Saturday, May 31, 2008

NOT so LITTLE things...

So, the title of my blog is the little things but lately we have had some pretty monumental happenings in our life and the lives of our friends and family.

Ben graduated from Law School on May 3!!! Yippee! Everyone was so proud of him...I can speak especially for Cajes and myself, who have lived with him for the past 3 years as he endured the ups and downs of Graduate School. There were times when we were up all night with a sick baby and Ben still had to go to school....and times when I was sick and going through multiple surgeries, yet he rarely missed a day and still managed to care for me and be my personal nurse. He made great grades while his friends scoffed at him for doing Crosswords in some classes. Along the way we had lots of support from our family and friends and my job at Open Hearts. We wouldn't be here (and almost back there) without the support and dedication they had for our personal life and many of the choices we were forced to make. It has been a situation that Ben liked to call "delayed-gratification". We knew one day we would be able to celebrate the accolades of this moment. But for the most part we took it one day at a time.

A proud moment

"Here Daddy, you can have this funny hat back."

Little Scholar

We had a lot of guests in town for graduation--including my parents, Ben's parents, Ben's Aunt Lynn & Uncle Roy from Morganton, and a special treat was Jack, Sally & Connor who came all the way form Miami to be here. A short trip for everyone but a special memory for us all. It makes us realize how unfortunate it is to live so far apart from Jack & Sally when we saw how big Connor was getting. What a cutie-pie he is though... (& we're sorry to Jack and Sally about the door--ha!) A special shout-out goes to Ted who we dearly missed that weekend. :(

In addition to Ben finishing Graduate School--so did my friend Heather--who is like a sister to me!! This is a triumphant accomplishment, way more awesome than I can begin to explain, as Heather went through more than any one person deserves to go through in a lifetime--all in one semester! She completed her Master's Degree from Western Carolina on May 10 and is going to teach in a Special Ed classroom hopefully this fall. For those of you who know Heather-- you will be especially tickled to see how cute and awesome and bright Elijah is in the pictures below. I'm not being partial either. He really is a very, very charismatic little boy and such a truly joyful child to be around. He warms everyones heart.

Some of my favorites of Elijah:

After Graduation

At 2 months

At 5 months

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