31Days OfLifeAsANurse_Home

I’ve been a nurse for 30 years. 30. Years. I’ve worked anywhere from 6 to 20 hours in a day. Nursing is a demanding job. It demands physical stamina, mental acuity, and emotional strength. I am usually thoroughly exhausted at the end of my shift.

When I leave the hospital, I mostly have one thing on my mind. Home.

Because, while I love what I do, I am not just a nurse. I am also a mom. And even though my kids are grown up, they are more important to me than anyone else. After a long day, I still need to be available to my boys. So yeah. Home.

This is day 5 of 31 days of five minute free writes. Be sure to head over to Kate’s blog to participate or read along or both.

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The One About The Let Down

Today is the last day of a ten day holiday. And oh what a holiday! I got to reunite with a dear old friend for 7 days of pure adventure in Northern California. Jet lag with a purpose is so much better than anything else. I love adventure! I love exploring places I’ve never been. I do believe it makes me high. High on life is the phrase many folks use. 

We visited Monterey, San Fransisco, Yosemite, Half Moon Bay, Mountain View, Santa Cruz, San Mateo. I got to experience the weather at the coast, the bay, and inland. Asian people are to the Bay Area as Hispanic people are to south Florida. I got to meet a blogging friend I’ve “known” for about 7 years in real life. Simply fantastic! A great roller coaster ride. 

But today. Today the roller coaster has reached the bottom of the hill at top speed. As high as I was just 2 days ago is how low I am today. So I cry. I wait for the roller coaster to come back up to level track, to stabilize, to carry on in a level fashion until the next climb. 

Happy Monday!

Thankful_January 17

I’m spending a year writing about being thankful. It’s my word for 2015. And today is a double dose because yesterday was FMF. So yeah. Thankful.

3 Witnessed Blessings

46. Everyday, I get to do this crazy surgical job. I get to meet people of all ages, races, and cultures. I get to converse with them and hear tiny snippets of their stories. I get to witness their lives when they are hard. What a privilege.

47. To step outside the USA and step into the poorest nations in the world to witness the joy people have. Being rich really has nothing to do with money. It has to do with being loved, respected, cared for.

48. Combine the surgery with the folks in the poorest nations and witness the dignity of the least waiting patiently, sometimes for many years, for God to show up with their healing. And when their healing arrives? Witness the indescribable joy when they look in a mirror. Witness the shock and awe as they realize they can see, really see!

A Gift Bringing Laughter, Prayer, Quiet

49. I’m going home today. To Pennsylvania. To family. To good times. To laughter as we try to spring my mom from rehab that isn’t really rehab because she’s doing so well after her bilateral knee replacements. Hallelujah!

50. I have missions on my mind. All of a sudden. Particularly Haiti. I’ve been there 4 times. I feel her calling out to me again. I keep bumping into her on the world wide web through blogs I follow. I’m exploring options. I’m praying.

51. I’ve been awake since 3:40am, anticipating the alarm that was set for 5am to wake me for my trip home to Pennsylvania today. I love how absolutely still and quiet the world is during the last watch of the night.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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