Anxious to get to my Christmas decorated and full of love home in Duncan, I was on the phone scheming some Christmas plans with brother. With my eyes focused on the final destination ahead, I took a second to observe my right and left when I realize I was passing right over my exit for HOME! Ugggg, am I the only one that has "adventures" like this? I managed to laughed knowing that I just added another hour to my trip. Brother got me on the right track to the wonderful town of Lawton and told me to "screw my head on". Ha! Instead of thinking, "Seriously Amy?!?! Again?" (Yes, i've done it before but that time I was in deep thought.), I focused on the surrounding God-given landscape. It's flat, brown, dead, and beautiful. The Oklahoma kind of beautiful. Cows living their lives (have you ever wondered what goes through a cows head on a daily basis?), peaceful waters, and "mountains" in the horizon. I had a realization that in the midst of what appears ugly and no good, God has placed wonderful blessings at the tip of my nose waiting for me to stop looking past it in worry and is begging me to discover his creation. What curve balls has God placed in your day to help you see the simple?
Ok, you can tell me some things. I can keep other people's secrets pretty well but my own... yeah right! My "secret blog" is slowly becoming, well, not a secret.
Highlights from Thanksgiving
My little sister is the best rollie maker!
The products of Mom's 101 Wreath making class. Mine is on the left.
Sisters... by blood and marriage... love them the same!
Fact of the week: God's faithfulness had been incredibly evident in my life and the lives of those closest to me this week (and always). Psalm 18 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
Gift of the Day: Explanation: My creative momma creates "The Days Until You Come Home for Christmas Break" presents for her college kids to open as encouragement to get through the last few weeks of the semester (the killer days). With each gift, she includes a little riddle and a scripture. I have never received duplicate riddles or scriptures... she's on top of it!
Today I opened a pair of... panties (definitely a first). The cleaver riddle read, "Don't get ants in your pants- stay in your seat (and study) 'til it's time to eat! Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all yoru heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..." I have the best mom ever!
Today I begin my secret adventure! I'm only sharing it with one special and lucky girl, Katie. On April 30th, the day of graduation, this blog will no longer be a secret adventure. I will share my secret with my close friends and family. They will be able to access this blog and read about all my adventures, thoughts, dreams, etc.. from the end of my LAST fall semester and spring semester in Nursing School.
I had a dream... Last night I took the NCLEX (1st NCLEX dream, yikes!). I was not in a cubical as promised. I was in a room full of my talkative classmates and teachers. I sat down on a couch with my computer and began taking the test with no peace and quiet. After question 13 I took my one and only break. The break was frustrating b/c all I could think about was how the testing environment was less than ideal. As I got to the doors to re-enter the awful testing environment, I started bawling and having thoughts of, "there is no way I can pass this test with these annoying people talking around me." Sat down and started back up. I ended up getting irritated and expressing the feeling. My classmates and the Director of Nursing yelled at me and told me to get over it. I was on question 130 and knew I was going to have to take all 275 questions... and the dream ended... I hope these NCLEX dreams get a little better. I'd take an unlimited amount of cupcakes while taking the NCLEX over talking people any day!