I did it! I passed my oral defense and am now Dr. Barnes!
Following is my academy award winning speech:
Eric was my rock during this whole journey. He's been trying to talk me into getting a doctorate since I graduated from WWU back in 1982. When I came home with this wild idea that I was ready, he was immediately on-board...even when I said it would be in Education and there probably wasn't much money in it. :) He wanted me to do it for me. He was there everyday to listen to me ramble on about my latest interesting find, was ready to deal when I thought my head might explode, listened to me whine when I had to miss out on some fun, and to celebrate every time I did well. He is simply the best. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love you, Eric!