04 August 2007

I got an A!!

I was online watching Mike's proposal video (over and over) and it dawned on me that I hadn't checked my Intro to Nursing Grade online yet. So I went to UCO's website and searched for where my grade would be posted. I got an A in the class!! I know that can only come from Jesus because I didn't do very well on the first test and only got a 90 on my case study. I thought I had done really poorly on the final exam, and I got an A in the class!! I guess I didn't do that poorly afterall. Jesus is so awesome! He knew that I needed that and only He could have given that to me!!

The day gets better and better!! :D

Pics from Mike's proposal

Mike Proposed!!

Last night M proposed! And I want to tell you guys all about it.

It was a usual Friday night. I came home from work and M, Kyle and Jake came over for dinner before Bible study. We were all late to Bible study, as usual. Joe gave a great lesson on temptation. After Joe's lesson, we broke into our small groups as usual to teach each other. After we finished our lessons, we girls (Abby, Michelle and Sarah) were actually talking about M and I getting married. Then M came and got me out of Abby and Asher's bedroom (where the ladies small group meets) and said he had something to show me. So I followed him into the living room, along with everyone else.

And he got down on one knee and pulled out a little black box! I was really surprised and also overcome with emotion. He gave a beautiful speech and asked me if I would do him the honor of being his wife. I said yes, with all my heart! And he put the ring on my finger. It is a beautiful ring! So elegant and gorgeous! And I gave him a giant hug and just held onto him for so long.
I was so incredibly happy that M proposed in front of the Bible study. It was truly amazing. We are like one giant family in the Bible study and for everyone to be included on his proposal was really amazing. All the guys were in on it all night and us girls didn't know anything about it. I actually thought that M was going to propose when we go to South Dakota to see his family later this week, so I was really surprised that he proposed last night.

Afterwards we went to Steak and Shake and got some shakes to celebrate. Abby got lots of pictures of everyone who was there. The night was absolutely amazing and I am so thankful to Christ for giving me such an awesome man. M is truly a man after God's own heart first and I know that he will be an awesome leader in our home and protector of the family. I am very grateful to Christ for M, he has truly been a blessing in my life.

**Pics will be up soon, and also Kyle was wonderful enough to actually get the proposal on video, so that will be posted soon as well.**
YSIC ~ Tegan

01 August 2007

School, more =(

Well, I checked my grades for my Fundamentals class online this afternoon. I got a B. It's a weighted average, so the theory (tests) count for 75% of the class. So even though I had a 99 in lab, I only had a 87 in theory, so I got a 88/B in the class. :( You know, I don't like being on the lower end of the grading curve in a class. I'm used to being in the top percentage, making really high grades. I know I'm not stupid, why can't I do better? I'm bummed out about it. I really enjoyed the class so much, and I felt like I was learning. I wonder if the professors hold their opinion on how well you do your skills or what your paper grade is? I used to think that test grades were a marker of how much of the material you knew. Perhaps they are. I haven't gotten my grade back for my Intro Class yet. I don't really know if I want to get it back. I know that I didn't do well on my final exam. An A is definitely out of the question. I have to get a C or better or I can't start nursing classes in the fall. I feel the stress of the coming to years hitting me. Just the sheer stress of having to do so well. Sink or swim. I know it's for a reason. I just really need to do well. I wish that I wasn't so burned out on school right about now. I've been going since Spring of 2003 with only one break, and that was two years ago. (By break, I mean taking a semester off. I took the summer off in 2005.) Plus working full time (or mor) the entire time. I just feel so tired. Getting an A always gave me a high, euphoric feeling that I could feed off of for the coming semester. I haven't gotten an A since last fall (well, I got an A in Overview of Nursing at OCCC in the spring, but that doesn't really count). That's just not like me. I used to have a 4.0. Used to. I want to do better. I really do. I want to do my best. And I'll admit that I want my best to be better than everyone else. I'm a perfectionist, I can't help it.

And I as sit here and think about the HUGE stack of books sitting on my kitchen table, I have to say that I'm starting to be really apprehensive about the coming semester. Can I do it? Can I make it? Am I going to burn out before I'm done? I REALLY want to be a nurse - I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I can picture myself working on the floor as a nurse. Taking care of patients. I really want to do that. I know that I will have to work harder than I have ever worked before in my life to get there though. I know I'll be dead tired all the time. But I also know that it will be worth it. The Lord will take care of me. He brought me this far, and I don't think that He would bring me so far to have me fail.


I got an email with some bad news today. Ken, a friend I used to work with at the Health Sciences Center, had a heart attack last night while out running. Apparently he's in ICU right now waiting to stabilize so they can do heart bypass surgery on him. Please keep him in your prayers.

Mushroom stew recipe

Hey there ~ since my mushroom stew was so enjoyed last night, I thought I'd write the recipe out for it here. :)

1 - 1.5 pounds stew beef, cut into small pieces (usually the meat is already cut up in the package, I prefer to cut it up even more)
white rice
cream of mushroom soup - 2 - 3 10oz cans per 1.5 lbs of meat
salt & pepper
worchestershire sauce
fresh mushrooms, sliced/diced to desired size

What you do:

Cook rice according to quantity desired and directions on package. It's basically 2 cups of water:1 cup of rice with some butter thrown in for good taste.

Brown the beef at medium high heat until cooked through. I season early with a little salt & lots of black pepper. Add worchestershire sauce through out cooking process to taste. Add mushrooms last after meat has cooked through.

Add cream of mushroom soup to the meat, mixing through. You shouldn't have to add any water since there will be moisture from the meat, mushrooms and worchestershire sauce. I usually simmer about 10 or 15 minutes.

Serve the beef & mushroom soup over the rice.

**Best thing about this meal: It's really inexpensive to make and it makes a lot. It's also really simple and fast.**

Try it out and let me know what you think. =)