Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Graduate

Yesterday I received my diploma in the mail. I opened the door, and it was just sitting there, on the ledge. I was honestly amazed a little bit. I know I graduated almost two months ago, but truthfully I was expecting a phone call any day that said, "We're sorry, but you won't be able to receive your diploma until you do X."

It seemed like I dealt with that a lot in my 6+ years of college. 

And even though I had so, so many problems, I had just as many, if not more, miracles helping me finish. 

(I have to say, though, that maybe the worst problem was finding out that I hadn't taken a class that I absolutely had to have taken 1 week before graduating.)

I will forever be grateful to the people that helped me along the way. Mostly to my amazing husband that has stood by me this whole time and believed that I could do it and helped me try to figure out a balance between school/mom guilt. My parents have also been amazing - my mom would always listen when I would be freaking out and so stressed I didn't know what to do, and she even helped me with my final projects. And my dad received many phone calls asking for homework help. Even as a 26 year old, my dad is a great homework helper. 

And even though they'll never see this, I have to thank Stephanie Romney Donahoo and Brother Cannon. They are the ones that made it possible for me to graduate - especially Brother Cannon who let me substitute required classes and sign off on one class completely. 

"I have spoken here of heavenly help, of angels dispatched to bless us in time of need. But when we speak of those who are instruments in the hand of God, we are reminded that not all angels are from the other side of the veil. Some of them we walk with and talk with—here, now, every day... Indeed heaven never seems closer than when we see the love of God manifested in the kindness and devotion of people so good and so pure that angelic is the only word that comes to mind. "

Their help to me was truly angelic. 

And so yesterday, after looking at the envelope that held my diploma and crying and crying, I opened it. And cried some more. I really did it, and I'm really done. What a happy day.

PS - The Prophet signed it. Yeah, that's pretty cool.


Christine said...

Wow! Congratulations! You totally rock!!! Great job :)

Lindsay said...

Congratulations Stacey! I'm so happy and proud of you! Also, I read your birth story and loved it. Way to go for going natural! Isn't it amazing? I'm sorry your doctor and some nurses were so lame. That was one good thing about a birthing center, even though my husband was like "what the heck are we doing here", they're all SUPER supportive and all about what you want. Maybe next time? ;)

The Story of us said...

Congratulations Stacey! It is so beautiful!

Beema said...

You DO totally rock! You are so inspiring to all of us! And I just want to make it clear that at 26 years old, your dad is a great homework helper - but he is not the one who is 26!!!! :) Love you tons! And CONGRATULATIONS! I love seeing the picture of your diploma too!

Karen Peterson said...

I am SO proud of you, Stacey. You worked hard and totally earned this.


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