- My darling niece Ree turned one yesterday. After a long and difficult pregnancy, she was born early, at 34 weeks. She weighed only 4 lbs, 10 oz. She was oh-so-tiny, and it took her a looong time to learn to eat well enough on her own that she could go home. I was blessed to be there for her birth, and I got to see this tiny miracle with my own eyes. I will never forget what it was like to hold a child so tiny that her entire head fit in my palm, and covered in tubes, wires, and IV's. It has only strengthened my passion to become a NICU nurse someday. So, so grateful that God has kept her healthy and sound.
- I've been accepted into the LPN-RN bridge program! In some ways, I would rather have not been accepted unto the program, as this would have meant that I could move away from Arkansas, and back to Wyoming. I am living for the day when I can move out to be close to my sis, and close to a real church family again, but for now, I know this is best. In one year, I will only have 8 weeks left before I will be an RN! :)
- I am a nurse. Once upon a time, that seemed like an impossible pipe-dream. I mean, I never went to high school, and here I was daring to think of college?!?! It seemed so huge to me, and I thought there was no way I would ever be able to fulfill this dearest of dreams. Yet here I am, working as a nurse, and going back to school again for a better degree. God is GOOD!!!
- I am working at a job that I love. Yes, it has its moments when it seems like all hell has broken loose, and I silently wonder if I made the right choice to pursue a career in nursing; then something small but meaningful happens, and I realize that I am right where I should be. Last night I had just such a moment. I had one sweet old lady who was very upset due to her confusion, and nothing seemed to be helping her into a calm and sleepy frame of mind. I gave her some tylenol, but that wasn't helping either, and I was not very busy at the moment. I rolled her chair over to mine and began to chat with her. I noticed that her nail polish was wearing off, and in hope of distracting her mind from her "troubles" I repainted them for her. By the time I was finished, she had calmed down considerably, and I was one of her "sweet, sweet girls." She told me she loved me and every one in this place, and she thought she was so lucky to be here.
In the midst of it all, I remembered that I wanted to be a nurse for one reason only - to help others - and that as nurse I must not lose sight of the fact that often I can help more by truly listening and caring than I ever can by just making sure they have their medicine. It's true that medicine is important, but when it comes down to the peace of mind, and the healing of the soul, it is only when one stops and takes the time to really listen that people realize you care about them and not the million and one other things you might think are more important than a human soul in distress.
- I am thankful I live in a world with Octobers. Fall is my absolutely favorite time of year, from the chilly mornings to perfect afternoons, from the crunchy leaves to crisp apples. Hayrides, campfires, hot chocolate, boots, sweaters, good books, raking leaves, and making copper kettle apple butter. I have sooo many good memories of the autumn, and if I am lucky, in two years I will get to spend sometime in the great outdoors instead of with my nose buried in books. :)
- Above all, I am thankful for a Christ who's love is so powerful that it drew Him to a cross for me. What a wonderful thing it is that He sees me as I will be when He is finished with me, and not as the shrinking, self-absorbed creature I am now! It is amazing that as often as I have let Christ down, not once has He given up on me. How could I ever turn away from so great a love?That's my list for today. What's yours?