A Summer to Remember

This summer has been beyond wonderful – and we haven’t even gotten through my favorite month yet! When I found out I had the opportunity to stay home with Paisley this summer and wait to start my job until September, I was so excited! I knew we were bound to have a great time together, and we definitely have!

Being home with Paisley has been awesome and I am so thankful I was able to have this special time with her. Watching her learn, grow, and change is something I am amazed at every day. Spending all of this extra time with her has been my favorite part of this summer and I know things won’t be the same once September rolls around.

In addition to spending extra time with my little girl & sweet husband, there is another big reason this summer has been so great – we have had LOTS of visits with LOTS of people we love from Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Charleston, Columbia, Michigan, & Myrtle Beach!

This summer began with my college graduation…so, I guess you can say it started out on a pretty good foot. My mom, dad and sister along with my grandma and Jacqui came to town for my pinning ceremony & graduation! My Uncle Todd & Aunt Christine drove all the way from New Jersey to be there for my graduation and to spend time with us! We had a great time together and I am so grateful they were all able to come visit and spend time with us.

In June, my mom came back into town for a week while I studied & took my state boards. I took my test on June 15th and found out that I passed on June 17th! It was so helpful to have my mom here (she’s always a huge help) and we loved spending extra time with her. The following weekend, Holley, Dave, and their kids came to visit us for a couple of days! After that, we had a really nice visit from Becky & Al and their adorable doggies!

In July, we got to go to Myrtle Beach and spent 4th of July weekend with the Tally family from New Jersey! They were so kind to open up their own family vacation to us and have us there for the weekend. We also got to spend time with John, Marie, and baby Emma in Columbia on our way to Myrtle beach & back. When we got back, Rena came into town for a sleepover! Next, our cousin, Rachel, came all the way from Michigan for a wedding and stayed with us so we got to spend extra time with her! After that, we were invited to spend the weekend in Tallahassee at Jake and Heidi’s house with them, their kiddos, Jake & Ann, and their kids! Then, when we got back into town, the Bond family came to visit from NJ on their way to Florida for their family vacation! To top it all off, Grandma Deb & Papa Pokey came to visit us for a couple of days this week on their way home from their month-long vacation! On Thursday, our little family of three is flying to Florida for 10 days of family time where we will get to see even more family and friends we love!

Whew – we sure have been busy and we’ve loved every second of it!!! As I think back on all of these fun visits and fun times over the summer, my heart is just so full of gratefulness. Living away from family is really hard sometimes, and thankfully the Lord has been so good to us to provide lots of great friends who live in the area who have become like family to us! To also know that we have family & friends who love us and take the time to come visit us or invite us to spend vacations with them means the world!! We have truly been blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people we love. I am so thankful to each and every person who came to visit with us this summer and to those who opened up their own homes to us. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.We made so many special memories. This has definitely been a summer to remember.

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Not just “another semester”

Another semester of nursing school is about to come to a close. However, it doesn’t seem fitting to call this semester just “another semester.” This has been, by far, the most difficult and yet somehow the most enjoyable semester of my college career. I’m sure many of my classmates would agree that this semester is one we will never forget. This semester has been filled with multiple challenges, countless blessings, extremely difficult days, and some of the best days yet.

I honestly did not even expect to finish this semester. Thanks to a lovely little thing called morning sickness, I spent about the entire month of January and into the first week of February feeling awful. I remember just sitting in class every day hoping I wouldn’t get sick. At some point, I decided that if I was still sick in another week, I’d probably have to sit out for the rest of the semester because there was no way I could do well in school feeling as terrible as I did. As if right on cue, a couple of days later I began feeling so much better. I am extremely thankful God gave me the strength I needed to get through those days.

Academically, I thoroughly enjoyed this semester. Don’t get me wrong, it was very difficult, but it was also extremely interesting and I learned a lot! We were in both pediatrics and obstetrics, which makes for a fun semester. I enjoyed pediatrics, but I discovered a love for OB nursing I never knew I had. Being pregnant while going through the OB semester was interesting. I definitely feel well-informed (probably a little more than any expectant mother should be). Overall, it truly was an amazing and unique experience. I absolutely loved my labor and delivery clinical rotation and it’s something I could possibly see myself doing in the future.

Emotionally, this semester was exhausting. On Monday, March 17th, our nursing class lost a very loving instructor and friend. Mrs. Peggy Irons passed away unexpectedly that evening after lecturing for us earlier that day. I loved Mrs. Irons, we all did. I can’t even describe to you the pain and heartache we all felt and continue to feel because of her loss. That day and the days immediately following were the hardest days of the entire semester. Despite the unbelievably devastating circumstances, somehow our nursing class came together and lifted each other up. I truly feel like the things we’ve been through as a class this semester have somehow caused us to become even closer. We’re not simply a nursing class – we’re like a family.

Again, this semester has had several ups and downs. In the end: my nursing class is seriously the best. On April 26th, I went to one of my teacher’s homes for what I thought was a small group of us getting together for lunch. My teacher invited the two married students to bring their spouses if they wanted to join us, so Gus came with me. When we pulled up to the house, my friend Blair and two of my teachers were sitting on the front porch enjoying the weather and I assumed the other 4 students were inside the house waiting to eat lunch. As my teacher opened the door and led us into the house, voices erupted in a loud “Surprise!!” At first I had no idea what was even going on. I screamed and as I looked at my nursing class and my instructors I noticed pink streamers and decorations behind them & I realized it was a surprise baby shower for us. I was so excited. Apparently, they had been planning this surprise baby shower for over a month and Gus was even in on it! I had absolutely no idea! I was shocked (and still am) that no one in my class accidentally mentioned it to me throughout the semester. We had so much fun enjoying each other’s company, playing some hilarious games, eating delicious cupcakes, opening gifts, and spending time with everyone. After I finished opening what I thought was all of the gifts, I was told to close my eyes because they had one more gift for us. When I opened my eyes, I saw a gift from my whole nursing class to our little girl – a beautiful bassinet/pack and play. The shower was an absolute blast and I am so grateful for everyone’s generosity and kindness.

It’s been one crazy semester. It’s hard to believe I only have one more year left of nursing school! It’s even crazier to know that when I start school back up in September, I’ll be a SENIOR and a MOMMY! (Yes, I’m going back to school).  I’m so excited for what God has in store.

One more semester down – only two more to go!!! This girl is beyond excited about being a nurse in the near future! 🙂

 

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