We are half way through the year and this is my first post. I have stunk it up BIG time with blogging. I just didn't really care to post stuff anymore and a little bit of a lack of time.

So much has happened since, uhm...Christmas. Where do I begin??

I went back to school in January, taking a A&P 1 class at nights and Human Growth & Development on Fridays.

I applied to nursing school.

Chad turned 27.

Went to the beach for a week!

We converted Olivia's bed to a toddler bed. My baby is growing up way to fast!

I got laid off from my job on May 25th. The only job I have ever had. I started working there when I was a senior in high school! It was a mixture of emotions, but God had BIGGER plans for me!

I started summer class-A&P 2.


I turned 24.

Got the new Iphone 4.

I had my first ever yard sale. I made over $500 and I am still selling stuff!

I applied for unemployment and WIA. : /

Chad got a new truck!

Mom turned 50!

And the list goes on and on....

God has truly blessed me. There are so many times in the past couple of years where I have doubted him and was so frustrated with the direction my life was headed (career wise). I was so unhappy with my job. I had been for sometime. I don't know how many times I drove home crying, mad, hurt, frustrated and just plain hating that place. No, it wasn't all bad, but it wasn't what I wanted to do the rest of my life and I was not happy or satisfied. I wasn't fulfilled.
I tried a couple of times of getting a job closer to home, but it just never worked out. I would just always settle and stay where I was. Praying God would open the doors in my life and that he would lead me to where I needed to be.

Getting laid off was totally unexpected (to an extent). I worked for a real estate development management company. They build and manage apartment homes. I was let go simply because work was slow and they were cutting back. At first I was somewhat upset, but who wouldn't want to be off for the summer?!? : ) I received a severance that would cover me for the summer and if things worked out with school, I would've been leaving in the fall anyway. It was great!
BUT then I got scared and started doubting. What if I don't get in nursing school? What am I going to do??

I was accepted into nursing school. Something I have thought about for at least 4 years now. I have prayed and prayed and know that this is what I am supposed to be doing. The program is not cheap! I thought surely I would get help from pell grant since I was unemployed, but that was a far fetch! I really don't understand how they come up with who they help and who they don't. It's a joke.

So there I was looking for a $10,000 loan for a two year program. Not fun. I was at my mom's office one day faxing a loan application, when one of the girls told me about a program through the Career Center (Unemployment Office). I hadn't filed for unemployment since I didn't need it and hadn't really thought about it. I thought I would go down there and see if, maybe, I qualified.

The way it was explained to me...WIA is program funded by the state. There are two pots of money. One for adults who have lost their job and are going back to school. The other is just adults going back to school and need help paying for tuition.
I filled out an app, had to apply for unemployment, took a test, wrote an essay, and waited and waited.

I got the call last week. I got accepted!!!!!! WIA is covering all of tuition, fees and books!!!! ALL OF IT!!! I was THRILLED!!! Another door open. God is GOOD!! He is FAITHFUL!!

I know he has his hand on me and is guiding me through this new chapter in my life.

1 Peter 5:6-7 "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

1 comment:

Crystal Odom said...

Wow. Isn't it amazing when you look back on all that you have been through and realize that God was walking you through the bad to get to the good. :) Congrats to you on nursing school! You'll make a great nurse!