Graduation


Saturday marked the end of an era in my husband and I’s life and the beginning of a new chapter. Eric graduated with his Master’s of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Adult Acute Care at UAB. It has been a long 4 years in the making where he quit his job as an accountant at KPMG to start pre-requisite classes for the Accelerated Master’s Program. Two years worth of nursing school was condensed in 1 year and then he started clinicals. Many months he would work 21 days in a row, 2 days off, 19 days in a row, 1 day off because he was working full-time as a nurse in the neuro ICU and managing his clinicals. Eric has worked night shift, day shift, weekends, holidays, and it was a constant reminder of how grateful I am for so many health care professionals who work so hard day in and night out.

There was a span of about a year where we lived on 1 income, and penny pinched and scraped and saved. Eric got many scholarships, worked his butt off, and budgeted so he could graduate with no debt. It was an incredible team effort that I have been honored to be a part of. We have both worked harder than we ever have in our lives over the past few years and it was such a fabulous long weekend to celebrate this monumentous goal. To say I’m a proud wife doesn’t even begin to cover it.

We’re excited that today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Today begins a slow and steady process of looking for a new home, finding renters for our condo, looking for a new job for Eric and figuring out what our lives will look like. We hope to find a neighborhood, small group, and job that allows us as a couple to bring honor and glory to God with everything in us. We hope to strengthen our marriage, to rely on God, and to learn more about each other with each passing day.

I’m telling you all this as little bit of a life update and as a prayer request for us as a family. We are ecstatic about the next part of our journey and I wouldn’t feel right about not sharing what all is going on with my readers. This blog and all the comments, encouragement, and love have meant a lot to me during this time. It’s been a great outlet for me while Eric was working night shifts, or while he was studying for exams and I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of My Life Well Loved is in the midst of this bigger picture journey.

We kicked off our celebration of this weekend on Thursday night at the lobby of the Aloft hotel in Homewood surrounded by friends and family. It was a group big enough to feel festive and small enough to be intimate and to talk to each person. It was a fabulous opportunity for us to get to connect with our friends who have supported us closely during this journey. After the party, we went over to Gian Marco’s Wine Bar in Homewood to eat dinner with his family, who was in town from Tampa. See pictures below of the invitations from Tiny Prints, our specialty drinks of the evening, and a few of our Samford friends that were there.

Tiny Prints Graduation Invitiations

Eric and Heather

Graduation

Eric's Graduation

Friday night, Eric and I had over my parents, his parents, his sister, and my sister and brother-in-law over for dinner. We made a “healthier” version of lasagna, salad, and French Bread. It was a nice opportunity to thank them for all their support and to just spend some low key time together as a family.

Eric's graduation

Eric and HeatherSaturday was graduation and we had a great time celebrating Eric and all his accomplishments before going to a low key dinner at Post Office Pies to enjoy the fabulous beer cocktails. If you’re local and haven’t tried these yet, they are a must!

Overall, it was just such a wonderful 4 days to get to celebrate everything that my husband means to me and to reflect on the past 4 years. We look forward to the journey ahead and to a time of refinement, patience, and lots of prayer as we figure out the next steps.



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6 Comments

  1. Avatar
    Jessica
    December 14, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    I JUST started following you on Instagram maybe two weeks ago; I honestly can’t even remember how I stumbled on your account (it’s a black hole sometimes)! I saw your post tonight about your husband’s graduation, specifically about prayer requests, and decided to hop over to your blog. I’m single, never married, so I can’t fully relate to your story, but I do know the struggles of finishing school while working and that it definitely takes the support of everyone around you to make it through. Your husband is a lucky man to have had you through his journey and you are a strong woman for making it through your part of the battles, as well! You have my prayers as you move on to the next chapter in your lives. It sounds like yall have a lot to look forward to and are most deserving of all that comes your way.

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      December 14, 2014 / 9:37 pm

      Hi Jessica! Thanks SO very much for your kind comment. It is so touching to me how Instagram and the blog can connect people. You must be a very special and kind-hearted person to leave such a comment on my blog not even knowing me. What a blessing. I so appreciate you following my blog on Insta. Love that black hole sometimes. 😉 Thank you for your time and prayers and Merry Christmas!

  2. Avatar December 15, 2014 / 10:39 am

    Congratulations to Eric!!! And to both of you for enduring through all this. I can’t imagine how trying it has been at times, but you made it through with God’s grace and working hard. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for you all! You look amazing in the pictures – you go girl! 🙂

    • Heather
      Heather
      Author
      December 15, 2014 / 10:52 pm

      Sherri, you are a constant encouragement! Thanks for your kind words. The Lord was faithful to bring us through this and I’m excited to see what He has planned for us as well. Thank you again!

  3. Avatar December 16, 2014 / 4:06 am

    Congratulations to you and Eric! What a wonderful team you make! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you both! Prayers being lifted up as you enter this next leg of your journey together! <3

  4. Avatar December 16, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Sad I missed the party! Looked so fun. I know you were an encouraging wife to Eric during those hardest months!

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