8/8/88 - I was in the third grade. My teacher gave us this speech about what are we going to do with this special day. I didn't figure out what he was talking about until I got home and asked my parents.
9/9/99 - I was working at a rural hospital as my first real post high school job. Saw too much too young and loved (almost) every minute of it.
1/1/01 - Still at that hospital. Was living in my first apartment broke as hell but would never admit to my parents that I needed help. I swear I used to get so hungry I would just go to sleep because I didn't know what else to do.
2/2/02 - Life was getting better. I was working on prerequisites for nursing school and would enter that fall. I smoked a LOT. The stress of trying to come up!
3/3/03 - I had met and fell in love with my now husband. We were only 5 months into our relationship and spent literally every waking moment we weren't working together. We would soon move in together in a different town and I'd start working for a larger hospital.
4/4/04 - Had withdrawn from nursing school and pretty much life. I was supposed to be getting married but my sister had recently killed herself and I was numb, numb, numb. I don't think I did anything but ache.
5/5/05 - It was my 24th birthday! But no drinks and celebrating because I was nursing my not quite two-month old baby boy. I was lil miss do everything. Had tons of energy and my body bounced back and all that. What I would do for my 24 -year-old self back! Wait..... I think we were still pretty broke but we didn't know it. Now I'd know it and be like hell naw, gimme those 20lbs and that bank roll lol
6/6/06 - I was working at the same hospital and honestly the only thing I remember was all the excitement for the 666 baby. I was like
I think I would have been induced the day before or something.
7/7/7 - Was home with severe postpartum that was largely missed due to isolation. My second son was 2 1/2 months old and a perfect baby. He was so beautiful! There would be an intervention at the end of the month. God bless new moms. That was a living hell at a beautiful time. Such an oxymoron.
8/8/08 - Finally decided to go back to nursing school but the requirements changed so I had more work to do. I remember I applied for a scholarship and prayed that if it was His will for me to go back, to show me by granting me the scholarship. I got it and never looked back.
9/9/09 - Working from home now for the same hospital. Taking classes at night and online, however I could get them done. Only one a quarter because I still had three kids a job and a husband. I had to redo all my biological sciences because they were outdated.
10/10/10 - Hubby and I were recently laid off. We had NO JOBS!! Neither of us. But God saw us through. No welfare for married negroes who don't know how the system works. Just the food bank, family and love. That was the hardest time.
11/11/11 - Veterans Day and the anniversary of my sister's funeral. I was almost done with LPN school - exactly one month from graduation.
12/12/12 - Feels like our lives have finally been put back together. We aren't where we were but hubby got his barbering license while he was laid off and now cuts hair and works a couple days a week at the hospital that I went back to after getting my nursing license. I just found out I got accepted into the LPN-RN program that starts in January. The kids are amazing, happy and too curious - now 14, 7 and 5. They're heavily into sports and run me ragged (in a good way). We're in a good place. Not ultimately where we want to be but been through enough to know we're blessed.