again. That word has changed my day-to-day vocabulary tremendously. Thanks for bein such a good friend. Im going to miss the hell out of you when you leave. I hope that we can maintain our friendship until the cows come home if thats alright with you. Love you man,, Michael | Things I will miss about Kel: 1)Small deer 2)Needs a hearing alteration in his right ear. 3)Going to the ranch 4)Roping competitions (and yes Im pretty sure I whooped you last time) 5)*Lonesome Dove* 6)Sleeping three deep in your bed with you and Nico 7)You diggin into my ribs 8)Cold Units 9)Ice wars 10)GW 11)Golf 12)You getting upset when I beat you in Tiger Woods 13)You getting upset when I beat you in everything 14)Wearin our boy hats 15)Waking you up in the mornings 16)You making fun of the way I dress(middle school PE student) 17)Cuddling on the couch 18)Your beautiful smile 19)Our two arguments we had 20)Having you right next to me
37: There is one thing that really pisses me off when I think of Kel, and its that I didn't hang out with him sooner. Even though Kel is a couple years younger than me, I look up to him for several reasons, but one really sticks out to me. Kel has an unbelievable quality of giving acts of kindness, not only to his close friends and family, but to strangers as well. I have two examples.. One day me and kel were jogging the bear trail on a nice afternoon at the beginning of the semester. As we are running by the dorms, Kel stopped in his tracks to help to young freshman carrying a heavy box into the dorms. He didn't even give them a chance to say, "no." He ran right up to them and brought the box in. I was blown away. The second example has to do with an African-American, mentally challenged young man that walks by Kels apartment on 16th street almost every day. Even though this guy looks kind of sketchy and Kel's apartment is in a bad part of town, Kel goes out of his way to say "Hi" and chit chat with him. I have seen Kel do this on multiple occasions, and once again, I was blown away. These may seem like small, common sense things to do, but it's not. You don't see this behavior often, if at all, and I absolutely admire Kel for it. It has impacted my life significantly in how I go about my day and how I interact with people. I like to think I surround myself with good guys and Kel is my #1 xample. On a lighter note, I have had great memories with Kel. some of them may be a little blurry, but the ones that stick out the most are recent. Watching the Ranger's streak through the playoffs with the help of Kel's cheering... (Give me another shot of BOUR-BON!!) Playing Tiger woods golf, Playing real golf, Arguing till 3a.m. about investments, trips to the ranch house, giving him boxes of clothes and seeing his reaction like its xmas morning, hanging out in dallas on my bday despite my early exit/pass out... to name a few. | It is a privilege to be Kel's friend. Kel won't be successful because he is smart, even though he is.. He won't be successful because he works his tail off, which he does. Kel will be successful because he is the definition of a good guy and I am firm believer that good things happen to good people. Kel, it was worth waiting two years to graduate because I got to hang out with you more and we get to walk the stage together. Congratulations Kel!!
38: Kelton Thanks for always hanging out with me when Caroline has to go to Chi O when I am in Waco. You always make me feel welcome. Thanks for introducing me to all your friends. I guess I will have to call them next semester after you graduate. I have had fun hanging out with all of y'all! Congratulations buddy! Sic Em Bears. Quote -Oh Nice! -Wow! Really? Really? Josh
39: What I admire about Kel: I truly admire two things (other than his terribly good looks)  This is one guy who will go out of his way to make a friend smile and laugh;  For a guy who has so much going for him, Kel remains humble, knowing that his success comes by His Grace.-Harrison | Favorite memory: Goodness, there are so many! I tell you what though, a guy can't ask for a better bud than Kel. My fondest memory (if I could single one out) was my 21st birthday when Kel and the boys threw me a party. I remember Kel quieting a crowd of 200 folks in Aspen Heights, and leading them all in singing happy birthday to me. Then he came over and gave me a big ole bear hug and we shared a cold one. | Funniest thing: WAY too many to single out one! It's been one constant comic strip. How about the time we dressed up as Lil John and the Eastside Boys! Oh buddy, what a night! | Favorite phrase: "Absolutely!" (with the two finger point) Kel, I love you bud! I am proud of you! And I can't wait to grow old with you! I've been blessed to have you in my life, and I am a firm believer that there is no limit to your success!
40: Oh hey freakin BUD!!! Man, I can't believe we've come this far! It's been a long road bud and I wouldn't trade any of it for anything in the world! We made it through a lot! How we ever survived Friday morning 6 AM workouts is beyond me! We've had some of the best Welcome Week parties that will be hard to match! The ranch was a blast, Randy Rogers! Margarita Salsa! I still need to post those pics from my phone haha! We've had some of the best times ever and we're still gonna have even better times! you've been one of my best friends since the day we got to Baylor and I truly appreciate what a privilege it has been to have you in my life! I'm always here for you bud and I always will be! Thank you for everything! I wouldn't be the person I am today if you weren't a part of my life! Let's come back and show these Baylor kids how to celebrate Welcome Week! I Love You Bud! Tom Filip #48
41: Kelvis, Im sitting here trying to figure out where to start bud. I really would just like to thank you for being such an outstanding friend and role model for all of us. We sure have shared some exciting and funny memories together in these college years ha! Maybe we drank a few to many beers, stole a few to many kisses from good lookin' girls, puked off a few to many balconies and spent a few to many dollars at georges but i'm thankful that i can say that I got to do it all with you. Ill never forget that trip you me and Cooley took down to college station. We were stubborn for going in the first place because we knew we had a baseball game the next day that didn't stop us. I recall us getting pretty wild that night with no place to stay and thankfully some nice girls let us crash in their appartment and you me and Cooley all crammed into one small bed. I woke up to find the three of us sprawled out all over the bed i realized that we needed to get back. So we piled in the car on about three hours of sleep and got back to waco for the ball game and made it on time! Oh those were the days! I cant wait to to watch you continue to grow and continue your success. You have so many more great things still ahead of you which your greatly deserve. I love you bud and I am so proud of you. Dano | My favorite memory is when my dad had to pick him up from a very bad place and bring him to pregame meal. Love ya Kel. =Ben Booker | Dear Kel, It has been great being your friend through these years man, I had a bunch of fun during that baseball season. Good luck after graduation my friend. Sincerely, JoeL Quintanilla
42: Kelvis Presley- The most popular guy at Baylor... J/k bro. Been an awesome 4 years man! Seems like yesterday we were hitting up Legacy on Thursdays and wearing it with Shaun Friday morning... You're an awesome people person Kel and it will serve you well in life. You have solid character that rubs off on everyone you meet and I look forward to keeping in touch with you. Thanks for the memories bud! -Cooley | Dear Kelvis, Not a man of many words and I probably can't come up with anything different than what everyone else is going to say to you. I will say this, from the deepest part of my heart, I may never meet a better person. I truly enjoy watching how you light up everyones world. Glime | Some of my fondest memories with Kel were from cigar nights freshman year on top of the parking garage. Those were some good times! -Willie
43: Kel Presley...you are the man! I have to say, the thing I admire about you the most is how personable you are. The reason I say this is because I remember the first time I met you and someone told me how good of a guy you were and how everyone on Baylor's campus knew you...I later found out this was true on a first hand experience. Every person we walked by on campus seriously said hello to you...I was a little jealous. It's something I've always liked about you my man because you are very loved by so many. A great quality and something you'll never loose. ii.I will also always remember the time when you taught me how to rope a calf in my apartment...which I will never use in my life, but it will be something I'll remember forever! You're my man and I love you buddy. Russo
44: My favorite memory of Kel was just playing on the same baseball team as him and being able to be around him a bunch when playing baseball. We just had fun times together playing ball, so it was great to share that with him. I admire Kel for being a people person who is easy to get along with and everybody enjoys being around. He makes others feel good and welcome when he is around them. He never meets a stranger! Favorite time: I must bring up Lone Star Tavern! He knows what I mean!! :) He is a good buddy of mine, and a good buddy to have that you can know will be there for you when you need him! We had a lot of fun times! –Drew Jeffcoat
45: My favorite memory with Kel: Waking up early on opening day and rocking out to Aaron Watson on the way to Meridian before going dove hunting. Something I like or admire in Kel: I always enjoy being around Kel and have a great time when I am with him. I admire and look up to Kel's integrity and character and that is what makes him such a great guy. Funniest thing that has ever happened: When Sparty wet the bed Saying of Kel’s that I will always remember: "Hey Buuuudy" or "Really" Love ya buddy. -Barry
46: Kel, I remember the first time I met you at ya’lls apartment and still to this day remember what I thought after we met...it went something like “wow that guy is REALLY country” in which Tyler goes “it’s just an act, he’s from Dallas”. However, as I have gotten to know you better these past few years the only way I could think to describe you to someone now, is Tyler’s “best bud” (in a really high pitched girly voice). But seriously Tyler loves you and values ya’lls friendship more than you know! You have been such an amazing friend to Tyler and there for him at times that I couldn’t and for that I am eternally grateful! I mean the only two things he cried about before he moved to Houston were you and I! Ha so I think that says something! I love you Kel and am glad Tyler and I have you in our lives! You know we will always be here for you! Love you, Katy | Kelton Hooper, I have really enjoyed you being in my life these past two and a half years! You have been like another big brother to me! I am going to miss hearing you say, "Absolutely NOT!" and just your tone of voice that is always so happy! I'm positive you will succeed wherever life takes you! Love you and CONGRATS!- Kelli | I love Kel. -Casey Huckabee
47: My best memory with him was living together for a week in Farmington, New Mexico playing in the Connie Mack world series and getting absolutely hammered and staying up all night after we got knocked out of the tournament.- Fielding Pittman | I played baseball with him at MCC. "NEPHY" hIt is my nickname that he always called me. –Brian Nephew | KP- I am not sure why it took us four years to get to hangout, but getting to spend time with you was a huge highlight of my summer. We had a lot of good times in a short time, didn't we? Kickin' it at the pool, Aaron Watson, cruisin' the brazos, fishing with Mike...all great memories that I think back to being some of my favorite in college. KP, I have always admired the way you treat everybody you come in contact with the same: as a old friend. You carry yourself in a way that attracts people to you. You go out of your way to make everyone feel important and comfortable. I also remember our few conversations about life, sports, and trying to figure out how to be the men God has called us to be. I am thankful for these and I hope they are just the first of many more. You're a good, deep man, Kel...and a hell of a good time. Congratulations, my friend. Thanks for your friendship Scott
48: Favorite and fondest memory with Kel: --> Kel dressing up like a gangster for my 21st birthday. Terrible night for me-- GREAT look for him. Something you like, admire, or see in Kel: --> No matter what is you need, when you need it, or how far away you are, Kel will always be there. Hands down, no questions asked. He truly has the heart of a lion and a heart to serve. Funniest thing that has ever happened: --> Arkansas camping trip. Need I say more? A saying that Kel uses that reminds you of him: --> heyyy buddd. Dearest Kelton-- first and foremost, CONGRATS on graduating. You definitely deserve to be walking across that stage with your head held high. You have been one of my best friends since freshman year, and it has been such a pleasure to not only grow with you in the past 4 years, but also to watch you grow into the man you are today. I am so proud of you, and so blessed to be able to call you my friend. I can't wait to see what God has in store for all of us in the next few years to come, but I am so thankful to know that I have a friend like you by my side. Love you so much and once again, Congratulations!!!-Cara
49: Kel, Its been a joy getting to know you these past couple years. Whenever you drop in with your big smile and easy-going attitude, I can't help but think of how much happier we would all be if we had an outlook on life like yours. From taking us to school, to hanging out with us at the house, and everything else in between, good memories will remain when I think of you Kel. One night I remember in particular was when you showed up at that Junior guy's house that I was randomly at and we sat on the couch together watching everyone. We had some good laughs while people watching and I won't forget how glad I was to see you there that night. Don't lose your enthusiasm for life or your joyful spirit as you move forward for your next big adventure- the world needs more "ESFJ"s like you! Much love, McCall | My favorite memory with Kel was having him as our Chi O A team flag football coach this semester. I remember in August wondering how we were going to find the right person to fill the position ---someone who knew football well AND knew how to coach a team of girls with tact and skill. I asked Kel if he was up for the challenge, and he kindly accepted. Kel did a wonderful job stepping in as coach for our team. He showed throughout the season a love for the game and a rare ability to communicate and teach others about the sport. He inspired us to play well and to have fun by his dedication to the team and love of the game. I am so grateful to have had this season with Kel as our coach, and if this season is any indication of Kel's future, it is going to be a bright, successful one. One things for sure, I'm going to miss hearing him calmly (yet humorously) say at the beginning of all our games: "kick them in the teeth." .Alex
50: Something I admire about Kel: You always have a way of making me, my sister, or whoever you are talking to feel like they are so special and important. You are genuinely interested in how they are doing and what is going on in their lives. Also, as being the little sister, you always make me feel welcome and included in whatever we are doing. So thank you =] Favorite Memory: Going to the rodeo last winter with you, Kim, and your family. Thank you for introducing me to my first real country experience Saying: “little lizzie" | Kel, Congratulations on your graduation from Baylor! The college years are such an important time of intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth, and I trust and pray that you are ready now to make the most of your time beyond the university. At the same time, I hope you'll always remember the good times and great friends you've had at Baylor. Our memories of Kim's years at Baylor will always include you. You are a wonderful friend and boyfriend. Mark and I cannot thank you enough for the encouragement and care you have shown her. Just moving her heavy oak furniture in and out of houses and storage multiple times would qualify you for sainthood. :)
51: Kel – I echo everything that Amy says above, and would just add a little of a father’s perspective. In addition to the love and concern you’ve shown Kim (and even Lizzie!) it has been comforting to me to know that you are there to protect her. I am not one to be overly worried about safety issues, and Kim can certainly take care of herself, but there is something about having my daughter so far from home and beyond my ability to get there quickly if she needs me. It has been comforting to know that you’re there watching out for her! The other memory that sticks out in my mind is getting a phone call last fall while sitting in the stands at one of Lizzie’s soccer games. It was you calling, asking permission to date Kim. I’ve told that story many times as an example of good Texas manners, but more importantly it says something about you as a person. It tells me that you not only respect me as a father, you respect Kim as my daughter, and I really appreciate that. Finally, I have enjoyed the few times we had a chance to spend time with your parents. They are fun to be around, have been very kind to Kim, and they have raised a wonderful son. Please thank them for us. In Christ, Mark | ....I cannot tell you how many times I've gotten to know God a little bit better through the experience of being a parent. It occurred to me the other day that being a parent has helped me understand Jesus' heart a little better when he says "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25: 40) When people like you show love and concern for my kids, it's as if they've done it for me. For all the kindnesses and care you've shown Kim, Mark and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. May God bless you as you use your education, your God-given gifts, and especially your kind heart to make a difference for His Kingdom. With love, Amy
53: One of my favorite memories of you is when we first met my freshman year. I remember feeling so shy because I was in a college house full of older guys, but you were so nice and I immediately felt comfortable. Some things I admire about you Kel is your servant heart, sense of humor, and the relationship you have with your sister. Thank you Kel for taking us to school weekly and for also coaching the Chi O A team. Best of luck and congratulations, you will be missed!-Amy | Kel, It has been so fun getting to know you. I have deeply respected you for a long time as I watched and prayed for you and Kim's relationship. My favorite memory would have to be when you invited Kim, Kelsey and I to your ranch for fall break. Your family is amazing, and I loved seeing you in your element: the ranch. Something I really admire about you is your care, consistence and genuine hospitality. You will come pick me up for class any and every day I texted you, even if it was minutes before class started. That is something rare, and I deeply respect you for that. Thanks for being my chauffeur! The funniest memory I have with you is when you and Kim found your party bones and all of our party bones that thursday we went to Sams. Let's just say we ended that night driving home and getting chased by random girls. As for a saying that you have... whenever I hear, "absolutely" it absolutely reminds me of you. I can't wait to see where you are going and what you'll experience in the next stage of your life. And I thank God that we got to live life alongside each other for the short time that we were able. Godspeed on your graduation! Kaylanne Shone
54: Biggie Boges, I am so excited of you on this special graduation day! Of course I am very proud of you for receiving your finance degree, but more than that I am so proud and impressed of the young man you have become. I have never known anyone like you, and I don’t think I ever will. You’re strong will, determination, and stubbornness, although sometimes drives me crazy, is a rare and precious gift. You have the opportunity and perseverance to rattle some feathers out thereand I know you will. You see the world how I wish I could-your optimism and gentle spirit has allowed you to value the things that matter in life; your family, friendships, and memories. You know what is important in life and I hope you never lose that fun-loving, carefree attitude of yours. From the first day I met you in Penland when we were nothing but naive 18 year-olds, to today, December 18, 2010 when you are walking across the stage- you have been next to me through it all and I will never know how I got to be the lucky girl with you all these years. Every joyful celebration, heartbreak, homesickness, relationships, breakups, travelling abroad, being done with baseball, being done with soccer, hip diagnosis, family members passing away, graduations, and everything in between- you’ve been right next to me through it all. You have been the backbone of my college experience and I can’t imagine it any other way. Thank you for being a consistent and steadfast boges over all these years. I can’t possible pinpoint all my favorite memories with you but I know that the night Freshman Fall up on the parking garage, sitting on the bed of your truck, eating breakfast burritos til 5am is up there. I never knew that night would be the beginning of my cherished memories from college. I’ll never forget the late nights, rodeos, ranch weekends, surprise birthday visit, Arkansas, Chicago trips, driving together from Nashville, Frisco memories, Margarita salsa fest, the last night of my college at your house, sonic trips, Rangers games, attempted Cubs game, driving to Dallas with you for your interview, going on walks, playing football in the field, taking me out to KD’s before I left for Maas, the football games, the days at the pool, all the baseball games when you would sit down there and wave at me, you driving to San Antonio to see me play the last half of the season, and all the regular days we just got to be together running errands and grabbing meals. I completely associate everything in Waco with you and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you for teaching me that it’s okay to relax, let my hair down, and drink a cold unit on a Saturday afternoon just because, that sometimes my to do list does not take precedence over spending time together, and that life truly does not have to be as fast paced and scheduled as I make it. You balance me out and I help me gain perspective. Thank you for always taking care of me and being patient with me. I am honored to be able to be here today holding your hand and I will never be able to show you how much I admire, adore, and am proud of you. As you begin the second half of your life, I pray that you will see His light and hear His voice louder than all the other voices from society and your human nature. I pray that you will find joy in whatever road you take and that you will serve and glorify Him through it. His plan for you is unexplainable and I am confident you are going to embrace that. Waco won’t be the same without you next year, know I will miss you so much! Thank you for all that you have been to me. I am one lucky girl, that’s for sure. Congratulations Kelton Hooper! -Little
55: This is my prayer for you Kelton: God, grant me the Serenity to accept things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can Wisdom to know the difference Patience for the things that take time Appreciation for all that I have, and Tolerance for those with different struggles Freedom to live beyond the limitations of my past ways, the Ability to feel your love for me and our love for each other and the Strength to get up and try again even when I feel it is hopeless. -Reinhold Niebuhr