Year in Review

By Tina Cameron

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Hunter & I on his 25th Birthday

I have been reflecting a lot on my life and my family this past year. My younger son turned 25 on November 30th — how is that even possible? His brother will be 29 in March. I can still remember being pregnant, them coming home from the hospital, their first days of kindergarten, high school graduation, college graduation. I am 51 and don’t feel like my sweet boys should be grown men already. It recently occurred to me that more than half of my life is over which is terrifying and sad especially because I have not accomplished half of the things I want to.

 

It reminds me of that amazing song by Kenny Chesney “Don’t Blink.” I made videos for both boys at their high school graduation parties of their first 18 years with that song playing as the background music. The song talks about how fast life moves on, “don’t blink.”

My heart and mind feel like I am still in my 30s, however, my body is another story. I feel more like I am in my late 60s to early 70s. I need to work on getting in shape and losing weight—again! I am not making excuses, but I have no energy on my days off between work and graduate school to want to do anything besides veg out on the couch and watch TV or nap. My sleep schedule is always out of sorts. Lately, I wake up at 2:30 A.M., even when going to bed at 11:30 P.M. I am worn out.

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Oreo

This year I lost my beloved bunny, Oreo. It was heartbreaking, and I miss him so much, but he is in Heaven with Haley. Throughout the year, I have also lost animals that I took care of as a volunteer at the zoo. It is just heartbreaking for me to lose any animal that I fall in love with.

 

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Corey & I tailgating Alabama vs. USC

Overall, 2019 has been a good year for me. I graduated with my BSN, I started graduate school, and I am doing more volunteer work in the community. However, having my boys living two hours away in Charleston with their own lives is becoming harder on my heart than I thought it would. This was the first year that Corey did not come home for Thanksgiving as well as the first year I did not see Hunter on his birthday. It absolutely broke my heart. I know I need to understand that they are grown, and this was eventually going to happen, but it still hurts.

As we approach the Christmas holidays, I want to encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on this past year and make hopes and goals for the next. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

 

First Day of Grad School

By: Tina Michelle Cameron

Hi everyone. Well, today I embarked on my new educational adventure. The first day of Grad school at The University of Alabama. I am in the Master of Science Program with a concentration in Nursing Administration. My first two assignments are partially done- an introduction video which should have been easy—90 seconds, how hard could that be? Well, 18 takes later—nailed it!! Then successfully uploaded it to a new site that I am not at all familiar with.
I have been under the weather since Saturday afternoon and still feel crappy today as I write this (double ear infections, sinus infection, and eye infection, dizziness, low grade fever and terrible scratchy throat), so I will finish the other half of the assignments tomorrow. I am ahead of the due date—yea me! This is my goal for grad school and to not procrastinate on any assignment.
I procrastinate when it comes to house work and have been known to wait to start an assignment, but I am trying to avoid this. I have a wonderful boss who has her MSN degree and she has been very supportive and has made herself available for questions, etc. I am very thankful for Theresa. She is an amazing nurse manager.
Switching back to first day of school, I have so enjoyed seeing friends and family members posting on social media first day of school pictures of their sweet children that I have watched grow up. So, on Monday, I decided to do a first day of grad school photo. My neighbor saw me struggling to take a selfie, so he offered to take some pictures and my friend Hannah let me borrow her chalkboard sign. It was fun to do, and I have gotten wonderful responses on social media for posting it. I even shared it with the Bama by Distance Facebook page and the other grad students have since started posting their 1st day pictures!20190821_211209 (1)

I hope all your children have a wonderful year of school. May God watch over all our students at each school and university and keep them and the educators safe. Thank you to all the educators for what you do. I am a proud mom of a future educator.
I have included my 1st day of grad school pictures—enjoy!20190821_172041