// Valedictorian




Mike graduated (the first phase) of nursing school on Friday! You may remember last year when we announced he'd be pursuing this career path, I was oh so excited and ready for him to get started. Well, a year has come and gone and boy am I glad that's over! Y'all, this year has been the hardest of our lives. I'm not even going to sugarcoat it. There were a lot of tears, a lot of nights going to bed at radically different hours, lots of missing each other and feeling generally overwhelmed and stretched entirely too thin. I think we would have both felt that way even if we didn't have a new baby to toss into the mix... but that dangerous combination was almost too much to bear at times.

Mike has worked so hard and he put in so many hours over the past 12 months. I've always known he was a dedicated, capable guy, but this past year showed me just how incredible he is. And that's exactly what landed him the top spot in his class! Yep, he was the valedictorian! Such a testament to his perseverance and work ethic. He still has to go to school this entire week (because that makes a lot of sense...) and study for the NCLEX coming up, but then he'll be home for a couple of weeks potentially while he waits for his NCLEX placement and then hunts for a job. Part of me is so relieved to soon be a two-income family rather than trying to juggle my design clients and painting clients in between naps and feeds, but I'm also nervous about the hours he'll be scheduled and the hectic world he's about to be thrown into. Not only that, but he will start with his pre-req classes for RN school soon, too. We'll have ~2 years of RN school to struggle through, and then another few years of grad school until he gets his Masters and becomes a Nurse Practitioner. The goal has been Dr. Michael Flynn, DNP when it's all said and done, but I'm personally taking it one day at time. I think anyone else with a spouse in the nursing field can attest to just how difficult it can be to be their partner, especially in the thick of the schooling. I'm hoping this was our hardest year, and that things will get a little easier since Linden is getting older and we both know sort of what to expect from nursing school.

I knew it'd be difficult, but I was absolutely not prepared for just how hard it would be... on both of us. We're still not out of the woods just yet. Boards to be taken, licenses to be acquired, jobs to find and new routines to get in the swing of. My hope is that if we can make it through this, we can make it through anything. 

I'm so proud of my husband. So proud that I even suggested he buy a new guitar and amp... so clearly all the stress has made me insane haha xo

16 comments:

  1. How cute is that cake!!!! Congrats to him!

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  2. Congrats to Mike! It's tough but it will be so worth it in the end! I actually work for an online university in the Office of Admissions for the Nursing program-- we have some great options if he decides he doesn't want to have to attend class in person. (He'll still have to do clinicals and all that, obviously!) Just in case you're interested: http://www.waldenu.edu/colleges-schools/school-of-nursing/academic-programs

    - Sarah

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  3. Congrats to Mike! So awesome that he graduated the first section and also that he was Valediction.

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  4. Congratulations to Mike! That cake looks amazing, I hope it tasted as good as it looks.

    People like Mike are a real inspiration and butt-kicker for me. For the past few months I've been moaning about how I don't know how to fit an online course in with work, generally living, and writing. But reading this and seeing that Mike has achieved what he did while raising a family and everything else, has kicked my butt. I'm not under the illusion that it's easy, I know it will be tough, but it will be worth it.

    Good luck to you and Mike as he continues with school, and a massive thumbs up to you both. Sounds like you had a tough year.

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  5. Woo! Congrats to Mike, good luck to you both for your exciting future!!! :) xx

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  6. that cake is aMaZinG. good luck to him and still loving this blog!!

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  7. aww, congratulations to mike! you guys are kind of amazing in the way you've managed to juggle it all but i know it's definitely hard. i don't have any kiddos yet but i still find it difficult to fit everything into a single day.

    xo, allie
    wellhellosugar.com

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  8. Congrats to him! One achievement down, a few more to go. All the struggle will be worth it in the end. Good luck to you both!

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  9. I wrote this exact post a month ago!! Like I mentioned this weekend, my husband just graduated in March. He took his NCLEX last week and just got home from his third 12 hr shift at the hospital. (Yay for dual income! Boo for exhausted husbands.) He, too, will probably end up going the NP route, so we'll likely be back in school soon. Congrats to you (and him) on this big accomplishment! You both deserve a big high five.

    P.S. Here's my post that says almost the same as yours! http://blog.pamelapetrus.com/nursing-school/

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  10. Congrats!!! And yeah, I wanna copy that cake <3 <3 <3

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  11. Obviously the hard work and all you guys have been through is going to off! It's good for you to admit it wasn't easy. Sometimes on blogs/social media people tend to post only their best moments, myself included. But that makes it all the more rewarding for him, especially at the top of his class.

    And... THAT CAKE. OMG. It's too pretty to eat!

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  12. OMG this is so awesome!! Congrats to Mike!! He's going on to bigger and better things! That cake is soooo cool!
    ~Sara

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  13. Congratulations to you both! I'm pretty sure you two can overcome anything!

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  14. You guys are hands down the most inspiring couple I've had the honour to know (thank God for the Internets!) I've been following the story of the two of you since the very first time Mike made an appearance in this blog and I have to admit, you two are the best! I wish you and your little family the best of it all. Congratulations, Mike!

    Dara | Hola Darla | @DarlaOct

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB