all.grown.up!

Today I grew up…I graduated college!
It was crazy, I had so many different emotions running through me as I sat next to my friends and looked around the BYUI-Center for the last time.
Last night I had my Convocation ceremony where I walked with the Business & Communication colleges. I was nervous to walk on and off stage, affraid that my heals would get caught on the stair and I would face-plant and make a great end to my college career…at least I would leave some sort of a legacy, right? I was nervous to be in front of so many people, and to shake the president’s hand as well as some of my favorite teachers. But as I looked up at my amazing and supportive family, my parents and 3 little sisters and my adorable husband, I felt a sense of peace come over me because I knew that no matter what, they were proud of me, my own little groupies. At the end of the ceremony I saw my dad and my husband sitting together, both giving me huge smiles and a thumbs up. I have never felt so much love before. I knew that they were both 100% proud of me. It was a great feeling.
I know it is just a blog but I want to publicly thank my parents for all their love and support through the years. They have taught me to be the responsible adult I am today. I know that I will be successful in this life no matter what comes my way because of the things they have taught me. I love my grandma! She has been so supportive while I have been in college. She has let me and my friends come stay at her house numerous times, she helped pay my tuition every semester! She is the famous Grandma Bev that all my friends know and love. Thanks to my sisters for always making me smile. Thanks for spending your spring break here in Idaho with me! And finally, thanks to my wonderful hubby who puts up with me and all my craziness/moodiness.

Thanks to my amazing friends who have made college a wonderful experience for me! I am so lucky to have you all in my life! Especially Melissa & Glenna! Thanks for giving me a chance! Thanks for growing up with me and being there for me through everything these past 4 years! I love you and I can’t wait to visit you both and go on “girls weekend” trips with you for the rest of our lives!

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wonder woman

Happy early birthday mom!
Tomorrow, March 25, is my wonderful mothers’ birthday. I won’t tell you her age but she still looks young enough to be my sister.

I am so grateful for my mom, she has always been my support and it’s been amazing to look back and see how our relationship has developed. I always felt like I could go to my mom when I had problems. I didn’t always tell her what was going on because I have a hard time talking about my problems and feelings with people, but she would always comfort me. She never pried, she was just there for me.

Now that I am a little more mature and married, my mom has become one of my best friends. I love talking to her, she always makes me laugh and gives good advice.
My mom is one of the most talented people I know. She can do anything! She’s like mighty mouse. While growing up, I would often come home from school and walk into our house to see all the furniture moved around. My dad and I were always amazed that she could move such heavy furniture like the couches and piano by herself. She has the most beautiful voice I think I have ever heard, whenever a Carrie Underwood or Martina McBride song comes on the radio, I always do a double take because I think it is my mom! My mom has mastered the skill of online bargain shopping. I don’t know how she does it but she can find anything online for the best price.
One of the biggest gifts my mom has ever given me was this past August. She planned my entire wedding while I was at school. She thought of everything, down to each little detail, exactly how I wanted it. I cannot thank my mom enough for the hours upon hours of work she spent for my wedding, she even got shingles because she was working so hard!
I love my mom and am so grateful for everything she has done for me and continues to do for me each day. She raised me and my sisters so well.
She is my strength.
When I grow up, I want to be just like Heidi Barker 🙂