MN GRADUATION CEREMONY
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GRADUATE
Well, we officially have a doctor in our family! My husband’s younger sister is now a pharmacist and has always had a deep rooted love for everything science. My husband comes from a large family. He has 3 sisters and 2 brothers. He is the oldest of the bunch, and can remember when most of them were born. All of his siblings are very bright and determined. His faithful, and amazing mother home-schooled each and every one of them. Most went off to school at some point in their K-12 years, but I believe she and my father-in-law instilled the importance of a good work ethic in their lives. I love my in-laws so much! Seeing how successful each of their children turned out must be so rewarding- knowing, that your hard work paid off. When I talk about success, I just mean following the straight and narrow, plugging along, having faith and being a great and caring person.
THE MAKING OF A MEDICINE WOMAN
My husband and I have been married for 11 years, so I have had the privilege of seeing Shannon grow into the awesome woman she is. She gives me “courtesy laughs” when I make my corny jokes that usually make no sense. I remember when she was working on some special projects doing research and she just lit up explaining her research. Science is definitely her calling. She graduated with honors and I cannot say I am surprised. She is the type that will double check on things just to make sure. Who wouldn’t want their pharmacist to do that? Below she is pictured with one of her professors, friend and her supportive husband.
THE AUNTIE DOCTOR
Since our daughter could talk about doctors, she wanted to be one. Everything she loves has to do with babies and heartbeats. When Shannon was graduating, we knew we would have to be late because we were adhering to a strict sleeping schedule for our son who has a sleeping disorder. We knew that our daughter wanted to see what it means to graduate. While we missed the ceremony, we got there just in time to take photos afterward. I imagine that the photos below will be pulled out one day when our daughter gets her doctorate degree. I should mention that 3 of the 6 kids are persuing degrees in the medical field, so we joke that all of them can start their own practice.
Shannon and Cameron are one of those couples who just go together. They are both so easy-going, kind and caring. They love the outdoors and enjoy running. They have two cats that are named Fred and Ginger. It fits them completely. I remember when Shannon said she wanted to become a doctor and I thought that it would seem like those years were going to drag on, but I was so wrong. It seems it was just yesterday that she made that announcement. She faithfully worked throughout her schooling and the two of them tried to minimize their costs. They sacrificed because they saw the end in sight. I know how hard it is having a spouse in school.
My husband was in school for the first 5 years of our marriage and worked close to full-time for most of those years. There were days when I wondered if it was worth it, there were nights I longed to have him home (waiting for his 9-5 shift once he graduated). It was hard, but so worth it! Now, that is just a glimpse back in time. Without the sacrifice, I think I would have taken our life for granted in some ways.
ON TO THE NEXT ADVENTURE
Shannon and Cameron will be moving out of state this week so Shannon can begin her residency. We are praying for this to be an awesome learning experience for her. We are so happy for these two and hope they enjoy this year of a new freedom from textbooks and studying! We love you both so much! Rx for a new beginning is on its way!