Lily-Kay ~


Lily is so precious and she was a trooper during our photo session.  I had fun taking her photos and can’t wait to see how much more beautiful she grows up to be.   Big brother was also a big help and he had fun in front of the camera as well.





Ciarra Rene ~ 2016

Wow, this is happening way too fast!  I remember when she was just a baby and I would watch her.  She is now a young woman getting ready to pursue what the Lord has planned for her.  I pray that she continues to stay faithful and on the path she is intended to be on and be the woman of God she is meant to be.  She is truly gifted in many areas and we are so very proud of her.

We had fun this day taking her photos and I can’t believe she is already graduating.


We all love you!!

Aunt Linda Lou~

Flower Power!

As I am now out of school and back to a less busy life, I have been able to start up my photography again.

I recently had the opportunity to photograph these young ladies at a local park this weekend.   I forced myself to use only one lens for this photo shoot.   It was great getting back out and behind the camera.    I used my Canon 6d for this shoot and a sigma 70 -200 lens.

The Wall and Prom Night

Well I have been busy with family, life and work, but I am now getting back to a somewhat normal schedule again.  I have been trying to figure out where to work and what will be the best path to take in my nursing career.  It has now been 7 months since I graduated and I am still trying to figure out what is the best path.  If there are any nurses out there who would like to share their experience or give some advice, I would be open to getting an email.

Tonight is the Wall at our church and I can’t wait!!!

Tonight at 6:00 pm ~ a night of worship and praise.

Well on another note my niece went to her prom this last weekend and I was able to dust off my camera and take some photos of her and her friends.

PromProm couple

She is so beautiful and I am very proud of her.  She has become a great young woman of God and I can’t wait to see what the Lord will use her for.  These are just a few of the photos I took and I will be adding others later.

Linda Lou

Olema Campground 2014

This weekend we stayed at Olema Campground for the weekend.   We had a great time.  We drove to Doran Beach and played on the beach for a day.

This is the view from our camper this morning.


Our RV we rented at Olema Campground.

Where has the time gone!

So I was not able to post as much as I wanted to while I was in nursing school, so now I am going to try and post once a week if possible.  It is my goal to post once a week and share anything and everything.

Two years went by so fast in many ways, but in others it seemed to take forever.  I am now graduated, passed my NCLEX with 75 questions and now looking for a job, as well as hundreds of others who have just graduated.   I am trying to figure out what will set me apart from my fellow students and also trying to figure out what is it that I really want to do as a Nurse.  As an older student, I feel as though I do not have the luxury of figuring it out, so I feel impatient and also frustrated about finding a job.  The New Graduate RN programs are limited and many RN job posting require experience, so this is also where my frustration comes from.  A few of my peers have found jobs in Psych nursing and one as a floor nurse in the hospital she was already working at as a Unit Secretary. 

At this time I will continue to move forward and understand that God will put me in the place I need to be to provide the best care for my patients eventually.  

This is me on my pinning day!

Linda Lougrad 2

So next time I post I am hoping to be closer to finding a job and not being so frustrated.  Really! 

Phil 4:13

Linda Lou~

NCLEX Question

This is from one of the NCLEX books I am using to study from.

A client has been admitted to the emergency department with report of chest pain for the past 2 hours.  There are no clear changes on the 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG).  The nurse would expect which laboratory tests to provide confirmation of a myocardial (MI)?  Select all that apply.

  1. Potassium of 5.2 mEq/L
  2. Creatinine kinase (CK) of 545
  3. WBC of 11,400/mm3
  4. CK-MB isoenzyme of 6%

Answer is:   3, 5

I you would like the rationale, please email me and I will send it to you.


The Heart ~ Basics

  We are now studying the heart and I am amazed by it and wanted to share some basic information about the heart.  I am hoping by posting this that it will help me to study as well as help those, interested, learn some new information about the heart.

The heart consist of four chambers: two atria and two ventricles.  The heart is divided into two sides separated by the septum.  The heart has a conduction system that allows it to function.  I am going to list these below:

1. Sinoatrial node (SA) – this is the natural pacemaker of the heart and it normally keep the heart pumping at 60 to 100 beats per minute.

2. Atrioventricular node (AV) – This node initiates a rate of 40-60 beats per minute.

3. Bundle o His – these are the are the conductive branches that send the electrical signal from the AV node to the apex of the heart.  The carry the electrical signal to the remaining conductive system, knows at the purkinje fibers.

This is a basic video about 40 seconds long that explains the basics:

I hope you enjoy.

Linda ~

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