May 9, 2012

Wearing White

If there's one thing that I love to do, it's celebrate.  Whether it's big milestones or small victories: Life should be celebrated.  On Monday evening, we had the opportunity to celebrate a special milestone in Cole's schooling: his White Coat Ceremony.
In Optometry school, the first two years are strictly didactic with no direct patient contact (all procedures are practiced on fellow students, willing volunteers, and a somewhat reluctant wife). At the end of the second year, students receive their White Coat, signaling the passage between the didactic portion of their education into the clinical portion of their education.
It was such a special ceremony.  And, it was so exciting to see my husband honored for his hard work and so very excited to begin seeing patients.
Cole's dad attended the same school over 25 years ago.  There is one particular professor that has now taught my father-in-law, my brother-in-law, and now my husband.  So we had to take a picture.
It was so special to share this day with our families.  Both sets of parents were present, and my grandparents drove down from Olympia.
My heart was filled to overflowing.  From where I sat in the audience, flanked on either side by my mothers, I was certain my heart would explode.  I beamed with pride to see Cole don his coat, my heart quickening in anticipation of what the next two years hold for him.
This man has worked so hard and so faithfully for the last two years.  I am thrilled to see him step into his new role with his patients.

After the ceremony, we hosted a small reception at our place. And, there was food.  Because, really, what's a celebration without food?!

Millions of thanks to all of our family members who made the trip and to those who sent such thoughtful cards, gifts, thoughts, phone calls, and messages.  Your support means the world to us.

And to my sweet husband, I couldn't be more impressed by you and by all of your hard work! Two years down, two yet to go!  I'm so proud of you.


  1. Huge Congrats to the Mr!! So very exciting! Sometimes I get to write for a medical school's alumni newsletter and as a result I'm familiar with the White Coat Ceremony. How cool to see someone you love (and are so proud of) get his! I am excited to see what the next leg of your journey looks like! (And hope you'll be coming here!)

    1. Thank you so much! So fun! I hope we'll be there too!!!

  2. big time call for celebration! And that tie! Seriously awesome : ) And, I have to ask, did you ladies coordinate with your black and white? I tell you what-- you all are so great : )


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