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We are one step closer to graduation.  Yesterday, Timothy submitted the final paper work for his dissertation, and I passed my oral exam. To celebrate Timothy and I ordered our Aggie Rings! For those of you who don’t know, getting your Aggie Ring is a HUGE deal! You can’t just buy one. You have to apply for one, and meet the eligibility requirements- then you pay for it! J

As new comers to A&M in ’07 we didn’t get why the rings were so special, but after 5 ½ years we get it. The best part is we are the class of 2012. Our rings will have a 12 in the middle, and not only will it represent our class year, but also the 12th Man spirit. We will get to pick up our rings the day of Graduation.

On December 14 @ 2pm, Timothy will be walking across the stage in Reed Arena, wearing his brand new Aggie Ring to receive his diploma and to get “hooded.” If you would like to watch graduation online, we will send out a link that will stream graduation live.

In other news, we plan to move out of our apartment the week after graduation (around Dec. 21). We have not planned out our route yet, but somehow we will end up in NY to drop off our car before we fly to Israel.

On Tuesday October 2, 2012 Timothy Mann defended his dissertation and PASSED! As us Aggies would say “WHOOP!” While I was unable to attend due to traveling for work, Dr. Mann said he did a great job and he was easily able to answer everyone’s questions!

We would like to thank everyone, our family and friends for all of their love, and support. We would not have the success we have without all of you.  Thank you for words of encouragements, prayers, and even gifts. It’s amazing how many people have touched our lives as we look back at the past 9 years when we first met freshman year of college or even 5 years ago when we got married.

Please continue to pray for us as we make our decisions for our next chapter, “Life after A&M”.

10 more weeks til graduation.

Pictures from Timothy’s Birthday

2012 is a BIG YEAR for Tim and me! It will be a year of celebration!

First: I graduated with my Masters of Science in Recreation Parks and Tourism Sciences (Youth Development)

Next: Tim and I Celebrate our 5 Year Wedding Anniversary on May 26!

Then: In December, Tim will be graduating with his PhD in Computer Science and I will be graduating again with my Masters of Science in Health Education.

Please pray for us while we begin searching for jobs.

Other things: We spent Spring Break in NY with Tim’s parents, and will be heading back to NY for Tim’s sisters wedding in July. We also went back to Big Bend National park to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary!

Tim’s mom spent Spring Break with us here in Texas and we had such a great time. I had to work part of the week, so Tim took Mrs. Mann on a campus tour, the Bush Library and showed her around town. Then on Thursday and Friday (when my spring break started) we went to San Antonio! San Antonio is one of the coolest cities I have ever been too! The Alamo was really neat and right in the middle of downtown! The river walk was really pretty! And the city over all was just so fascinating! (There was so much to do and see! I am actually going back at the end of April for work! ) It was so good having Mrs. Mann here, we had so much fun. Tim and I welcome anyone to come and visit! We have a futon! I also discovered a Masters program that I am really interested in! It is a Masters in Public Health (with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Health). It is through the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (it is not TAMU, but it is in College Station). I’ve researched it a lot and the program is very friendly to full time professionals. They offer evening classes and even some weekend classes! It looks and sounds perfect for me. I also spoke to the recruiter and he said I should have no problem getting in… I really hope so! Please pray for me! I hope to have my application complete my May 1. If I get accepted, I will be starting in the fall and taking only one class- to get my feet wet. Other than that, Tim and I did our taxes and we are thankful next year with be easier (no NY state tax and 20 different w-2!! I had a lot of jobs in 2007!). I hope you all like our new blog! Let me know what you think! I will also be emailing the letter out! Take Care- The Manns!


Laura Alamo


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