Last New Year’s Eve Nate and I went to bed at around 9:30. We laid there for a little while talking about the new year. I did not have good things to say. Nate, as usual, was more optimistic, but I was not looking forward to 2011. 2011 was going to be nothing but tests, studying, late nights, and school-induced stress. I remember saying, I really wish we could just skip 2011.
I still wish we could have skipped 2011 – or at least 90% of it.
We attended 4 funerals in 2011: Nate’s beloved grandma in February, Nate’s uncle in June, my nursing instructor in July, and my cherished grandpa who unexpectedly passed in September. My hometown was ravaged by hurricane Irene and is still trying to rebuild, months later. My family’s business was destroyed by the flood, along with the farm that houses most of my childhood memories. Nate had one trip to the ER in February, right in the middle of my final exams. I spent several nights in March wondering how to explain to my friends and family that I had failed out of nursing school. Nate got extremely ill during his finals week in September and ended up missing about a month of school. He was finally diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and now he can’t have milk or cream :-(.
(I also passed out right after giving blood last week, which was pretty embarrassing, but wouldn’t have made this list if it hadn’t been last week)
It was definitely a year that was more intended for learning than enjoying. And we did learn. About medicine AND life.
There were good things we will remember about 2011 – like our last minute Mexican cruise over Passover. And our road trip to NY to deliver a car (note to self- you still haven’t posted about that…maybe next year…) I didn’t end up failing out of nursing school- in fact, I ended up getting an academic scholarship (still not sure how that happened…). And not to brag, but Nate ended up in the top 25% of his class. Ok it was bragging – but based off of his grades at BYU, that was NOT expected.
My brother and sister both got engaged and married in 2011. (they probably liked 2011 a little more than we did…) it was great to welcome 2 new siblings to the family (though not inexpensive – 2 trips to New York a month apart isn’t cheap) and even better to see them both sealed for time and eternity in the Temple.
I grew to love my church calling – teaching the 16-18 year old girls – which I wasn’t sure would happen. We had a fun college visit to BYU with Skyler. And most of all, we have had several wonderful conversations with each other about diseases, disorders, clinical skills, medications, and all things medicine. We ALMOST have learned everything we don’t know.
And I am putting our last week of 2011 into 2012, because it was the most wonderful week of the year and doesn’t really belong in 2011. We want it as more of a kick off to 2012, since 2012 is going to be awesome.
Yes, we made it through 2011. Phew. And we have BIG plans for 2012! And this New Year’s Eve, we will stay up to happily welcome in the new year – and say GOODBYE to the old.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!