graduation day

Bret Graduates Biola!

This day will go down in the record books for our family. Being Bret’s wife has been a blessing in so many ways and on his graduation day, he gave me one more reason to think he is the most amazing man in the world. So proud!!!

When I first met Bret he had no goals of ever completing his degree. He took a couple classes at community college, but that’s about it. However, the more Bret grew in his relationship with Jesus and really began to listen to the call to vocational ministry, the more he felt getting a degree would be a pivotal first step.

The only problem was that Bret worked full time 8-5pm M-F and served at church 4 days out of the week in Jr.High ministry and leading worship for college age ministry. It seemed impossible to fit school in there! But God is good, and had a plan the whole time!

Bret heard about a degree completion program created by Biola University (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) called Biola BOLD. It was going to be a long shot getting in since they were in the process of shutting down the program…and did I mention expen$ive?! But, Praise the Lord, Bret was one of the last students to be admitted into the Biola BOLD program before it closed! It was such a huge blessing! Bret was shocked and excited, to say the least. God had made a way for him to finish school, even with a hectic schedule, AND pay for it with help from his family. So amazing.

To make a long story short, by the grace of God, Bret finished his degree in 2 1/2 years…and was elected into the University’s Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society! I call him a genius all the time, no joke. There were great times and hard times through those years in school, and worth every second for the both of us.

On May 25th 2012, Bret walked across the stage, received his diploma, and the whole family was cheering and tearing up all at the same time. Bret was the first in his family to graduate college, so this was a big deal! And let me tell you…we celebrated!

We spent that weekend in LA with his dad, mom, sister, brother-in-law and our beautiful niece. We stayed in a nice hotel, ate great food, got massages, shopped, and his parents surprised him with a brand new car!!! We were shocked and so grateful…talk about spoiling someone rotten 😉 Thanks mom & dad!

Here are some pictures from this big, memorable, wonderful weekend:

Celebrating with Family! We are all so proud!

Bret is so excited and thankful for his graduation gift from mom & dad!

We had lots of fun in the hotel!  Especially with our niece Lucy!

Lastly, some Instagram pics from the trip! That amazing drink is some strawberry lemonade from Lucille’s BBQ. The building sign on the left reads: “Above all give glory to God,” & the building sign on the right reads: “Not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.” I know Bret could not agree more when it comes to the accomplishments we achieve!

Thanks for reading!

xo sarah


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