Monday, November 8, 2010

The Serious Side.

Something I love about the blogging community is that there are people out there who, by choice, invite you into their homes each day by clicking on your site. And I, as the writer of my blog, invite you into mine. You are able to get glimpses into my life and thoughts (and vice versa) and we form a little connection through that. We may be going through the same things so it's nice to feel like you are on the same page with someone, or we may have a totally opposite lifestyles so it's fun to explore something other than your "norm". Blogging is good for so many reasons, but one of my favorites is the unity and encouragement you are able to both give and receive.

There are certain blogs that I feel connected to because of the writer and the little relationship we have built through common ground. I have met some of these girls in real life and there are a few that I have yet to, but feel uniquely connected to, regardless. When one of these people mention something they are going through that is difficult, it strikes a chord with me, much as it would with a "flesh friend", and I add them to my prayer list. I love love love that I am able to pray for specific needs for these people that have stumbled into my life via blogging. I love that I am able to minister to others through my blogging. I love that I am able to rejoice with you in your triumphs! I love that by the divine rulership of our God, I have been able to point several girls to the Lord Jesus Christ. I love that I know that without a shadow of a doubt if I asked you to pray about something with me, you would flood my comments with encouragement and fill the Heavens with intercession on my behalf. You've done it before, (with my little nephew Maxwell), and I know you would do it again.

Husby and I have been absolutely astounded at the Lord and His work in our lives together - His provision, blessings and how He has gently reminded us time after time that He has us securely in the sweet palm of His hand. Husby is in the middle of applying and interviewing for Residency programs. He graduates in May (YAY!) and Residency begins in July. We are trusting God's perfect plan to unfold itself before us and I'd be honored if you joined me in praying for us during this time concerning "The Residency Match". (The whole process is big, long, confusing and somewhat frightening. I would explain how it works, but you'd just be even more confused. Just trust me.) ... We are at a point where it would be easy for stress and anxiety to entangle us and hold us captive (and there are moments when it does), but ultimately the Lord has so graciously filled us with His peace. He is beautifully faithful and we want nothing more than to be obedient to His will.

I just wanted to give you a glimpse into the more serious things going on with us right now. I know I enjoy reading about the big, real things going on with you all, and I hope you can get a better sense of our life in the moment through this time of "limbo" we are hanging in. I am so grateful for your uplifting words and the time you take to lift our little family up in prayer. Know that I do the same for many of you, and know that I am always available if you need an extra prayer warrior.

You, my friends, readers, and kindred souls, are jewels. You are sparkling gems amidst the confusing dust of life, and I am thankful for you. Thanks for reading and thanks for your sweet, sweet spirits. Blessings to you.

34 comments:

  1. Everyone needs a moment thought and prayer from others. So I'll take this moment to do that for you :)

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

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  2. Congrats on Husby (and you!) surviving medical school! My husband went through the match two and a half years ago. At the time, it was a pretty stressful process. While we both knew that God was going to work things out according to His plan, it was hard having no clue where we would be for the next five years. It was just like you described- limbo. I felt like my husband was always at an interview or we were always thinking about where would be. But now, 2.5 years on the other side of things I can honestly look back and say that God totally knew where He wanted us and put us here. While Husband was pretty excited to end up where he did, I wasn't so sure (I was WAY too far away from my family and friends). But as time has gone on, I've come to love where God put us and couldn't imagine being anywhere else! All that to say, hang in there (even though there are some pretty difficult times!). God knows exactly where you and your sweet family need to be. Sometimes clinging to that fact was what got us through the uncertainty and stress of the match. Praying for you!

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  3. Prayers that God in his infinite wisdom will guide you both to the perfect residency placement.

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  4. My husband is graduating residency in May-YAY!- and I'm still in shock that these 6 years have flown by so quickly! I remember waiting to find out where we matched and, at first, being pretty upset because it definitely wasn't where I'd wanted to move. As always, I should have just trusted in God from the start because it was exactly where we were suppose to be! It's been a great experience for the both of us. I know the wait can be overwhelming...prayers to you :)

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  5. Saying a prayer for you and your family!

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  6. Glad we got to chat yesterday. Prayed for you and Darin just now to have peace and trust in God's perfect timing and plan.

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  7. I'm sure being in limbo is difficult. I'll pray that GOD gives you peace while waiting to find out where you'll spend the next several years and that everything goes well.

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  8. I know what a difficult time limbo can be! It is so frustrating to wait and rest on promises when your human timing is tempting you to tell God to hurry up! During times like this, I love resting on the thought that God is not looking down from heaven, shock and confused. He will not say, "Wow! I didn't think that's where they'd go for residency!" He knows. He's in control. And we're ALL praying!

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  9. Thank you for sharing this and all the other things you share about your sweet family. I just love reading daily. I am adding this request of yours to my prayer list. It can be a scary thing if you let it get to you, but I know that you know that God already has it all planned out and will take carry of you! My husband also graduates (although not from medical school) this May and we have a 12 month old son, so I can relate somewhat to how you all must feel!
    Anyway, prayers going up for you guys. :-)

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  10. Thanks for sharing this "other" side of your life. It can be difficult to have an unknown future at times but also very exciting. A new path for you, Husby and your darling little boy to embark on together with God's grace. You are so encouraging in your writing and what a blessing to have your blog to look back on down the road and be proud of your family for what you came through together!

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  11. My husband is only in his second year and I have already begun to worry about the whole matching process. I'm sure you guys have done everything you can to make sure things work out the way you want, but what is so scary is how little control you really have. Luckily, you have already caught on the the best advice I can give...have faith in God's plan for you guys (I know you do) and trust that he will put your family exactly where you need to be.

    Med school sent us somewhere we never thought we could handle and it has turned out to be such an amazing experience so far. We have had plenty of struggles, but we have each other, we've made great friends, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now.

    Remember, residency isn't forever. :0)Stay strong and I'll keep your family in my prayers.

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  12. I can't imagine everything you are going through. I might have to come to you in a year for advice. My husband is in his second year of Med School and starts his clinical rotations this coming summer. You are almost done though! This long road is about to show you some rewards for all the sacrifices, WAHOO! I will be praying for you guys! Thanks for being so transparent.

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  13. Praying for you and your sweet family! One of my best friends husbands is a doctor and they went through the whole residency match this last year--it was such an emotional time--just because, you know, you can't plan anything, it's all resting on where y'all go. ANYWAYS. Good luck. And you're in my prayers!

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  14. It soudns like you and your sweet little family have your hearts and minds where they need to be. God will provide and you will end up where he wants you. Good luck to you and Husby getting through this stressful time. Lean on each other, prayer together and love every day, you two seem so strong together. I will definitely take some time to think and pray for you and yours.

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  15. Prayers up for you and your sweet family new bloggy friend! have a good monday!

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  16. I am normally a lurker, but I wanted to let you know that me and my husband are in the excact same boat. We match in March, our first baby is due in April, move somewhere in May and resideny starts and the end of June. We have an action packed Spring!

    In fact, my husband is in Charleston SC right now interviewing. I think is super exciting, and see this as a chance that we can move anywhere. Besides residency is not forever.

    I do not have my heart set on one place, we have looked at three places and hopefully we are matched at one of those.

    Here is a useful link to a story about how match works... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=101970847

    I have it to my family to read so they could understand.

    Hope everything works out for you guys.

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  17. Prayers are lifted for you all!

    I completely understand the stress you all are going through. Although, I wasn't around for my dads residency, I did grow up with hospitals constantly courting and trying to get him to move all over the country! It can be very overwhelming!

    And I really like when people are "real" in their blogs. You always are. Not saying others aren't. But sometimes, it just seems everything is sugarcoated, instead of the real deal... Thanks for keeping it real! :)

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  18. Oh, I teared up a bit there.
    *sniff*

    I'll pray for your husbands residency, but one of the best things (I have found) about trusting God about scary things is that he takes away the fear.

    You have a wonderful family and I know you will thrive no matter what placement your husby gets. I'll pray he gets the one he wants but maybe God wants him to do something different for reasons he hasnt considered yet.

    Trust in Him and everything will be fine.

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  19. It's so exciting for you and your family that your husby is almost finished with school! I'll certainly add you to my prayer list. I don't know what it is to be in your exact situation, but I know what it is to worry and stress about a future that's unclear and can go many, many ways. Peace and blessings to you.

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  20. I love the way you described relationships that are built through the blogs....
    One of my best friends who doesn´t blog just tells me it is a waist of time and it is pathetic... that actually hurt me.
    Good luck with finding the right Residency!!!
    xoxo
    www.joiedevivre-chiara.blogspot.com

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  21. prayer is such a wonderful thing! i am a new reader to your blog but it is always a joy to read. congrats to you AND your husband for being on the home stretch! as the wife of a resident, i can honestly say i know what you're going through...(although i don't know how you do it with a little one!!) as i was there almost 3 years ago! it's uncertain and a little bit scary, but you seem to have the right perspective on things. i remember when my now husband opened his envelope i cried, he didn't, but i did! i was so happy for him and so nervous/scared/excited at the same time. we ended up making a big move and he finishes up residency this year. i will be thinking of you and your family, especially on that day in March :)

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  22. Always happy to pray for you and your family. I've seen how difficult residency can be on a couple--we've even had friends that are going through it together (both husband and wife residents). I wish you all the best and will be praying for you!

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  23. you are in my prayers! my husband is a third year med student, so we are starting to research about residency programs. i am already stressed about it, so i know how you must feel! know that God has a perfect plan for you all. what is his specialty?

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  24. thinking about you and all that is to come. rob is in his second year of residency and we are going to those dinners right now, hosting one ourselves very soon. My hope is to make all of the residents-to-be and their significant others feel excited about making here their home. it is such a stressful time and I remember it well. My prayers are with you.

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  25. I am a nurse and worked at UT Southwestern med. school for years and now have a niece grad. in May also...I'm trying to talk her out of even interviewing in the far away schools!
    I'll pray for your match!

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  26. Oh, yes, the glorious Match. I was in your shoes 2 years ago! My Husband made his list and I gave my input and I remember how it was kind of difficult to decide what exact order to place locations. In the end, he just had to submit it and then it really was up to God's direction. I totally know the feelings - are you hoping to stay in your current area? Go far away?

    May peace, faith and trust be yours in abundance during this time.

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  27. Stressful is an understatement when describing match. It was a very difficult year for us, but looking back now I realize how much energy I wasted worrying because God's plan was better than I could have ever imagined. Try and put it in God's hands, he has a plan for your family!

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  28. Praying for you! Your blog was the irst I read and it inspired me to start blogging. I feel blessed to know the incredible women I have "met" through blogging.

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  29. I will most definitely be praying for you guys and a good match!! xoxo

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  30. Praying for you, my friend. I also wanted to say that I love the way your posts are written! Looking a pictures of Weebie is pretty nice too. ;)

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  32. You need to write a devotional. Seriously. Praying hard for you guys! Not that this time would "fly by", but that the overwhelming parts would pass quickly. Hugs!

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  33. Since I work in a residency program(orthopaedic surgery) - I just have to ask: What is he doing his residency in? And leaving it in God's hands is absolutely the PERFECT solution

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  34. I just wrote about this very thing- only mine is with a Ph.D. program rather than a residency. It can be terrifying to not know where you will be next year, and I pray that I will get a good match everyday. I will certainly add your situation to my prayers now, too. I wish you guys the best of luck!

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