Happy 2012! I hope you all had a very joyous Christmas and a blessed first month of the New Year. I am back for my second semester of junior year nursing here at Franciscan. After some very challenging finals, I was so glad for the month-long break to relax and recharge. My sister and I drove home to Nashville together excited for Christmas, but mostly just excited to be able to relax as a family together. It was about 60 degrees in Nashville all break, so I spent a lot of time outside when not helping my mom bake a million types of Christmas cookies. We visited family in Chicago and St. Louis which I really enjoyed – I love telling my cousins about Franciscan although it’s hard to convey into words the sense of joy, love, and overwhelming faith that fills you as a student here. The big surprise from Santa this year was a trip to Hawaii as a family! What a treat! We went for a week and had a blast: hiked through an old volcano, went to a luau, and hit up the beach of course. I felt so lucky to be there and really appreciated my family and all the Lord has blessed us with.
After a fantastic break, I was ready to get back to school for semester number two. I am in OB and Pediatrics this semester, so I’ll be learning to care for children, newborns, and pregnant mothers. The classes are awesome – I get to learn how to give a baby his first bath, what to teach the new mother, and how to make the most out of the beautiful gift of human life. I am very eager and motivated for the upcoming semester. I’m also taking Painting I – a night class once a week. It’s a great release from the stresses of my other classes, and I’m learning a lot about color, technique, and art history which is great. Some of the projects planned for the year are painting a landscape, a still life, and a Biblical scene at the very end of the semester. It’s great to be able to use a different part of my brain and experience another part of campus besides the nursing realm. Overall, I am thrilled for the upcoming semester!
Since I won’t be playing tennis this semester (the boys’ season is in the spring), I decided to branch out and join S.E.N.T., a ministry on campus that organizes teams that put on retreats for different high schools in the area. My roommate did it last year and returned back with nothing but amazing stories after every meeting, training session, and actual retreat she did. Our first meeting was this past Saturday, and I didn’t know it was possible, but I got even more excited about S.E.N.T. than I already was. We did a few games, had a meditation and prayer time, and were formed into teams. The team I was put has an all-star lineup – an ROTC cadet, a couple nursing majors, a rugby player, a Theology/Catechetics major, and a girl from my household. We are a big melting pot, and I am so excited to be able to be Christ’s hands and feet and minister to high school students with them. At the training, we learned about different aspects of putting on a retreat: skits, talks, testimonies, praise and worship, and how to deal with different situations that might arise. I feel like I keep saying it, but there is so much to be excited about: growing together as a team, drawing closer to the Lord, and being able to bear Christ to others. I apologize for writing so much – I’m just so full of joy!