A few days ago, Beth really honored me by giving notice of my successful dissertation defense to earn a Doctorate of Education. It meant a lot that she did so, but she deserves equal honor. In fact, I dedicated my dissertation to her and the kids. I wrote on the dedication page the following:
I dedicate this work to my wife, Beth, and my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln. I hope the sacrifices you have endured for me to pursue this dream will be repaid to you with many opportunities for joy and success in your future.
Specifically, for Beth I wrote on the Acknowledgement page:
To my wife, Beth, your encouragement and support of me goes beyond what words can adequately express. You are my life partner, and I am so thankful we did this together.
On the Acknowledgement page for the kids, I wrote:
To my children, Abbey, Luke, and Lincoln, thank you for your understanding when I was distracted or not fully present for you during this project. I believe we have many years of great times together.
I wanted to make sure this important recognition was not buried in a dissertation, but proclaimed to the world! I love you, family!