i’m thankful for the friends that make me laugh,
the happiness i feel when i’m at church,
the joy i get in caring for others,
the love that fills my life,
and the direction that my life is going.

praising Jesus for the “new” in life.

the reality of my life

Last Friday, I had a classmate ask me to look and see if she had an ear infection. After checking her ear and realizing that yes, in fact, she did and would need antibiotics, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I am a nurse and not just in the hospital. I now know what to look for, what’s normal, abnormal, etc., for the ears, nose, mouth…and then I realized how awesome it is to have people who you can trust to care for you, I’m fortunate enough to call these people friends, cg members and professors.

I love that I can spend over 30 hours a week with some of these people and we can still laugh, cry or whine together. I love that when we’re up at 2:00 in the morning working on concept maps that are due by noon the following day we can still manage to make each other laugh through the insanity.

I’m also very grateful that when I’m not feeling so hot, due to some health issues, that my classmates pick up my slack and give endless grace. So very thankful.

Trying to soak up what seems to be flying by…thankful for so much.


no matter how long or how hard a situation or life is, persevere. because, when you get to the other side, when you see the bigger picture, it makes anguish, hurt, the tears and everything else worth it. so persevere.


this is a small compilation of some of the bloopers from a project my clinical group had to do on florence nightingale.

these are just a few of the people i get to do life with these days. we have a lot of fun.

a little update, if you will

I have so much to say, so much that I want to write down in words, but I simply do not have the time to do that. I really don’t have time to even compose this post, but figured I deserved a reading break.

I could never have imagined finding so much joy in nursing. But then again, I love serving people. So, I guess it makes sense that doing that for a living could bring about such joy. :)

So, instead of going on and on about how much I love nursing, instead I’ll make a short list.
I’m calling it,
you know you’re in nursing school when…

You can count the amount of hours you sleep each night on one hand.
You spend an eight-hour day in the hospital and come home to do four hours of paperwork.
You and your classmates have a mutual agreement to not talk the first hour of class, 0800-0900, the day after clinical because we’re so tired.
You’re jealous when someone else gets to perform an invasive procedure and you didn’t.
Your social life exists in extended lunch hours.
You add nap to your list of things to do each day, sometimes moving it to the top of the list.

Guess that’s enough for now. :)

i whole-heartedly, love nursing school.

it trumps everyone and everything else in my life.

because it’s a total God thing. and He reminds me of that every time I get on I-285.

thankful for the community, the skills i’m learning far beyond just “nursing” skills, and love. lots of love at GBCN.


today, i’m thankful for…

the people that have been pouring into my life. the encouragement, consistency and joy they bring is more than i could ask.

the laughter that my clinical group gives me through our lab time, group texts or emails.

the daily reminders that God has a plan.

songs from the 90’s that make me laugh.

life is crazy. but at least it’s not boring.

Over the rainbow

Days like today I wish for different. I wish that I could magically close my eyes and be somewhere else; my own “over the rainbow” type of place. In that place there would be love without condition. There would be honesty. There would be hugs, lots and lots of hugs. People would walk beside each other, helping one another, no matter if they knew the person or not. People would stop talking so much and start doing more.

This is my “over the rainbow” for most days, but especially today. How I wish sometimes for ruby, red slippers! My chest is tight and my heart is heavy today for my life, but I know and trust that there is a bigger plan. Gripping that truth ever so tightly tonight.

birthday week.

football games. mawmaw. melting pot. kyle. alex. WICKED. cupcakes. Farm Burger. Cafe Intermezzo. a new Apple addition. tyler’s happy birthday song to me. pedi. new shoes. good drinks. lots of laughs. and A’s in nursing school.

God’s blessings everyday (and especially during a rough time) are overwhelming. i’m grateful for last week. :)

Tow Mater.

(this is merely a “i want to remember this” kind of post.)

tyler loves all things boy: trains, bugs, cars and football (really any sport, but especially football). ty also loves the Cars character Tow Mater, but only for two reasons. the first one because his big boy underwear is Cars and one mustn’t get anything on Mater, i.e., one time he didn’t make it to the potty, and for days all he could talk about was peeing on Mater and “Mater be so sad to me.”  the second one is that a few weeks ago my dad bought tyler a Mater bath towel, you know for drying off. tyler insisted he sleep with it as well, so we ended up buying another one for him to sleep with because “Mater go night-night, too. Mater go right now!” so along with his blanket and Three (his dog that my mom gave to him while he was in the hospital that he named all by myself several months ago), he also has a Mater bath towel. oh to be two!