Friday, June 24, 2011

Today is the day

Today is for my husband.

I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it now again because it's pertinent: We've been married almost 14 years, and my husband has been going to school, full-time and year-round (save the 8-week term during which we were married) the entire time I've known him.

He graduated with his BA (Spanish Teaching/Minor in PE Coaching) in April of 1999 (8 days after our oldest was born).

He graduated with his MS (Sociology) in August of 2003.

Today, he defends his dissertation for his Ed.D (doctorate in Educational Leadership).

Today, the day we've been waiting for. Two li'l hours out of today. It doesn't mean he's finished (there will be edits after feedback, etc.), but THIS is the mark, the distinguishing event. In order to get this done, to get to this point, we have sacrificed time together. Time. And lots of specific things that I won't mention here, perhaps because I may or may not have blocked them from my memory. Summers, winters, everything in between, for YEARS. "When's he going to defend?" TODAY. Today, is the answer to that question.

So if you don't mind, a cheer or good thought or a prayer his way?

Have a great weekend.

25 comments:

{natalie} said...

good luck!
i always like that your husband is friendly when i see him at the big C.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you! Your husband actually helped me get thousands of dollars worth of grant money to get through my senior year at BYU. He wasn't my counselor, but he took a few minutes out of his day to help. (Which is really unheard of most counselors. I know, I've met many!) Like literally, it was only a few minutes and a few clicks and he was done! What a pro! He is by far the best academic counselor I have ever met. Thanks for sacrificing your husband for the welfare of all students, that you may never know, that he has helped. He's been a lifesaver. I will forever be grateful for him!

wendysue said...

Hallelujah! Congrats to Darin AND you!

kiki said...

GOOD LUCK! And congratulations!

Geo said...

Prayers and thinks aplenty from my house. May it all go beautifully. xo

Ariel said...

Hooray! Congrats to you both and good luck to your husband!

Stepper the Mighty said...

WHOOP!!!

That is so exciting and terrifying and thrilling and HUGE!

That is a difficult road and you guys should be so proud of how you traversed it together.

b. said...

If anyone deserves to have a perfect day, with EVERYTHING going your way...it's the two of you! That is what I wish for you.

Annette Lyon said...

HUGE milestone--hooray for you both!

lisa said...

Sending all of the above!

Much love and MANY hugs!

Cecily R said...

That gets BIG cheers from me!!

Congrats to you both!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

Yay! That is awesome....

Hil said...

Hip hip hooray! That's so exciting. You will BOTH be in my prayers. Best luck!!

Naomi said...

Wow. Fourteen years? Fourteen years! Congratulations, and oh how much time together you have to make up!

Shar said...

Booyah! So happy for your family! Congrats!

Petit Elefant said...

So completely amazing. You deserve a prize. My husband only graduated a couple years ago, and it was the most amazing thing having him home at night!

xo

cabesh said...

I actually shouted, "Hurray!" as soon as I read that he was defending. Hurray for Darin, hurray for you, hurray for your family!

Kalli said...

Of course he'll do amazing, he's Darren Eckton.

La Yen said...

Loves to Tio Papi. Also remind him: Cat's in the Cradle. Time to go to Disneyland with the Galans.

Emily said...

I know this is a day late, but GOOD LUCK! (Hope it went well!)

myimaginaryblog said...

Hooray! I hope you all had a wonderful day.

Jen said...

What an exciting event! Hope it went well. It was SOOOO nice when Jason was FINALLY done.

ray-ray says said...

What an accomplishment! Hooray for him and for you having more time with him!

Gerb said...

HOO-RAY! What an awesome accomplishment. GO Team!!

heather said...

Congratulations!!