Look what I did!

I have finally found freedom. 
I can not believe that I, Rachel Murphy, hold a college degree.  Is it really over?  
I keep having a small fear creep up from the pit of my stomach that GSU will contact me and say that I still have to take something like Basket Weaving, or Women's Studies.
I am done. Completely and wonderfully done. 
As I sit here and contemplate the last five years (yes five...i'm a little slow) I am filled with so many emotions.

It feels good and I am proud. 
Especially with this hunk by my side.

I was asked to sing the Alma Mater at my graduation.  

This was a pretty big deal because my graduating class was 2,500 students and the crowd that day was expected to be 
15,000 people.

That may have been the largest group I have ever sung for.

Graduation was held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  It is where the pro football team, The Falcons, play.  The only thing missing was a face microphone and I would have felt like I was Britney Spears singing at the half time show for the super bowl. Minus all the overt trashiness of course.  I wanted to break out in a Ludacris song when I was standing on the 50 yard line...maybe I did.

My favorite memory from the whole day was when they asked all of the graduate's parents to stand. I had located my family with no problem, even in the crowd of 15,000, because of my mother's glorious and glowing white hair.  
When they asked the parents to stand to be congratulated for all of the hard work they had done as well, I saw my parents high five each other from a distance. They are so cool.  
I think out of everyone there, they were the most happy and proud parents.  I am so lucky to have had them to be my rocks as I went though college.

So, what now?

I am overjoyed about being able to dig in to what being a wife is really all about.
I am going to cook meals and actually do our laundry now.  
My poor husband has had to suffer more than anyone could possibly know because of my lack of devotion to our dirty clothes.  He never even complained about it once.

I am going to have FHE every Monday.
I am going to read for fun.
I am going to keep a clean home.
I am going to read my scriptures more.
I am going to make healthier choices.
I am going to compete.
I am going to perform.
I am going to teach piano and voice.
I am going to use my degree.
I am going to be a singer.


ConnieB said...

I lurv you! You are awesome! Way to go with graduating first of all- and then SINGING for them! Yikes! I'd pass out. And I LOVE your list at the end. You go girl...

Kelsey Cunningham said...

Congratulations - on both graduating and singing in front of all those people, what great accomplishments!! I am confident you will achieve each and every one of your goals!! Way to go, girl!!

brookeiam said...

yayyy congratulations!!! :) i love that your parents high-fived each other. that's awesome!!

A said...

wow, congratulations!!! oh my gosh, i'm sure your singing was brilliant and wowed everyone!

Laura said...

Congrats on graduation and your performance! Sounds like a pretty big day - glad it all went so well for you!

Shay said...

That is so terrific- congratulations on all the hard work! I love your list of what your going to do now! I cant wait to read for fun either. And how cute is it that your parents high fived?

Brooke T said...

Congratulations!! This is so wonderful :) I can't wait to read about your adventures as a new graduate!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your graduation! I'm a new follower and look forward to reading more from you in the upcoming year!

lindsay said...

congrats to you doll! this is so fabulous for you. i can't wait to read about all of your adventures as a graduate!

have fun and please do share the details :) we like details...oh and pictures! you do great with both!!


Beka said...

Congrats! You are awesome and have terrific goals! Hopefully someday I will graduate college too :)

Erica said...

Congratulations on graduating and singing at the ceremony! I love that your mom has flowing, glowing white hair because that's what I want when I grow up.

Bridget said...

i most definitely would've peed my pants.

but the real reason i'm here is to thank you for the nice comment on my blog :)

Ashley Arnold said...

CONGRATS on being so amazing!! Looks like you are accomplishing [and will continue to accomplish] amazing things! Thanks for your darling comment on my blog... I will definitely hang in there. My sis comes home in 4.5 months... I think I can make it! And look who's talking about cute blog headers - your's is DARLING! I'm definitely following! xoxo

Unknown said...

How wonderful! Congratulations! You looked absolutely stunning.

Annie @ Wattlebird said...

Congratulations!!! This is very exciting.

Nicole said...


Meredith said...

adorable blog!
and congrats to you :)

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

You are so awesome! Congrats on the big graduation!! You make that cap & gown look like a million dollars...you pretty thing, you!

p.s. I know I've said it before, but heck, I'll say it again...you two are the CUTEST couple. ever.


Mariel Torres said...

CONGRATS Darling!!!

adam.and.e said...

CONGRATS!! that's so exciting! i was on the 5 year plan too. no shame. i call it my victory lap/changed-my-mind-a-lot lap. :D
ps- i still have NIGHTMARES about being back in school. what a great feeling to wake up and realize that it was just a dream :)
pps- what an honor to sing in front of all those people. and just so you know you're way cooler than britney spears!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome! I'm taking the six to seven year route myself. Changed colleges three different times. Changed majors three different times. It's all good. :) But I dream of being where you are right now! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!

Not to mention your married too! So there's another milestone you have under your belt! You are set for life! :)

Rachael said...

Congratulations! Such a weight is off your shoulders I'm sure!! Especially with the new year right around the corner, such a great way to start fresh. I'm sure whatever you choose to do with your degree will be great!

Unknown said...

Congratulations!!! This is such happy news on all accounts. :)

I'm also here to tell you that I adore your blog and I nominated you for stylish blogger over on my blog. http://eliseypants.blogspot.com/2010/12/stylin.html

probably not as cool as graduating, but hopefully still fun anyway. :)

Laura Wynn said...

woohoo!! Congrats!!

Lissa Chandler said...

Congrats! And you are not even slow... I might be taking six years to graduate but I like to tell myself that it's okay because I have a mom pass. Also, I love your header.

Life Abroad said...

Congratulations! At my graduation we did the same thing with asking the parents to stand and thank them, and it was such a wonderful opportunity for them to be acknowledged too!

Alexa Mae said...

Girl, you are amazing! Congrats! Really. That is hard work.
You are gorgeous! Love that last pic of you and your man! And that list at the end...
I need to do all of that.
Well except...teach piano, voice and become a singer. I don't want to be the next william hung.

Autumn @ Autumn All Along said...

I just started following your blog recently.

CONGRATULATIONS! That is exciting, I graduate in April and I can relate to the five years thing.

Amanda Moury said...

Yayayayayaya! You go girl! That is SO exciting! Congratulations, this is seriously a huge accomplishment (which I know you know :) Here's to no more sleepless nights, more time with your hubby, and blogging :)

monster cakes said...

I just found your blog, and I'm already smitten and following! And congrats. I was married young and still in college for 2 years before I graduated last spring. My husband also didn't complain about anything, and he was such a blessing and encouragement through it all. I now try to cook more and be there for him as a wifey more, and it made us so much stronger, so I'm so proud of you! It's hard stuff!

ps. You mentioned reading scriptures. Are you a Christian? If so, yey! : )

kylee said...

congrats on graduating! so excited for you right now! when i read that your parents high-fived i couldn't help but smile, cutest thing ever.

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

CONGRATULATIONS girl!!! You are so amazing!!!!

I remember how wonderful it felt when I graduated last year. For me, it was such a quiet, incredible RELIEF.

And I believe you WILL do all those things you're planning!!

andrea said...

Congratulations!! That is quite an accomplishment! I'm looking forward to the day I finish my degree as well. I'm still working on it however...but in time it will come! Slow and steady for me. :)

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I loved your comment and absolute am captivated by your blog -- it's adorable. Congrats also on being newly married :) so exciting! I'm looking forward to seeing more posts of yours. :)

Happy 2011 (almost)!

Andrea :)

P.s. Your voice is gorgeous!

Monique said...

Congratulations on your graduation! Now that you have accomplished this, you can do anything.

Nurse-to-be said...

Congratulations Mrs. Murphy! What a great accomplishment. Now on to the rest of the story!

Feathers said...

Thanks for commenting! I geek out so much over The Office. I've seen all the episodes in the first four seasons over and over, and the deleted scenes. Joe (my boyfriendface) and I bonded over it when we first met. We've been really underwhelmed the past couple of seasons, but luckily Parks and Recreation (by the same creators) has been knocking it out of the park lately AND is also on Netflix. The first season was a bit shakey, but they've really started to find their strengths. Okay, done with obsessive TV show rant.


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