Sunday, April 22, 2012

I finally did it!

It's been almost two weeks since my last post and for me that's kinda long.  I haven't posted because I have been in the process of completing my application to go to grad school.  If you follow my blog you know that I'm a teacher.  I have two degrees and five teaching licenses in special and elementary education, but I have always wanted to get my master's degree.  So, here I am taking a deep breath and praying that I can successfully do this while working full time and continuing to be an active mother and wife to my son and husband.

On my father's side of the family I was the first person to graduate from college.  Now, since then my older brother has earned a degree and I now have a few cousins that have earned degrees, but I was the first.  My parents always wanted me to go back and earn a master's degree and when I had first started working as a teacher I was way over my head the first three years working.  Just trying to keep my head above water and my feet out of the fire.  My entire 12 year career has been as a special education teacher in intercity urban schools.  Nothing fluffy or easy about my job and career requirements.  Then when I met my to be husband I was fully engaged in a new exciting relationship, then a newlywed, and now a mother of a toddler.  So, I'm done with the excuses!  It's my turn now.  This is about me doing what I want to do with my life.  Taking care of me!

Many women talk about caring for themselves by usually pampering themselves and taking a break from the stresses of their lives.  I want to do something for myself that I can have forever!  Spa treatments and manicures will quickly fade and need to be applied and replaced to get the same effect.  I have never chosen to pamper myself this way.  Maybe I should once in awhile, but at this point I would rather invest my money to advance myself in something no one can ever take away from me.

Please pray for me!  If everything goes well I will qualify for the TEACH grant and loan forgiveness for working at a title one school.  Once my application gets reviewed and I'm accepted I will be meeting with the financial aide department to discuss my financial package.  If everything works out I will have NO money out of pocket!  If it doesn't then I have to decide how much more debt we can handle at this time.  So, please pray for me!  Until next time...


  1. I totally understand. I am in the same married with kids,no more excuses.
    But, I have prayed for you already and will continue to lift you up. You have acknowledged God in your ways and He will direct your path. He will give you favor. Just keep on trusting Him.

  2. It's truly a blessing when you can get a degree for free! Good luck to you. You will be in my prayers.

  3. I will continue to pray for you Jenn! God has your back :-)

  4. Good for you for FINALLY taking that step! You are definitely right about giving yourself a long term "manicure". I pray you meet favour during the entire application process.

    1. I will pray for you don't worry such a good initiative; i know that we find always some kind of excuses to not pursuit our dreams; I have been there; So now i try to do anything i want; especially writing my book and find an editor; God Bless AND YES YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY A PENNY I WILL INSIST ON IT DURING MY PRAYERS.

  5. I am so happy for you and proud. You are doing it and nothing is gonna get in your way. Congrats girlie!!!

  6. Jen, this is extraordinary. I deeply appreciate you sharing this story! I will keep you (and your son and husband) in my thoughts and prayers. Consider yourself lifted up and supported. Gosh, I am so proud of you!!

  7. Ladies thank you all for the prayers and support! I have been so busy with this that I feel like the application is designed to give you a taste of what will be coming up next once you are accepted. The application is a test in it's self. Completing it has become a huge task for me.

  8. Congratulations to you for taking such a big step. I just know you'll be successful. If God be for you who can be against you?

  9. Congrats sis!! I pray God continues to guide you and provide. He that has began this great work, is more than able to finish it! [Phil.1:6]. You have taken the biggest step. Trust God for the rest. I rejoice with you sis.