Sunday, May 12, 2013

Doubly Proud

Wednesday was the first proud moment, when my husband conquered his nerves and actually got on a plane for the first time in over a decade.  It turned out to be no big deal after all, thankfully!  Accompanied by two of our offspring, off we flew for the short trip to Arizona to see our third offspring graduate from college on Thursday, at Arizona State University's West Campus.

After being slightly roasted in the morning's hot sun for the pomp and speeches, finally the graduates made their way across the stage.  I blindly managed to catch this blurry pic of Erica shaking the Dean's hand.   We made plenty of noise for her, along with her aunt, uncle, and grandparents.

Here she is with her Arizona parents, my brother Ted and his lovely wife Laura.  We were so grateful to have Erica close to family during her school years.  They were very generous with their love and care.

 Happy graduate!  Summa cum laude, no less, with a bachelors degree in Sociology.

Here with her two older siblings, Nick and Elaine, just as proud as her parents. It was wonderful to be away for a few days with the family and enjoy the celebrating! Erica even arranged for the weather to be only in the mid to high 80s during most of our visit, though she stated she did have to pull some strings :)  Thanks, Erica! 

Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

14 comments:

Kate said...

Congratulations to Erica! What a great Mom's day present for you.

Shay said...

I cant believe Erica is graduating already! Congratulations to her on this wonderful and very exciting achievement.

And hey Grant - you did good !

pcflamingo said...

Well done, to daughter AND dad!

Sherrill said...

How awesome! Congrats to her and you, proud mama. Does she know what she's gonna do for a career?

Janet O. said...

What a wonderful thing to celebrate with family around you!

Tanya said...

Congratulations! I do know how proud you are because my daughter just had her graduation ceremony this week too. Unfortunately she didn't have family to whistle and cheer her on but our hearts are bursting with pride too!

Darlene said...

Congratulations to Erica! I know you and your family are very proud and excited.

Dawn said...

So much to celebrate!!
Congratulations - great pictures.
Thanks for sharing the joy.

McIrish Annie said...

What a handsome group of kids you have! congrats to hubby for his big flying experience.

and good luck with your ticket. I know you will wow them!

Libby said...

Congrats all around!

Michele said...

Congrats to her and to you :-) What an accomplishment! A time for celebration :-)

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Lorraine said...

well done in conquering the nerves for the plane trip Grant!...and wasn't it just yesterday you were settling Erica into her new home away from home??? Look at the smiles on those kids - what a great looking crew!

Karendianne said...

Oh gosh what a proud, happy moment! Love the photos. :)