I can't remember a time when I've felt so physically stiff and sore and tired. Probably last year at graduation, it's such a demanding time. But I'm not the only one and I'd like to give a shout of thanks to everyone on the seminary staff who have worked so hard to get the campus ready for this two day affair. We have staff who planned, checked and doubled checked and followed through for every event, staff who prepared, served and cleaned up after special meals, staff who cleaned and fixed and set up buildings and equipment, staff who got the landscape looking perfect.
All things physically and mentally tiring. Thank you everyone! Nothing you've done has gone unnoticed and we so appreciate the cheerful and uncomplaining way you've gone about all the work.
Yesterday one last thing was begun, the laying of sod in front of the new amphitheater, a place which was constructed entirely by students. The stonework, the grading of the soil, everything done by students who have myriad talents.
The only one missing from this picture was Ferdie, he was home conked out, sound asleep from all the activity. In the middle of yesterday a tour group from Christ Community Lutheran School came to the campus on a field trip and Ferdie is quite the welcome dog. CCLS is where Christian and Connor go to school although this was a fifth grade group.
No wonder he was too tired to help with the sod. Oh gosh, I just realized it's almost 8:30 and our first graduation service, the conferring of theological degrees is at ten. Luncheon for honorees and those receiving honorary doctorates. Then a rush to Kruta's bakery in Collinsville to pick up the after graduation cookies, then get ready for the 7 o'clock graduation ceremonies.