Friday, August 10, 2012

Make like a fetus and head out...

On July 20th, 2009 Phil, Juno and I officially became residents of Denver, Colorado. As if graduating college in April, taking NCLEX (RN boards) in May, packing up our college townhouse in June wasn't enough, I left the only place I've ever called home, Kissimmee Florida, to be with Phil as he followed his dreams to work for his family's business, Instant Software and move to Denver, Colorado!

Over the past three years, so much has happened, and just to name a few. . .

We bought our first house!

Phil worked for Instant Software for a year, up until the company was sold. He then delved into some internet work, and ultimately ended up part owner in mor beverage

We add to our family by adopting Zeus

I ran my first half marathon and many more since then

After SIX years of dating, Phil popped the questions last December and we are engaged to be married in about two months

However, equally important for me, during this time after some struggle, I was hired at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Labor & Delivery unit as a registered nurse. Having absolutely NO nursing experience under my belt, I am forever indebted and thankful for the opportunity I've been given.

Over the past few years, I have learned more than I could imagine. I was oriented by the best preceptor a "new grad" could ask for. Jessie has made me into the nurse I am today. Her patience, humor, knowledge, and leadership is the reason I didn't quit those days I left work in tears.

In addition to Jessie, I am so blessed to work with the best group of nurses and staff anyone could ask for. Denise, Sonda, Jessica, Dana, Carol, Vanessa, Jenny, Amber, Dez, Marigny, Julie, Carolyn, Koca, Whitney, Annie, Bea, Frank, Greg, Maggie, Tina, Mary K., Melissa, Katie, Corine, Danica, Glenda, Meagan, Tracy, Jean, Andrea, Cathy, Jeri, Joan, Dr. Williams, Dr. Breeden, Dr. Jones, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Dabelea, Dr. Porreco, Dr. Adelburg, Dr. Pitts, Dr. Green, Dr. Strouse, Dr. Copeland, Dr. Horvath, Kim M, Mary-Page, Mary-Ann, Becky, Mari, Cindy, and everyone else I work with that I failed to mention, I want you to know I love you and that I am so thankful for all you've taught me. You are the reason I look forward to going to work each day. While it's not always fun and certainly not easy, I am lucky to say that I truly love what I do and who I work with.

You all are also the reason that makes this news so difficult for me to share. However, the time has come for Phil and I to share the news that we will be moving back to Florida next month in September. Ultimately, this is a very positive thing for both of us. And while we would have never considered trying to plan a wedding AND move across the county within weeks of each other, due to some unforeseen quicker than expected changes, we were given no other choice than to embrace this all with bittersweet excitement.

I have always felt deep down that we would move back to Florida at some point, but again, certainly not while planning a wedding (I guess you could say history has repeated itself with moving during a very busy time in our life)! I am so excited to be close to my family again and watch my nephews grow up. I can't wait to see my friends from high school and college on a more regular basis. I definitely won't miss the snow, ice and freezing winters, and the thought of spending Christmas in the pool makes me happy. However, having to walk away from PSL is by far one of the hardest things I've had to do, and definitely the worst part about moving to Florida. Having to leave family and friends in Florida when we moved to Colorado three years ago was difficult and has been hard on me even now. As I return to Florida, having to say goodbye to my new family here is just as hard. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and memories I will cherish forever.

I hope that after the initial shock, disappointment, anger, and whatever else you may feel, that my Denver family will understand that this is what is best for Phil and I and that leaving you all isn't easy for me. I am writing this with tears in my eyes knowing my last day on 3A will be here in 3-4 weeks. As I said before, I can't deny that I am happy to be going back to Florida, but that doesn't mean I don't wish I could take you all with me. I love you all and look forward to visiting (and perhaps working PRN q3 months...?) in the future to come....!!

To my friends and family in Florida...get ready, because we're coming home!


  1. Amber: Not nice to make Mommy cry first thing in the morning! LOL I am soooo happy you are coming home, but I too am sad to see you leave your family at P/SL...I've loved listening to your funny stories about babies and the wonderful nurses and doctors you work with. I am so proud of the amazing young lady and professional you have become!

    To the P/SL team: Thanks to all of you who have helped my baby girl along the way. I know from the stories and pictures she has shared that she loves her job and she loves all of you. I am so happy that you have been there along her journey and know that she will never forget you.

    Amber & Phil: Can't wait to have you close again! WELCOME HOME!

  2. Amber,
    I found your blog through Marigny's blog. I cannot believe you are leaving! We will definitely miss you at PSL. Good luck on the wedding planning. I hope to hear lots about it in future posts!
    Brandy Lipscomb

  3. We are going to miss you SOOOOOO much! You are a ball of energy and has been great fun getting to know you and work with you! All the best to you in FL and I hope you will come back to visit/work with us from time to time. Hope to keep up with you the blog! :-)