Are ya'll ready for some GOOD news? I know I am! It seems like these past few months have been a up hill battle for me and my family. It has been a very stressful, tear inducing, fit throwing period in our lives, but the end has come!
It all started on January 4, my first day of winter term. It went great, got all my books, went to class, my tuition was paid and I had FINALLY got my financial aid money. Things were going well. Then January 7th came and as I was moving a box into the garage because we had a broker come over to crunch some numbers for us on a house, I broke my hand. I missed math class that day because I was in the ER. After that came many more weeks of doctor's appointments, an MRI and Nae sick with Mono. Oh not to mention my family was here for a late Christmas celebration, so the house was full with 5 children, one of them very sick, and 6 adults. My house is not big enough for all of those bodies. During all of this, I still had classes to attend, homework to do, and figure out what the hell was wrong with Nae and why everyone at the office was treating my like an idiot mom for calling them 5 times that week. Stressful to say the least!
At the end of January, I had surgery on my hand, once again, still attending classes and doing homework. Which, by the way, isn't easy when one is right handed but can not write with said hand, but I made it work. I missed one class after surgery, but that was it! I made sure I was only going to miss one class, unfortunately it was my math class, but there was nothing else I could do. During all of this my grandma had a stroke and was put in a nursing home. I had to make a choice not to let my grandma's condition throw me into an emotional spiral and I did. It wasn't easy, especially going to see her, but I did it. She's doing much better, still in the nursing home but is getting strong. She is ONE stubborn old lady. Love that woman!
Here we are now, at the end of all the crap and I came out better then I would have hoped! I always said I was going to try my hardest to get a 4.0 this term, but with everything going on, it is OK if I didn't. Well...I DID IT! I GOT A 4.0 THIS TERM! I barely did it, but who the hell cares, I did it! Although there is a bit of a hiccup because financial aid doesn't have FINAL grades and thinks I have an Incomplete in one of my classes, but I think I just have to call them to show them I do not have an Incomplete, but ALL A's!!!!
And then as we come full circle (this is a secret, so don't mention it to ANYONE just yet) all of this started by moving that damn box because the broker was coming over to see if we can get the house, as it turns out we CAN get the house. But even better then that, we GOT THE HOUSE! My dad signed the papers Wednesday, inspection is on Monday and we should have the keys at the end of April! OH MY GOODNESS! We'll move in May and my dad will be moving in May as well. I get to take care of my dad, the kids get their own rooms, we can get a dog, we'll have a huge backyard, but most importantly, my dad will be living with us! Of course I wish my mom were here to be a part of this, but it is OK. She is here in our excitement and she is a part of it because she is a part of all of us.
It was a rocky start to the year, but I think I did a pretty damn good job of powering through it and here I am now. A 4.0 student for the second term in a row, a homeowner, and my hand is not broken! I say that calls for some jumping up and down, some fist pumping and screaming! Party over here, who wants to come?!
I want to give a few shout outs, please forgive me if I forget you, it really is not my intention. I'll fix that, if you let me know though ;o)
Thank you to Fertility Chick who sent me a care package of CHOCOLATE and a great card before my surgery. The chocolate helped more then the Vicodine...sort of ;o)
Thank you to Ellen, who let me send her math questions and never ONCE laughed at me! You probably regret giving me your phone number, but I am SO grateful for your smartness! And for proof reading one my essays, thanks hon!
Thank you to CanadianMama who complimented me on my writing and told me it would get easier. You were right! It did get easier!
Thank you Mugsy for our chats on Google Talk and reading my whinny text messages, but never telling me to STFU. The distractions were always needed, no matter what! Plus I didn't have to follow through on my threat. I really didn't have time to do what I said, so it was a total empty threat ;o)
Ahhh Jules! What can I say that you don't already know? You let me vent in every single one of my emails, never got mad when my reply was WEEKS later and gave me information on Mono when I had no idea what the hell I was doing. Thanks, hon!
Thanks to Kristin, not only for being a huge supporter and never doubting me for a second, but for offering to help me with my math, even though she's homeschooling Marty AND has crazy Gabe at home too! WHEW, typing that makes ME tired! Kristin, you're an AMAZING woman and I don't know anyone who doesn't know you, that doesn't want to be EXACTLY like you when they grow up ;o)
Thank you, Amaprincess who also proof read one of my papers and was cheering me on. Even though SHE was going to school, too! She took the time to help me with mine. I appreciate it, I truly do!
Big thanks to Stacie who was my SITM buddy sent me AWESOME socks that I wore to my finals. And ROCKED those socks and my finals!
Thank you to Heather who was always cheering me along and sending me hilarious text messages to keep my spirits up. I am SO glad you got THAT app, its been fun learning all those interesting facts ;o)
Thank you to In Due Time for letting me use NYEBoy's brain to edit my papers. There is NO way I would have gotten an A on that last essay without his help!
Thank you to Tracy who let me use her hot tub to relax when I needed to decompress and for therapy, of course! I might be able to hold a Mason jar now ;o)
Thank you to Mel for sending me an email telling me there was NO way I couldn't get through finals and surgery! You were right, as always, failure was NO an option, thanks so much!
Thank you to Wise Guy who's emails gave me the confidence to laugh at the situation instead of crying and rocking back and forth on the floor in the fetal position. If I can't laugh at myself, there is no point in living. Thank you for being an inspiration, hon.
And finally thank you to each and every ONE of my Twitter friends! All the support was what kept me going when I wanted to throw the towel in.
I know I'm forgetting people and I am so sorry! I don't want to leave anyone out, I promise I don't.
THANK YOU for helping me get through a very tough few months. Without all of you, I would not be the woman I am.