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   Posted 5/16/2005 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
There is something distantly reminiscent when "Pomp and Circumstance" is being played. Over the years, I have mentioned the things I asked of God before I left here. The last one was that I live long enough to see my youngest, Jodi, be able to support herself and her children if she ever had to.

This past Friday was a day I don't think I will ever forget. Joseph, Jordan, Jaidan, Isaac, Isaac's mother (Tina), and I started out early for the morning program and the pinning ceremony. This was also the time that awards were handed out. The first award was a sorority award and the student had to be in the top 5% of the class, treat others with respect, excel in communication with patients, etc. I was really proud when they called Jodi's name. Tina was sitting two seats from me and I asked her for a tissue. We didn't have tissues but we had a cloth from the baby bag.

The second award they gave was the "Jones Excellence Award" where the student had to excel in everything. Even Jodi was stunned when they called her name. By then, I really needed the baby cloth. Tina leaned towards me and asked if she could use the cloth, too. What a wonderful time. I am only so sorry that Mitchell could not be with me, physically, on that day. He worked so hard towards her education.

Jodi graduated from HS with "advanced honors" and graduated Friday "magna cum laude". She is one of those unfortunate people whose GPA is 3.999. Poor baby.

Friday evening was the culmination of years of work. As she walked across the stage to receive her degree, I just cried. And I am so thankful to God that he gave me what I had asked for.

If he decides to call me now, I will not worry about what will be after I am gone. God has assured me that all will be well.

Happily, Jo-Ann
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but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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   Posted 5/16/2005 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   


Congratulations to you and your family on Jodi's behalf. You must be one proud Mama. Did she get a nursing degree?

Savor the moment and enjoy...



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   Posted 5/16/2005 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann, you have every right to be so very proud of Jodi. My goodness, she did well. I am sitting here in tears just reading your post. :-) All maybe well if you "go" now, but we sure hope you will stick around with us for a long time yet. Hugs and love, Lauri
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   Posted 5/16/2005 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann,I can imagine how proud you must feel.Congratulations to both of you on a job well done!!!May the years bring all of you much more celebration , and joy.


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   Posted 5/16/2005 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Congratulations, JoAnn! You've done a great job! It is a wonderful feeling as a parent to know that we have successfully raised our children to become successful and responsible adults. My best wishes to you and your family! L&H, Frayda

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   Posted 5/16/2005 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Lordy!  Don't get me started.  I'm doing it on Sunday.  Now you've got me thinking of my mom and what she'll be thinking.  I'm already misting over!  I'll have to wear something waterproof!
Congratulations to your DD and yourself, too, missy.  She didn't do it alone!
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   Posted 5/16/2005 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I can just feel your excitement and how very proud you are of Jodi by your post.

When my sister was "pinned" it was a very emotional ceremony. I can only imagine how my parents must have felt that day. She was in her mid 30's when she achieved her nursing degree. I am just so glad that my mother and father lived long enough to see it happen. My sister at the time was a single mother and living on waitress wages/tips so doing this was a major accomplishment.

Thanks for sharing your proud moment with us...............WE ARE FAMILY and it is so nice sharing those special moments with those we love.

^j^ ^j^

"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"

Post Edited (cupycake2) : 5/16/2005 10:00:41 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/17/2005 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Jo-Ann I am so happy for you. I can just feel the pride in your post. Its a sweet sadness that Mitchell could not be physically there with you. I am sooo very happy that you are able to share this with us. While we are on the subject I believe I forgot to congratulate you on our shared anniversary. I know we share the April give up your bad habits day. Just not sure if you are celebrating year 9? Thanks so much for sharing your happy news. Love and Hugs, Joyce

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Post Edited (lemonz) : 5/17/2005 3:58:38 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/17/2005 4:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Jo-Ann, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience.  It brought back many memories for me when my DH and I watched our son and daughter graduate.

The Lord shows His presence and His desire to share all things with us.  How wonderful you saw Him.

As for you passing on anytime soon, I hope we have much more time with you dear sister.

Love and hugs,


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   Posted 5/17/2005 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Jo-Ann is one proud momma! She has every right to be, she has sweated all through the years with her daughter. Jodi is a beautiful young woman aside from having her momma's brains, she has her good looks. Jo-Ann was quite the looker in her ABC before BC years. Jodi is a Dental Hygenist, I believe is the title. Jo-Ann told me she will be registered when all the paperwork comes through and she has just a few hours to complete her BS. She has been going to school for a long time, changing course along the way! See I told you Jo-Ann has been sweating through it all. Better yet Jo-Ann does not have the kids every day now. I don't know how she managed this year. LOL Hugs MK

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   Posted 5/18/2005 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Jo-Ann: Congratulations!!!!! What a wonderful feeling you must be experiencing at the moment. Your post shows how proud you are of Jodi and what she has accomplished. She is so fortunate to have had your love and support and strength to guide and help her and her children throughout all of these years. There is just one thing that has always remained a question in my mind.....why doesn't the parent(s) ever get a diploma for all they put up with while their child is in school??????

I am so glad that you know feel peace and so much of the pressure has been removed from you life. But, I really think that you need to stick around for a long time. I know that there is a particular family in Mo that wants to meet you to say thanks and show our love.



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   Posted 5/18/2005 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
What a proud moment for you.  Congratulations on a job well done!
L & H,

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