Wednesday, July 29, 2009

a cause for celebration

Although our daughter is the one with the cap and gown and the Masters Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Accounting, the degree should have been conferred on them both. She had an excellent support system. While she locked herself in the "office" to write papers, he would manage the three adorable, yet very busy munchkins.
God gave us something else to think about and rejoice in the day after our son's memorial service. He would have been proud of her as well. She waffled about even taking part in the graduation ceremony but we wanted her to do it, her husband wanted her to do it, and even with the 95 degree temps and the long day and three active 2 year olds in tow, it was worth it. She has worked hard and long and our buttons were busting with pride as her efforts were recognized.

A mom, wife, employee, church volunteer, AND student earning a Master's Degree!

A graduate!
We are so very proud of her! The last time she was in a cap and gown and her Dad hugged her she burst into tears. Not this time...just smiles all around.

The ceremony was in the PGE park. In the middle of downtown. With no parking. The best way to get there is to take the MAX train. The three little munchkins had never been on a "choo choo" before and we adults, stupidly, thought they'd really enjoy it.Does this look like enjoyment to you?

Or this?

Or even this?

To put your minds at ease...the return ride was much better. They adapted to the shaking, the dark tunnels, and the noise.


  1. What a wonderful occasion for all of you.
    Your daughter has done so well to complete her Masters degree. My best wishes and congratulations to her.
    Those dear children will get used to strange things like trains in the future. It must have been quite an overwhelming occasion for them too.
    A wonderful memory to share.

  2. I frequent your blog and rarely leave comments on any, but I just want to tell you my heart went out to you and tears welled up in my eyes when I read about the loss of your son. It is such a comfort, though, when we know where our loved one is - in the arms of our loving, living Lord and Savior. Your next day celebration reminded me of my experience right after my mother died of going with my daughter to look for her bridal dress. God has gentle ways of reminding us that life does go on and the lives of the living are important. I'm glad your daughter agreed to participate in the ceremony. :-)

  3. Just came over to check and see how you are. I am so happy to see your daughters graduation pictures. I am sure her brother was smiling down on her that day. I really agree with Judi about how God does give us a gentle nudge and shows us that we must continue with life.
    Keeping you and the entire family in my prayers.