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Saturday was graduation day for my daughter.  The day has come and gone but it was glorious, even though it was pouring when we tried to exit the Westchester County Center.  We weren’t able to get any family pics of her in her cap and gown, but I was able to get some during the ceremony.  They aren’t the best but they will have to do.  Here are some of my favorites:

DSCF3619Johannah and one of the English professors, Dr. Lux

DSCF3621Johannah and Miriam Velez.  This lovely lady was the first person we met when we visited Nyack College and we all just love her to pieces!

Both of the above pictures were taken at the Baccalaureate dinner on Wednesday evening, May 8.  They dinner was held at a lovely Italian ristorante in downtown Manhattan.  It was at this dinner that Johannah had to give her valedictory speech.  She did a great job!  Because of her accomplishments, we were seated at the president’s table for dinner.  I felt quite honored to be there!

On Saturday morning, May 11, Johannah was to give another speech at the President’s brunch.  We were not originally going to attend since she was told that she could only invite 2 people.  But on Wednesday night at the dinner, we were invited to attend this event.  What a lovely brunch and another great speech.  Even President Scales had a tear in his eye when she finished (this according to his wife!).

DSCF3624Johannah and Dr. White, the head of the Education Dept. of the NYC campus.  She is another of Johannah’s favorites.
This picture was taken before the start of the brunch on Saturday morning.

DSCF3627Johannah and her boyfriend, Eric, at the brunch.

Vicky and JohannahJohannah and her best friend from college, Vicky.
I love the huge smiles on their faces!!

The 2013 graduating class was huge with over 700 graduate and undergraduate students!  This was the largest class ever to graduate from Nyack College.  I think that was one of the reasons that Johannah did not have to give her valedictory address on this occasion.  The name of each graduate that attended the ceremony had their name read out loud.  However, when they got to Johannah they said, “Mr. President, our valedictorian, Carol Johannah Ziegler-Ritter.”  That was one proud momma moment for me!  I was able to get a picture of her shaking the President’s hand.  I’m disappointed that it’s so blurry, but it’s the best I could do with my camera and how far we were sitting from the stage.

DSCF3730Our 4.0 valedictorian!!

God has certainly blessed us with two children that have reached the highest academic position as an undergraduate — valedictorian of their classes!  Edward started it all 2 years and ago and Johannah followed in his footsteps.  We are proud parents but are most thankful to God for allowing us to be their parents.  We give Him all the glory — it’s not anything that we did, it’s all Him!  We followed Him and listened to what we felt He was telling us to do and how to raise our children.  I believe that it’s because of our obedience as parents, that we have thus been blessed!

Thanks for allowing me to brag on my kids and share our day with you!

Keep scrappin’,


5 and 17/365

I thought that I had only missed one day of Project 365 and I was right.  I found day 5!  Yay!

This one needs a little explanation.  When we moved into this house 12+ years ago, we had trouble with locking the front door.  As the years went by, it got harder and harder to lock.  Eventually, we couldn’t lock it at all but it really didn’t matter a whole lot because we couldn’t open it either without a key.  Weird, huh?  Anyway, we got someone here finally to fix it, but he wasn’t able to do it until the following week.  However, I didn’t know that when I snapped day 5 of P365.  So, there’s the day that I missed yesterday and here’s the picture.

5/365 - Our front door get fixed, sort of.  He had to come back the following week to actually get it to work.  But we now have a door that locks easily!  Yay!

5/365 – Our front door gets fixed, sort of. He had to come back the following week to actually get it to work. But we now have a door that locks easily! Yay!

And here’s today’s picture.

17/365 - This represents only some of the mounds of laundry that has to be folded and put away, a chore that I really don't like.  This pile is just the Christmas linens.  :-(

17/365 – This represents only some of the mounds of laundry that has to be folded and put away, a chore that I really don’t like. This pile is just the Christmas linens and a shirt of my son’s that needs a button. 🙁

And that’s it for now.  Believe it or not, I have been working on getting some things into the store.  There are a few new things there.  Just hop on over and take a look.  They have been freebies in the past, but you might have missed them.  They are now available for purchase.

I’ve also been thinking about my digital design business and wondering how I can do it all.  I’m still in the thinking and planning stage, but I hope to have some changes in the future.  It will take some remembering on my part, but you will benefit in the end.

Keep scrappin’,