Thursday, June 12, 2014

So Proud, So DONE

Congratulations to our 2014 Graduate!
After years of hard work, perseverance, and diligence, and amid countless unique challenges, BB has finished all the requirements for his degree and will complete the last day of his last class tomorrow!

We are so very proud of him.
I praise God for giving him strength to persevere and for helping us work as a team to knock this thing out. It's been quite an adventure.

To mark and celebrate his accomplishment, we gave a surprise Graduation Party for him, which also doubled as a Goodbye Party. The kids were wonderful secret-keepers, as they knew about the upcoming excitement many weeks before the event! Go kids!

A few precious friends helped us pull off the big party. I was so nervous BB would find out, but the place in which we find ourselves right now, covered up in the details of moving, him finishing those last few weeks of class, and so on, was more than enough to distract anyone from noticing the clues of surprise-party-planning.

The kids were also a big part of making this work, as they helped out by looking after younger siblings while I ran around picking things up for the party, or coming along with me to help me with preparations. 

I wish I'd been able to get more photos of the event, and all the wonderful people who came to congratulate BB and say goodbye. My camera battery died before the party started, and the phone pictures weren't great quality, and who wants to walk around taking pictures during all the fun and action?

Sweet Ms. S and her mom. These ladies provided their home and an incredible spread of food for the shindig. It was beautiful. And delicious. 

Ms. S offered BH food many times during the evening, but he would only eat crackers and oatmeal-cranberry cookies. Oh, well. 

He just looked so sweet in the ray of evening sunshine, playing with Ms. S's box of old blocks and spools, I had to capture it.

The house was a crazy, happy chaos of beautiful people, many, many of them children. It was a great snapshot, so to speak, of the blessed life we've had here. Each person present has a special place in our story, whether it was ladies I grew with in Bible studies, or school and church families who supported us during our different crises (surgeries, pregnancy hospitalization, H's hospital stay), or the faithful good friends the children have made. There were the guys with which BB met for many Thursdays, talking openly about serious and not-so-serious life issues, and those who have prayed with us and for us and who have lived the gospel before us.

They have walked beside us, listened to us, given us counsel, celebrated and grieved with us.

Truly, we thank God when we think on the wealth of relationships He's bestowed on our family in Texas. Unbelievable!

So, we close the bachelor's degree and living-in-Texas chapters of our life simultaneously, having celebrated both with energy and joy and sadness (well, no one's sad that college life is over for BB!), and with praises for God's goodness and love, combined with some nerves and anticipation about the future and Jesus' never-boring plans for us.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations BB!! And to you sweet wife you has been right by his side! Love you all and can't wait to get to actually visit you!