Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It is Finally Over!!!

Though, I never thought it would happen, the dissertation thing is finally over (well almost). John successfully defended his dissertation yesterday to the Geography Department at the University of Georgia. He is on the final leg of receiving his Ph.D. YAY!!!! He does have a few corrections to make, but those should take no time at all and will be done after we get to Pennsylvania-which is way too soon to think about.

Other news...
-Our Sunday School Class had a goodbye party for us at the lake. Our gift was a smile bought by them in Adalynn's name for the Smile Train Organization...what an awesome gift.
-Camden had his 4th birthday at Bear Hollow Zoo. My mom surprised all of us by making a 10 hour drive from Indiana for the party.
-Broderick was "bathimitized" (baptized) on Sunday. Praise the Lord!
-Adalynn is 100% better and finally taking enough steps consistently, that she may be deemed "a walker".
-We are picking up the moving truck tonight and starting to load the big things. It all feels so weird. We are thankful for our friends/Sunday School class who will be here to help.

I will try to post pictures later today. There is a lot to do today and packing is foremost on the list. No time for pictures right now.


  1. Hi John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn:

    Greetings from Smile Train! I read your blog and was moved by the slide show and your story. What an incredible life Adalynn has had so far - and what a beautiful smile! And now she is getting ready to walk!

    Thank you for the generous donation in Adalynn's honor, this will give another child not just a new smile, but a second chance at life. What a generous and moving way to touch someone's life.

    Best of luck to you and your beautiful family! Stay in touch, and dont hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

    Alex Judd
    Donor Relations Associate

  2. Wow! What an awesome, awesome gift! I love it!

  3. Congrats to John!! What an accomplishment. I bet you're BOTH glad he's almost done!

    And yay for Adalynn become a true "walker!"