Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I Can't Believe It's Over

The chiropractic journey began in the fall of 2004 with a visit to my chiropractor, Parker alumn, Dr. Ty Ruddell. He asked me about going to chiropractic school and I said that I would look into it. I researched Parker College in Dallas and found it to be a highly respectable school. I decided to apply and was accepted on the day of my Aunt Opal's funeral. My wife was completely unaware that I had even applied let alone been accepted. Minutes before the funeral was to begin I received a phone call from the vice-president of admissions. I answered the phone not expecting the person on the other end to say, "Kyle, this is Opal." I stammered for a few seconds, explained what I was doing right at that moment and we both had a good laugh. Opal apologized for laughing, but if you knew my Aunt Opal this was just par for the course. A few days later I asked my wife what she thought about moving to Dallas. She questioned why we would want to do that and I explained how I had, behind her back, secretly applied for school and was accepted. After the initial shock wore off she said why not? Needless to say we left Arizona for the great Republic of Texas and began what truly has become a life changing experience. Not too many women would leave the comfort of our luxurious 1351 square foot home to become a student again with three kids. We were blessed to have sold our home at the height of the real estate boom and purchased a home in Lewisville, TX.




Through much prayer and fasting from the moment we decided Texas was the next stop, we have been fortunate to have made it through relatively unscathed. My wife would be happy to tell you how things really were, but this is a happy posting. August 16th was the day of graduation. My wife, Jack, my parents and Frank came to Dallas to see me as I walked across the stage. Deep down they wanted me to trip, but not on this day. We celebrated, with my great friend Patrick Lovett and his family, after the ceremony at a cajun restaurant near the school. Diana, Jack and my parents returned to Arizona the next day. Due to some scheduling of my radiology rotation I would be unable to return until the following Friday. I was able to sweet talk some of the professors at school and finished early and was able to surprise Diana on our 14th anniversary on August 19th. I've been hanging out at home and the office where I will practice with Dr. Ty Ruddell as soon as I get my license.



6 comments:

Toni Dee! said...

Congratulations! Someday we'll know just how this feels. Thanks for all the "experience" you shared with us while you were here!

Laura said...

Awesome picture! Wish we could have been there, but what with our own graduation going on up here . . . well, you know how it goes. Congratulations!!! You made it! All of you! With your sanity mostly in tact. That's a miracle!

Jenifer said...

Congratulations! (On the posting) haha. You have a great woman there. And we are glad you didn't trip:)

Brandon & Shelly said...

Okay lets start with the important stuff, DIANA you look amazing! LOVE the hair. Okay on to the other stuff, congrats Kyle on the huge accomplishment!! So proud of you.

Becky said...

holy buckets, you guys made it! congrats!

eliza said...

Congratulations guys! It was fun to see you while you were here!