ANOTHER reason to celebrate

ok, so although the two most recent blog titles are similar, they are also different. the previous one was a little more serious and this one maybe not so heavy…but i’ll get to my point.

may 13. mark your calendars because that is one day that i (and hopefully you) will be celebrating. what is the significance of may 13, you may ask? well, GRADUATION of course! it’ll officially have been 6 years since my high school graduation, (although i did take a little time off AND transfer schools) but nobody is counting…everyone said not to rush it; i was just taking their advice.

so, if you’re in or around the dfw or want to make the trip, i’d love for you to be there. it’s on a thursday, so ask off of work soon. our pinning ceremony is at 11am and graduation is at 7pm. but if you can’t come, i totally understand. i mean, graduation ceremonies aren’t very fun.

that day is so close, but there is so much to do until then. not to mention trying to find a job. i’m considering applying outside of the dfw area. maybe even outside of texas. shoot, i’ll be certified; just send me to haiti or somewhere overseas. i know what i want to do, but i’m not sure what step the Lord has next for me. the good thing is that i can trust him. he has never let me down, and i’m confident that he knows and directs every step of my journey.

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01/30/2010 at 8:40 am 1 comment

reason to celebrate

i’m a blogging failure. it’s true. i could begin to list off my excuses for the reasons i haven’t posted in so long, but i’ll try to make your time here worthwhile. therefore, i’ll jump straight to what is on my mind/heart tonight.

this past sunday @ church, we were reading out of luke ch 2…you know it. it’s always read it around christmastime.  we had just had a skit about the real meaning of Christmas and it kind of hit me unexpectedly. so, during the singing, i just sat in my chair and started to read in ch 1. i’ll write it out. it’s a little long, but there is so much richness and depth in these words, and i think it’s worth it.

it’s zechariah’s (john’s dad) words…

(68-75) Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us- to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

(77-79) …to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.

you should go back and read the whole chapter from the beginning…it’s really an incredible story.

there are so many things the Lord has done on our behalf, and how easily we forget about them and get caught up in things that don’t matter. the birth of our Savior gets replaced by____fill in the blank.  i’m guilty, but i hope that my mind and my heart is constantly reminded of the reason i’m celebrating this Christmas season. He has come! and He has made a way for us! and He is the reason to celebrate!

Merry Christmas to you.

12/17/2009 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

catching up

i feel like there’s a lot going on in my life these days, so i’m not really sure where to start. i’ve learned so much in my clinical rotations this semester. we’ve been going to a psychiatric/mental illness hospital about once a week and a medical hospital about every other week or so. the psychiatric one has not been as bad or scary as i anticipated, but i’ve gotten to see and experience so many new things.

mental illness is something that is very hard to wrap my mind around. unlike many medical diagnoses, many people with mental illness will never be cured. it’s something they deal with for the rest of their lives and it’s not something they’ve chosen. this week for the first time i talked to someone with severe anxiety. he was eating by himself, so i went to sit with him. he was really nice, and started to tell me how he got really anxious around people and had a hard time keeping his food down. his body language clearly showed how anxious he was, and he got this look on his face like he wanted to cry. it was unlike anything i’ve ever seen, happened in a short amount of time, and i can’t imagine what it’s like having to live like that. i left him alone, so i didn’t get to find out much about him. i just thought about how everything we do and say and the way we act can affect somebody. we never know the whole story and what somebody is going through. there is such a bigger picture than what we sometimes see, and what we think might not be a big deal might actually make a big difference in their lives…positively or negatively.

even though mental illness is hard to understand, we do get to see some of them get better and stabilized and get to go home. even though they’re not cured, they are managing their illness and living with it. there is hope, and that’s awesome to see. in everything that’s hard to understand, it’s a part of life that we just have to trust the Lord for. knowing that He is in control of all situations and able to do things that people or medications could never do.

as a future nurse/student nurse, there are certain things i want to accomplish. i want to build relationships, and i want my patients to know that i am there for them. yesterday, i was asked to help feed one of the patients that couldn’t feed herself. she was an elderly woman and alert and knew what was going on, but she was in a lot of pain and had to be really still to decrease the pain, so i went in and fed her. we had a great conversation, and she told me about her childhood, her marriage, children, etc. i really liked her, and as our time together came to an end, i could tell that she was very grateful. she told me that that had been the best part of her day. she wasn’t assigned to me, but i went to say bye to her before i left for the day. she grabbed my hand and just started telling me how grateful she was. i stayed for about 15-20 minutes, and as she talked, i started crying. i’m not going to go into detail, but i think it was the first time i really was able to see how the smallest things you do can make a big difference to somebody who is having a hard day. all i did was feed her and sit & talk with her. her story and her face will stay with me for a long time.  

in other news, i interviewed for a job at a children’s hospital this summer. i feel like it went really well, but i won’t know for a few days.  march madness has prevented me from being proactive in my schoolwork also, however, i’m #1 in my bracket pool, so i’m enjoying that for as long as it lasts. i’ve made some new friends the past few weeks, and i’m excited about getting to know and hang out with them more. after 2 more assignments in my research class, i’ll be done! then i’ll have 2 other classes i’ll be in the rest of this summer.

i have so much to be grateful for, and i’m just enjoying and trying to take advantage of the opportunities i’ve been given. well, that’s what’s been goin on w/ me for the past few weeks. busy, but good.

03/29/2009 at 2:43 am 4 comments

finally updating.

i am not good at this. i thought i would be a lot better than i actually am. since i wait so long in between posts, i’ll just summarize what’s going on in my life.

not a whole lot is new. school is keeping me busy. classes & clinicals. learning a lot. i have a psychiatric/mental illness class, and the clinical part is definitely a learning experience. the whole thing is very unfamiliar. there are some crazy stories from the days. i can’t write specifically about them here because of confidentiality reasons, but i did get proposed to on thursday. some days are harder than others. mentally draining.  one of the hardest things is not seeing change within the short amount of time i spend with them. i’ve heard a few nurses say that some of them will never get better. it’s sad.

honestly, school is what consumes most of my life right now. i’m very grateful to have the people in my life that i do. i’ve made some good friends in nursing school, and there are some amazing women (from church) that pour into me & absolutely challenge my perspective & thoughts on life and situations. i am so grateful to have my brother and sister around daily. they keep me sane and fill my life with fun, laughs, excitement, and stability. there is also a group of 11th & 12th grade high school girls that i get to pour into most sunday nights. they encourage me & i love hearing their hearts and what the Lord is doing in their lives. it’s so rewarding to be able to talk to them about things that matter.

my mom came to visit last weekend. it was so fun to have her here. she’s amazing, and every time she leaves, i’m reminded of how lucky we are to have her. our dad didn’t get to make it, and we definitely missed him, but hopefully we’ll see him soon. it’s encouraging to hear what God is doing in and through them in their community in denver city. i’ve known how much they have to offer for a long time, and i love hearing how they’re being used.

i have a few goals for the rest of the semester: work out! try to go to our connect college group a few times. invest more time & energy into friendships. not so much procrastinating!

02/23/2009 at 3:11 am 1 comment

life…

life is funny isn’t it? i was looking through some friends on facebook/myspace. friends from high school that i haven’t seen in years.

there are people getting married, that i would have never put together. there are people who are friends now that would have never been friends in high school. there are people with kids, who i wouldn’t have guessed would have kids at this point.

life flies after high school. i would have never guessed that i would be where i’m at. i’ve loved it. i’ve met so many amazing people & gotten to do some very fun things. everybody’s life is different. decisions are not the same. it’s weird to look back and think that people you grew up with for so long are all over the place now, doing different things, and i have no idea what’s going on with them.

i’m glad that i have the Lord leading me in my decisions and in my life. He’s blessed me with so much. people, relationships, jobs, desires, family, opportunities. so much.

life can be random. it is always changing. but i want mine, no matter where i’m at or what i’m doing, to reflect Christ. who He is in me. and who i am in Him. He makes life great doesn’t He?

glory to you Jesus! YOU ARE KING FOREVER.

12/05/2008 at 9:27 pm 2 comments

thankful for thanksgiving!

my sleep schedule is so off…i think i slept 45 minutes last night. 2 tests in the same day=so brutal. i think i’ve pulled more all-nighters this semester than any other. not a good idea. i don’t recommend it. then i came home today and took like a 5.5 hour nap. now i’m writing a paper for class tomorrow.  but the good news is that thanksgiving is just around the corner!

i can’t wait. can’t wait to be with family, eat good food, watch football, play w/ little ones, and not think about school for a few days! i feel like i haven’t seen my parents in so long. i love this time of year. i love the weather, the feeling, the food, and time with people you love. it’s so great! it could not have come at a better time. i have much to be thankful for.

11/25/2008 at 7:01 am 1 comment

Happy Halloween…a day late

I can’t believe it’s already November! Life is good, so busy of course and will be until the semester is over.

I started my first IV in a patient this past Thursday. I was pretty excited. I mean it’s a skill that requires a little more skill than wiping or giving somebody a bath. I really enjoyed it even though I missed the first one and shook the entire time.

Big football game tonight. I kind of struggled w/ who to go for. Tech v. UT…I mean I grew up in west Texas, and by default was a Red Raider fan, but I’ve been watching/going for UT all year. I even went to a game in Austin last weekend. I think I’m choosing UT though, I love the McCoy/Shipley connection! and i love Austin!

Ok, we went to this Halloween party last night, and Alex went as Sarah Palin, and Kollin and I were Mexicans. When we were getting ready, Alex said she didn’t even want to go b/c she wasn’t sure of her costume, but Mrs. Palin was a huge hit and even won best costume (and $16)! I’ll post a few pics for you.

11/01/2008 at 5:11 pm 1 comment

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