The Graduate

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!!!!!

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 Proud parents in their home library (we all read here) before the ceremony…notice the toddler in the background?

grad 2Me and the hubs 🙂

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 Nate and Layne, the sibs.

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The real us.

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My friend Erin!  She’d due with her second baby in a couple months 🙂

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Family.

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