Milestones Achieved


She was of uncommon beauty, my Dad declared

upon seeing our daughter for the first time.  We

blinked and time flew by.  Left home for college.

BA degree. Paralegal job.  More studies.  RN degree.


Soon a traveling nurse who was good at her job.

Thirsting for knowledge, a BS in nursing.

Then fulltime hospital job. Master of Science

degree. While working fulltime, she pursued


course work part-time three years and AGNP. 

Board exams next.  Who knows what the future holds?

I still see the little girl who came home from

school, dropped her book bag on the living


room floor and sat down to do her homework.

Unlike her older brother who came home to

eat a snack and play before doing homework.

Work first.  Then snack.  Then play for our daughter.


A white coat now with a slew of initials after

her name.  We traveled to celebrate her

graduation.  Then a surprise trip to the

hospital in Mineola where my husband’s


Dad was an MD for more than 40 yrs. Our daughter

arranged the visit to take photos with her

Dad in front of the dedication those many

moons ago. Early Father’s Day gift. She


followed in the family footsteps on both

sides of the family with careers in the medical

profession.  Smiling down from above, all

the relatives celebrated her achievements.


At the risk of sounding maudlin, we are

proud of both our children, attorney and

nurse practitioner.  May they find abundant

contentment in their careers and marriages!


Love knows no boundaries. We wish a

lifetime of happiness and joy for them,

our handsome son and daughter of

uncommon beauty.  Let the heavens rejoice!


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34 Responses to Milestones Achieved

  1. RJN says:

    Well said. So very proud of the grown-up children. It was a wonderful time all around.

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    • RJN, thank you for your comment. We blinked; they grew up too fast and now live their own lives. All in His plan for us! Enjoy the weekend! “”__””

      Liked by 2 people

    • Emily says:

      Awww thank you dad!! Love you very much! Thank you to you and mom for being such wonderful parents and excellent role models!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Emily, thank you for such an insightful comment. It helps that we had similar backgrounds, value systems, and educational backgrounds. We strive to put our children first and to teach them right and wrong. Having high morals and values will bring you and your brother far in life. We believe in leading by good example and love. Be well and enjoy the weekend. oxox


  2. Darlene says:

    An amazing accomplishment. You must be so proud!!

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    • Darlene, thank you one thousand fold for such a beautiful comment. Much appreciated. We are proud at the risk of sounding maudlin. Life’s accomplishments are rewarding for all concerned! Be well. Enjoy the weekend. oxox

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  3. Félicitations pour votre fille et vous -même – bravo ! 🙂

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  4. Emily says:

    Mom, thank you so much for the beautiful blog post I am honored!! Thank you for coming down to celebrate as well. So thankful for all of life’s blessings! Love you xoxo

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    • Emily, your comment is much appreciated. So happy that you enjoyed the post and graduation celebration. Thank you! Life has been full of abundant blessings. We are grateful that our children are well educated and can stand on their own two feet. Be well. Enjoy the weekend. oxox


  5. Congratulations! Your children are marvelous, and I am glad you are proud of them.

    At that ceremony in Stony Brook, you were very close to our former home. We used to be able to hear announcements from events in the stadium.

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    • Anne, thank you for the comment full of kind words. It is a small world that you formerly lived nearby Stony Brook. I was unable to post this post in advance of our trip because of all the preparations. Now, is your daughter still visiting or has she returned to Denmark? Either way, I am happy that she visited you. Be well and enjoy the weekend. oxox


      • Daughter Lise returned to Denmark almost a week ago after having been here for five weeks. We had lots of time to chat, but that time flew by.

        If you had driven on highway 25A, you would have passed below our house. Did you, by any chance, drive through the lovely little town of Stony Brook? That’s where I walked on weekday mornings — by the grist mill, the village, and the marina. I feel sure you were focused on other things and wouldn’t have gone there.

        Enjoy your weekend! oxox

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      • Anne, I recall that route but don’t know if we explored Stony Brook this visit. It sounds quite lovely and is on my bucket list. Visits with family are lovely but fleeting it seems. The next visit will be Father’s Day here at home. Be well and enjoy the weekend. oxox

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  6. Arno Bode , Cologne ,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann ,lieber Russell ,
    Gratulation zum Erfolg euerer Tochter. Aber nicht nur Gratulation an Emily , sondern auch an Euch.
    Zur Zielstrebigkeit und Fleiß gehört meines Erachtens auch die Geborgenheit und die Motivation des Elternhauses. Es ist beeindruckend, wie zielgerichtet euere Tochter ihren beruflichen Weg gegangen ist. Russell und Du ,liebe Mary Ann . ihr könnt stolz auf euere Tochter sein.
    Wir, Lilly und Ich wünschen Euch alles Liebe und Gute für euere Zukunft.

    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      vielen Dank für Deine herzlichen Glückwünsche zum Abschluss unserer Tochter. Die Liebe, die wir zu unseren Kindern haben, kennt keine Grenzen. Wir glauben an gute Beispiele und Liebe im Leben. Wir sind stolz darauf, dass unsere Tochter ihren beruflichen Weg gefunden und ihm gefolgt ist. Wir legen Wert auf Bildung und freuen uns über sie und unseren Sohn.
      Emily verfolgte ihre Träume und folgte ihrem Herzen sowohl in ihrem persönlichen als auch in ihrem beruflichen Leben. Sie hat ein gutes und starkes Fundament. Wir freuen uns, dass Du Zeit gefunden hast, uns und unserer Tochter eine so schöne Hommage zu schreiben.
      Russell und ich wünschen Dir und Deiner Lilly alles Gute auf Ihrem weiteren Lebensweg. Seid gesund. Schönes Wochenende wünschen wir Euch.
      Deine Arno


  7. Clare Pooley says:

    No wonder you are proud of your children! They have both done so well and have achieved so much. Your daughter is amazingly hard-working and very well-qualified, and what a sweet Father’s Day gift!

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  8. Maria Giudice says:

    So happy and so proud ,,Congratulation to all of you 🎓🌹😘🤗 love zia and family….

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    • Maria, thank you so much for your beautiful comment to us. We are happy for our daughter’s achievements. We remember those early days with our children coming to you before and after school. It is very kind of you to write the congratulatory comment. Hope all is well with you and yours. Have a Happy Memorial Day today, Be well. 😘🌹oxoxoxox


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