Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Plunging!

Remember when I posed the question a few months back about whether or not I should take the plunge and go back to school? Well today is my first day! I start college classes again this morning on my way to an RN degree. This first semester is short, just five weeks long, and so I'm taking one class, Speech 10 (Communication in Interpersonal Relationships), which is a prerequisite for the Nursing Program. Should come in handy at home too, though, I imagine.

Having never even seen the campus, yesterday after putting Conor down for his nap, I left him in Adam's care and drove out to Pasadena. I found the college, got my ID card, bought my textbook (yikes, the cost!), and picked up my parking permit. I found the building where my class will be held, and made sure I wouldn't get lost today. All's good.

Adam is very supportive of my venture. He is arranging to tend Conor for the three mornings a week that I have school so that we can avoid daycare. My children are so excited for me. They all woke up this morning saying, "It's your first day, Mom!" They all wanted to see my book and my ID card.

Looking at my photo, Dylan said, "You're so cute, Mom."

Lyndsay prayed for me in family prayer that I would be safe in traveling and that I would understand my lectures and enjoy my class.

Aiden said, "Is that the outfit you're going to wear, Mom? It looks good."

I have to say, I'm not even nervous like I thought I'd be. I'm really excited. I love the energy of college campuses. Everybody learning stuff. What a great feeling!

A few days ago, in anticipation of today, Dylan asked me, "So, what made you decide to become a nurse, Mom?" And I answered, "I don't really know, except that one day, I felt like I should go back to school and get my nursing degree. That's all I can really say." And he said, "Wow, you have a lot of faith to follow whatever God wants you to do." I replied, "Thanks, Dylan. I guess I've just learned that He knows a lot more than I do, and He's always right, so I just need to trust Him."

And so, today? A step forward in faith. The rest will work itself out.

15 comments:

Don said...

Good for you! Go, Jenna!

Sarah said...

Awesome! I'll have to check with my sister and see if she still has any of her books. If so, maybe she'd be willing to sell them to you to help with the cost of new ones. I know she was looking to sell them a while back, but I'm not sure if she ever did.

Also, I used your pancake recipe this morning and they were soo good! My kids loved them! I'm going to try Hannah's Bourbon chicken recipe tonight for dinner, assuming I have all the ingredients. I guess I should double check on that before it's too late.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I remember when my mom went back to school for her nursing degree. She would come home and want to practice giving shots on us kids. We never let her. :)

Good luck on your new adventure!

Misty said...

I am so proud of you!!!! this is so awesome!

Hannah said...

Wow! You are so amazing Jenna. I'm really proud of you. Really. I love you tons and hope you have a great first day!

Annette Lyon said...

Yay! Woohoo! Enjoy every minute!

Megan said...

Are you going to PCC? Whether you know it or not, you've got friends in Pasadena. *wink* :)

Abby said...

Woo!!!! Go Jenna!!!!! Good for you, I'm so so so super proud!

wonder woman said...

Yay!! Good for you! Good luck!! You'll do great. That's awesome that your family is so incredibly supportive.

templework said...

What a wonderful testimony of your personal example your children are!

May your success at school be as great as your success in your home
((HUGS))

YogaNana said...

WA-HOO!!!!!!!!!

That is *fantastic* news! We are so proud of you! Go for it!

I feel the same way about colleges and college towns -- they are SO full of good exciting learning kind of energy. We would like to retire to a college town for that reason.

Josi said...

Oooo, I'll have butterflies for you then. I think about going back to school and it gives me a stomach ache. I so admire you doing it, way to go.

Momo Fali said...

Yay! Congratulations! I am really, really proud of you.

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, Jenna. I'm completely teary. So. Very. Proud!

Chiapelli Family said...

Hey that rocks - tell you mom Happy BDay from little old Tara. And sorry...but I will probably NOt be investing in a wheat grinder, but I would love to make my own bread. Love ya!!!