Wednesday, January 18, 2012

i am the wind beneath my wings

Rudy and I had been married for about a year and nine months when I quit my job as a receptionist in a medical laboratory, and returned to school to finally earn my Bachelor's Degree. In Liberal Studies.

Rudy looked at me.
At my round belly.
My 6 months pregnant belly.

The following Monday I headed out the door, new backpack and supplies slung over my shoulder. I was ready. To be a student. Again. After taking several years off.

Not surprisingly, the semester finished quickly. Yet, not quick enough. My whole self was exhausted, and swollen. Uncomfortable.

My final class ended on Thursday, December 17th.
Elizabeth was born on December 20th.
I spent six weeks with her before my next semester started.

Attending classes, being a new mom, a wife, and simply trying to find time to study and sleep was an adjustment I constantly adjusted to.

I managed.
I succeeded.
I did it.

During my final semester. The last semester before I would walk on stage to accept my degree I took Elizabeth with me. Almost 3 year old Elizabeth. To experience. To see what I was doing. In the classroom. As a student.

To show her what it is to be educated. What her possibilities are. That with perseverance anything is possible. Anything.

(contribution for BBF #159 - wind beneath my wings)


  1. It always amazes me what people who are motivated can accomplish. Very proud to know you ma'am. ♥

  2. You are amazing. Great perseverance. I could not have done that. Great role modeling for your daughter too.

  3. Inspired. Inspirational. Delightfully you!

  4. Lovely! It is so great to have goals and to succeed. Not only did you finally finish, but you shared the experience with your daugher and were a wonderful example. Kudos :)

  5. A superb achievement and one I'm sure your duaghter will be proud of as she gets older.

  6. Absolutely! Learning is a lifelong priviledge and I've changed directions so often I have whiplash. Elizabeth is such a cutie.

  7. I love that you are your support. Your strength is amazing. Go you!

  8. Great photo!
    You should be proud of yourself and I know those around are too!

  9. Good for you and thanks for sharing your inspiration and detemination! Great take on the topic!

  10. Congratulations. Good job going back to school. I was also in school when I had my first child, so I know how tiring it is. I also know how rewarding it is when you complete your schooling. :)

  11. It is amazing what a person can do when they sincerely want to accomplish something in life. Awesome accomplishment!

  12. You did a great job! I had to be so tough being a full time mother and a student

  13. thank you, ladies.
    i must say, i am kinda proud of the fact that i set a goal, and accomplished it. reflecting, i don't know how i did manage. i just did. just as we all do.