BC: Thank you to Mom,Dad & Artie who gave us good memories! 2011 | Iowa
FC: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson | to the Graduate | May 28,2011 1:00 P.M. Drake University, Knapp Center Des Moines, IA | Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to his parents. ~Abraham Lincoln
1: Adrian Joseph Ochoa born 7/10/1993 | Waukee High School Class of 2011
2: We are | Grandma, Grandpa, & Artie, Thank you for sharing my graduation day with me!
3: Visiting the Bridges of Madison County
4: AJ's graduation dinner Texas Roadhouse
5: What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life - to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. ~George Eliot | Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt
6: Artie, Seeing you is like being home again. | Artie, Seeing you is like being home again.
7: Welcome to Des Moines, Iowa! | The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~George Santayana
8: Always remember, you have within you the strength the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. - Harriet Tubman
9: AJ ran at Drake Relays & State Meet at Drake Stadium 2010 -2011
10: Good Times! | Sean & AJ
11: Good friends are the rare jewels of life... … difficult to find and impossible to replace. | District Meet Council Bluffs, IA
14: "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
15: Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. - Robert Brault
16: Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself. - Harvey Fierstein
17: Try to discover the road to success and you'll seek but never find, but blaze your own path and the road to success will trail right behind. ~Robert Brault | Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. ~Les Brown
18: Nobody knows what a boy is worth, and the world must wait and see; For every man in a honored place, Is a boy that used to be. ~Phillips Brooks
20: I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.
21: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart." ~Confucius | 1,438 miles LAX to Des Moines , IA You made it , Mom & Artie! No tornadoes!
22: Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
23: Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. -Swami Sivananda | You did it! | You did it!
24: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass…It's about learning to dance in the rain.
25: This book is dedicated to AJ. Who has been my inspiration to see that everyday is a new day. Small said, "But what about when we are dead and gone,will you love me then, does love go on?" Large held Small snug as they looked out at the night, at the moon in the dark and the stars shining bright. "Small, look at the stars, how they shine and glow, some of the stars died along time ago. Still they shine in the evening skies, for you see Small, love like starlight never dies..."