Submitted by: Brenda Hull
So, Gary and I will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017 and I believe it is safe to say that were it not for Western, more specifically the people of Western, our story might never have happened. You see, in 1994, I assured my family, more specifically, my mom, that I was going down to Oregon for “just one year!” How was I to know at that time that I would fall in love with that place and the people that called Western home? It was the precious young ladies in my care in the dorm and specific staff (you know who you are) that apparently, at the prodding of Gary, began to pray that I would get a clue and realize what a great catch he was. : ) Indeed he was and the Lord answered those prayers and we are now raising our 2 wonderful children right here next to the campus! One of my favorite memories following our engagement was being serenaded by the Western Singers at the spring concert and the students that were involved in our wedding. We had the pleasure of being dorm parents for 3 years for a fun-loving, memory making, group of young men who took time to read stories to our children and join in the evenings for elephant ears as they planned (within earshot of us) the next prank they would pull on the girl’s dorm across the way.
The sea of blue that accompanies the teams to Pendleton is truly amazing. Add to that the celebration for a few hundred at Hamley’s that follows the championship game on Saturday night, thanks to an amazing and generous group of families is one of the highlights of the year for our family. As these few hundred voices singing Hymn 606 “Praise God to Whom all Blessings Flow” in 4 part harmony in the upper banquet hall of Hamley’s that resembles an old-time saloon…. Paul Schultz so aptly notes “That it’s probably a first for this place”
The Oxford Suites that first weekend in March is dominated by Pioneer families and in their own words, has become a second home to our children. They have been going to Pendleton every year since Madi was in first grade. She’s a senior this year.
The campus is magnificent, so tranquil and beautiful, but it really is the people that make this place and as we look back at the annals and see all the faces in those pages, or when former students stop by or stay in touch on Facebook, and realize the hundreds of kids we have had the sweet honor of knowing and the staff we have had the privilege to work alongside we have been so truly blessed. Thank you Western Community for all you mean to us!
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