It's hard to believe that we were here just 3 years ago. It's been a looooong hard road, but we've made it, kinda. Technically Randy has one more 3 credit class to finish until he's officially done, which will be completed by the beginning of June, but since we really don't think we will be here in August when the summer session ends, we decided to have him walk in the Spring Graduation. We have struggled since the day we got married as to which was the right direction to go for Randy's schooling but once we figured which path to take, Heavenly Father sure took over the reigns. We have gone from clueless on how we were going to go back to school to getting relocated to Utah, losing a job, miraculously getting Utah residency, going to and finishing a Bachelors from UVU, thinking we were going to move to Cedar City to finish school and having that fall through, to being led to the EMPA program at BYU and not having to pay for his graduate degree all in 5 years time (which to some might sound like a lot, but when you have 4+ children things sometimes take a little longer, lol). I can't count how many times I have felt my Heavenly Father push us in a different direction than what we was going during this time. I am sooo grateful that He did though otherwise we may have ended up with a completely different outcome.
WARNING: PICTURE OVERLOAD!!!!
Now for the fun you've all been waiting for. . . the pictures, ta da! Randy picked up his clothes early and we decided instead of waiting till graduation day to take pics when there would be tons of other grads doing the same thing, we'd go to the signs at BYU the day before and take advantage of less crowds. I have so many shots and really wasn't in the mood to do a lot of editing so I just put up a few random ones.
It was a little breezy, can you tell?
I love this shot. We were walking back to the car and I couldn't resist shooting this.
Micah sporting his dad's cool hat.
Randy walking in, he's 9th from the end with his arm up pointing.
A little closer shot, looking right at us.
His mom's camera got even closer, I love that he looks like he's marching.
This was right before his row got up to go to the stage. That's one of his EMPA buddies that decided to graduate early as well.
Really blurry I know, but here he is going up on stage.
On the other side with the 2 other EMPA guys.
We were naughty and left after he walked. Apparently in the business school, over half of the grads were getting their graduate degrees. I really couldn't sit any longer for them to go through the Bachelor's as well especially since Randy was literally right at the end of the graduates. Blame it on #5.
Here are the families that were able to come and celebrate with us. Julie and her kids.
Alina and Ki Ki-these 2 are troopers. They had already sat through another graduation early that morning. Alina's mom graduated with her Master's in Education. Thanx again Alina for coming.
Of course us-minus Morgan who decided she should make this day extra special by barfing, the poor thing watched movies on my bed all day.
Randy's parents and sisters.
Even though she looked like trash we didn't want to leave her out. We had to get at least one shot of her with her handsome daddy.
At home for a couple more shots.
I'm going to regret this later, but I couldn't resist.
After it was all over and we checked up on Morgie, we went out for Linner at one of our favorite places, Rib City. It was probably our last time eating there and man it will be missed.
Grandma tried really hard to get these kids to sit still long enough to get a cute shot, this was the best that we could do, the little stinkers.
Next on the agenda, getting a job. Right now Randy's got a really great opportunity in San Antonio and we will find out by the end of this week if he got the job. We are hoping things work out for us down there, but I've learned over this past years that it's really not in my hands. So if we are suppose to be there I know that Heavenly Father will have a huge part in it. However, prayers couldn't hurt, lol. Here's to the next chapter in our lives. Congrats Toots!!! We Made it!!!