Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lots to Do!

Today was my first day on the job. It was a pretty good day. It was pretty awesome to work and know you are going to get paid for it! I'm so very glad to be done working for free!!

I'm feeling a little bit overwhelmed though. There are still a few things that need to be done for the wedding, now I am working, and I still have to study for my boards. I definitely have to pass the test now that I have a job! It just seems like there is a lot to do in not very much time! I guess this will be a good time to work on my time management skills. 

On Friday Mom and I are going to Flint Hill for our final wedding planning meeting. It's hard to believe that the final planning is already here :) Then Jason and I are going on Monday to meet with the pastor and the musician to really get the timeline down for the wedding day. Tuesday is the trial hair style day, so I guess I probably need to figure out exactly how I want my hair done before that. It will be a project for this weekend. Mom and I are also going honeymoon shopping on Friday which I am excited about! I need some new clothes and swim suits for St. Lucia! I will be so glad when the wedding is over and we are on vacation. This vacation is much needed for both me and Jason. Jason has been very busy working these last couple of weeks. He has been out of town a lot and he has to work overnight most of the time. He definitely needs a vacation too

10 days until graduation!!
24 days until the wedding!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We So Excited

I have great news! Yesterday, I was offered a job at the clinic where I am on rotation now. They have several clinics and a few have pharmacies. The one in Lavonia, Georgia has a pharmacy but no pharmacist. So they offered me the job. I of course accepted. Because it's a clinic, they have regular doctor's office hours so I will not have to work til 9 or 10 at night which is awesome. Probably the latest I would be there would be 7. Also, this particular clinic is only open two days a week. It's a part time gig with the possibility that in the future the clinic may be open 3 or even 4 days a week. But for now, I'm content with 2. I am so very thankful for this opportunity. I will probably be making exactly the same as I would have made doing a residency but will only work 2 days a week instead of all 7 days! God was definitely watching out for me. I know this is a God thing because when I got my original list of rotations this rotation was not included. I was actually supposed to be somewhere else for these last 5 weeks. That preceptor backed out last semester and this was my new assignment. And now God has given me the opportunity to be a pharmacist without having to work nights or weekends! I'm so happy about that! Now I will be able to eat dinner with Jason every night and have weekends off with him and our families. I have always said I wanted a cushy part time job, and I think that's what I got! I am so relieved that Jason and I are not starting our lives together unemployed. Apalachee Construction, Jason's company, has been very busy lately (which is a good thing of course!) and now I will be bringing some income to the table as well. Tomorrow is my last day of school (YAY!!!). Next week, I will start working at the clinic in Lavonia. I will be working there and training with another pharmacist until I get my license in June or July. So excited!!! :)

It's so hard for me to believe tomorrow is my last day of school ever. I don't feel like I'm really ready to be a grown up, but I guess I am! And closer to graduation means closer to the wedding :)

Mom and I have a busy day planned on Friday getting wedding things taken care of! I am having the final fitting for my wedding dress and hopefully bringing it home on Friday! Then we have some errands to run to pick up some things for the wedding reception. It's getting so close. I'm so much looking forward to having it behind us and relaxing in St. Lucia on our honeymoon!! 

1 more day of free labor
17 days until graduation
31 days until the wedding!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


"Time's flying by moving so fast, you better make it count cause you can't get it back..."

This is a line from the Carrie Underwood song So Small. I was thinking about it today because time really is flying by right now! 

Next Thursday is my last day of school ever. EVER. It's a little hard to believe. I feel like I've been in school forever, so the fact that it is almost finished is a little strange. Will I know what to do with myself when I don't have school to do? I'm sure I will! It's not like I've really been doing school this year. At least after May 7th I can work and make money instead of doing it for free! These 6 years of college and 4 years of pharmacy school have definitely flown by. I graduated from high school 6 years ago, it certainly doesn't feel like it's been that long. I'm getting old! :)

Time is also flying by when it comes to the wedding! Being almost done with school also means that the wedding is right around the corner. I feel like our engagement has flown by as well. We started out at over 500 days until the wedding and now there are only 5 weeks left. At this point, to be honest, I'm tired of planning. I don't want to make any more decisions or do anything else. I just want to BE married to Jason. Unfortunately, there are still things to do, so I can't just sit back yet. I went to get my dress fitted two weeks ago, so it will be ready next Friday for me to pick up! Yay! Mom and I are working on the formatting and details for the programs. We are also working on the music for the ceremony and of course the reception! I can't wait to dance after the ceremony :) Our final planning meeting with Flint Hill is in two weeks. And my sweet bridesmaids are throwing me a lingerie shower next weekend! Woo hoo! As soon as I'm done with school, I'll be going shopping to get new clothes for our St. Lucia honeymoon. We are so much looking forward to that vacation. I guess somewhere in the midst of all this wedding stuff, I also need to study for the pharmacy boards!!

Also, I'm doing the Insanity workouts right now to get back in shape for the honeymoon. And it's definitely insane. I hate it while I'm doing it, but I feel much better when it's done! :) 

Updated Countdowns:
5 more days of free labor
24 days until graduation
38 days until the wedding!

Thursday, April 7, 2011



We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home,
It's not our home

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

I heard this song for the first time a couple of weeks ago on the radio. It was a real eye opener for me. I am so thankful for this song because I really felt like God used it to speak to me. This song is the perfect description of how I (and probably many others) have been acting as a Christian. I think we often want and expect to be comfortable. We want everything to be okay. We want to be happy, to have things go our way. We all have our own plans and think we know what is best for ourselves. But what if we are wrong? I have often gotten angry with God, or at least frustrated because I can't feel Him. I don't feel like He is there or speaking to me. But at the same time I want things to be nice and peachy. I think the point of this song is that these things don't always go together. Often times the hard times are what bring us close to God. The trials that we face are actually blessings because they bring us closer to Him. We can't have our cake and eat it too. Everything can't be perfect and along with that comes closeness to God. God doesn't want us to stay the same. The question is are we, am I, willing to give up comfort and ease in order to become closer to God and become the person He wants us to be. I  pray that I can say, "Yes, God, if a thousand sleepless nights is what it takes, that is acceptable to me because I want to grow closer to you and become the woman of God that You want me to be!"

Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."

"Blessings" Video