Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Congratulations Dr. Smith

This past weekend my brother graduated with his doctorate degree! He and his amazing wife have attended school for the last eight years. They have three beautiful children and are a wonderful example to many who wonder whether or not it is possible to have a family while going through graduate school! (Please note that I did mention that my sister-in-law is amazing - that is much of the reason why my brother was able to balance school and family!)

My brother has worked diligently to receive his education, serve in church and be a wonderful husband and father. He has stood as an incredible example to his family, friends and all who come in contact with him! It is amazing to me that my little brother who I played with in the sandbox, pushed around in a wagon (once which fell over and he broke his arm... which none of us believed for a time) and who would kindly help grab hair pins or make-up for me when I was getting ready to go out has completed such a fantastic goal and will now have the privilege of shaping the minds of students and contributing to the knowledge of the world through his reasearch. Both his colleagues and students could not ask to know a better person - for they will learn not only from his words but also from his life.

I am so grateful for my family and for the fact that their lives are exemplary both privately and publically! I, for one, wish to thank them each for who they are because they have made a difference in my life as well as have impacted all those around them.


GramGrampsGazette said...

What a nice tribute for Dr. Smith's graduation! His wife will appreciate it too! Isn't it great that we can be part of such a family? Blessings galore!

Jason said...

Wow, Andrea...thanks for that very kind blog entry. Your description of growing up together brought back some memories for me. Lena and I have been blessed in so many ways, and we appreciate all the love and support we receive from everyone in our family. Thank you for taking the time to recognize my graduation and for the very kind words about Lena and me. We're both touched.

Jacqui said...

What a great tribute! It would have been nice to all be together for his graduation, but at least we all know we wish we could have been there and offered love and support from afar!