Saturday, October 22, 2016

Losing Your Best Friend

I haven't actually physically lost a best friend, which probably would have felt better. It was worse: over a complete and total misunderstanding.

I won't go into detail. Obviously it's nun ya, but it's been one of the worst feelings in my life. Still to this day.

Who is the first person you think of to tell something? Anything? Maybe you got a new StitchFix outfit and you want to share, or complain about someone or something?

You think of your best friend.

The person who knows everything about you and your life. The person you've been friends with for over a decade or two.

And then, one day. Nothing. You don't have your best friend to lean on when something goes wrong. And you miss them every day.

They say time heals all wounds, though.

There comes a time where you just have to accept it. Forgive yourself or the other person and move on.

Meet new friends. Make new memories. Love what you've got right now.

Life is too short not to enjoy it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks Review

I love Nicholas Spark. I have read every one of his books starting when I was in Jr. High. I'm not much of the reader, my sister is the English major. I actually don't read anything else at all except Mary Kay Andrews and the bible.

He usually always comes out with a book close to my birthday (the beginning of October). It was hard to read them when I was in nursing school because I was always studying, and now I'm just always busy. So since I'm super busy I bought the audio book.

Best decision of my life.

I got to listen to the book when I was getting ready in the morning, cleaning the house, driving in the car, and sometimes even at work (only on my lunch breaks, sort of).

The book was great. Different from what he normally does, but still a love story with a conflict and some drama. I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't read it and wants too, but I highly recommend it.

I was iffy about Nicholas Sparks next book after he got divorced. I mean, who wants to divorce a romance novelist? Wouldn't you think he knows exactly how to treat women? But you never know about people these days, forreal. (I have no idea what happened so if anyone does please inform me, I've been very curious.)

Towards the end of this book I literally could not stop reading it, so you knew it was a good one. I bought my book off of Amazon and put it on my kindle app so I had access to it at all times. Go read it now!

If anyone has any other REALLY good books or Netflix series let me know!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Why Birthday's Should Be Special

Birthday's were huge growing up in my house. We always had decorations and cake for breakfast, and no matter what that was YOUR special day.

I've met a lot of people who say birthday's are just another day and they're no big deal, but seriously though it IS special.

YOU are special.

I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel like I have nobody. I don't have any friends and I'm not special to anyone but my husband.

For my birthday this year I wanted to have my family and work family over for a cookout. I LOVE having gatherings at my house and I love to host anything. Most importantly, I love the company.

I invited basically my whole family and work family. I didn't expect a whole bunch of people but we had plenty of food just in case. Literally TONS of people showed up. Some brought food and others brought gifts. At the age of 25, I thought birthday gifts were only bought by myself or my husband, but I was showered with gifts!

Everything written in the cards was so thoughtful and all the gifts were perfect: Hobby Lobby, Bath and Body Works, dog frame, bible study, food gift cards/date nights, huge water bottle, etc.

I sat down in tears.

All of these people came for ME. They brought gifts and gathered for food for ME. Like, what?! And I had DOUBLE the family come because when you get married you gain a whole family and it's such a blessing!

I never thought people cared about me like that. I knew people probably cared about me, but this was a huge eye opener to me. This is why birthday's are special, because YOU are special to everyone. People do love you and care about you and some even want to celebrate with you!

I am so thankful to have had all those people I love come spend their Sunday with me for my birthday. I am beyond blessed.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why We Should ALL Be Kneeling on One Knee

I'm not one that's much on debate, or politics even though I do love watching the news, but I've been getting tired of everyone getting their feelings hurt over every little thing. When did everyone become so sensitive? When did everything become about us? Have we forgotten about the important things in life?

Just like everyone else I've got an opinion too. And guess what? My opinion may not be what you think is right, and THAT IS OK. Really, life can go on because we don't agree on a subject. My opinion is something we are all called to do though, which is...


The importance and power of prayer is the most pertinent thing we as a community, as a country, need right now. The world is not in a good place: constant bombing's in Syria, the future leader of our nation, murder of innocent people, starving children in our town, and most importantly, people who have never heard the gospel.

That's what we should be talking about right now, not focusing on a Hollywood breakup as the main topic of the day (even though we all knew that relationship was doomed to begin with from the get-go).

I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else, but did you know there are more unsaved people in our community than there are saved? Regardless of what state our world is in, it's not here to stay. This life is perishable. Every single thing in this life will be over. It will fade and it will end one day for all of us.

No more hurt, no more wrong, no more suffering, no more disease, no more arguing.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
-Romans 8:18-19

It's going to happen, people.. Either you're going to die from this earth or Jesus will come back. We will encounter the creator of the universe one of these days. Sooner rather than later. And if you're not ready then get ready. Regardless of these earthly trials and how much we want to "get back" at those who do wrong here on earth, it is NOT our job. We don't make things right, He does.

So how about this: why don't you get on one knee and instead of protesting start praying. Pray for God to forgive you of all of your sins (because we are human and we do sin), ask for guidance in the possible days to come that you may be a refection of Him, pray for those hurting, those sick, those in need of a roof over their head and food on the table for their families. Pray for our community, that we may come together to help those in need instead of bashing in windows and yelling at each other. Who's that going to help?

Believe it or not, but it is not about us. It IS, on the other hand, about the one who made us. The one who sent his only son to die on a cross for our sins so that we may have eternal life with Him.

It's about the one who sacrificed it all for us.

So let's get on our knees and thank Him for doing so. We don't deserve one bit of it, but He loves us so much that He wants us to spend eternity with Him.

His sacrifice and unfailing love, that was for YOU. Thank Him and praise Him for it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Why AdvoCare is AWESOME

"Diet" products are very sketchy. Especially if a company guarantees how easy and achievable it is. That's where AdvoCare is different. The products' main target isn't to "lose weight" but to increase overall health and wellness for your body. They have a board of doctors who review each product before it goes out to the public. One of the doctors is Dr. Stanley Dudrick, who pioneered the research and development of TPN (total parenteral nutrition), which is how very sick people survive and get their nutrition. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! As a nurse, that's pretty cool to me. Not to mention the company has been around as long as I've been alive.

I've got many favorite products, but I wanted to share with you just a few of my top favorites and why.

1. Spark

Spark is the number one seller for AdvoCare. It is a sugar-free energy drink containing over 20 vitamins and minerals. It sharpens mental focus along with increased energy. I drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach within 20 minutes. If you've ever had it, it's a life-changer and lifesaver. Order yours here.

2. Herbal Cleanse

It's seriously not what you think. You are not in the bathroom all day long. It's a very gentle cleanse that will make you feel like a whole new person. It's only ten days and consists of a fiber drink, probiotic pills, and herbal cleanse pills. The cleanse is the first part of the 24 Day Challenge and is a great kick start to a healthier, cleaner you. If you've never done a cleanse before, I highly recommend the AdvoCare Herbal Cleanse. I just finished mine and lost 6 inches total and feel like a brand new woman. Order yours here!

3. MNS (Metabolic Nutrition System)

This is the second part of the 24 Day Challenge. So once you go through the cleanse and rid your body of all those toxins, you boost your metabolism with this system and feel even MORE better overall. There are three systems to choose from. The MNS C focus's on appetite control, so if you struggle with snacking or overeating, this is perfect for you. The MNS E focus's on mainly energy, so if you're lacking in staying awake throughout the day, this one is for you. My personal favorite is the MNS 3, which is a combination of energy and control. I need both, and this one is an equal amount. It's a lot of pills and I stink at taking pills (one at a time...) so it's rough at first, but after the first pack you notice the difference. Order your system here!

4. Probiotic Fast Melt

This product is new, and I'm obsessed. It comes in a small pack of powder you just dump in your mouth and it melts away. It's a healthy bacteria (probiotic) that your body needs for a healthy, normal digestive system process. I've had LOTS of stomach problems, and they have got worse since I got my gallbladder removed last year. This product is the probiotic a gastroenterologist would have prescribed me anyway, just not in a pill form. It's got a great taste and is easy to grab and go first thing in the morning. Order yours here.

5. Chews

Like I said before, taking pills just really isn't my thing. My mom has always preached to me about taking my vitamins, but I've really been missing my Flintstone chewable. AdvoCare granted my wish and developed all chewable vitamins. There are three different kinds: green (immune system health), tropical (overall multivitamin), and purple (brain, eyes, and nervous system development). They all taste amazing. I keep the green ones at work because we are around sick people all the time so as nurses we've got to have a strong immune system. Order yours here.

I've been a distributor with AdvoCare since I was in nursing school. I bought in just to get the 20% discount on Spark every order. It turned out to be a little extra gas money here and there and then developed into a small side business. They have a new preferred customer program you can read about here that allows you 20-30% discounts on your orders. As a distributor, there are never any quotas you have to meet and never any reorders required. If you just order one time or a million, that's fine. You don't have to sell or buy a certain amount of products. Unlike other wellness companies, AdvoCare has been around since 1993. The leaders are some of the nicest most encouraging people you'll ever meet. You can be extremely involved in promoting or selling a product or you don't have to do much work at all, it's up to you. You get out of it what you put into it. The easy thing with AdvoCare is you don't really have to sell the product, it sells itself. It's a product people of all ages can use, and it's the best company to be a part of.

Sign up to start your product discount and become a distributor here!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Being a Foster Dog Mom--Fostering Bud

Bud is foster dog number four. He has also been the hardest. He came to us terrified--wouldn't let me touch him for the first two days and anytime I would come near, he would snap at me. This dog had me stressing big time. Not to mention he came without a name and the only thing I could think to call him was Bud.

He warmed up after two to three days and would not stop following me around! I've learned his favorite thing to do is just cuddle. He wants to be beside me constantly, and I don't mind at all because he is just as sweet as can be!

We originally planned on only doing short term fostering, but after 12 weeks Bud still hadn't found a home. We were worried about him getting around people to begin with because he's not the friendliest dog like Ralph. We didn't want him to snap and growl at his potential new adopted parents. So we kept him close. Maybe too close as you can see from the dog carrier I got below. I couldn't help myself considering he LOVES to be right beside me.

Bud loves to give kisses and sleep. He loves it at our house, we could tell. Nick and I talked the other day and decided it would be devastating to Bud to have to start over. He has already done so well here and has adapted great, so we decided it would be best that we are going to put an end to Bud's foster journey and adopt him! We weren't expecting to adopt any of our fosters, and I had done so well before, but Bud has already been with us so long and he really does love it with us. And we love him just as much.

I would HIGHLY recommend fostering animals to anyone interested. I foster through Ruff Tales K-9 ResQ through Huntsville Animal Services. They provide all the shots, vaccinations, food, blankets, toys, etc. All you have to provide is the home. You are making a HUGE difference in the lives of these animals and providing them with the upmost love possible. The animals appreciate it and so does the shelter, because if an animal is in your home, that means there is a spot available for another animal to come in at the shelter. If you're thinking of getting a dog/cat, please go see your local shelter!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Being a Foster Dog Mom - Fostering Hale

I absolutely love being a foster dog mom. It is very rewarding to know you are getting these dogs out of the shelter and into a forever home. Our first foster was Luna, and she found her forever home pretty quickly, which is the goal! 

(Read up on my last blog post to learn more about Luna's story.)

After we found Luna her forever home, there was another dog in need of a foster through Huntsville Animal Services. Their shelter was at it's max and they were about to get a transport of new dogs. Hale had been at the shelter a couple of weeks and ended up developing kennel cough. It's very common in shelter dogs. It's just like humans developing the common cold. Not a very big deal, but if a dog stays at the shelter with kennel cough, ALL the dogs get it. They needed him out first before all 184 dogs got it. That's where we come in. I was nervous at first since we have Ralphie already and he's obviously our number one priority. But we do have an outside gated area in the shade that's perfect for dogs, and we thought it was very important to help this poor pup and get him out of the shelter before he gets all the dogs sick and what better place than our secluded outside area? Ralphie stays inside mostly except when he's playing so we weren't really worried about Ralphie getting sick.

So here comes Hale. This is a picture of him right before he left the shelter. Look at that FACE!

Hale was about the size of Ralphie, just a little longer. He barked about the first 30 minutes upon arriving at our house then got a little more comfortable. He would growl and snap at Nick but learned very quickly that was not right. He stayed separated from Ralph for the first couple days due to the sickness. He did great on a leash, loved long walks, and enjoyed his separated space in his outside kennel (anytime Ralph would try to go in Hale would growl).

After a few days, Hale and Ralph clicked and LOVED to play.

You could tell after the first few days of being at our house that Hale was really enjoying his stay!

As I always do, I posted a picture of Hale and a little bit of his description and after a few shares Hale found his new family. Facebook can sure be good for some things!

The last day Hale was at our house I brought him inside for the first time, and he instantly jumped on the couch, so I figured he was an inside dog. I planned on giving him a bath and bringing him in that night, but it was time to say good-bye. Just like that, Hale was off to his new home.

He looks terrified in the picture above, but I promise he hopped up in my lab and was loving it.

I enjoy sharing love with my foster dogs. Even though they're only with us a short time, and YES I want to keep them all but it's just impossible, this is such a rewarding blessing and I'm so happy to help find these dogs their forever home!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Our Short Time with Luna as Dog Foster Parents

I have always had a love for animals, dogs especially. I had one special dog when I was a little girl but she died when I was six and we never really got to have dogs after that. So when I got married and became a grown up, the first thing I wanted was to get my own dog. I have fallen in love with my Ralphie. He is spoiled but also disciplined and I couldn't imagine life without him.

I wanted to help other dogs, but I didn't want to actually GET any more dogs right now. Nick said I should donate money to our local shelter, but I wanted to do something more. I saw Huntsville Animal Shelter advertise on the local news how they needed foster homes for the animals in their shelter. Perfect! We have trained Ralphie all by ourselves and we have a great living location for a dog to run. I contacted the shelter and they linked me up with a foster program for dogs called Ruff Tales K9 ResQ. All I had to do was fill out an application and specify the type/size of the dog I am willing to take in. Since Ralphie is only 20lbs, I didn't want anything bigger than him. After a few weeks, I got notification on a Friday night that a small dog needed a place to stay for 2 weeks, and we picked her up that next Saturday morning. Just like that!

Her name is Luna. She is a small chihuahua who is house and kennel trained and loves to cuddle. All she wants to do is lay next to you. She appears to be an older dog, does well on a leash, and is content wherever she goes. She was taken out of Huntsville Animal Shelter into this foster program in the hopes of finding her forever home.

Luna came with everything: her kennel, food, water, toys, blankets, leash, and her collar. All we had to do was provide the home. She seemed scared at first but warmed up pretty quickly.

She was pretty exhausted her first day. She had a big move and a big environment adjustment, so all she really wanted to do was lay around.

She would growl around Ralph at first. I think it was because she was so scared of him. As a little dog, I'm sure she felt like she couldn't defend herself, so that was her defense mechanism. After day one, she did much better and even started playing with Ralph!

I posted her picture and description on my Facebook page, had a couple "likes" and "shares" and BOOM, someone messaged me saying they wanted her! Luna is going to a perfect family too who is already in love with her. Once the adoption paperwork is complete through the foster program, she will be off to her forever home.

Goal achieved!

What a blessing it has been to be a part of Luna's life for this short time. The best thing about fostering dogs is knowing you are saving two lives: the life of the dog you're fostering and the life of a dog able to go into the shelter since you took a dog out of the shelter into your home.  Helpless dogs are killed every day because there is just simply not enough room in the shelter. Ruff Tales K9 ResQ is in need of short term foster homes (1-4 weeks). You can fill out an application on their website or message them on their Facebook page to find out more information. I know I can't save every dog, but I can at least try to save a few and hopefully impact the lives of these dogs and show them that they are a blessing and they are LOVED!

Can't wait for our next foster!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

When You Fall in Love with A Dog

When I was 7, my favorite dog in the whole world die. Her name was Sue-Sue, and she had been with me since I was a baby. She was a puppy whenever my sister was born, so she was around forever. Sue was one of those dogs who knew everyone in the neighborhood and everyone knew her. She would go door to door to get her daily treats, and she would even look both ways before crossing the street. Sue stole my heart at a young age, and ever since then I've been a dog lover. We buried her under the dogwood tree in our backyard.

After Sue passed, we had a couple other dogs here and there, but none could compare to Sue. When my sister and I would get home and one of our dogs after Sue wasn't there, Mom would always say they ran away, but I'm pretty sure she gave them away. No dog could amount to Sue.

Seventeen years later I'm now married and don't have any parents at home to tell me that I can't get a dog... :] So at the time I was working at the hospital and one of my friends' Toy Australian Shepherds mated with a blue healer and made THE CUTEST little puppies. I couldn't resist. It was almost Christmas time so there wasn't a more perfect time to bring a sweet puppy into our family. Nick didn't really want a dog, but of course I talked him into it. We went to look at all the puppies one evening. I was set on getting a girl, but when we got there, I fell in love with this sweet soul pictured below.

How can that face not melt your heart! Like I said, it was almost Christmas time and my favorite Christmas movie is The Christmas Story, where the kid, Ralphie, almost shoots his eye out and gets a black eye. That's where I got the name Ralphie. Plus he literally looks like he has a black eye.

He was soooooo little! And too cute not to dress up in a Christmas sweater.

 This was the first day we brought him home. Tee-tiny next to Nick!

Look at that face!

Nick and Ralph's birthday's are two days apart, so what a better way to celebrate than with a Ralph cake?

Ralphie is my first love after Sue. I never realized how much you can actually love a pet. Ralph is more than just a pet, though. He is my baby. Since he's half Toy Australian Shepherd half blue healer, he is SO DARN SMART. Literally. He can sit, speak, lay down, roll over, high five, play dead, play fetch, go get his ball and his toy (and know the difference between the two), give kisses on command, come, stay, and anything else I tell him to do. He loves learning new tricks and he picks up so fast. It amazes me at literally how smart he is. I could never imagine loving another dog as much as I love Ralphie. He's perfect, minus all the dog hair around the house. He knows when he's not supposed to be doing something and gets in trouble, and he knows when we are about to leave or go to work. He knows where home is, and he knows his dog buddies live right next door. He doesn't have the urge to adventure off into the woods, he stays very close to home. He stays awake and full of energy all day, and at night he knows when bed time is and he sleeps all night. He might be the best thing to ever happen to me. Ralph has shown me what selfless love is and true devotion and loyalty to another. He's unique. I don't think he could be any cuter, and I don't think you ever know what true love is until you love a dog, and he loves you back.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Living Life with Headaches

Woah, it sure has been a while since I've posted. I guess I've been busy!

Anywho, today's post is about me (go figure) and my struggle with headaches. If you don't know me, here's a little recap of what I've been going through lately.

I started having a horrible toothache one day. I have a lot of mouth problems, believe it or not. Everyone says I have a pretty smile, but man have my teeth caused me LOTS of problems. My toothache got a lot worse, so I waited until I couldn't stand it any longer and called the dentist. He worked me in that day and started poking around. Then he put down those horrible sharp utensils and started feeling around on my jaw muscle. He asked me if I had headaches and I told him everyday. He noticed my jaw popped every time I opened my mouth and every time I closed it. He came to the conclusion I have a dysfunctional jaw muscle. It has been overworked every time I chew. My teeth don't line up when I bite down on my food, so every time I do chew my jaw is going in a zig-zag motion.

My dentist told me I needed to only eat soft foods. I also didn't need to open my mouth all the way or close it all the way either. Very difficult considering one of my favorite hobbies is singing in the choir. He said I need to alternate ice and heat, usually heat being the best, and take anti-inflammatory pills and muscle relaxers. Well, nurses don't like to take medications, so that option was out, and no matter what I did take, my headaches won't go away.

I went back for another appointment and they did a TON of molds, pictures, xrays, etc. After about 45 minutes of molds and stuff, my dentist came in a massaged my main jaw muscle points to figure out which ones were hurting the worst, and then he made me open and close slowly to figure out which tooth hits first and where. My dentist is an expert at this because he said his daughter started having this problems a few years ago so he did a lot of studies on it. He couldn't fix his daughters problem until recently because he said you have to complete growing before he tries to fix the problem. He is still looking at my molds to figure out if he can actually fix my problem or not with a mouth piece, and if he can't, he will have to refer me back to my orthodontist for braces..... OMG NOT AGAIN!

My dentist said once we get my jaw problems fixed, my headaches will go away completely. I sure hope so. Until then, seriously nothing works on getting rid of my headaches. I have a headaches everyday usually. Most of the time I go to bed with a headache. One of the WORST feelings in the world is going to bed with a headache and waking up with one. The struggle is real.Getting a massage helps me relax but that's just temporarily. I can still function with these headaches, but it is very difficult too. I do have migraines too so I know the difference pretty well. I would much rather stay in bed and just lay there, but I've realized whether I'm laying in bed or working out or going to work or whatever, I'm still going to have a headache. So I just suffer through.

It's hard. Some days are better than others. When I don't wake up with a headache, it's an awesome feeling, but then later throughout the day I usually develop one. The left side of my head has been pounding lately, but it's not like a headache pain, it's like a brain spasm or something. Really. It makes my left eye twitch and my neck just tucks down in pain. I'm just hoping these headaches are nothing serious and my dentist can just fix my problem.

I find out this week whether my dentist is going to be able to make my mouth piece or not. All prayers are very appreciated. I really don't want braces again, but if that will fix these headaches, I might be okay with it. Also pray it is just my jaw and nothing more serious.

Thanks everyone! I hope y'all have a great week!

Friday, February 19, 2016

When You Stop Putting Crap In Your Mouth

I have always loved chocolate. And bread. Oh, how I love bread. Somehow after I got married my body completely changed and there went an extra added twenty pounds. Then when I started stressing about the extra weight I've put on, there went another added  ten pounds. AHHHHHHHH! Awful, I know. I guess after I got married I got into a completely different schedule with work, bills, and cleaning the house, which by the way, I have no idea how my house gets so dirty so fast so I'm blaming it on Ralphie. Anyway, back to my weight gain.... I decided a few weeks ago I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. So I made a few life changes and have learned a few different things along the way.

First thing I did was go to the dentist. Yes, you heard me correctly. I started having a horrible toothache that hurt so bad I couldn't even eat anything on that side of my mouth. The dentist said I have a horrible, messed up jaw muscle that functions completely different than everyone else's. Wonderful. I have an overbite, and every time I bite down my teeth are all touching at different times causing stress on my jaw muscles. He said that's one reason why I have such a fat face. Okay, he didn't really say that, but that's basically what he meant. I pretty much have a body builder jaw muscle. My tooth pain was caused by my stressed out jaw muscle. The dentist told me I didn't need to open my mouth too much, but I also didn't need to close it all the way. Also, he said only eat soft foods. My gosh, am I just an 87 year old woman in a 24 year old body... So there was a good excuse to seriously start a life style change.

Next, I cut back on my portions. WAY back. Like eating half of what I was eating on a daily basis. I was "hungry" the first couple days and found myself just wanting to pick up some food when I was bored or didn't have anything to do. I have found that it's amazing how much food your body needs when you're giving it the correct amount and type of food. Depending on your daily activity, your body really doesn't need as much as I thought. I haven't been starving myself, but I also haven't been stuffing my face to the point I can't breath.

Next, I cut the crap. Junk food, including stacks and desserts, foods full of sugar, and bread. Yep, I cut my one true love. Spark helps me with morning and afternoon cravings. After 3 weeks, my "skinny" jeans said thank you. It might feel good at the time while you're eating those things, but they never really make you full, they just make you want more of it to try and make you full. It's amazing how much better you feel when you cold-turkey quit the junk.

Last, I've been weighing myself every other day. I hate the scale, and I never would weight myself. Probably one place I went wrong before. Now that I keep up with my weight more closely, I can see that if I've gained a little, I'll think back to what I ate the day before and change my ways. So far I've just continued to lose, but I know there will be a time where it might go back up. I just have to stay strong and don't give up because I just seriously have no choice. 

Nine pounds down, twenty one to go!

Friday, February 12, 2016


Whew, what a week! So happy it is Friday and I get to enjoy the weekends doing whatever I want and not working. That's SO nice. Here's my week in recap!

Monday: Meh... That's what I think about Monday's. Work, of course, and then I have Upward cheerleading practice. We have our games every Saturday morning, and last Saturday I had the girls cheering by myself (my partner had to work). They were not feeling it Saturday. Not paying attention, pouting, and most importantly not listening to me. So Monday I walk in practice a little late and the other coach is giving them a talk on respect and how they should have listened to me on Saturday. They all looked so sad, but they listened the rest of the practice and some of the girls even apologized to me. I love my cheerleaders, but man does it confirm my decision why I am NOT ready for kids.....

Tuesday: Everyone freaked out about the weather, what's new. Yes, it was snowing that morning and in SOME places sticking, but it quit shortly after 9am where I was. All of the schools around us closed, so the company I work for decided to close at 12pm! That was awesome! I got to come home and clean the house, and the roads we not bad at all so I got to make a trip to Kroger and just relax. It was nice having a half a day off!

Wednesday: One of my busiest days right now. I've been having to wake up earlier and go to the Town Creek clinic because there isn't a nurse over there right now and my doctor goes over there on Wednesday mornings. I usually just stay half a day but I had to stay a whole day this past Wednesday and didn't leave till a little after 5, and it takes me at least an hour to get back home because of all the traffic from people getting off of work. I didn't get to make it to church, and after I came home and showered, I skipped choir practice (sorry choir peeps), and went straight to bed!! I was exhausted.

Thursday: I woke up very disappointed it wasn't Friday yet! Since it's almost Valentine's Day, everyone at work was bringing goodies like chocolate, cookies, and cupcakes and I'm over here starving trying to get ready for summer. If you know me, I've been dieting HARD CORE recently and have lost 7lbs (YAY)! I haven't eaten bread or junk and have been doing great, and THEN a rep comes in our office and brings in THREE dozen hot Krispy Kreme donuts....... I gave in. I couldn't resist! So I came home and worked hard on the spin bike for 45 minutes and barely ate supper. Oh, the things we do for a little cheat snack. Grey's and Scandal finally came back on, and I hate to say I just wish Grey's would end already. I LOVE the show, but after Derek died, a little part inside me died also. Nick makes fun of me, but I'm still upset. Scandal really disappointed me, too. Olivia is a little huzzy. I wish she would just pick one guy and stay with him!

Friday: WOOHOOOO!!!! It's going to be a great day. I have to do some Valentine's shopping when I get off, and plan to clean the house.

Everyone have a great Friday!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

When You Start Spending Your Weekends Nights At Home

When you start spending your weekend nights at home more often than you go out and do things, you're officially a grown up. No, maybe not really, but that's the conclusion I've come too.

After a long work week, I want nothing more than just to relax and do a whole lot of nothing. Can I get an AMEN? My dad asked me what time I normally go to sleep and I responded with, "If it's 9pm and I'm not already in bed, then I'm going to be tired in the morning."  I don't know if I'm just more tired lately or what but I need my sleep. I don't see how all you working mothers sleep like 3 hours a night. I think I would go into shock from lack of sleep. Ralph also starts winding down about 8:45ish and he's just too cute not to cuddle with in bed (that's my sweet baby dog, by the way)!

I don't have the desire to go and stay out all night anymore either because it sure is exhausting! I used to enjoy doing things like that but thank goodness my heart is in a different place now. Matthew 6:21 says, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." That's so important for everyone to remember, and I've really taken that to heart.

SO... ain't no shame in going to bed at 9pm. Get your rest, wake up early, watch the sunrise. I think that is the best time to spend with yourself and The Lord. I enjoy doing my quiet time at night before I go to bed, but being able to have that special time in the early mornings just to think about the day ahead and pray for the upcoming day, you couldn't start out any day better than that!

Now, GO TO BED! :]

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

When Your Patients or Their Families Say "Thank You"

I never expect a "thank you" from any of my patients or their families. I do what I do because it is my job and it is something I am called to do. Most of the time patients are hateful and they expect you to drop everything you're doing because apparently the world revolves around them. When patients are hateful, I just have to remind myself that there must be a bigger issue there and they're just taking it out on me. Which is fine, whatever. I may take it too hard sometimes, but at least I can go home and be with my family and spend some time with God and be happy no matter what the circumstances are. 

For every 50 hateful patients, there's at least one grateful one. One patient I had told me all of their life problems and how they just had no where else to turn and didn't know what to do, and all I did was listen, and they told me they've never had someone so sweet to talk to and they were just so thankful I listened to them. It makes you feel good inside even when you respond with, "Oh, it's not a problem darlin', it's my job and I enjoy doing it."

I've never had more grateful patients than when I worked hospice. I loved getting to know my families and somewhat becoming a part of their family  for a short time. Even while their loved one is passing from this world and you can't do anything but comfort them and pray with them, that's okay. Sometimes that's all people need is just your presence. Working hospice, my nursing skills weren't needed much, but my presence was needed on a daily basis. Of course I had my patients to take care of, but I also had their families, too. 

During Upward cheer practice, I've been teaching my little second graders on how meaningful the words "thank you" are. It really does mean more than you think when you say it. God knows just when you need to hear those words, too. It'll be right after a long, awful day where you think you're just not in the right place and someone takes the time to write you a note, send you a letter, or tell you in person what a difference you made in their life and they couldn't be more thankful for you. It means so much.

Just two simple words go such a long way. I think it's so important for nurses to hear a "thank you" every now and then. And not just nurses, "thank you" should be used everyday in your life to show others how much you appreciate them. Let's all take some time today and tell other's "thank you" for simple acts of kindness or what a difference they're made in your life. You never know when someone just needs to hear it!
This was a year or so ago when I worked at CRMC. I had an awful night and leaving my shift I had a family go to Jack's and buy my breakfast, AND bring it back before I even clocked out. It's the little things. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Faves

Omg, could this day not get here any sooner? Nah, but forreal. It sure has been a stressful week at work, but at least it's Friday and I have some favorite things to make me feel better!


I could eat this for every meal. And it's not just regular bagged popcorn you buy at the store. That stuff is gross to me now. I have a popcorn popper that I put kernels and a little bit of oil in and that's it! Well, some popcorn seasoning too, but that's just some powder :] Ranch flavoring and garlic parmesan flavoring are my two favorites.


I'm like an old lady, I love the Game Show Network. Family Feud, The Newlywed Game, etc. The old stuff is the best. If I'm home on a weekday for some reason I will always watch Let's Make a Deal and The Price is Right. Who doesn't like game shows?


Which is not very clean right now, but I love nothing more than coming home to a clean house. It's what I do when I get home on Friday's now is clean my house so I will have it clean for the weekend and I can just relax.


Nick got me a spin bike for Christmas because he was tired of me telling his most of my gym workouts consisted of me on the stationary spin bike. I asked for the actual Peloton bike but he didn't want to spend a couple grand on me for Christmas, so he just got me the best one Academy had, which I really love and use 5-6 days a week!


I love Friday's now that I work a normal job like a normal person for the first time in my life ever. It's great being able to make plans every weekend now!

Everyone have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wild Nurse Wednesday: Things I Wish I Would Have Known BEFORE Becoming A Nurse

There are so many things I wish I would have known before I became a nurse. All I was thinking in school was, "OMG I'm going to be an RN, I'm so cool" (in a real preppy voice). It's not as great as some people think, and just like being a teacher, police officer, fireman, ect. we don't get paid enough for what we have to do. 

1. Say adios to your weekends and holidays. FOR-EHH-VER (The Sandlot!)

Everyone tells you in school you should start out on a med-surg floor at the hospital, and I totally agree. I learned SO much working at the hospital my first nursing job, and I was eager every shift because I was exited about being a nurse and all. I didn't realize just how many weekends I would be working, and then when it got to my first holiday, which was 4th of July, oooooh I was so mad I had to work. And then the big ones roll around. My birthday (yes, that is a holiday), Thanksgiving, Christmas..... I had to work every. Single. One. I missed my family so much, and working night shift I never saw anyone anymore except my work besties, who I would text at 2:30am while watching Netflix because I wasn't able to sleep due to my crazy schedule. 

2. Be prepared to get attached.

Some of your patients will complain all day long, but then there's the others who will be so appreciative of your help, who you will fall in love with. I remember one shift where I just had a horrible night. One of my patients coded and all my others were just awful. You'll have those shifts where one whole group is just AWFUL, and that particular night I was the chosen one. I was exhausted by the end of my shift, and I kept thinking to myself, "What in the world am I even doing being a nurse, I'm awful at this and I suck at life." I stopped by on my way out to check on a patient and their spouse that had been there for a couple months. I walked in to the spouse telling me what a good nurse I am and are going to be, that I'm so sweet and caring and they just loved me. I couldn't help but break down and cry. This was a family I had fallen in love with and one of the first of many I've gotten attached too.

This is sweet Mr. Pounders. I volunteered at an assisted living place in high school and that's when I decided I wanted to become a nurse. I went to see Mr. Pounders every time I was there.

3. You have two ears and one mouth for a reason.

Sometimes these patients come to the hospital or in the doctor office who have no one to talk too.Yes, they may elaborate on their pain when you ask them their level or if they need anything else and they start on their life story. Whether you're taking care of this patient for their pneumonia or CHF exacerbation, you're also taking care of their emotional needs too. Even though you're two hours behind, you have to remember to take a little extra time to listen. Trust me, you're making more of a difference than those antibiotics are. 

4. You're SICK.

Literally, you're always sick. My first year as a nurse I stayed sick. I got the flu 3 times, even with the flu shot. If you're germophobic, get out now. You are going to be exposed to the most disgusting illnesses. Every different flu virus strain, Tuberculosis, EBOLA! Then there's always those wounds that will make you sick, with mold, pus, and maggots... Okay, I'll stop now for those weaklings :] 

Me cooking for Thanksgiving my first year as a nurse. Yep, I was sick.

5. It's not all about the money, that's for sure.

I went in thinking nurses made a pretty good amount. The first W-2 I got I took a look at it and literally said out loud, "That's it?!" After working a couple jobs and making more and more money, I realized that all I did in life was work and I didn't want my life to be that way. Time away from your family is time you can never get back, and no amount of money is worth that. Don't make work your life. You can't take that money to the grave with you. Enjoy LIFE, not just a working life.

My sweet little family.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Top 10 Best Concerts of my LIFE! (So Far)

I have seen many AMAZING artists in my short 24 years here on earth. For today's post, I wanted share some of my best concert moments so far. Most of my concerts are with my Dad. We share the same love for the same type of music, mainly classic rock. I was raised right!

10. Eric Clapton

I bought my dad tickets to see Eric Clapton a couple summers ago I think it was. I paid a little extra to have some closer seats since this was his Father's Day gift. He came out and MAYBE played an hour. He played a lot of his new blues music and not enough of his best hits. Not my favorite but still awesome to say I saw Eric Clapton in concert.

9. Yes

I didn't know who this band was until my dad said he bought us tickets to go see them in Huntsville. They rocked it big time! We had a blast.

8. Bob Dylan

My dad, sister, and myself went to see Bob Dylan in Birmingham. He's so old we could barely understand the words he was saying, let alone sing along to "Tangled Up In Blue" like we do every time we're in the car. Still a good concert and again it's awesome to say I've seen Bob Dylan in my day :]

7. Destiny's Child

I will NEVER forget... Third grade Big Spring Jam. Mom and Dad let me and Sarah stay up SUPER late just to see Destiny's Child in concert. All I remember is being on my dad's shoulders and bouncing up and down and screaming constantly. I fell asleep in class the next day, but it was so worth it.

6. John Fogerty

Nick's mom won these tickets off the radio and I'm so glad she asked us to go with her! When I say us, I'm referring to me and Nick.. should have made that clear before :] He played a lot of his old CCR stuff and it was a great concert! CCR is one of my go-to jams for when I have my convertible top down.

5. Journey

I almost couldn't get anyone to go to this concert with me because it was during the work week, so my music-livin' Aunt Bebo came to the rescue and we had a great time! The lead singer ALMOST sounded like the real one.

4. Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller opened up for Journey, but they played better than Journey did! Steve Miller is also another one I jam to with the top down. They closed with Big Ol' Jet Airliner and it gave me chills.

3. Elton John/Billy Joel

I was 16/17 when Dad took me to Atlanta to see Elton John and Billy Joel in concert together. That was when they liked each other I guess. Such an awesome concert, two legends in one night. I saw Elton John again not too long ago in Birmingham with Dad and all his daughters and it was even better the second time. Here's a video of the second time I saw Elton John! Hopefully you're able to view it :]

2. The Rolling Stones

I mean, need I say more? Awesome show. Even though it was about 115 degrees outside and I was hallucinating due to a heat stroke I thought Bob Dylan showed up. Nope, it was still Mick Jagger. Brad Pasley opened up for him and Carrie Underwood AND Joe Walsh showed up. Rockin' night. This picture was taken from our seats. Not bad!

1. Hanson

I am the number one BIGGEST Hanson fan of all time. I've been with them since the beginning and I'm not going anywhere. I've seen them 5 times in concert, with the last one being in Birmingham with my sister. We showed up 4 hours early, stood in line for a standing room only, and I was literally touching the stage. The girl beside me obviously forgot to wear some D.O. and she had her arms up the WHOLE time, but I suffered through it to be able to TOUCH Taylor and Issac, get a guitar pick at the end from Issac, and have Zac smile at me. Literally, I was singing along and smiling at him of course and he smiled back and two girls beside me was like, "OMG HE JUST SMILED AT YOU." I literally cried when the concert was over. Best night of my life. The very first item on my bucketlist is to be able to have a meet and greet with all the Hanson brothers. I would die of happiness when it was over. Here's some awesome pictures of the most amazing night of my life.

Zac smiling at me. AHHHHHHHH!!!

I look forward to the day I meet Hanson! And all the other many concerts I attend. One piece of advice for anyone wanting to go to a concert: GO! Who cares if it's a work night or too expensive. I had the opportunity to see The Eagles and I couldn't get my dad or husband to go because they said it was too much, now I'm even MORE mad at them because we will NEVER be able to see The Eagles again! So spend the extra money and be tired the next day, sometimes you just can't pass up the opportunity for a good show!