We got in the car late. Again. But we always do, you see, so we always leave 30 minutes early on longish trips. Showers, bagels, hair-dos, and pumping tires were on the agenda before heading into Chicago this time. We were going to Dad's graduation ceremony from Moody Theological Seminary.
What normally is a 1.5 hour ride is over 2 hours on Saturday mornings such as this. Nathanael pulled up a book on following God on his computer, Hudson started his book of poems -- an especially profound one he shared with me -- I studied the Korean alphabet (Hangul), and before I fell asleep I heard discussion of hermeneutics drifting back from Mom and Dad in the front seat. Emily contented herself with watching planes fly overhead. I love our family. The more we grow up and start to leave, to more I want us to stay together.
We're all nerds in our own way, and we have Mom and Dad's value of learning to thank for that. Dad has spent the last 7 years not only working full time, being a great dad, keeping up with house chores, and being involved in our church and family ministries, but also pursuing his Master's degree. This endeavor has been hard at times, but it is so worth it. Walking with the class and getting a hood is cool, but the knowledge and experience he has gained and been able to pass on to us throughout these years is priceless. I'm so proud of his dedication and good example to us.
Check out those three cords! Summa cum laude, baby! (3.9-4.0 GPA, for those who don't know)
Along with a diploma, graduates receive a special alumni Bible and a towel to represent them going out into the world like Christ -- not to be served, but to serve.
Hudson, Nathanael, Emily, Mom, Dad, Moi
Sidenote: I recognized one of the graduates and their families talking in Korean (thank you KDramas and Taekwondo!) and offered to take their pictures for them. I was able to use just about all the words I know so far (Hana, duo, set!) and they were duly impressed. :)
Also, Hudson is back from College for the summer and this is what he likes to do with my camera.
And 'cause he's not camera shy, we use downtime in the parking garage to take portraits. Fitted suits are the bomb.com
Nathanael - Not as big of a fan of the limelight, but just as handsome.
Emm looks like she just saw a dinosaur.
We didn't get a picture on Mother's day, so this was our "girls" picture to make up for it.