Colorado was so beautiful it’s taking a looong time to go through all of the pictures we took, which was approximately a million gajillion zillion. Here’s a beautiful one of Maroon Bells, one of the first places we hit up.
We are about to pack it up and head out of Nashville!!! (But first…a stop at Hattie B’s for some HOT CHICKEN! WooHoo!!!)
It’s been one of those mornings…
When you wake up a little bit foggy…the night before is a little bit blurry…your throat hurts from all the screaming and singing…your feet hurt from all the dancing…and your going through all the pics you took with your new friends you met…and you can’t remember anyones name..but you know you had a DAMN good time!!!! LOL!!!!
Those are the best kinds of nights!!!
Nashville is an incredible city!! -
So much Energy…Talent….Music…Fun People…History...It's got all the things!! We will definitely be back!! -
We are heading east to pick up our girl…and then it’s a 10 hour drive home to Florida!!
It’s been 9 days since we’ve left Cali!! 9 days!! -
It’s been an incredible trip…but we are definitely looking forward to unpacking…getting back into our daily routine… and being settled for a little bit!! #floridabound#nashvillenights#healthcaretraveler#freedominscrubs#roadtrips
My whole heart misses this whole crew. When you take college friends and add a decade you get a lot more chaos in your pictures.
But for real, it has been a week since the Hale family left us and we feel so much brighter from their visit, but also empty that they are gone.
Some friends are just family.
Our local AACN chapter celebrates certification throughout the month of March. But today is technically #certifiednursesday ! What does certification mean to me?
It means I am exceptionally passionate for my field in nursing. That I believe I should do more than just clock in and out of work. That I decided to study for months to better my knowledge of critical care. I didn’t get a pay raise for being certified and I paid for the exam out of pocket. Why?
Because I wanted to prove to myself that I could. And I wanted to prove to my patients that I will commit everything in my power to be the best nurse for them. There have been nights where my patient was on the verge of death, and then I remembered something I learned from studying for the CCRN. My certification has helped save lives.
To maintain certification I must triple my required hours of nursing education. For me, I have done this by attending outside classes and local/national conferences, growing in leadership, educating our staff, publishing journal articles, and creating and implementing projects that improve patient outcomes. Some may cringe at the thought of tripling their required nursing education hours but to me, I thrive off of it.
Does this mean I’m an expert in critical care? Hell no. To me, being certified shows that I’m more of a student than those who are not, and willingly and pridefully so. #CCRN
Who’s certified?! Let me know in the comments! 🏥
Our ymca has outdoor pickleball courts, childcare, and a beautiful walking path! (So basically for $49 a month we get lots of alone time and "dates.") This was this morning on our walk after alex whooped my butt in pickleball.... like he usually does. ---> i blame my short legs<-- 🤣
I love finding old pictures on Alex's phone::::::: We are so hungry for a great big beautiful world, our insides famished- awaiting a new adventure, occasion, or laugh with a stranger. Every moment sacred, every delicate tear- for joy or despair matters. This planet is vast and full-hearted and heart-wrenching, one minute is shalom- the other chaos. Take it all in, breathe in every single bit of it. Stand against your challenges with a deep proud breath- lean into the sweetness with a relieving sigh. This is it people- feel every single nook and cranny of it- because life doesn't start tomorrow after you've figured it out. Life doesn't begin after losing the weight, buying the house, or finding your person. This is it, today, now. Stand in it, be with it, there's always something to be rejoiced or redeemed.
It is nurse's week 2017! No secret that I love to write. I edited an old post of mine to reflect what nursing is for so many of us. I would love if you would take the time to read this- then find a nurse you know and just hold them tight. We have one of the hardest and most stressful jobs- and we love it. The heartache and celebration that we experience is immense and great. What I would love even more if you would comment with a great experience you have had with a nurse or as a nurse. And to all the nurses I've worked with across multiple state lines and at many different hospitals- I have learned something amazing from each and every one of you. This post is for you.
Link for blog post in my profile.
Here is a small portion of this reflection: "Sometimes I look down at my hands and think of all they have done in my career so far. They have been hit, spit on, and covered with urine, sputum, feces, and blood. They have rushed to put in IVs of people with tanking blood pressure. They have dressed pic lines and cleaned pressure ulcers. They have given emergency shots to people in dangerous situations. They have frantically pushed stretchers to the OR, and helped people do wheelies in their wheelchairs. They have completed rape kits and called dcfs. They have titrated blood thinners, assessed blown pupils, and emptied lumbar drains. They have cleaned up blood from the floor and wiped sweat from so many faces. They have checked for edema and pulses and done chest compressions. They have dressed self injury scars and held down people who can't stop from hurting themselves. They have given no less than one thousand fist bumps to psychiatric patients- telling them "you got this." I wonder how many hands I have held? Not only of my patients, but of every single family member I've tried to comfort. My hand's have covered my face while weeping in stairwells or empty med rooms- when it was just all too much. When I see a nurse in their scrubs, I think of their hands. I think of the stories those hands could tell. Nursing school prepares you for so much, but also for so very little." #nursesweek#nursing#rn#psychiatricnursing
Marriage is hard guys. It's amazing and oh so hard. We are in a hard season. A baby who always needs to be held, kids that need so much. Emotionally difficult careers. Making hard future choices.
Alex and I do pre-marital mentoring for engaged couples. We meet our next couple in about a week. We know that before meeting our couples, we usually feel spiritually attacked. We feel angry and bitter and we hold grudges. We get into a deep funk. We both came to the Lord and prayed over what we had. We called it out for what it was.
Yesterday, we worked hard to get out of our funk. We talked when we wanted to watch TV. We talked about what we are learning lately on a two hour drive. We cuddled with a good movie that made us reflect. We read our old dating text messages from 2008 out loud and swooned over them. We laughed a lot, we let things go that we should have let go a long time ago.
I love the idea of falling in love many, many times in life- but always with him. Yesterday I felt like I was switching to a season of falling in love again. But make no mistake, that will always take humility and work.
Then I woke up to this, written in bathtub crayon by the father of my children. Let's always keep doing the hard work babe, in this rough world- by the grace of God.
I'm a 7 minute drive to get to millennium park and a 7 minute drive to get here.
I adore this city, I always will.
If I ever leave and let go of this city, there will be claw marks left behind. #chicago#lakemichigan#happyplace
City kids make cute campers. Love how much space there is to play !!!!! (Oh- and I'm also really excited about new collapsible luminAID solar powered lantern that changes colors)! #chicagofamilies#citykids#luminaid
This sweet face just got done handing out 11 lunches for homeless people we met around downtown today. She's got one left and is excited to find another person to meet. She made these lunches with minimal help and carried half of them in her own backpack. She sat on the ground with these folks and engaged whole heartedly. She's now asking the tough questions. "Where are my new friends gonna sleep tonight?" "Who's gonna help them find dinner?" I'm glad to see her thinking so big at 3 years old. I felt convicted to do this today as Santa and presents have been taking over her mind this season. So glad to experience this with her today.