Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a nurse. I watched these amazing people come into my home since I can remember and take care of my sweet brother who I love more than anything else. I watched my moms eyes have the look the relief as someone came in to care for him when he was sick and she could walk away for a second and know he was in good hands. These nurses were our lifeline. They were how my mom could go to the grocery store, get gas in her car, take us to different activities, etc. They were how she got to leave her house. I watched them become part of our family, people we love, trusted, and confided in often times. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be that for someone else.
School was never anything that came easy to me, I like to think that I am smart, but I also am the worlds worst test taker. I could study for hours upon hours and then the second I hit the testing center I couldn’t remember anything. I had to work really hard to go to school and honestly without my mom pushing me I don’t think I would have ever made it through. I hated her the whole time she would question me over and over and nag me about getting things done to get into different programs, etc. and now looking back I am so beyond grateful for her doing that for me.
I was 22 years old when I graduated nursing school, when I started my career. I am so proud of myself for the hard work that I put into giving myself the education and something that I can always fall back on if something were to happen to Zach. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t love to work, but having the peace of mind that I could support my family if I needed to is something that is truly amazing. I work just enough to keep my license and it is perfect. I get out of the house and get to go take care of some of the cutest little kids, but most of the time I get to stay home with my littles. I get to have that professional time for a little bit a few times a month and it is just what I need. I also love that I get to purchase scrubs because hello, they are the worlds most comfortable thing to wear ever. I am always one to look for an excuse to buy some new clothes and scrubs are no exception. I let myself snag a couple of Smitten Scrubs a year because they are the most comfortable and look so professional. The fabric is super stretchy, yet holds its shape and washes up amazing. They come in a ton of sizes and colors which is also a must for me. They are one of my top 10 favorite things of being a nurse.
Being an example to King that I graduated collage and work as a nurse is something so important to me. I love that I can show him that hard work pays off, that moms can work too, and that with hard work you can do whatever you set your mind to. While I am taking a little break after Matt passing away to work, he knows that his mom is a nurse and gets to go help people feel better. I love that I have the knowledge of being a nurse to use in my own home. I hope that as King and my future littles grow up they can see me work and I can lead by example to them to go to school, work hard, and to have a career that can support your family. That right there, that is all I can hope for.