I honestly don't know how to begin this post.
I think I never really thought this day would come, and now that it has, I'm speechless. Brandon and I have been married for 8 years and he has been in school ALL of those EIGHT YEARS. During that time, he earned an Associates Degree in Generals (just cuz he wanted to), a Bachelors Degree in I honestly can't remember what, and during the last 4 years he worked tirelessly (and I held down the fort with three little ones) so he could earn a Masters Degree in Vision Science (with Distinction) and a Doctorate Degree in Optometry (again with Distinction). He jokes that the only degree he doesn't have is a PHD and that he ought to give it a shot.
Not very funny if you ask me.
Anyhoo. Saturday, May 19th our family (and I say "our family" because this truly was a family goal and required joint family effort in bringing it to pass), witnessed the fruition of all our labors as Brandon became a Doctor of Optometry.
Brandon with both degrees. Still can't believe he pulled off a Masters and Doctorate in 4 years. Double stud.
|This is the group of guys Brandon did most of his studying with and who's families we got closest too. Left to right: Devin, Eric, Colten, Aaron, Shawn, Brandon, Dave, Dave, Seth, and Scott.|
|Kiss for luck and we're on our way. :)|
I don't know what I would have done without all these stellar wives. Their friendships were a saving grace and I admire so much about each of them. So, thank you (left to right) Tana, Jen, Jenny, Claudia, Kristina, Tara, Brianne, Sierra and Erin. You ladies are amazing.
More shots with Friends
Thank you to all of the family who took time off of work, (spent their birthday on an airplane...Mom) and made the effort to be present at this significant event. We were so grateful to have each of you their to help us celebrate.
These kiddos have been Brandon's number one fans through this whole thing. No one (aside from me of course) could get more excited when he walks through the door at the end of the day.
Brandon, you have been a wonderful father and have done an incredible job of balancing the pressures of school with the needs of your family. Thank you for that and for the example you have set for your children.