And they're not over yet! We've still got 5 1/2 months of this journey's memories that will make up 'the med school years'. For now, we are soaking up family days. Come 6-7 months from now, the beloved/dreaded/can't-believe-it's almost here residency might possibly drain the family days from our schedules. I surely hope not, but let's be honest. How did your doctors get to know all that they do? It wasn't from sitting at home with their families every day, that's for sure. (Sadly! ha) So on those days we do get, we've just gotta make them worth it!
Park days, museum days, beach days, even sleeping in and cuddling up together doing nothing days -- they all count in my book as a great family day. We are lucky to have the amount of quality time together lately that we have -- even in the midst of the interview trail and hubby being out of state every other week!
Hanging with these two make life so grand.
I've referenced 'Saved By The Bell' before in terms of our life. How there are 'The College Years', high school, middle school, etc. It's easy to categorize the different phases of our lives based on all the places we have lived, and the phases we have been through. Our high school days, our college days in Tallahassee, our med school days in Atlanta, our 3rd year clinical rotation days in Warner Robins, and now our 4th year rotations in Florida. Come March 2014, we will find out where our residency days will take us. It sure is interesting not knowing where we will be moving on to next, but fun at the same time. We try very hard to live our lives one day at a time and not wish our days away to get to that 'one day' when we can settle in a house for more than a year, have a steady income, and get to that point in life where we know we are where we're meant to be. We've been talking about that a lot lately -- just really trying to not wish the days away, and trying our hardest to make these days amazing - because they are.
We look back on each little phase, each year of living somewhere new, each stage of dating, engagement, marriage, pregnancy, baby life, etc. and have wonderful memories from each. Even from the places we weren't so excited about to begin with. We've realized we can make a home wherever we are. We've realized we can make a life wherever we are. It's more about having each other and wonderful people in our lives who support us and have fun with us. With each other, our families, and friends, we made each phase wonderful so far and we truly love looking back.
Looking back and reminiscing on the good times leads us to also look forward at the mysterious blank pages ahead. Where will it take us? What memories will we make? Will our children have just as great of memories as us? That's where we need to remind ourselves that it's all about what we make of it. We need to help make the memories of our children's childhood, and guide them in the right direction to make the right decisions, leading them to have the wonderful memories we have been blessed with.
Of course, there will be rough patches, as we all have had as well throughout childhood, but as the good times have far outweighed the bad, that's what makes up my memories. The good times, the fun times, the amazing people.
We hope no matter where this crazy journey leads us next, we will bring with us our past memories of each phase and learn from the lows, as well as bring with us the wonderful memories to keep us going strong, happy, and most of all supportive of each other and all our future endeavors with some amazing children. We hope we don't ever wish our days away and just continue enjoying 'the now' - whether we barely see much of each other during some crazy residency times or not (and I do hope that's not the case!)
One thing is for sure - we're enjoying our family days one at a time and loving each other with all our heart and soul - just as we should!