May 3, 2009
So Jake did it. He graduated with his MBA in International Management on May 1, 2009 from Thunderbird School of Global Management. The ceremony was amazing and I loved every second of it. I am so grateful to Jake for his hard work and dedication to school. He has put in a lot of hours over the last couple years to this degree. The last month in particular was particularily brutal. I probably saw him an hour each day as he was up until 2:00 AM almost every night doing homework and preparing presentations and applying for jobs. I wanted to pay a small tribute to him by publically telling him how grateful I am for his drive and sense of responsibility for our family. I have never once heard him complain about the long hours and personal sacrifice that was required to complete such an achievement. He always did his duty, always knowing what it was he needed to accomplish and did it without ever looking back. I love him so much and couldn't be more proud and happy that he has accomplished this. Congraulations to my sweetheart!!! I also want to thank his parents for their life-long support of him and instilling him at a young age with a sense of responsibility and an ability to work hard without complaint. I am so grateful to Barbara and Larry for raising a son who has a true testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is honest in everything that he does. He is a true model of integrity and I know he learned that from his parents. Thank you to everyone else (i.e. my parents and others) who have supported us on this long and difficult path. We love all the friends we have made and will treasure our friendships with them forever. Thank you to everyone. Last of all, I want to thank God for providing and upholding us every step of the way, giving us strength beyond our own.
Jake I love you so much, congratulations!!!! This is Amazing!!!
(a special thanks to Jen Westenskow for giving me these fabulous pictures)
for some reason I can't get them to download so I will add them soon