Sunday, May 30, 2010


Orientation left my head spinning! Four hours went by in a flash and I STILL feel like there are questions that were left unanswered! Oh well - July 8th will come quickly now and I guess we will ALL find out then what we have gotten ourselves into!

Everyone arrived yesterday with a smile! We all have been waiting for this for such a long time and since the program is SO competitive - to have made it in, leaves us all feeling very honored to be a part of this awesome experience! There are 33 people in my class. 33 people that I will get to know well as we will be spending a LOT of time together this year! There are only 4 men in our class - and there is a wide range of ages.

We are in a new building so things are a little bit scattered right now - we are not sure where we will end up and as of now - we are elbow to elbow at our desks in a very small room. It is going to be interesting to see how small the room will feel when we each bring all of our books we will need for class every day. :)

Our class filled out the necessary paperwork and applied for background checks and drug tests, then we met with a uniform company to try on our nursing uniforms!! It felt SO great to be able to finally put one on! I am sure I will be sick of white by the end of the year! :)

We were given a large envelope filled with material to go over. There is just so much - I felt my head spinning. We went over our book list - I have nine books that I will need for the first quarter! I already have homework to be completed before the first day of class too - (Eek!)

A group of girls from the graduating class came to give us an idea about what the program will be like and to give us some ideas as to how to organize our time efficiently. We will need to bring ALL of our books with us everyday, so it was suggested that we invest in a quality rolling backpack. One of the girls said that her "Walmart" backpack only made it through 6 months! I kid you not - one of our books alone has over 1800 pages!

One of the girls said, "this program is no joke - you will have lots of fun here, but be prepared to cry ALOT as you will be pushed to the point of exhaustion. Be prepared to kiss your family and friends goodbye for this year of your life." She also said that she really didn't advise working - especially for the first quarter which has me worried - I HAVE to work two twelve hour shifts on the weekends! I have no choice in the matter. At least my hubby told me I could have a housekeeper come in every other week to clean so I don't have to worry about that.

This will definitely be an interesting year! I truly believe that this is all in the Lord's plan for my life - He has brought me to this place - He will have to see me through it! I will have to cling to Him - now just to find the extra time needed for reading my Bible - I really need to keep focused on Him and keep up my morning time with Him now more than ever - because I can't go to church and it would be TOO easy to just let my morning quiet time fall by the wayside - Lord be with me, and help me find the needed time to spend with You!!

I am SO grateful to Him for this wonderful new adventure I am on.

Off to order some books...

Blessings on your day,


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Countdown to Nursing School

It is Orientation day today and I am so excited!! I have been waiting so long for this! Today I will find out what I am getting myself into. We meet this afternoon from 12:00-4:00 to go over background checks, drug tests, order our uniforms and books and register for our classes which will begin on July 8th.
My plan is to journal as much as I can about this amazing experience so that others who are entering, or hope to enter into this wonderful field will know what to expect.
More later...


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Temporary Home

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body.

So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence.

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:7-18

Blessings to you this day and always,

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Letter Is Here!

The long awaited letter arrived on Saturday. I finally made it! I received my acceptance letter FOR THE NURSING PROGRAM!

God is so good and His timing is always perfect! I was so distraught when the last school that I applied for fell through, but this school is so much closer to me and has a better reputation. School will officially start in July - which doesn't leave much time to get things done - (yikes!) With one letter, my life has been turned upside down - but I love it! My long awaited dream of becoming a nurse is coming true. I am so happy right now! (Can you tell?)

As you know, I have been severely neglecting this blog - but I just didn't feel like I had much to say - my life has consisted of just work and sleep lately! Now it seems, this blog will take a whole new direction - at least for the next year while I am in school. I will still write about my family, and turning our wonderful house into a home - but I would also like to journal about this awesome new experience that the Lord has graciously blessed me with!

For those of you who have hung in with me through my silences - thank you! I am forever grateful for all of your prayers on my behalf! I have enjoyed getting to know you and even though I haven't always been the best at commenting, I HAVE stopped off to visit you and continue to follow how you are doing. I hope that through all of this, you will continue to read and experience this with me. This is a whole new adventure and it looks like it will be a fun and bumpy ride!

For those of you who will be reading this for the nursing student experience, I will try to journal about it all as much as I am able.


Things I need to finish before school officially starts in July:
  • Paint bathroom
  • Paint bedroom
  • Hang pictures throughout the house
  • Deep clean entire house
  • Prepare large meals to freeze for those days when I don't feel like cooking
  • Go to the doctor for my physical/immunizations
  • School Orientation at end of the month
  • Order books and uniforms
  • Fly to Washington for a week to visit my family
  • Order glass for my new desktop

WHEW! Can I possibly get it all done in time?

I better get started - pictures to come of my progress....