Friday I woke up, cleaned my house, did a load of laundry, read some books to my kids, threw away some leftovers, got in the shower, blow dried my hair, went out to eat with my family, met up with some friends at the park, gave Matthew a bath, then....
I graduated from college.
I feel so humbled and grateful to finally have finished.
Caity and I walked to commencement together. On the way there she was trying to figure out what graduation was. I knelt down and told her I wanted her to remember today and remember that education was important to her mom and that it is worth every sacrifice to obtain as much education as possible. Then I basically held back tears the rest of the walk to the BYUI Center, because I believe that with my whole heart, and being able to show her that meant more to me than anything.
Getting my degree has changed nothing for me physically, but the journey there has changed everything for me spiritually. I have learned so much from classes, good books, and most of all: the Holy Ghost. I view the world differently and my place in it. I will always be indebted to God for allowing this opportunity to be in my life at this time.
I got my degree in University Studies, which meant I had a minor in Marriage and Family Studies: Clinical Emphasis, a minor in English, and a cluster in Child Development.
Well hello, dream degree for this girl!
I have a few plans from here, that I am pretty excited about- we shall see where God leads my feet!
I got to walk with John's sister, Shaylee and her husband, Kevin. That was fun. I just love them. Shaylee and I have always been close and it was such an honor to share this moment with her and Kevin. They finished school both full time, on campus, with little baby Eden in tow. I was so proud of them!
I also got to walk with my "little" brother! I'm so glad he waited to graduate until after his internship so he could walk with me, it made it all the more fun. He is the same age difference as Caity and Johnny. I am glad I got to share this memory with him.
We were both so excited!
Here we are with our parents!
Now, to save the best for last: John. Holy Toledo, I couldn't have done it with out him. Gosh, what an understatement! Someone sent me a quote that said, "She believed she could, so she did." Great quote, but my story went more like, "HE believed I could, so I did." I think about all the sacrifices he made for us to get here, I think about all the words of encouragement and the bribery and swift kicks to my pants. From day one he believed in me and he continued to when I felt couldn't go a step further. He listened to me drone on about all the "fascinating" things I was learning, and said the "Uh-huh"s at all the right times despite watching best of MJ youtube clips simultaneously. We were always in it together, and what an amazing best friend he is!
Last Friday was seriously the bomb.
I don't know what it was, but it just all worked out. Maybe it was the 60 degrees that really felt like 80 degrees? Yes, I got my first sunburn of the year!
It started out with a thorough cleaning of our apartment. I told the kids that to prepare for conference our house had to be as clean as "THE CHURCH!" (Yes in all caps, with an exclamation point, because when I talk like that their eyes get all big like saucers and it makes me smile just thinking about it.) We all worked together in every room, and we actually got it done in time for Johnny's preschool.
We walked and rode bikes to Johnny's last day of preschool (which was pajama day- he was stoked.) Then we walked to Kiwi Loco, because hello- frozen yogurt is amazing. Then we walked to the park and played for an hour. Then we walked and picked up Johnny, then we walked to the doctor to learn all about poor Matthew's double ear infection. Then we walked to Walgreens to spend our "monies" on lollipops. Then we debated walking to the library, but vetoed that to walk home and make a picnic for the park. We were low on well, everything. So it was Mac & Cheese in the park with celery (except not celery, I just didn't want you to judge me....it was just Mac & Cheese.) We played for a solid hour and a half. Caity made volcanoes out of the bark, Johnny sprinted around the playground "super fast," William was "that kid" kept climbing up the slide after he went down, Matthew ate grass and I sat on the I Spy quilt waiting for my John Calhoun to get home from a long day at the office.
We got home and tucked the kids in bed and as I closed their windows I literally smelt summer! We John and I relaxed while we drank our traditional banana chocolate malt. At the end of the night I felt a little guilty that my life really felt so perfect. Well, apparently I forgot to knock on wood because Saturday gave me quite the reality check. Whew-ee, it was a long one! BUT that doesn't change how great Friday was and even the bad days, I am grateful for this life. Days like Friday are just special days to celebrate the good life in particular.