One of the best lessons taught to our children

Even way before Aaron was born, Katie always mentioned that she wanted to raise our kids without a nanny or sending them to a day care. She was so adamant about this because she studied child development and psychology in college and learned about various positive impacts on child development when they are cared by their mother rather than by someone else in day care.

So when Aaron was born, Katie quit her job that she has been working for 7 years. She never looked back and put her energy in caring for Aaron then Jordan then Kara. For 12 years, Katie sacrificed her time and career so she can be the best mother for our children, not to mention taking care of house chores and the biggest baby, me
I know being a stay-home mother is one of the hardest job in the world, and not all mothers can do it but Katie was about to have the hardest job in the world 3 years ago...

3 years ago, Katie realized that our children have grown and Kara would be entering a public school full time soon so she started thinking about what she wanted to do with her life as she can no longer be a full time mother while all 3 kids are in school. That's when she enrolled in graduate school for Mental Health Counseling program. She was a part time student and was mostly attending night classes as Kara was still a pre-kindergartner.

For past 3 years, she was a full time mother of 3 young children, wife, and a part time graduate student. She was able to do her grad school work only after all kids were asleep (and after all housework/clean up was done because she said she couldn't concentrate if house was messy), which meant she would start the school work after 10pm and would not sleep until past 3am every day!
She was taking 2 to 3 classes per semester and she had tons of books to read and papers to write every week, not to mention quiz and exams!
Even though she slept late every night due to school work, she still managed to get up early in the morning to give breakfast to our kids before the school bus came and even pack their lunches sometimes. She would nap while kids are in school to catch up with her sleep but she always lacked sleep and felt tired. In midst of all these, she was happy and super excited whenever she talked about school work with me or while reading and studying for her classes.

Fast forward 3 years and she just graduated this past May with the highest honor by having perfect 4.0 GPA and she even received the Excellence in Clinical Skills award from her internship class, which was only given to 3 people in her class.

Here are some pictures from the hooding ceremony.

I am so proud of my wife... and my kids are so proud of their mommy. You should have seen their faces light up when they saw her in podium during hooding ceremony and during graduation. More than anything, I'm so happy that Katie was able to teach my children, not just in words but in her actions, that they can accomplish anything if they put their heart and effort, and put their trust in God.

Here are some pictures from the graduation ceremony.

The past 3 years seemed impossible but it was only possible through God's faithfulness (as posted on the graduation podium) and He opened doors for Katie not only when she was looking for a perfect internship but also during the interview process after the graduation. Thank you, Lord!

Here are the proud moments captured in a video. You can hear Aaron screaming in the background, "yeah~ that's my mom!"
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