Monday, January 30, 2012

Life Update Time

So its been a while since I have last posted, and for those of you who are not in my day to day life I know you are just DYING to know what I have been up to!!!

Well its pretty much been all about school.  Getting into classes, figuring out if I like my classes, figuring out my 40+ hours of observation, and doing school work.  I have to say though, I really do like pretty much all of my classes.  They are all fun and interesting and don't bore me all that much.

Yesterday and Wednesday are two birthdays for the girls! Lauren's birthday was yesterday (Happy Belated Birthday!) and Jessi's is on Wednesday (Happy Early Birthday!!)  Tonight begins the celebration at Barb's for Lo and then on Wednesday we get to move onto Moto's for Jessi.  And this year is the big 21!!! Now lets not get too crazy girls....

Well between school, work, church, and friends I have managed to stay always busy.  Not much down time, but I guess that is a good thing! I am already looking forward to Spring Break when I can take a break from it all and relax in Florida!!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

And It's Now Time For A New Semester!

January is here and with this month comes an all new semester! And I must say that this semester is looking to be a pretty dang good one  Here is why I think I am going to fall in love with this Spring semester:

1. My schedule is pretty awesome.  I never have more than 2 classes each day.

2. I am taking Child Psychopathology (which is just a much fun in class as it is to say:))

3. My best friends are back from Mountain.

4. I am OBSESSED with my new lamps!!

5. It is going to be Spring which is my favorite time of the year!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Pain Free Year?

As most of you may know, I have suffered from intense pain in my left shoulder for about 2 years this month.  I have seen 7 different doctors, received 3 different diagnoses, endured 10 steroid shots in my back and upper shoulder, had multiple X-rays and MRI's done, and still have not been pain free for more that 5 months at a time.

Yesterday I went back to the doctors office and met with my 7th doctor.  I get extremely frustrated about this topic, so of course in the middle of my exam I start crying (or bawling my eyes out).  I really just wanted someone to understand what was going on, and to believe me when I said I was in intense pain.  Most doctors in the past have looked at me like I was crazy and brushed me off.  But not yesterday!

Yesterday the doctor took me seriously.  I watched as he scoured over all of my previous tests, he listened intently as I explained all of my problems, he actually examined my shoulder.  And while we may not have a definite answer yet to what is going on, we are definitely one major step forward.

He told me that he saw where some fluid and inflammation was and that it could be coming from a bone rubbing my muscle in the wrong way.  So whats the solution you ask? A cortisone injection.  Now I had always heard that these were the WORSE injections ever.  And me already being scared of needles and injections freaked out.  Like MAJORLY freaked.  I have a feeling the doctor thinks I am crazy! In about two weeks I am going to be able to know if this injection really worked.  If it does then I should be pain free.  If it doesn't....then I have to move onto another doctor and it could be that I have a pain syndrome.

I am praying very hard that this injection works for me.  The idea of being pain free is so amazing to me! Its been 2 years since I have been able to say I am completely pain free!  I hope you all will join me in praying that I continue to heal and have great results with this!!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking back at 2011

So I got this idea from my wonderful and amazing friend Lauren Austin! Here is a good look back on what happened in life for me during 2011...the good, the bad, and the probs very ugly!

During the first week of January I flew out to California with Ashlee to meet up with Eliza so that we could drive across country back to Tennessee...boy is that a trip I will never forget.

This was the start of one the the toughest and challenging years I have experienced.

Eliza, Ashlee, and I went to go see Disney Princesses on Ice.  Seriously BEST SHOW EVER!!

We got to celebrate many birthdays this month.  Some that were overseen the previous semester, and some that all just happened to fall around the same time! I just love birthdays!!!

This year I decided to head home by myself for Spring Break in order to spend some quality family time.  I drove down with Mattie and her friend and loved being able to see everyone! It was very relaxing and a much needed break to what was turning into a rough emotional semester for me.

During this time I really got to spend some great quality time with Becky, and we continued to further our wonderful friendship.  I was constantly reminded how big of a blessing she is to me (and I still am)

Birthday month! Best month ever and I turned 20 this year!  This was a big deal for me and my friends...Now That We Are 20!!!

This was the time when my parents decided to sell the home we had had in the mountains for years.  While we were all sad to see it go, many great things are in store for us now!!

Wonderful Wednesday was just wonderful! My wonderful friend Kelly was the one who planned and executed it all...and I must say she did a fantastic job!
After finally finishing my Sophomore year at Milligan, I packed up my car and headed home with Lauren Austin.  We spent about 10 days together enjoying the beautiful Florida sun.  It was a much needed break from some crazy drama going on in my life.

This month I also went on my first date ever....yes I know I am 20 and well behind but hey God has a plan for me!

On June 4 I headed back for my 11th summer at the Vineyard camp...and I have to say it was the best so far! This year I was the Girls Camp Director which brought on many new responsibilities for me! But it was just wonderful!
Still at camp having fun...until I sprained my ankle.  First every injury like that so I was not too happy about it! It made things difficult but I got through it and made the best of the rest of the summer!

After having more Doctors look at my shoulder...I am still no where near a final conclusion as to what is going on!

Moved back into school for my Junior year at Milligan.  I must say while I was super nervous to be back, and the first couple weeks held many many tears for me, this semester has been the best one so far.  And I was able to strengthen many relationships that I would not give up for anything now!

I got my craft on and redecorated my room!

Jessi and I took a road trip to Maryland to see Becky and Kelly.  Best time ever.  I love these girls so much and I just love spending time with them!

The very first weekend of October I took a trip with my Cross Cultural Psychology class down to Atlanta, GA.  It was a wonderful trip that I am so happy I went on.  Not only were my eyes open to many things, but old relationships got some work put into them!

Becky and Kelly came down to Milli for Fall Break! Loved having them there and getting to spend more time with them!!

Had a wonderful day cooking and baking over at Eliza and Ashlees apartment! So much yummy yummy food!

Got to go home to Florida for the first time in years for Thanksgiving! I loved spending time with my family!!!

Got back to Milli just in time to prepare for finals! I was so happy when I was able to say that this semester was over with!!

Went to Virginia after finals to see my grandparents and also to pick up my mom to take home to Florida.  It is always good to be able to spend some time with them!

Had a wonderful Christmas with my family.  So happy to be home and have time to spend with them!

Well people that was my year! I cannot say that I really liked 2011 all that much and I am honestly VERY happy to see it go!  I just know that 2012 is going to be great! And I hope you all have a great New Year as well!!