Sunday, May 9, 2010

We did it!!!

About 3 years ago we were on our way to a Webb family getaway. We had to take a long plane ride with 3 babies. Andrew's brother, Phil, has a daughter named Emma whom I adore. At the time of this trip she was probably 1 and a half or 2. After a long, bumpy plane ride we landed at our destination. Everyone was relieved that we had landed safely and wanted nothing more than to get off that dreadful plane. Even before the stewardess could announce our arrival on the intercom, Emma stands up on her chair, raises her arms triumphantly and yells, "WE DID IT!" Everyone around us laughed because it was all too true.

Now, every time I overcome even the smallest obstacle, all I want to do is stand up on my chair and raise my arms up and yell, "I DID IT!" Which I have actually done, minus the chair standing (always a lady), on many occasions, including last Friday.
Now what did I do last Friday that required such enthusiasm? You may ask...I, Krystal Rose Webb, finally...graduated. 

To many people this may not be such a momentous occasion but for this girl [me] it was. 

First of all, I am not an academic. I am not stupid by any means but I do dislike spouting soliloquies just to hear myself speak or doing statistics homework because "one day I may need this". Let's be honest, I will never need statistics to the point where I cannot hire someone else to do the work for me and/or google it. In my line of work, I will never need statistics. I may need a statistician but never, on my own, will I need to know the formula for population variance. I fully respect those who do like those things but I sure don't. 

Second of all, it took me 6 darn years to get to this. I'm a little burned out.

Third of all, it's been a rocky 6 years. My mom was diagnosed with cancer, told she wouldn't live very long, fought like h-e double hockey sticks for 4 years, got better and then got worse and eventually the cancer wouldn't relent and it killed her. 
I've been dealing with depression and loneliness, shame, grief, repentance and reevaluated my relationship with God, my family and friends. But at the same time I have had the best time too. I went to Italy on a study abroad, my mom was able to come be with me there and we had the best time. She was healthy and happy. I gained a wonderful relationship with my parents and my sweet little brother. I got to know my sister in law and older brother even though they live in NC. I became an aunt for the first time thanks to them! Got in 2 car accidents. Met some wonderful friends at the U. Got involved in student government, clubs and Institute. Spent more time with my sweet grandparents and aunts and uncles. Met my sweetie. Started horse back riding again. Went to California, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, Boston, Washington DC, Virginia, Mexico, Moab, Saint George and the Narrows. I've learned all about every kind of art there is and more about precalculus than I'd like to know. Started 2 blogs, spent countless hours on Facebook and writing emails to loved ones. Learned how to cook [kind of]. and prayed, a lot. 

So it's been rocky but rocky roads still have some beautiful scenery. 

Here are some pictures from the occasion...they are all of me because I am that vain and it was my day dang it. 

Before: I was really, really excited

my sweet daddy

my sweetie, he's not a fan of taking pictures

Whit face and Diane, love you!!!

My dad and Andrew's parents, wish you were here mom!

the Webb fam, Abby graduated too! Too fun!

After: tired but just as happy!
Patty and Christi sent the gorgeous lei, straight from Hawaii.

Thanks for being so supportive. 
Thanks for listening to me whine about my papers and my crazy professors.
Just remember..."WE DID IT!!!"


Stacey said...

Congratulations, Krystal! Is has been quite a busy 6 years for you... I'm so glad you were able to celebrate your day with family and friends! BTW, if you ever do need a statistician, you've got me!

Cindy said...

WAY TO GO! And now, welcome to the cold, cruel world of employment! Enjoy your freedom while you can :)

Abby Neff said...

Yahoo!!!! "We did it!"

April said...

Congratulations!! I know your mom is so proud of you.

4webbsontheweb said...

We are so happy "you did it!" and you did it well too! Congrats! We love you!

Sarah C. said...

Wahoo! What a relief. And only a few more weeks until you're free of that place forever. Victory.