Friday, December 28, 2012

Guest Post

no time to blog so I'm letting Kathryn Norcutt from RNnetwork write for me tonight...


From High School into Nursing
Kathryn Norcutt has been an active member of the health care community for over 20 years.  During her time as a nurse, she has helped people from all walks of life and ages. Now, Kathryn leads a much less hectic life and devotes much of her 
free time to writing for RNnetwork, a site specializing in traveling nursing jobs.



Before the medical field exploded with the dawn of newer and more diverse technologies, the choices that a young nursing candidate had were fairly limited.  Nursing in previous generations blanketed the entire healthcare spectrum that today has been broken down into many degrees and certifications.   Fields like physical therapy, anesthesia, cardiac care, emergency room and so forth, are not only specialized but are in high demand.   Something a current high school nursing candidate should really consider when thinking about their future career.   With all of these niche certifications available, a prudent question to ask yourself would be: Do you receive your training and degree through a traditional four-year-college or would it behoove you to reduce the time and expense of college and get started even earlier.   Numerous options abound with healthcare, from flexible schedules, part-time and temporary work to traveling nursing jobs.  The best part? You can begin your journey into the medical field, before you graduate from high school. 

How? Let’s take a look at the steps to get your nursing dreams started.
  •        High School: It’s never too early to start looking into your future, even though your fellow classmates are more worried about what they are going to wear for the Friday night football game than what they’ll be doing in ten years, this doesn’t have to be true for you.   You can start working towards that nursing degree while still enrolled in high school.  Get online and search an online program aptly called, “Jump Start” where you can begin earning credit towards your nursing degree as early as your junior year.   Before you start the admissions process, you must sign a “Letter of Intent” and make an appointment with your guidance counselor to discuss your career plans.  Once they determine that you are in fact ready to start they can grant permission for you to begin the nursing courses.  Another critical piece of the nursing admissions equation will be your SAT scores, you must earn a combined total of 1100 (Math and Critical Reading) in order to qualify as well as a 2.7 GPA.  An additional exam is the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills); this will test a prospective nursing school candidate on their knowledge of a variety of subjects.  Among these subjects are; mathematics, science, English and language usage.  If this seems a bit overwhelming, don’t worry, you are already a huge step ahead of the game.  You have completed half the battle and you’re still wearing braces!
  •        LPN vs. RN: From this point on, your life will be filled with many acronyms and abbreviations, so you better start getting used to it.  Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) perform basic care and some administrative duties (usually under the supervision of a Registered Nurse). LPN programs generally run 12 months and you can earn your certification through a few different options here; online, community college or technical colleges.  Prospective nursing students can also earn an Associate Degree in nursing (ADN) or a 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) through an accredited program.  Courses here would include; chemistry, physiology, anatomy and psychology as well as hands on training through a supervised instructor.  
  •        Licensing: ALL students who have completed a hospital nursing program, ADN or BSN degree must pass their state’s licensing requirements.  Those who want to earn their Registered Nursing certifications must pass the NCLEX-RN.  Once you’ve completed these basic requirements don’t forget that the career path of nursing offers many specialized certifications and degrees.  Another option is to look into the American Nurses Association as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Started in 1991, they have had over 250,000 nurses receive their credentials.   This organization’s creed is defined as “a means of measuring competency and the identification of competent nurses that will promote the public welfare for quality in health care”.  Another echelon of the American Nursing Associations is the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) this would include adult critical care, neonatal and pediatric critical care.   If critical care is not your field of interest, some additional options include specialization certifications in diabetes education, gastroenterology, HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, OB/GYN, pain management and respiratory therapy.  Again, you are not limited by fields or bricks and mortar, even.  Let’s say, you are seeking a career in nursing but are also interested in exploring the world while you are still young and unmarried? Perhaps a career as a traveling nurse would appeal? Imagine doing what you love all while experiencing a different culture and seeing sights of antiquity!  


At the end of the day, looking into the nursing field is one that offers many unique opportunities.  By getting a head start, you can not only earn your certification two years earlier, but also earn a critical foothold into the healthcare industry.  With all the many certifications available, you can easily find that perfect job that gives you not only a varied selection of interesting work but also a respectable purpose in life.  A win-win on all accounts.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
(some of our holiday babies)

I hope that you are having a nice relaxing day.
Enjoying your family and spending time with those whom are important to you ~

My family celebrated Christmas on Sunday - so I have been able to relax today and just enjoy myself.
Erika made breakfast for us - while I made an apple coffee cake.
Dear hubby had to work - traded the day so that a younger employee with less seniority could stay home with his family.  We are used to working the holiday - not a big deal really.
Jon stopped by so that I could help him set up his new laptop.
Then the kids headed off to see their dad's family so I am home in a nice quiet house - I have candles lit and Christmas music playing.  It is actually quite nice.
As soon as I finish this post I plan on finishing a book - then I may start another.

I've also been able to ponder why we celebrate Christmas.
So often we get caught up in the shopping and parties and forget that Jesus was ever even born.
We never stop to consider why we celebrate in the first place.
This year has been especially tough for so many - with the recent shootings in Connecticut, two of my comfort care patients delivering this past week, and the passing of Dr T...it just hasn't seemed like we should be partying.
Yet, family and friends are so important and we need to go on living.  We need to go on loving each other and celebrating the real reason for Christmas and that would be the birth of Christ...

Matthew 1
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dreamand said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Have you ever wondered what it must have been like for Mary?  All of those years ago when she was pregnant with the little Christ child?
How scared she must have been...she was only a teenager and not married.
No where to stay  - alone with just Joseph.
Being a labor and delivery nurse I often wonder what her birth was like...did she labor long?  Did she have to push for ever? Did the baby cry right away? How bad was her pain?  Maybe only crazy L&D nurses like myself ever think of these things...

I sure would have loved to be Mary's birth attendant!
What a birth that must have been....


Blessings to you and yours!
Debbie

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hearts are Sad ~

I was working today when I took the phone call.
It was a tough call to receive...and I could hardly believe what the caller told me.
I still can't quite wrap my head around it.

Our unit is very tight knit.  Even though there are many employees, we are truly like one big family.  So when one hurts, we all hurt.

Today I received word that one of our beloved physicians passed away unexpectedly.
He was young and physically fit.
It should not have been him.
He had gone for a run this morning then came home and collapsed.  The paramedics attempted to revive him but they were unsuccessful...

So today our hearts are sad.
It just hurts so much.
The unit is definitely in mourning...the grief is so palpable that you can feel it.  We mass called and texted those we could and others got the word and started calling us.  Everyone is in shock and I answered so many calls that started with - "Is it true???"

Dr T was one of the best.  He was kind and caring.  He may have gotten frustrated but he never yelled at us and sort of just 'went with the flow'.
He has helped to bring so many babies in to this world.
He was a caring physician.
He was a good man.
He leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

I can't believe that I am never going to see him round the corner again.
Never going to hear him say "Hey Deb. How's your day going today?"
Never going to see his twinkling blue eyes or hear him talk about wanting to be outside enjoying the sun.

I am going to miss you Dr T!
You were not just one of the physicians...I can honestly say you were a friend.
May you rest in peace, knowing the we all loved you!
Debbie


Monday, December 17, 2012

Blog Award

My blog was chosen as one of the top 30 nursing blogs of 2012.
The award was given by Best Masters in Nursing
In honoring my blog they said:

"yours was selected as being among 
the most helpful and offering the greatest insight."

Pretty cool!
Check out their site above to read some other really good nurse blogs.
Debbie

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Anticlimatic Finish






I am finished ~
 
I can't believe that I am done.
I have worked hard and now have my BSN.
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
It almost seems unreal.
 
This is where I have spent every Tuesday night for the past two years.
I have made new friends and increased my knowledge on my  chosen profession



 
The end of the program was very anticlimatic
I went to class - excited and proud to be done
We had power point presentations to present on our change project.
 
The faculty came in to congratulate us
Then class was over.
It was just over.
I tried to get my cohort to go out and celebrate.
But only two other students wanted to go.
There was no fanfare and life just goes on.
 
We don't get to have our nurses pinning nor walk in cap and gown until May.
So yes, I am finished.
I am excited in my own way - even though I haven't really celebrated.
It is just a wierd anticlimatic end.
But now I can sign my name:
 
Debra Bolton, RNC-OB/EFM, BSN,PHN,CLE
 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Final BSN Paper

It is turned in.
My change project paper is finished and sent to the instructor.
I'm excited.
I'm nervous.
I can't believe that I am this close to being done.

My plans had been to finish the paper yesterday.  I did not have anything on my schedule.
So while dear hubby continued to paint and do needed home repairs, I worked on my paper.
Then I got one of those phone calls....and spent the afternoon / evening with my father in the emergency room (thank goodness for good friends who work in the ER and can help to bypass the waiting room of people....)
Dad was passing a kidney stone and is better today but it did sort of mess with my paper writing plans.
Remember the last time I was working on an assignment and got the call that Erika was in a car accident?
Just great reminders of where my priorities need to be....of course they are with family.

Anyways - I was able to get an on-call from work today and tackled that last paper.
It is finished.
I only have two more weeks left of school.
One last power point presentation to do on my change project
And I will have a BSN.
wow...
Debbie

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One Thing Remains


This song happens to be one of my favorite songs right now. Especially as I head in to my last couple of weeks of school and fell a bit burdened with writing my last paper, the holidays, still trying to get my house in order and the rest of the challenges that life seems to hand to us.

I have one last paper to write.  And a power point to go with it (this part I'm not that concerned about because I actually enjoy putting together power point presentations and talking in front of people).
Yet, trying to fit in the time to write this last paper is proving to be a bit of a challenge.

I want to finish strong and know that I did my best.  And it really didn't help me when a good friend at work said to me yesterday..."Did I ever tell you about my last paper?"  Then she goes on to tell me how she had a 4.0 GPA going in to the end but didn't do so hot on her last assignment....ended up leaving her with a lower GPA.  Really??? Did you have to share that with me??? What kind of friend does that??  I'm sure she was just sharing what happened to her but it gave me a momentary pause to think, what if that happened to me?

So I regroup, and refocus my head and listen to songs such as this.
Especially the part that sings:

"Higher than the mountains
That I face
Stronger than the power
Of the grave
Constant in the trial and the change
One thing remains...

Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me"

It helps to remind me of where I stand and where my hope is.  What is really the most important thing here.  It isn't some last paper that I need to write - rather my hope is in Jesus alone and what He thinks of me and has in store for me.

So, off I go to tackle that last paper....
Debbie

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving

I was scheduled to work Thanksgiving this year so I informed my children that they would need to find someone else to spend the day with.  They all have significant others and could go to their dads so I wasn't too worried about them.  It's just a day right?

By the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I started to get an upset stomach.  I was feeling a little sad that I wasn't going to be around with my family.  Erika and Tim were baking pumpkin pies Wednesday night and I was in a funk.  Wonder why I ever chose a job where I had to work holidays and miss out on everything that others celebrate...

Then it dawned on me that the last time I worked Thanksgiving (two or three years ago) I had a horrible day.  Yes, the holiday tends to be slower.  Less patients should mean that day is better and that staff have time to socialize.  But I was having flashbacks to that previous day.

I had a really sick mom.  Really sick...she came in presenting with some type of flu or something to that effect.  I wasn't really sure what was wrong with her but I called her doctor and told him that he needed to head in...that something was really wrong.  Long story short - she lost her baby that day and we almost didn't get her off of the operating room table. Whatever she had was killing her too.

I stayed over that day to be sure she was alive and on her way to the ICU...but I will never forget that day.  Will never forget how it felt to think it was supposed to be a good day, a family day, a day for giving thanks and here was this family that I was involved with having their lives turned upside down.

She did survive and went on to have another baby the following year but it still made me afraid to face whatever I might find on this holiday.  It changes your perspective of holidays when you are involved in things that are just yucky.  There just aren't words to describe it.  How do you say "Happy Thanksgiving" when you just watched a baby die??

So, I was a little nervous going in to work today.  I was afraid of what I might find or who I might be assigned to.  "Please God, don't let anything bad happen today", I prayed as I walked in to the hospital.

Once on the unit I received my assignment....very preterm twins that may deliver.  You've got to be kidding me?!? I thought.  But I took my assignment and vowed to put my fears aside and promised to do the best I could for this family.

I took the best care that I could of my patient and her family.  The unit was slow and I was able to spend lots of time just talking with her.  Her family brought her a thanksgiving feast.  They were all so nice.  Cautiously optimistic yet realistic to the realities they were facing.

She did not deliver for me.  Every 12 hours, every day means something to those precious babies of hers.  I was able to play a part in helping her to stay pregnant.

So it ended up being a good day.  Not only did I get to provide what I think is good care but I got to spend the day with good friends and have our own little thanksgiving potluck.  I didn't get to see my family - nor did I get to taste the pies Erika made but we will celebrate as a family this coming Sunday. So I get to eat yummy stuff again.

I have lots to be thankful for.  Family, friends, a job where I can make a difference.  Even if I have to work on a holiday...

Happy Thanksgiving!
Debbie

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Penny Dog

Once upon a time there was a little puppy.
She lived with a family that no longer wanted her.
So they sent her to the pound.
She sat in the back of the pen with her tail tucked in.
She didn't dare come to the fence to greet anyone.
Too scared was she.

Then along came a family who thought that she was so pretty.
The family loved her timidness.
They took her to play in the fenced in yard and fell in love.

The new family took her home
Where it became apparent that she might have been abused.
She was so scared of the tiniest noise and all loud noises.
She would cringe when a hand was lifted to pet her.
And she growled at the toddler in the house.

But with gentle love she learned that this new family was pretty darn wonderful
The new family loved her just for her.
The new family snuggled with her and hugged her.
The new family fed her and gave her treats when she behaved.
The new family took her to the park.
The human sister even took her jogging.

She soon became the best dog around
She wags her tail non-stop.
She gives kisses.
She greets you at the door.
She adores being petted.
She follows you around the house
 and gets so excited when her Lily comes around.
She wants to be where ever her human family is.

We love our Penny dog.
How could you not love a dog that stares at you with those sweet little puppy dog eyes of hers?
She is the best little pound find that there ever was.
And we are glad that she is ours.
She keeps us grounded and provides us with never ending love.

And she sure is spoiled now
Even takes over her sister's bed when she isn't around.
Penny dog - we are so glad that your previous owners gave you away.
And that we found you!
Debbie

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Two Little Lovebirds

Two little lovebirds
Erika and Tim
He's in love with her.
She can't get enough of him.
Preparing for marriage
Wanting to spend the rest of their lives together

They had their engagement photos taken recently and here is a sneak peak.
I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures
They are such a cute little couple
And it is fun to watch the love that is in the air.
Congratulations you two little lovebirds!
Mom

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Night Fun

How do I spend my Friday night?  Writing a paper for school of course.  I know - I'm so fun to be around.  But I think I write a darn good paper - HA!

Only four more weeks to go!!

One more paper to write.
One post to compose and 3 replies to be sent in
One big "change project" to work on and turn in.

Then I am finished.
I'll have my BSN.

No more Friday nights spent writing papers.
No more late nights when I have to get up the next day for work.
No more boring text book reading.

I can hardly wait.
Only four more weeks to go and I may be able to have a Friday night that actually includes a little bit of fun~
Debbie

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Light the White House Purple

Join me in lighting the White House Purple.
The March of Dimes is asking for our help to raise awareness of prematurity.
World prematurity day is November 17th.  
The March of Dimes has done so much to raise awareness about the issues surrounding prematurity and researches ways to lower the rates of pre term birth.

Click here to sign the petition
and if you have facebook you can go to their page here



Light the White House Purple to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of March of Dimes and as Symbol of Hope to Preemie Families
The volunteers and supporters of the March of Dimes ask the President to light the White House in purple on January 3, 2013, to honor the 75th anniversary of the founding of the March of Dimes by President Franklin Roosevelt, and as a symbol of hope for families whose children have been born too soon. Just as the March of Dimes galvanized America to defeat polio, today millions of March of Dimes volunteers are working to support research and programs to identify the causes of premature birth. Help to honor babies born prematurely by lighting in purple the birthplace of the March of Dimes: the White House.
Debbie

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nursing Education

Considering going to nursing school?
Confused about the different programs and levels of nurses?

This little guest post may help to answer some of your questions.
It is written by Vera Mosely and you can learn more about Rasmussen College by clicking here.

Enjoy learning how to become a nurse.
And of course you can always email me or post a question in my comment section and I can answer your burning question too ~
Debbie


Take Care of Your Career and Patients
By Vera Mosely, A specialized educational author with a passion for nursing.

One career sector that has resisted the economic downturn and record unemployment is nursing. In fact the need for nurses has actually grown while other skilled service industries have experienced a decline. People will always need nurses and with the baby boomers flooding into their golden years, well you do the math. The promise of success in the nursing field doesn’t have to be out of reach, there are many online nursing degree programs.
Plan the Future
When considering a career in nursing it is important to know all your options as far as degrees and types of training are concerned. After that you can choose a specialty, whether you are interested in pediatrics, oncology, geriatric care and the list goes on.
Choose a Degree Level
  • Certificate which is usually a year or less leading to License Practical Nurse
  • Associates Degree in Nursing takes two years and leads to License Practical Nurse and Registered Nurse
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) takes four years resulting in Registered Nurse
  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) is Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Ph. D. in Nursing is Advanced Practice Nurse
Type of Online Nursing Degree Programs
Next you can choose a type of program. Many candidates choose to practice for a while and then return to school to advance their careers. The flexibility of online nursing degree programs make it simple to advance your career when it suites you.
  • Community colleges are very popular for nurses earning their Associates degree. These programs are available regionally and offer very affordable, practical curriculums. Decide at a later date you want your BSN and jump right into an Associates-to-BSN degree program available through many nursing programs.
  • Four-year programs divide teaching models fairly evenly between classroom theory and hands-on clinical work. BSN degrees offer the widest array of career options when it comes to nursing specialties.
  • For nurses that aspire to advanced practice degrees, a university environment is likely where most programs are clustered. Nurses at the PhD level are most likely tracked for educator and research positions.
Specialization
Choosing a specialty from the online nursing degree programs is where you can really focus on the interests you have developed as a prospective care provider. It’s important to consider the types of patients and environments you prefer to work in and feel comfortable. The categories can be very distinct and depend on patients, staff and conditions.
  • Hospital
  • Ambulatory Clinic
  • Mental Health/Psychiatric Facility
  • Long Term Care Facility
  • Home Health
  • Correctional Facility
  • Diagnostic Lab
  • Research Clinic
  • Education/Administration
  • Private Practice
Or, you may find the types of patience you are drawn to would promise more satisfaction and job stimulation. Many nurse have a personal connection to a certain type of patient which inspires the choice of online nursing degree programs.
  • Neonatal- pregnancy and newborn
  • Pediatrics- children under 12
  • Adolescents- teens
  • Adults- usually 18-60
  • Geriatric- 60+
Some may be drawn to more specific types of conditions or disorders. From cancer treatment to women’s’ health or respiratory illness, many nurses choose their field based on specific health issues. Here are some examples:
  • Oncology/Cancer
  • Orthopedic
  • Neuroscience
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Ob-Gyn
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Cardiac
  • Respiratory
  • Pain
Staying On Top
Nursing’s biggest downfall is succumbing to stress and burning out in general. Long hours, emotional work and demanding protocol can all take their toll, even on the most energetic and professional of nurses.
Building, maintaining and initiating morale and providing staffing solutions are the responsibilities of nursing leadership. Any level of nurse may turn to his or her own professional associations for support and guidance. Each specialist area requires that nurses seek to continue their training and participate in continuing education practices.




Saturday, November 3, 2012

Champions

There is something about a good race!

We still go and root for Biola even though Erika is no longer running.
We go because it is fun.
It is exhilarating to see the runners putting so much effort in to running a good race.

 Even Penny Dog loves it! (as does Michelle)

And because we love these people..
Biola girls were crowned GSAC cross country champions after winning this weeks race and are now headed for Nationals.
We wish that we were able to travel to Vancouver, Washington with them.
Maybe we will figure out a way to surprise them........
Debbie

to see tons of photos from the race ~ click here


Friday, November 2, 2012

Carter Survives

I'm hooked on another T.V. show.  
Me, the one who hardly ever watches T.V.
I'm watching Survivor every Wednesday night with Erika.

I have never watched Survivor before and hardly understand the show, the rules, or the purpose.  I do know that the winner receives quite a bit of money.

The reason that we are watching this season is because we know one of the contestants so it makes for a fun evening cheering him on... sort of a bonding time for Erika and I :)

                                           

Carter went to Biola with Erika and ran on the cross country and track teams.
I know that he can go far on the show for I have seen him compete.  I've seen him run to win.  Seen him trip over a steeplechase hurdle and get right back up and keep running.  
He is super funny...though on the show he has been really quiet.

This past week ~ he won the first 'personal immunity'.
You should have heard us rooting for him to hang on.
It is kind of weird knowing someone on a T.V. show.  
And no, we do not know how the season ends. Carter has not spoiled the ending so we will continue to watch and cheer him on.

 Keep on surviving Carter!!
Debbie

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

5 Weeks

Ack! Only 5 more weeks of school to go until I have my BSN!

Yet, I will never stop learning.
We have been discussing the Future of Nursing Report put out by the Institute of Medicine.
One of their recommendations is that nurses receive higher education.
This means that AA prepared nurses get those BSN's.
BSN nurses get their master's.
And more nurses will achieve their doctorates.

We watched this little video tonight in class.
It is interesting to see the changes that have happened within the profession of nursing.


I know that I want to go on for more education at some point but I am ready for a bit of a break.
I can't believe that I am so close to this goal.
Just 5 more weeks!
And on that note ~ I really need to get going on a couple of papers.
I want to finish strong~
Debbie

Future of Nursing recommendations:
As a result of its deliberations, the committee formulated four key messages that structure the discussion and recommendations presented in this report:
  1. Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training.
  2. Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
  3. Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States.
  4. Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and an improved information infrastructure. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call the Midwife

Have you seen this new show??

Let me start by saying that I normally do not watch much TV.  I don't have the time, nor do I like to sit around aimlessly watching TV.  I'd much rather read a good book.  And of course right now I always have homework to do.  But even, when I don't have homework...I just am not a TV watcher.  There are so many other things that take priority in my life than watching TV.

With that said...I will tell you that I love the new show, "Call the Midwife".  I actually try to be home on Sunday evenings so that I can watch it.  And if I miss a show I watch later on line at PBS.org

It is on PBS, Sunday nights at 8pm.  Being on PBS there are no commercials!   
The show takes place in the 1950's in London's east side.  It isn't just about birthing though there are many birth scenes in the show.  Dear hubby wonders why I watch something that I do everyday...he is like, "don't you get tired of that?" But there are other nursing stories within the show - such as heart attacks, diabetic ulcers, etc.  The nurses do home visits and they get to those homes on their bicycles.

It is so realistic and shows how the nurses actually cared for the people within their community.  They developed relationships with them, laughed with them, cried with them and cared for them with all that they had.  It is heart warming yet also sad as there are times that the patients do not survive.  Beyond the nursing stories, the show chronicles the nurses persona lives and loves.

If you haven't had a chance to see the show - you should make it a point to watch it!  I love it so much that I even bought the book Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth.  You could say that I am mildly obsessed with this show...today I watched two of the episodes that I had missed.

You can learn more about the show here.
It is one of the best shows out there right now~
For someone that doesn't watch TV...that is a pretty big compliment!
Debbie

Monday, October 22, 2012

Matt & Sasha Get Married

 We went to a lovely wedding yesterday ~
The joining of Matt and Sasha....
Matt is Tim's (Erika's fiance') brother.
We have gotten to know Matt as we have spent time with Tim's family.
It was always apparent to me that Matt had a heart for God.
He wanted to find a woman who also had that same heart.

 Earlier this year he met Sasha.
Sasha was working as a youth pastor.
Matt had found his match.  
They are perfect together.
They both want to serve Christ.
They love each other.
And now they are married.

Their wedding was a true testament of their love as well as their commitment to Jesus.


Erika had the honor of being one of the bridesmaids. 
(She did a great job altering her dress as well as her soon to be sister-in-laws dress....I didn't even know that Erika even knew how to sew.)

Matt's nephew Isaiah announcing the coming bride...

 Here she comes
Doesn't she look radiant?

Sasha's dress was beautiful. 
I loved all of the buttons going down the back.

 Michelle was the official photographer.
Here she is working away.

The vows ~

Tim standing up for his brother as the 'best man'.






The Kiss.

On it went...told you they were in love.


 The happy, happy couple.
I absolutely love Sasha's laugh. It is deep and heart felt.
She just shows her joy in such a tangible way  :)

 Erika and Tim at the reception


 One more shot of the official photographer
I can't wait to see all of her pictures. I know they are way better than mine!!

Erika and Tim's sweet little niece Kate.
I love this baby! 
She is so adorable even if she wouldn't smile for us.

Congratulations Matt and Sasha.
God prepared the two of you for each other and the love you share is so beautiful to see.
May you have years and years of happiness as you serve God as a couple now.
Enjoy your honeymoon!
(this photo by Michelle)
It warms my heart that Erika is going to be a part of this wonderful family.
Debbie