Does he look like a PhD? Well, on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at approximately 3:00 pm, Curby was greeted by his advisor and Dissertation Chair, Dr. Bull, with these words: "Congratulations, Dr. Alexander!"

The defense was excellent and virtually flawless--everyone in attendance was very impressed with his research and the quality of his presentation. Dr. Bull said it was "textbook--the way you want all defenses to go...better than good."

Way to go, Dr. Dad! We love you! We praise God and give Him the glory for all that He has done in our lives. He gave you the desire, the ability, and the perseverance to achieve this dream. We know He's guiding us to our next step, too.

Thank you, Mom Gale, a.k.a GiGi, for coming to Charlottesville for two weeks so that we could focus on our writing while you played with Sam and Nate. Also, thank you, GiGi and PawPaw, for the beautiful birthday gift to Curby--a brand new, freshly tailored suit. Doesn't he look handsome?