Saturday, May 2, 2009

Back to school.. I got my lunch packed up, my shoes tied tight.. I hope I don't get in a fight...

A couple of days before I went back to school for my second year of college as a ballet major in 2006 I broke my knee really bad. I severed my ACL, and tore my medial meniscus. I had to have a nasty surgery and LOTS of physical therapy. I still went to school... sort of... but it's kinda hard to pass your dance classes when you can't dance. I got really bad grades and at the end of the year I decided that I needed some time off to recover from this injury. Since I got bad grades, I was uneligable for financial aid... which was a must for me to go to school.. so I just decided that when Steve was finished with his school and we were settled and had money and stuff, I would go back to school for something.. I didn't know what because I couldn't imagine me doing anything else besides dance... But I thought I would have time to figure that out. I got 2 jobs teaching dance which I LOVE with all my heart! I absolutely LOVE my students and I love watching them dance. However something inside me thought that my time was cut short.. I wasn't supposed to be done yet... I still had a lot left in me! My students will tell you that any opportunity I get to dance with them.. I take it.

About 3 weeks ago, I had a feeling, an impression, a thought... I really want to go back to school. A thousand thoughts filled my mind after that.. Theres no way I could actually dance like I used to, I'm a mom now, I'm too old, can my knee take it? And most of all... could I pay for it. I couldn't get this feeling out of my head that I needed to go back... I talked to Steve about it and we decided to pray. We both knelt down and prayed and Steve got the impression that as long as we still had plenty of family time it would be alright for me to go. So I called the financial aid department to see what we could do. They said that I needed a ton of letters, documentation, reccomendations, all sorts of things before the government would fund me again. So I went on a wild goose chase for like 2.5 weeks getting all sorts of papers and letters and stuff. I went to the financial aid office about 4 times, applied for financial aid, admission, and I registered. I just found out on Wednesday that they were going to give me another chance. I got financial aid, I'm registered for classes and I start on Wednesday...

This has all happened so fast... but I have such good feelings about this. I know that I'm not going to go on Wednesday and expect to be able to dance as well as I used to... I know it will take some work.. but I can do it! Steve isn't going to school this summer and he still works at night so Lilly will be with Daddy in the morning, and then we'll have some family time before Daddy goes to work. Then me and Lilly get to just hangout for the rest of the day! Whats really going to be crazy is the first few weeks cause I'll still be teaching until around the middle/end of may.. I'm gonna be crazy busy, but I have a wonderful husband who is going to pick up some of my slack... Anyway... I'm really excited!!

10 comments:

The Johnston Family said...

yay!!! Ellie, that's great news. It will be hard, but everything will definitely work out. Congratulations!

Heather Stott said...

wow congratulations, and good luck! I guess going to school is deferent when you get to go and do something you love doing! good for you!

Danielle Christiansen said...

Thats great! Good luck! I had to have my ACL completely reconstructed, My knee has never been the same, So I know what you are going through.

Alicia Nicole said...

That is awesome :) I'm so happy for you!

Kevin, Kelsey and Annalise.... said...

That is awesome! Way to follow your heart, you wont regret it!

Jackie said...

YAY! Congrats!! Love you girl. Way to go after your dream!

Jackie said...

Ellie, I have your cell phone.

The Slaters said...

That is awesome! Good luck with those first couple weeks.

Michelle said...

congrats! you're so blessed that it all worked out! :)

Lauren said...

Congratulations Ellie - I am SOO excited for you! Thanks for always helping us out and letting us spoil our neice! :D LOVE YOU!

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