Monday, November 25, 2013

Toronto: Part One

I have returned from my Big Adventure! It all began on Wednesday, Nov. 13th. I flew from Salt Lake City to Chicago, Illinois then changed planes and continued on to Buffalo, New York where Sarah met me. We jumped into her rental car and drove straight to Niagara Falls. It was late afternoon and I was afraid I wouldn't get to see the falls. Silly me! They have HUGE spotlights on them at night.

Sarah took me on a walking tour of the city of Toronto on Thursday. I will blog about this next time. Right now I am anxious to show you the main event! On Friday, after 6 years of unrelenting toil (to quote Wilbur the Pig about Charlotte the spider) Sarah received  A Doctor of Philosophy degree in history. Medieval/Renaissance to be exact.

The building in the background is called University College. It is where we picked up her robes. There is a cool ghost story about it and why there is only one turret tower on the top. I'll tell you sometime!

Bottom Left: Afterward I met Sarah's advisor Nicholas Terpstra. He has been such a help and support for her all of this time.  Bottom Center: Sarah's dear roommate Seija Kromm (it's Finnish pronounced Say-ah) was with me through the ceremony and I got this cute shot of them afterward. They teach Seminary together for the Stake. Bottom & Top Right: Sarah in the walkway outside of University College  where she dropped off her robes. She would have you know that the top right picture is not a serious one. We asked her to look scholarly, then we all laughed!

It was a beautiful day and I was so honored to be there to see Sarah's long, hard work come to it's completion. I cannot tell you how proud I am of her perseverance and dedication to getting this done.
She was offered a short-term job teaching a course at the Scarborough Campus of U of Toronto so that will keep her busy and give her grocery and rent money until another job comes along. She has applied everywhere and we will keep praying that she finds one.

I will blog again soon and share some more of my Big Adventure in Canada and New York!


Nancy Face said...

Oh, so wonderful! What an incredible accomplishment, and I'm so happy that you could be there!

The falls are so beautiful! I hope to see them myself some day! Like you, I had no idea they are lit up at night!

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Sarah Faria said...

Seeing Niagra Falls is on my bucket list!! I'm excited to see more of your trip!

Congratulations to Sarah! What an awesome accomplishment! Maybe now that she's done with school and Michael's getting out of the Army soon I'll actually get to meet her!!

URFAVE5 said...

Seeing Niagra Falls is also on my bucket list! It looks like it was a wonderful trip! I am so happy that you were able to go and be apart of this exciting day. What an accomplishment! Im not even her mom and I'm so proud of her, I cant imagine how proud of her you and Uncle Dee must be! I will keep her in our prayers and pray she gets a good job close to home!