Did you catch that Grey's Anatomy pun?

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I don't usually like to paint the world as anything other than sunshines and rainbows, but how else would you describe the past few months? Dark & twisty fits perfectly. Just when you think everything is finally working out, a darn pandemic happens and turns the world upside down and sideways.

This time has been difficult for everyone, our brides having to move their wedding dates dozens of times, sessions cancelled, memories lost, but this time has been especially difficult for me. While most people got laid off from their jobs, I was fortunate to be able to work, but it took a toll. Working as a nurse during this pandemic was the single most scariest and stressful time of my life. Will I bring it home to my husband, will I catch it, the thousands of protocol changes that were occurring daily? I usually handle stress well, I mean I work full-time as a nurse, I part-own a business, and I am in full-time nurse practitioner school. But the stress was overwhelming. And still is. Everyone is going back to work and the world is re-opening, but it's still not the same at work for me. We are still dealing with the aftermath and protocols. (I wear a mask and goggles for 12 hours a day, this could be the CO2 talking here). So I just need some patience. I may not answer messages right away, but it doesn't mean I am ignoring you. I am most likely at work taking care of other humans who need my full attention, in School, or attempting to relax with some family. Same for Jamie. It may take me a little longer to get out galleries or final drives because honestly I am getting about an hour a few nights a week to even try to work on things. We are double teaming and spending every minute we have to get everything done as quick as we possibly can. Just hang in there with us. And remember, we are human too.

I have wrote this post probably 10 times over, trying to find the right words to express myself, because that is what blogs are for. But it's not cut and dry. We are all going through something that no one would have even seen coming. One day we will read about the COVID-19 pandemic and say "hey I lived through that". And I will be saying "I was a nurse through that". I am proud of what I do, and there is no where else I would rather be than behind that N95 and goggles. All the uncertainty that came with the pandemic, a doubt never crossed my mind that I would courageously step into a patient's room, who has been positive for the virus, to comfort them, to heal them, or to just hold their hand. It is what I do. And I love it.

Hopefully Mother Nature (or the world) doesn't have any more curveballs to throw at us for the rest of the year. I am going to need a bigger catchers mitt. We are so thankful for all of our wonderful clients. Each and every one of you have been so kind and thoughtful during all of this. Many of you I see at work, wearing the same mask and goggles as I do. It is still so astonishing to me how many clients we have! And how many more we get weekly. I would have never thought we would grow this much, and we simply couldn't do it without you guys. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much. Now I am getting emotional haha.

So please be patient with us, we love you all. And can't wait to see your smiling faces.