Saturday, February 28, 2009

As of 9 am today I am OFFICIALLY Amy R.N.!!!

PRAISE JESUS!! Oh my....ooooooooooooooooooooooh my........
God is so good.
The past 2 days have been an absolute nightmare waiting for my results. I seriously had it in my mind that I was going to have to retake my nursing boards exam. SERIOUSLY!! That was THE hardest test I have taken in my entire life. I walked in the testing center with a general peace and left it a mental train wreck. The thought of having to wait 2 whole days (48 hours) for my results absolutely wore me out.
It boggles my mind to even think about nurses back in the day had to wait 6 weeks for their results!
I cannot even begin to describe how awesome and relieved I feel right now. I am thankful beyond words for my God who loves me. HE put it on my heart years 4 years ago to become a nurse. Although I looked up to the sky and replied, "Who? Me??!! HA! That's funny", God had better plans for me. It's been a long and weary road getting to where I am now, but I would not take one bit of it back for even a second.
I pray that I will make my Heavenly Father happy by serving others as He wants me to each and everyday. I am so very thankful for this gift...
For better or for worse I AM Nurse Amy!!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Learning to fly

Wow, I just listened to an amazing sermon on spiritually learning to fly.

"You will pass through deep waters.
But I will be with you.
You will pass through the rivers.
But their waters will not sweep over you.
You will walk through fire.
But you will not be burned.
The flames will not harm you. "
~Isaiah 43:2

It is in the middle of the mess/the fire/times of trouble/times of lonliness/times of not understanding/being hurt/being rejected that we are loosened from our bondage.

Using the storms of life can enable us to grow....if we let it happen. They can turn us into people that God can actually use.

"Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. "
~Isaiah 41:10

Check it out!! LEARNING TO FLY PART 1

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
~ Jeremiah 29 11-13

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wow...My brain is fried

Studying for boards is like guessing the correct winning numbers for the lottery. Thus my minor frustration in studying at present. The big stuff I'm focusing on are as follows:
-Electrolyte imbalances
-Cardiac -Pharmacology

Many of my former classmates have passed NCLEX already in which I praise God for.
One definite plus is that I don't have to make a set score, I must get more questions right than wrong...consistently.

Interesting yet bothersome quick story:
At around 8:30 I was in bed at my apartment when I hear someone banging on my front door. After a minute of banging someone actually opened my front door. It was the maintenance man changing the filter on my heat pump. I was in my pajamas...what if I had been in the shower?!! Seriously, can he really do that??!! I'm calling my landlord on Monday about it. I mean, it would be different if I had gotten a note the day before so as to prepare. I am thankful, however, for having been fully clothed although quite disheveled in appearance.

I'm doing a photo shoot tomorrow for my sis-in-law's new bridal business. They are sponsoring a bridal/fashion show in which my oldest brother will be modeling with Miss Jonesborough, amongst others. This should be interesting.

Anyhow, I'm currently at mom and dad's and will be heading home soon. Take care everyone!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pretty animals

I took these photos about a week and a half ago. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

At peace

After a few days of going through lots and LOTS of well as moving into my new home, I can finally sit back and rest, which is exactly what I'm doing this morning.

Wow, so much has happened since last I wrote...let me see if I can break it down a little...


Over the course of 5 days or so, my AMAZING family helped me move into my new home.

Mom took me shopping and helped me get miscellaneous things such as: trash cans / drawer organizers / shower curtain / fire extinguisher etc. She also has helped IMMENSELY with making my new place feel like a real home. (only am amazing Momma could do that!)

My brother Geoff & 'sis' Megan, not only helped move a lot of my stuff, BUT they donated a vacuum cleaner, towels / wash cloths and a little t.v. for my bed room. (WOW!!)

Next, brother George & 'sis' Angie also helped move my things as well as donated a GORGEOUS...Big and VERY comfy couch that they found at a garage sale for only $40!! Angie also had some Bible books, mini door/window alarms and got some miscellaneous stuff to decorate my home with. George, as only my smart and mechanical savvy brother could do, checked out my home to make sure everything was working as it should.

Last but certainly not least, my daddy (aka my hero) has saved me from many perils! Not only did he move most of the big heavy stuff (ie: my bed/t.v.), but he fixed the broken water pipe under my kitchen sink *so I could do dishes*, fixed my broken bed ( oh yeah... my childhood/antique bed that has been welded 2 times finally broke ), set up my speaker system in the living room & t.v. in my bedroom AND stayed the night with me to make sure I felt safe in my new place. The ring tone I have for my dad suits him well...the Indiana Jones theme song!!

God has blessed me ever so abundantly for my incredible family...I don't know what I would do without any of them!! (I am sooo tearing up as I write this)


As was expected the first night, I got very little sleep. In between listening to foreign sounds around the apartment and Monky kitty crying all night...I got around 2 hours of sleep....followed by waking up for a lovely 12 1/2 hour shift at the hospital.

Speaking of Monky kitty....oh my goodness...what a mess. As many of you know, Monky is an easily frightened cat that has clung to me for a few years. She is your typical scrapper cat in which her 'meow is worse than her bite'. Poor girl started losing her fur when I started Nursing school. When I took her to the vet I was told that she was a nervous much in fact that they wanted to put her on Valium....yes Valium. Anyhow, Mom helped me drive her to my new home Sunday evening. I had Monky in her girly pink kitty carrier sitting in my lap for the whole 4 minutes it took to get here. Needless to say...she did the "I am soooo pissed at you"-meow ALLLL they way there.
Naturally I expected it would take some time for Monky to adjust to her new surroundings, thinking that she would at least eat and use her litter box at least once in 24 hours. Wow, was I wrong. Monky hid either under the couch or beneath my nightstand the ENTIRE time she had been here. I was constantly worried about her, especially since she was not touching her food/water and would hardly go near me...not to mention keep me up all night with her unusual 'pissed off/scared'-meow and walking on my chest *can we say passive aggressive??*

Dad came over last night to help fix my bed and after attempting to coax Monky out from under the couch with a bribery of McD's grilled chicken *which worked*, dad and I took her back to his and Mom's house. We decided since she was not use to being an 'only cat'. I was not about to have her die from 'failure to thrive'. I knew Monky was happy to be back home, when she went up to her arch nemesis 'Black boy' kitty and gave him a kiss!! Mom said she is eating again and quite happy where she is.

Even though I am now cat-less, I feel as though a HUGE weight has been lifted off my shoulders now that Monky is happily back at her home. I am now in search for a kitten to raise as an only-child-cat.

Today is one of my off days and I actually got to sleep in until 9 a.m.!! After waking up, I got dressed and walked over to the club house's fitness center and hopped on the exercise bike for around 10 minutes and did close to 2 miles. I then headed over to the coffee bar and brewed myself a delicious cup of house blend coffee. The walk back was soooo nice. It is breezy and cool, I think it's around 58 degrees outside. I currently have the sliding glass door open to air out my home as I type this blog.

My plans for the day include:
-going by dad & George's shop
-study for boards
-clean & finish unpacking

I shall now leave you with pics of my new home.

Everyone have a beautiful and blessed day!

My bedroom

sorry it's messy

The fireplace is in front of my bed

My 'jack & jill' closet that lead to the bathroom

Girly bathroom!!

More bathroom

Living room with Dad watching the latest Rambo movie

The rest of the living room
The dining area with my new table & chairs from
Mom & Dad!!



Thursday, February 5, 2009

I'm Moving!

Wow...I'm moving. I'm finally getting my very first apartment! *insert independent woman song here*

Through God's wonderful timing and a little spiritual push, I pursued a search for an apartment on Monday. I called around various apartment complexes around town and found a vacancy at a beautiful apartment complex. Needless to say, I walked in and knew immediately that this place was for me!

I get to sign my 6 month lease tomorrow as well as continue hauling miscellaneous things from mom & dad's to the apartment.
I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the support I've gotten from family & friends.

In fact the few items I did not have ie: towels/washcloths/couch/ t.v., have been donated to me! Seriously! At the moment, one of my brothers is trying to get me a washer and dryer from a friend who has extra *I think the guy rents out homes**
Today, mom and I started fixing up the apartment to make it feel more like home. I can't wait to post pics!!
Anyhow, the big stuff ie: bed/couch/fireplace, will be moved on Saturday.

Well, it's 1:30 a.m. and I am finally getting tired. I will post more soon