CKC #13: Remember this name: Joe Stoutt


Sunday we drove to Seattle to attend the high school graduation of our grandson Joseph Bradley Stoutt.

Grandson Joe holding his diploma from Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Washington.

Joe is really amazing. He was a leader on his football and wrestling teams and in student government at Eastside Catholic and many many community service activities. He was one of the BIG reasons Eastside’s football team was named Academic State Champions (look at the photo in this article to see what I mean).

Now I know what you’re thinking. All grandparents think and say this about their grandchildren. Yes, that may be true, but I would never do that! 🙂 Seriously, Joe is different. And since he’s not passing on any of my genes, I get to say what other family members might be too modest to say out loud.  Joe is one of the genuinely nicest, kindest and most thoughtful young men you will ever meet. He’s one of those rare people who is “most popular” but doesn’t have an ounce of arrogance in him. He is one every family on earth would love to have for a son.

He’s the guy you want on your team. He’s the guy who will save people’s lives. He’s the one who will do right by everyone and defend those being done wrong to. He’s the guy who will do something nobody else will do. He is one in eight billion.

I don’t know what it is yet, but I know for sure that Joe Stoutt will end up doing something astonishing. You will hear of him again. Listen to me. Remember his name.

And what does this have to do with kitchen remodeling? Cookless food? Well, we all went to dinner at Similan Thai Cuisine in Issaquah after the ceremony. We had Scallop Salad, Chicken Pad Thai, Grilled Eggplant with Pork and Orange Beef (which Blaine devoured). Everything was delish. Blaine liked his Mai Thai too!

Joe is headed off to Carroll College in Montana later this summer, football camp starts in early August. About the same time our kitchen will be finished. We hope he comes for a meal soon after.

After the ceremony, we headed off to celebrate over Thai food. Yum.


6 responses

  1. Congratulations …It sounds like very special grandson. We have never been to Issaqua yet ……We have some very special friends here in OS ..whose Son and wife pastor the Abide Baptist Church there in Issaqua ….and friends we knew in Portland that sell Kettle Korn at one o the large stores there …..
    ….I understand it is a beautiul place . Anyway …congratulations ! You have every right to be proud of him ………. So many students do not even finish high school these days ………so many challenges ……

  2. Marie, your feelings for Joe are so beautifully expressed! It was a glorious, special day for an amazing young man! You are so right – he will most definitely leave his mark and make the world a better place.

  3. Sorry, i didn’t mean to be anonymous – hi Marie, it’s me Donna (Joe’s other Grandma).

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