This weekend was my official graduation ceremony!!! I have to be honest: I didn’t think it was a big deal and downplayed it in my head for almost a year before it happened. I mean, I finished my final courses last July: who cares about walking across the stage to get my degree??? Well, I didn’t until about a week before it happened. The morning of the ceremony was a blur of getting ready and driving out to the ceremony, and when I was there sitting with all the other grads in my regalia, I started to cry. No joke! I was struck by all that it took for me to get to that moment, and how it easily could not have happened. I worked hard for my degree, and so did Jeff. He believed in me enough to support me financially, emotionally, intellectually and every other way while I went to school. My Mom has encouraged me my entire life in every area, and I thought about her while sitting there. I sat in the crowd at SFU for her grad almost 20 years earlier! And really, my whole family has been amazing through this. I don’t know what it’s like NOT to have a team of supportive, encouraging people on my side, and for that I’m incredibly grateful. So this is for them just as much as it is for me: I cried because I’m proud, and humbled to have the people in my life that I do. And because I have a degree, WOOHOO!!!!!
Proud parents in their home library (we all read here) before the ceremony…notice the toddler in the background?
Nate and Layne, the sibs.
The real us.
My friend Erin! She’d due with her second baby in a couple months 🙂