My husband, Jonathan, and I got married in January, 2009. We were married in Idaho, but honeymooned back to Toccoa, Georgia, where we had separately lived and lived the next year and a half. While we were there, we worked, paid off loans, tried to have a lot of fun, read a few books, and so on.
We moved to Idaho in June 2010 and pursued medical careers. Jonathan had set off to be a doctor of osteopathic medicine and I, a certified nurse-midwife. We both got certified right away as nursing assistants. After a few classes, I got into the nursing program for an associates.
The first semester was a hit. The second semester was daunting at first, but I really started to love nursing. I excelled at clinicals and in all my work, but ended up missing the test-average-requirement by 0.7%.
It was an abrupt failure, to say the least. It took that for me to seriously evaluate what becoming a nurse meant to me. It had been a great idea and had it gone through to the end, I would have been pleased, I think. But I decided not to go back. All the while, Jonathan had been staying hard with the course.
I am still flying full-fledged, but this time towards certifications for doula and childbirth educator. This is so exciting to me! More exciting, is the idea to live my life everyday to the fullest and get all I can out of it. What can I get out of life?
Time. Time to spend with people I love and my Lord. Effort. Effort in even the difficult things, but to persevere in those things, which will prove character. Wide open spaces of Idaho... to get out in them. Life offered a lot before, but I had reservations that I was putting more important things on hold. Fertility awareness. We'll see what fertility awareness can offer me in life.
We are visiting a new church where we are challenged a lot more in worship and religion. The fellowship is our reward there. Dinners with the whole congregation, dinners in homes, Bible studies available, good conversations surrounding the services.
Recently, Jonathan and I have been growing together and in the Lord. This has been all I've always wanted in life. The Christian's reward is becoming like God's Son. This is what 'blessing' is--something added to me for eternity's sake.
I will continue to trust in the Lord for His growth and direction. I want to be directed to live life in the most meaningful and thankful way. I believe the once alive and living again Jesus Christ. His Word is true. He is obviously growing my husband and I in our faith in Him. I am slowly gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to believe: He changes us in accordance to our faith in Him--not in our self-polishing. My job is to lower my expectations for how I can present myself to Him. I find sin in my life and I confess and I realize what I am. Then I realize what I am not and I fix my eyes on the perfecter of my faith.
I grew up on a farm. I have newly realized what it is about me that makes my relationships with regular townspeople so difficult. I call myself 'uncivilized.' What that means to me is not so much that I'm 'indigenous', but that I am not smoothly polished or finely refined by the culture that has raised me.
Growing up, it was that time in-between fights with my siblings and playing with them, when I sought the quietness and the peace of long walks down a dirt road, accompanied only by a few pets and a stream of water. It was in those hours that I got more out of life than most people get in their lifetime-that's what my dad said that made me realize all of this about myself.
I also love animals. I can barely communicate in Spanish. I hope to do that independent study abroad I never got before my degree.
My husband and I practice fertility awareness for birth control--kind of a personal matter, but it's very important that people know it is used and is effective! I am approaching my 50th cycle as I write this. If you think I'm talking about some kind of birth control that doesn't rely on three hard signs of daily fertility, it's not what I'm talking about. Fertility awareness is actually being aware of the wife's fertility each day. It's learning and reading and knowing my body and therefore, our Creator. It's science!
Because of Dr. McDougall's resources and Dr. Campbell's research and explanations, I love to learn about nutrition and it's impact on the body for health. Another positive influence: Dr. Dean Ornish, Forks Over Knives. This way of eating is hard, so we are finding out how to be healthy and keep eating. Honestly, I would like to lose 10 pounds, but I believe otherwise, I am remarkably healthy (other than low blood sugar). Also, I'm not sure it's so unhealthy to be 10-15 pounds over the dictated optimal point.
My B.A. is in Christian Education, but what I wanted out of my education was to learn about mentorship and the universal church. To me, mentorship is the most valuable thing to help people along and keep our integrity. I'm not really talking about occupationally, but not necessarily excluding it either.
My passion for mentorship, my love for knowledge of nutrition and health, and my advocacy of fertility awareness led me to my studies. Women's wellness is exciting to me because I get to help women have awesome families. It's exciting to help in childbirth, but even more exciting is the relationship that grows throughout the lifespan. Educating women is also so exciting to me.
That is the most I should write on an introductory blog, but if you should have questions, read my blog and contact me!