Lately I've been hearing a lot of talk about how girls want to wait to get married until they have "life figured out" or are done with college, etc. I got married when I was 20. Such a baby! But boy am I so glad I did. Justin was with me through some of the hardest days of my life. Some of the toughest days in my college career. I remember once sobbing after pulling an all nighter and being so worried I would fail a big test, I was at such a low point. I was sad and scared and so over school at that point. Justin literally grabbed me and let me cry it out, and then made me get dressed and took me out for mandatory ice cream and a walk around the park. It's stuff like that I just don't think I could have made it without.
Last Saturday I graduated with my B.S. in Healthcare Administration. I was so excited but you know who was even more excited than me?
When we flew into Florida on Wednesday he drove me straight to my all of my favorite places and we crammed in the most fun day date we have had in a long time. In four hours we managed to fit in: Zaxby's, The Mall at Millenia, Krispy Kreme, mani/pedi's and Target (you know, just for the heck of it).
|Don't laugh, I'm a sucker for Mickey D's hot cakes. :p|
Here are some of my favorite pictures he captured from the day:
|I looked so hard to find Justin and his parents in a sea of thousands of proud family members!! It makes me smile that he captured that.|
|Found them! And off to walk that stage!|
|I had my phone in my skirt pocket and got this text as soon as I got off the stage. Pure sweetness.|
After gradation I requested 4Rivers because we couldn't be in Florida without scarfing down some BBQ amirite????
And Justin had a little surprise waiting for me in the restaurant display case. The sweetest graduation cake I've ever seen!
|YEP that's me ugly cryin it up. I wish someone would have snagged a video because this moment was so priceless.|
Look at those red eyes! Worth it!!
Honest to God, best day of my life. We were laying in bed that night and I told Justin he literally made this the best day of my life and he said, uuhhh, what about our wedding day? I said, nope, you topped it dude. (Not even kidding it was the BEST DAY). When I think about it I get all smiley. I really did find the man made for me. He loves me so well and I cannot imagine having to do one day in life without him. Dear god I love this guy more than anything.
But here's the twist. And my favorite part of the whole day. I very nervously disclosed to him that I felt like I had spent the last five years getting a degree in something I wasn't truly passionate about and that I felt like I wasted so much time and money. I was near tears. I didn't find my true passion until about a year ago. I was so scared that he might be disappointed. All I want to do is design and stage and decorate and design some more. I live for all things interior design. There's so much I want to learn and much more of the architecture side I want to understand. And guess what? Justin's exact words were: you need to do it. I believe in you and if this is what you want, do it. You'll just have two degrees! And just as easy as that, I decided to go on to grad school. All with the support of my very best friend.
I'm a college grad! If you made it this far, you deserve your own award. Because you must really be a true friend of mine. XOXO