Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I love this time of year. The music, decorations, smells, delicious things to eat, and of course being around some of my favorite people. This year, it's a little bit different. My parents are still on a mission in China and my brother, who lives in Utah, is going to the in-laws this year. So that leaves my sister and I alone. It's going to be so much fun though! We have so many fun traditions in my family. We always watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and make breakfast. This year, I made my Momma's overnight french toast. It is so delicious. Then we always watch the dog show. I know. It's kinda weird but my mom and I love it. I don't know why but we're addicted. During all of this we're going through the newspaper and making our Christmas and Black Friday shopping lists. My sister and I always go out with all those other crazy shoppers. We make it fun.
We are not about to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for two people so we are headed to Mimi's Cafe for dinner. That is one of my favorite restaurants and they serve a turkey dinner. I'm addicted to their corn chowder. I kind of like the idea of not cooking. It is so stressful and such a mess. We might be starting a new tradition in our family by going out to dinner in the future. I love the idea of not doing any dishes! ;0)
I'm so grateful for so many things but here are just a few:
1. Good hearted people
2. Country Music
3. Following your dreams
5. The reason for the season.
I recently switched jobs from Pediatrics to Labor and Delivery. It was a necessary move and I believe a better path for my career. Career?!?! It is so weird to say that. To be honest, I never thought I would have a career. When I was 21, there was no way that I thought I would have graduated college and not be married by 23, start having kids, and busy raising a family/supporting a hubby while living in the south. Well, two degrees later I am successfully a 25 year old, single, white female. My life could not have turned out more differently than imagined. But with all that said, I would not trade any experience, hardship, blessing, or plan that has or has not worked out in my life. I have learned so many life lessons that I know that I would not have learned if my life had turned out according to "my plan." I probably would have never even gone to nursing school if life had taken the walk down the isle at a younger age. There are so many reasons why I needed to be a nurse and have the knowledge that I have.
I love my job. It is seriously the coolest experience to help these moms bring their precious little spirits into the world. I am amazed and loving the experiences that I am having. I never really sought out to be a Labor and Delivery nurse. I always thought that I would be in pediatrics because that is where the majority of my work experience is grounded. During my nursing clinical during school, I literally walked out of my first encounter with childbirth thinking that women got the short end of the stick. Labor is not an easy or glamorous experience. It truly is amazing what the human body is capable of doing. I always walk away from work thinking that there is absolutely no way that God cannot exist.
I'm getting much more used to not living in Provo. I still miss all my friends like crazy but I am making new friends here and making the necessary changes in life. It was a bit of a shock for me at first. It is a very different life not living in a college town. It has its advantages and disadvantages but I knew that it was time to take a leap and move forward in life. You cannot expect that anything is going to change if you keep on doing the same things in life. You have to take some risks. It's a scary jump but it has lead me in the direction that I need to go and I know that I will continue to be guided in all of my decisions. True faith builder.
I love the new, different, and challenging experiences that I am having in my life. I am developing so many more talents, passions, knowledge, and have a better understanding of what is really important in life. I am so grateful!