But alas, today I am determined. The big boys are at the baseball field playing, the little people are sleeping, the husband is in a meeting and my house is perfectly still. This may only last for five more minutes but, I am going to take advantage of the quiet as long as I can!
|Us with the diploma. Since it was such an odd and huge size, we had to get it custom framed. Worth it. Turned out beautiful.|
|Just as the party is getting started and sun is beginning to wane...a little glimpse.|
Let me tell you a little bit about it.
|My sister-in-law captured this and called it the "Pic of the Night." I quite agree! Steve told me that there haven't been many nights when he's been happier.|
|My Daddy and me. His beautiful backyard was the setting of the party.|
And it was truly perfect. Okay, I didn't have time to do my hair beforehand but other than that, it all went so incredibly well! God blessed us. We couldn't have asked for a better night.
One of the things that made the night perfect was the people who attended. Of course I would've loved to invite the world! But we had limited space and even more limited parking so, we had to work with it. The guests were amazing though. We had friends who drove hours to be there. Some were very pregnant, some literally in the middle of a huge cross-country move, others in the throes of med school. Some like my little brother, came from the other end of the state. A lot of Steve's family drove from the Bay Area or took precious time off work. And many of our local friends, who have lots of little kids, had to get babysitters which is expensive and can be difficult! So our guests blessed us tremendously by just being there. And we were so grateful! It was a great group!
|Best buddy Andy, as the party is just getting started.|
|Bulletin board of scratch work with family pictures|
|Family pics in the trees|
|Table runners, luminaries and cloth napkins tied with one of Maxwell's Equations|
|Steve's spot with good ole Maxwell at this side!|
|Pete going strong on the BBQ|
|The lights that made the party look amazing! Those lights were a labor of love. My Dad, Steve and my brother Pete spent two hours that day hanging them up.|
|Guests listening to me give a history of the masters. How we got started and some of the highlights from the last three and a half years.|
|Our oldest, taking in the diploma.|
|Guests enjoying dinner and each other. I was really intent on assigned seating. I felt it would really add to the night so that people would know where to go and who to sit with. Most people commented what a fun time they had at their table.|
|Nathan and me giving the stats.|
|Devin giving his speech.|
|Steve thanking me for being his biggest fan and support during it all. To me, it was a pleasure to see him fly.|
|Our favorite cake in the world with Maxwell on it. A perfect ending to a perfect night.|
Thankful for these past three and a half years. Thankful for the Masters. Thankful to God for blessing us through the difficulties and the seemingly endless journey with love, perseverance, a sense of humor and grace that could only come from Him.
Congrats Steve! We love you. You ran the race well...looking forward to all God is going to bring through your hard work.