Here, There, Anywhere!

22 Aug

I feel like this last year of med school is just going to fly by so fast! September 1st is quickly approaching! This marks the day when we can submit our choices for the places we would like to apply to for residency. As of right now we have over 70 places on the list! It just seems so overwhelming… there are so many great places and programs for us to choose from. J’s residency is 5 years, but it can be split up as 1 year (intern year) and 4 years. We can choose to go to different places or do it all in one place. Having this opportunity opens up the doors for moving and being able to experience a different part of the country. Now, you must understand something: our families, Jr. High, High School, College and Medical School are all within a 30 min block of each other. Moving would be a big GINORMOUS deal and a complete change for us! Scary!

We just spent the evening with some of our very close friends, Dev and Mel who are moving in 10 days across the country! It was so great to pick their brains and see how things are changing/will change for them. Their excitement and joy was contagious! Just hearing their plans and how BRAVE they are has really encouraged me to be open to the fact that this might be happening to us soon.  Because when it comes down to it, we really do not have the final say in where we end up. We can try, but we know God (and the match) really have the final say. We have been praying that God will lead us where He wants us to be. If you would have asked us where our #1 choice was a year ago, we would have said we didn’t want to move and we wanted to stay right where we are, in our comfort zones. But we both have felt the gentle tugging on our hearts to be open to leaving. At this point there are still so many unknowns and all we can do is be open to the different possibilities. But how fun would it be to live in a big city like New York or Boston or Chicago or Miami or LA or Denver or Dallas or Seattle??? When it comes down to it, all we want to be is obedient to God. We know he has a plan for us. The only question is is when the time comes will we be willing? We have seen this obedience before. My sister and brother-in-law showed us just how their faith is more than believing. They were called to leave everything and move across the country. The lessons they learned and the growth they went through together have left a big impact on me. So this is where we are: we are open to leaving our home in order to be obedient to wherever God sees is the best place for us. We will continue to pray that the place He has in mind will be obvious to us!

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One Response to “Here, There, Anywhere!”

  1. Jenni September 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I definitely feel like we are in the same shoes. I’ve never lived further than 3 hours from my family; we’re all in the same state (as well as my bf’s family). Relocating is going to be a BIG deal.

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