Friday, May 17, 2019

A LOT Can Change in a Month

Since the last time I stopped by here:

My mother passed in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday.  She donated her body to a research university in Texas for the study of her very rare form of cancer.  I'll be traveling to Texas to attend her Celebration of Life service on June 1st.
The day after Easter I embarked on a whirlwind tour for work - April 22-25 at the Conga Connect conference in New York City, April 28-May 1 at the ACC Xchange conference in Minneapolis, May 6-8 in Rockville MD for meetings. My time at home was mostly spent unpacking and re-packing for the next trip!

I've actually been home this week, but not sitting still by any means!

On Wednesday evening, our daughter Becca graduated... her 2nd degree... a little bit backwards...

Becca graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise Science.  A brief stint in nursing school and back to the drawing board. She got a job in a Physical Therapy office and that changed everything. A year after graduating college, she was back at Lehigh Carbon Community College in their Physical Therapy Assistant Program. The program is competitive - she had to convince them to even interview her for a spot and she's worked her tail off the past two years to stay in the program and finish.  They only accept 36 students a year.  Of that 36, only 24 graduated.  She struggled through some of the courses (Kinesiology AGAIN) but she stuck with it.  And here we are! She now has an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from the Physical Therapy Assistant program.  She's more proud of this degree than her BS and rightfully so - she's never worked so hard for anything in her life!  I'm so proud of her accomplishment! Now for the Boards...

Next up?  We're off to visit a famous mouse, a castle, a school for witches and wizards...  I'm almost too tired to begin this next journey but it is upon us, so here I go!


Karen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. No matter what the time or cause, losing a parent is so difficult. Congrats to Becca. I'll bet she'll be celebrating big time in Florida! Have a great time; I know you've been planning this for a long time!

Patio Postcards said...

Sorry to hear of your Mom's passing - always a difficult time. That was very brave of your Mom to donate her body - I'm sure the university in Texas is most appreciative to have the chance to study this disease more. Congratulations to Becca. Well done her.

Hoping you enjoy the time in Florida - with all that magic about hopefully you'll feel rested & restored at the end of it.

Carola Bartz said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your mother. Losing our moms is so hard nd we will always miss them.
Congratulations to Becca! That sounds like a hard two years and you must be so proud to see her in the cap and gown. What will she be doing now?

debs14 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, even when you know it is coming, it's still a surprise when it actually happens.
I'm pleased that you have had good family news to follow on the heels from the sadness, and hope you enjoy your trip - relax and enjoy yourselves!