Acknowledgments on Graduation Day

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Today is graduation day for me.  I hesitate to post something, because I have already been congratulated several times by so many of you.  But, I want to share my “Acknowledgment” page of my dissertation (I shared my dedication page a few weeks ago). I do this, because this accomplishment would not have happened without a team of people who believed in me and worked for me. No doubt, more people deserve to be acknowledged, but there was limit to space in the dissertation. I dedicated my work to my family, but they are rightfully acknowledged again. So to everyone on this list, THANK YOU in every way!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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To Dr. Charles Lea, dissertation committee chair, thank you for your mentorship, encouragement, and friendship. You used your vast experience and network to help me succeed. This project would not have been a success without your excellent leadership.

To Dr. Bryan Carrier and Dr. C. William McKee, dissertation committee members, thank you for your guidance and encouragement throughout this process. Your contributions were key factors in my success.

To Mrs. Amy Heckman, your hard work and helpful attitude for this study were invaluable. I appreciate so much your professionalism and skill.

To Dr. Charles Gaulden, thank you for pushing me to pursue my doctorate at a time when I believed the dream had passed.  Your constant encouragement through this process has been a crucial guide.

To the leadership and people of The Church at Indian Lake, thank you for giving me the flexibility and shared resources to pursue this dream.

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.

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.

Dissertation dedicated to my family

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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!

The Arts are still needed in education

I was so impressed with all the kids and teachers participating at KDDC Middle School band recital tonight. It was a visible reminder that the arts are an important part of the education experience. We cannot teach kids only towards standardized test outcomes. Choir, band, sports, clubs, field trips, and social traditions help develop the whole person, and must not be neglected.

On a personal note, I am proud of my son Lincoln and nephews Austin and Denton for excelling in their first middle school band concert. A great night for the whole community!

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Catching UP

Since I blogged last . . .

1. The May 5th “Worship and Prayer” service for “The National Day of Prayer” was an incredible night for our church (more about that later).

2. Osama Bid Laden was brought to justice, and Christians have all been reacting strangely through the social media outlets.  This is the best news our country has had since the fall of Communism over 20 years ago, and I think the celebration among our troops and college-age students was good for the collective soul of America in regard to patriotism and civic pride.   Has anyone ever considered this occurrence was an answer to prayer?

3.  The Nashville Predators made a valiant effort to advance in the NHL playoffs, but came up short tonight against Vancouver.   Is Nashville now a hockey town?  I think so!

4. Our Wednesday night service on April 27th was so special.   We didn’t have time to teach because of special prayer for those age 20 – 45.

5.  I work with an incredible Leadership Board at CIL.  They are responsible for the budget and buildings of CIL, and give over sight to my position.  If you wonder who are leaders are, it’s listed on our web-site – http://thechurchatindianlake.com/who-we-are/leadership-

6. So proud of my eleven year old daughter Abbey for signing with such poise and grace on Mother’s Day.   What a joy she is!

7. I’m loving the trail at Drakes Creek Park.  Getting my walk /jog done there since the weather has warmed up (that is not me bragging . . . I’m bragging on the park).

8.  I love working at CIL!