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Hooding Ceremony

Friday, May 4, 2007
This is graduation for many kids including our son Nick. Today was a crazy one and I am completely wiped out so I'm going to have to make it short and sweet. Rod came home at about 12:45 to pick me up and head on to Joslyn where the ceremony was to be held. We got there at about 1:25 thinking we were really early with the ceremony starting at 2:00. At that time the parking lot for Joslyn was full. Later I heard people got there as early as 12:45 and it was full then. Well the tough security guards were not going to let us in. We were at the back entrance which would make for a significant walk.Rod told them that I couldn't walk and if he could just drive me up and drop me off. They told him no. Well, that is the wrong thing to say to my big protective man. Rod then got out of the car and told them a few colorful words. Suddenly they decided he could drive me up and drop me off. Well, they move move the cones fast enough and I think he nailed one or two of them! He is my hero! Anyway, the ceremony was great! Rod had his own special gown and such and sat on the stage and when it was time for Nick to be hooded, (which means to put a bright colorful scarf thing on the shoulders) Rod got up and went over and hooded Nick himself. Then, he hugged him. About half of the audience went, "Awwwww) and yes, I started crying. Anyway what we thought would take 1 or so hours took 3 and then there was a reception. I didn't get home until 6:30 and had only eaten a grape and a popsicle all day so I was pooped.
Anyway, I just wanted to get in a quick note to thank you for all of your continued prayers. Without those prayers there is no way I would have gotten through this day,including dragging my oxygen up and down the aisle taking pictures. I don't have that energy from eating a popsicle and a grape. It can only come from your prays and our Father.
Tomorrow is graduation along with about 500 others. They also graduate nurses, pharmicist, etc. There will be family around to help and Rod won't have to be on the staged so I'll get some help.
Once again much, much love to each and every one of you.
Annette

5 comments to Hooding Ceremony:

Di said...

Annette,
I was checking your blog all day on Friday to see how you were doing. When I read about your wonderful day, I just had to cry!!! What an event for you and Rod. How special to be able to hood your own son. I am sure many tears were shed. I know how proud you are of both of your boys, as you should be. They sound like wonderful men.
This will be a huge week-end for you. I will pray for strength to get you through it all. YOU are one amazing lady, Annette.
hugs, di

Doreen said...

Annette, I am so happy that prayers were answered for you today and that you were blessed by such an unforgetable experience. You should be a very proud wife and mother. I know your family is proud of you! I love you friend! Doreen

Krista said...

Congrats to you all. I would love to see photos of this hooding ceremony! It sounds so emotional but such an accomplishment! Glad you have somebody to fight for you and do what's right! Hooray!
Krista

Lori Shaal said...

Annette,

Great to hear everything went well for the hooding. It made me cry just reading it and picturing it in my mind. Can't wait to see pictures.

I'm so glad you like your new doctor. Hopefully she can help you. Stay strong and know you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Luv ya! Lori

cgreenwa said...

Annette,
I was hoping to hear about the graduation ceremony. I enjoyed the blog so much. Can't imagine how touching seeing Rod hood Nick was in person. The blog brought tears to my eyes. You are so blessed to have such wonderful and successful men in your life. (Not to mention that Rod's bravery...taking on security guards and all!) I'm sorry the weekend took so much out of you. But I know you wouldn't have missed it for the world. Know that you are lifted up in prayer each and every day.
Love ya,
Cathy