Monday, May 14, 2012


This could be one of those posts that goes on forever, so I will try to stick to the high points. 
After two years of hard work, I was so honored to graduate with my Masters degree in Education Administration from Concordia University in Austin. My family was gracious to come down and attend my graduation with me!
Of course, Papa couldn't miss the chance to break his grandkiddos into the wonderful world of Texas History. I'm sure this will be the first of many trips to come!
On the way down, we had to stop in West, TX (the town, not the region). As anyone that makes regular trips down I-35 knows, they make some amazing kolaches there! My dad grew up going to a local bakery in town, so that's the go-to place for our clan. 

The Texas capitol

Again, my family was so gracious and allowed me to pick the restaurant for dinner on Friday night. It was an easy choice- The Oasis on Lake Travis. It was positively stunning at sunset, the queso was muy bueno and the company was perfect.

My Little Mighty

Being the foodies that we are, we've all been dying to try the famous Round Rock Donuts. It was a mile from our hotel so it was the perfect opportunity and we were not disappointed!

After breakfast, we headed to the River Bend Centre in Round Rock for graduation. I wasn't sure what to expect because I attended a satellite campus of the university and didn't feel all that connected to it. This ceremony totally changed that. It could be described far more accurately as a time of worship than a graduation ceremony. What a pleasant and God ordained surprise!
Getting "hooded"

Ok, the Austin sun was kinda bright
I was so lucky to make some great friends throughout this process!

After the ceremony, the Deans and Kirchners headed back to FTW, so we got to spend some family time just us. We were famished and couldn't pass up the first Olive Garden we came upon.
And what is more fun than a hotel pool?!

When we got home on Sunday, my Sweet Caroline made me this card. I couldn't treasure anything more!
I'm not sure how God will use this new degree. I am so thankful to love what I do now, so I will be doing something I feel called to do until God places me on a new path. 

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