Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Who would have thought that Dr. Seuss would have spoken such enlightening words. This was the last book he wrote before his death, and has grown to be one of his most popular books he’s ever written.
Aaron has finally come to the end of a 16 month long masters program! Time is a funny thing. The start of his program, January 2009, feels like such a long time ago, and yet it doesn’t. I remember when he started the program, and how excited we both were to be starting something that would set our lives on a different course. Excited to be doing something new. Excited to have a goal. Excited to be working towards something that could take us anywhere! But let’s be completely honest. The road was long…and really, really hard. It was annoying for Aaron to student teach for 8 hours a day for free, and then come home to a full night of lesson planning and homework. It was exhausting for me to have to work 4 different jobs to keep us afloat financially. It was sad to never have time for each other. It’s been unsettling to see that the economy may not be conducive to Aaron getting hired after graduation. The last 16 months have been the most challenging time for us in our last 10 years of being together. And that’s saying a lot considering we spent 7 of those years working at churches! Ha!
But God is good.
And Aaron finished so well!
He has been hired on as a long-term sub at Mt. View High School as the woods teacher, which is pretty much a dream job for him! He’s the only one in his graduating class that had a job right out of graduation! I couldn’t be more proud of his perseverance, his hard work, his commitment, and his work ethic. Needless to say, he was a much better student having had 6 years pass since graduating with his bachelor’s!
This is an accomplishment that could only be celebrated by having a party! So that’s what we did! This weekend I threw him a graduation party out at his parent’s house. And per his request, this is what I made…
…a coconut cake that looked like a cloud! Yum!
…a Caramelized-Pear Upside Down Cake! This was a new recipe for me, and it was just fun! I love pear in desserts, and you just don’t see it very often, so anytime I find a dessert recipe that includes pears I like to try it!
I’m pretty excited for where life will take us in the years to come. I’m anxious to be available to move around and experience new cultures, new people, and new kids!
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
Can’t wait to reach our mountain!