Monday, March 19, 2012

A year ago.....

It was a year ago at this time that we found out that we matched to St. Louis University for Anesthesia.  For both of us there was a mixture of emotions. We knew without a doubt that matching to an MD program was a miracle for our little family and we were so grateful. But we both struggled with not matching to where WE wanted. Mike wanted Texas and I really wanted to stay in Ohio. It took me awhile to get excited. I knew that if we matched to St. Louis it was where we were suppose to be....but I just didn't know why yet. Now a year later, I have a much better idea as to WHY we are here-- and not in the other places that we both wanted to be. I am SO grateful for a wise, loving, patient Heavenly Father who has countless times shown me that I don't always know what it right for me. 
We are in a place where we are very happy. We are blessed with incredible friends. The type who very quickly become close friends, the type that really do feel like family. Mike is in a program that he really likes. He is so happy with the other residents in his group, they all get along great- which isn't always the case.
We really like our ward--- there are just enough other resident families who can be a support to each other--- but also a great mix of others who are at different stages of life.
I am continually humbled and grateful for where we ended up. This adventure of medical school and residency has been extremely challenging--- but also extremely wonderful.With each stage- Kirksville, Dublin and now St.Louis I have seen the hand of the Lord in our lives. I have seen that we were just where we needed to be, meeting friends and experiencing exactly what we needed most at that time and stage. 

Here's what we've been up to the past little while.....

Mike turned 33! We are so blessed to have such a loving, hardworking dad and husband.

 Our weather has been awesome. The boys have been on countless treasure hunts and expeditions

and a little  Kite Flying

We also had a visit from our Leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day who sent the kids on a little Shamrock hunt.