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Monday, October 24, 2011


 (I'm guessing this is exactly the sort of post no one but my actual friends and family will care about . . . I didn't make anything cool, or mess anything up in my typical fashion, nor do I have anything amusing or interesting to say. But indulge me--this is a big moment for our family.)

You know how every girl wants to marry a doctor?

Well, I finally did it! Although I suppose most of the congratulations should be directed to Jeff, my husband up there, on the right, since he did most of the hard work. All I had to do was try to look nice and trick him into marrying me. (A job well done.)

Jeff graduated last week from Palmer College of Chiropractic and has informed me he would now like to be referred to solely as Dr. Brown (as in, "Dr. Brown, I'm experiencing a terrible pain in my back, what can you do to help?" and "Dr. Brown, dinner's ready!" and "Dr. Brown, put away your shoes." It sounds rather snappy, whatever the situation, although I'll admit to preferring Doc Brown, personally.)

And a kind of sad story: I didn't go to his graduation. We've been in Utah for the past few months for his internship, and it would have cost us something like $1000 for both of us to fly back to Iowa for graduation . . . and since neither of us attended our own BYU graduations and didn't feel like we missed anything, and since we're recently graduated students and don't really have $1000 to toss around, we figured it wouldn't matter much if I didn't go. But now that I'm seeing the pictures, I'm sort of feeling the loss--it's a pretty big deal for him to have become a doctor, for goodness' sakes, and I wasn't really there to see it happen (although I was certainly there for every agonizing step of the way which ought to count for a lot more than a silly ceremony). And it was especially sad for him to have the same conversation over and over during graduation weekend:

"Jeff! Who's here with you for graduation?"

"No one."

"What do you mean? Your family didn't come?"


"Even your wife?"


" . . . what happened? Did someone die?"

Ah well. Whether I was there or not, it happened--he's officially Dr. Jeff Brown, D.C., and I'm awfully proud.

 (Our sweet little guy was so excited to see his daddy again after a full 3 days without him . . . he's not the snuggliest little thing, normally, but he laid there and hugged Jeff for a solid 5 minutes when he got home from the airport. It was pretty adorable.)


  1. Congratulations!!!! That's SO exciting! My husband is about to begin the med school journey starting in the fall and I'm nervous about it and praying a lot! It's so wonderful to see you celebrating the end of such an achievement!

  2. Congrats to your hubby [and you for marrying a dr ;)]!!!

    That is so exciting! And that picture of your little man hugging his daddy is too precious for words!

    I love posts like this - a little glimpse into your everyday life ;)

  3. Awww that is such a sweet picture! And Congratulations to all of you... what a great accomplishment. You for holding down the fort and keeping things going while your hubby went to school, and hubby for studying hard and graduating! :)

  4. Congratulations to your Dr.!!!

  5. awhhh what a wonderful post! I am so happy for your family! I know how amazing it is graduate and finally be DONE---its AMAZING. I just know you guys will settle into life without school very VERY well! Yayyy! And as always your little guy is just SO darn cute! :o)

  6. Congrats! What a HUGE accomplishment--for both of you. :) You had to be a great support for your husband! Time to celebrate! What an exciting time for your family!

  7. Cuuuute picture! Congrats. And I can say that my husband and I would have made the same decision about traveling all that way for a ceremony. And feeling funny about people oogling over "I can't believe that, did someone die?" type of thing. :D
    Anyway, HAPPY DAY!!

  8. I think it's just as hard to be married to a student as to be one. When The Hubster was getting his Master's Degree I thought I should have gotten mine as well. As they say at BYU, I got my MRS degree instead. Congrats to your husband -- and to you. I'm sorry you didn't get to go to the graduation.

  9. my husband and I skipped out on our BYU graduations too! you're definitely not alone on that one ;)

  10. Congrats! Way to get yourself a doctor, girl! :)

    I'll be married to a big, bad MPA come December. There's no Dec. commencement so I'm trying to talk Brad into walking in May. We'll see if I can make that happen.

  11. ha, ha. it was the same for us when Richard got commissioned in the Army. no way was I flying clear across the country with two little babies for that, and he was in complete agreement - but then felt sad when he didn't have anyone to hang out with after the ceremony. oh well! HUGE congratulations to mr. doctor AND to you for making it through!!

  12. Congratulations to you and Jeff! Tell him you would like to be called The Mrs. Doctor Brown. :) I'm so happy you guys are done! Actually, I'm more jealous than happy. And that is such a precious picture of Jeff and Forrest.

  13. You should have let Kim and know. We could have pretended to be his weird sisters or something. :P

    Congrats on the graduation! Why'd you all move? I'd use your husband as my chiro and we'd chat about your blog. :P

  14. that's awesome!!! Congratulations to your doctor hubby!

  15. An amazing achievement! Congratulations!

  16. Congratulations to Jeff and to you! And that picture of Jeff and Forrest is killer. So cute.

  17. Wow, congrats to your husband! That's an awesome accomplishment. It must be so cool to have a chiropractor at home. I know I would love it, anyways, cauz my back hurts frequently. And, I agree with you, it matters SO much more that you were with him through all of his schooling - I don't think you should sweat not being there.

  18. Yeah for graduating! Sad you couldn't be there. I got all teary eyed when Nathan walked across the stage. Having gone through it with them you know better how much it means and what an accomplishment it was.

    Yeah we had some of those awkward moments at our graduation since we didn't have any family there. awkward!

    I love those sweet moments between my kiddos and their dad. Pretty much the best thing ever


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