Stories from Two New Mommy’s Who “Did That” This Year in Honor of Mother’s Day
In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to highlight two new mommy’s that graduated this spring with their bachelor’s degrees. There are a number of women who accomplish this feat every year, but these are the two stories that stuck out to me. Plus, they’re from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I LOVE my Coast girls! Another reason why their story resonated with me is because not only did they have to deal with delivering their child in the middle of their FINAL semester of senior year, but they encountered roadblocks that many of us can relate to, and some that we can not even fathom. Allow me to introduce them.
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Favorite Bible Verse: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Post-Grad Plans: Tashauna plans to work for a few years, then return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner.
Biggest Struggle: “Mentally, it was being able to accept that it is okay to fall, or even fail, because neither defines me. Instead, it’s how I overcome that and proceed afterward that does. Also, my high school sweetheart passing away my freshman year the day before finals, me being pregnant in nursing school, and my fiance being over six hours away and being financially dependent on him has also been struggles of mine.”
Here is Tashauna’s Story:
My Plan Vs. God’s Plan
May 2012: My Plan. I graduated top of my class. I had a plan. Go to college, become a doctor, marry my high school sweetheart, have children, and live happily ever after (in that order).
May 2013:Reality Hit Hard. The first guy I’d ever been in love with unexpectedly passed away the day before my finals.
May 2014:My rock-bottom. I had been in a deep depression for a year. Because of that, I had pushed family and friends away and dedicated my time towards work and school. I had also lost my drive and determination to finish school and changed my major three times.
May 2015:The Turnaround: I was working as a manager an odd 30 hours a week, and nearly failed my first semester in nursing school. I began to doubt myself even more. I questioned MY purpose.
May 2016:Failure: I DID fail a semester and had to retake a course, start over with a new class, and move back home with my parents. Also, my other half was over 6 hours away in a different state.
May 2017:God’s Plan: I planned a baby shower, I gave birth, and I completed nursing school.
When I graduated high school, I had a plan, but that’s where I messed up. I was so focused on MY plan that I forgot that my life was according to God’s plan. Every time one door closed, God opened another one. I had completely counted myself OUT, but God reminded me why He counted me IN. I lost a loved one and a few friends, but I GAINED a fiance, two awesome best friends, a beautiful baby girl, and my DEGREE.
Through it all my faith has only grown stronger, and I’m eternally grateful that HE didn’t give up on me even when I gave up on myself. For some this picture is just that A PICTURE, but for me it’s a reminder of my journey, of my story, and of my PURPOSE. Those two little eyes looking up at me have given me a new strength. On May 13, 2017 I will receive my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I’m doing it all for you now baby girl. I finally made it: LOOK AT GOD!
Favorite Piece of Advice: “Trust the timing of your life.”
Post-Grad Plans: Graduate School for Civil Engineering
Biggest Struggle: “I want to have everything all together, but truth is, I don’t and it’s okay. I overthink and worry a lot. I also try to be super mom and handle things without asking for help.”
Here’s is Justice’s story:
My journey of a what I thought would only take me four years of college, became a five year journey (5th year senior). I had no clue that this journey would be what it has been. Amazing. Stressful. Love. Basically, life happened. However, it was not until this school year that I had it the toughest. Last semester while pregnant, working, and juggling school I didn’t think I could still graduate May 2017.
I was VERY OVERWHELMED and discouraged. But, God. I never thought that it couldn’t happen, I just lost sight of how little ole me would do it. I had never seen someone do what I was about to attempt. Again, but Jesus. I love my family with everything, but I do not have the luxury of too much support. Hey, but that’s okay, because I never made it an excuse. No one is obligated for your life. So suck it up! My mom did her best!
I worked until I was eight months pregnant. I had heard so much about the pain of labor and the epidural. You see but, God. I had a short labor and a natural birth. It was great & I did not understand how I did it. It didn’t hurt me.️ Afterwards, I needed help with my outrageously handsome baby boy Ayson, so I decided to go home for two of my six week leave. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to graduate that I didn’t care about healing; and I just really wanted my degree. I tried to catch up with school, but I failed. Again, BUT GOD. I didn’t do so well on my finals, and I knew that would determine if I could graduate, or if I’d have to wait.
When I got my grades, I saw they weren’t good enough to graduate this year. Need I remind you, I’M A MATH MAJOR (I had Ace March 14, “3.14” which is pi day. How ironic). I came back and school was basically over for graduating seniors. I had no clue of what to do, and I was disgusted with myself. Did I care who knew? Not at all. I felt like a failure, and I thought the Lord had forgotten about how bad I needed this. Not wanted, but needed. All I had to rely on at this point was prayer! While praying and crying to the Lord for the best outcome, it happened within a blink of an eye.
I found out I was graduating! I don’t know how I did it, but I did. Well, I do know. Even though I had given up on myself, the LORD NEVER GAVE UP ON ME. I cannot and will not ever stop thanking him.
Congratulations, Tashuana & Justice! Continue on your path to success and enjoy those cute little newborns! They grow so quickly! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mother’s and moms-to-be that read BeBright Daily!