Smoky Topaz

So, many, many years ago, when I lived in Alabama on Hardin Drive with my Grands and Aunt and Uncle, my aunt had a gorgeous smoky topaz ring that I wanted.  My birthstone is a topaz, and this one was exceptionally beautiful.  We argued over that ring for so long.  LMAO  The reality is it was hers and she said she would leave it to me when she croaked.

Imagine my surprise when I received a package from her (She now lives back in Hawaii) for my graduation and when I opened it, there was my smoky topaz!!!  I adore this ring and will wear it with pride wherever I go.  Thank you so much, Aunt Jacque and Uncle Van!

Graduation Time!

So, on December 18th, 2010, four years of work culminated in my graduation.  Not only was I stoked to graduate, but I was floored by my family before that.  On Sunday, the 12th, Euvah and Steve drove up from South Louisiana to be here for my graduation.  THAT I expected.  What I did not expect, was that my LITTLE sister, Shari, would fly in on Monday and surprise me!!!  It is the first time we have all been together since Moma died.

 Euvah told me Steve had a business appointment in Tulsa at 4 on Monday, when in fact he was picking up Shari.  He came into the house when he got back with Shari and handed me a card he "found in the truck."  I looked at it and thought it wasn't Euvah's writing but could not place whose it was.  I asked Euvah if it was for Christmas and she said yes so I went to put it aside to open on Christmas and she told me I could go ahead and open it.  I opened it and read the card and it was signed, "Love and miss you lots, Shari.  Now OPEN the door!"

I screamed and ran to the door and opened it and there she was!  It was so awesome!

We spent the week running from pillar to post and finishing papers and such.  On Saturday, we got up early and headed to Tulsa for the graduation.  While I was with the class and walking, Steve had to leave, again Euvah told me a story about a truck that rolled at his work and he had to be there to help clean it up.  I thought nothing of it.  Uncle Danny and Aunt Carol came in for my graduation and Audra, Chuck, Barbara, Sean and Jim and C'Cie were all there as well as Michael and Mickey.  It was so nice to have so many people care enough to come.  It really meant a lot to me for my whole family and ALL of my friends to be there.  You all will NEVER understand just how much it meant.

Uncle Danny and Aunt Carol wanted to take me to lunch for graduation so we headed over to Cheddar's where we waited forever for a table for ten.  While we were waiting, Euvah and Steve came in and joined us.  I was looking at pictures or something with Uncle Danny when I heard, "Whatcha looking at?"  I looked up and there was my Megan!!!!  I was so thrilled to see her.

Megan had been traveling for TWO DAYS from California because Delta Airlines screwed her around horribly and then lost her luggage on top of it all.  What a wonderful time!!!  I am so excited that all of my family minus three of my kids made it to my graduation, and Megan only missed because of Delta.