Monday, April 15, 2013


I finally graduated college!! I enjoyed it so much and it's such a bittersweet feeling. I'm really looking forward to devoting all my time to caleb and kyle, now. My parents flew down and helped us move as well. It was a pretty hectic weekend but it was nice to be celebrating the end of our chapter in rexburg and begin our new one for law school. So much happened in rexburg and it will always be a very special place to me. Graduating was such a surreal experience. As we, the graduates, were walking into the I-center, I became so overwhelmed with emotion that I started crying. I kept thinking of everything I accomplished while at school. And to be honest, I never saw myself graduating college. It was something of a fairy tale to me. High school seemed enough for me, but at the same time it didn't. I wanted to do something with my life. I wanted to help others to be happy again and find success and joy in their life. I was scared of how hard it was going to be and devoting 4 more years was just too much for me. I didn't know how I was going to pay for it, who would accept me, I was afraid of not doing well, of rooming with strangers, and making new friends. I was scared of rejection and getting in debt. But here I am. BYU-I wanted me, I was offered pell grants and graduated debt free. I made friends that will last a lifetime. I married my best friend and have a little family. It was tough, it was challenging. Mentally, it was exhausting. But it was worth it. It stretched me and pushed me out of my comfort zone. There were many nights I cried because I didn't think I could do it, because I felt overwhelmed, because I felt that I wasn't good enough. Nights I hardly slept because of papers, homework, studying, goofing off. But it was all worth it because here I am, a college graduate who accomplished my degree and my dreams. But most importantly who stared fear in the face and took the plunge. I grew so much, met some amazing people, and learned so much about myself and about life that I could never have gained without school.  So here's to the graduating class of 2013! Thank you family, for all of your support and encouragement. I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for pushing me and for believing in me.

My rock. Kyle cheered me on from the very beginning and never gave up on me when I did. 

My parents. The reason I went to college. It was their dream to see all three of their children graduate.

My new family. Their support and continuing prayers helped me through it

Social Work professors. What wonderful men, and what inspiring teachers they are