Before I sat down to write this week, I googled to see if any of the other CT Working Moms had ever written a post called It Takes a Village. Sure enough, Marie was thanking her village just two weeks ago! I’ll admit I’m a bit behind on reading my blog sisters’ posts, but I can explain myself . . .

I’ve been leaning on my village a lot in the past seven weeks or so. I think I mentioned a few times that I have been having pain that was most likely from kidney stones. I have had kidney stones before, but nothing like this. In the past couple of weeks they finally pinpointed that I had two stones that were about 7mm each in the “tube” between my left kidney and my bladder. This past week was one to remember for many reasons! Thursday morning, the pain became overwhelming and I spent two days in the hospital for pain management leading up to surgery to remove the stones on Friday around 5pm. I was able to go home after the surgery but was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain.

However, I had to suck it up. This weekend was ten years in the making – my husband graduated with his Doctorate! I made it to graduation on Saturday morning and I made it to the party thrown at our house (not catered I might say) on Saturday afternoon. It was a long day, but one that I am so glad I didn’t miss out on. I could not have pulled off any of this without my village! My mother and mother in law, along with my dad (and husband of course) took control of the household, the family, the party planning and taking care of me. We had lots of other family and friends help out with party and graduation stuff. I am so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life.

It was all worth it to be able to see my husband walk across that stage. And I am so glad that our girls were able to be there to see it. I don’t know if either one of them will remember seeing him graduate, but I’m glad they won’t remember how much he was gone working on his thesis last year. He’s accomplished so much and I hope he knows how very proud we all are of him. We had a wonderful weekend to remember celebrating the culmination of all of his hard work! And I’m happy to report I am kidney stone free!

Check out those wizard robes!

Check out those wizard robes!

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