“To God be the glory”; it is to Him that this endeavor is dedicated as it is all because of Him that this journey has transpired. All the praise and glory are His alone.
I dedicate this to my family. First to my husband, Chris, who has been a constant support, encouragement, sounding board, and a kick in the posterior when needed. I never could have undertaken such a project without him by my side. My mother, Darlene, has been my prayer warrior and champion; her belief in me has sustained me when the going was almost unbearable. Another continued source of support has been my mother-in-law, Marjory. It was my son, David’s teasing about me not stopping until he could call me “Doctor Mom” that prodded me into going forth on this journey. My daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law, Keith have been steadfast with their encouragement. My brothers, Don, Mel, and Bob have provided the brotherly teasing that helped to keep my spirits lifted. Victoria, my cousin, has been a lifelong inspiration to me as well as an encouragement. A good friend Mary helped to start me on this journey with a strong letter of recommendation and has continued to provide endless support.
To my grandchildren, Caleb, Zavier, Katerina, Caralena, and Faith, may you go after your dreams and never stop believing that you can achieve what you set out to do.