Survival of Week One

We have officially survived the first full week of med school.  It really wasn’t as terrible as we (or at least I) anticipated.  Yes, there was lots of studying, of course.  Lots of reading.  Lots of flashcards (speaking of which, did you know that tryptophan is a hydrophobic non-polar amino acid?  Neither did I, until this week's flashcards =D).  But it was do-able. The Hubby's serious background in anatomy has made that class easier, so he can prioritize his studying time on the rest of his courses.

Since you really know absolutely nothing about us (unless my mom found this!), I’ll give you a quick run down of our story, so you know where we are coming from. 

  • The Hubby and I met our freshman year of college.  We lived on the same floor in the same dorm.
  • Before I actually knew the Hubby, I referred to him as “the kid in sweatpants.”  Don’t worry, he has since stopped wearing sweats in public. 
  • Save for a few minutes (okay, months), the Hubby and I were best friends throughout our first couple years of school.
  • We didn’t start dating until our junior year of college, when I was conveniently living in Australia for four months. 
  • Fast forward a couple years.  We’ve both graduated from college, him with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, me with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management (what can I say, opposites attract!).  The Hubby finally (FINALLY) proposes in July of 2009.  We quickly realize there were only two weekends the following summer that we don’t already have friends getting married (seriously-we had eleven weddings this summer. That’s a lot of the Cupid Shuffle).  The date is set to June 26, 2010. 
  • The Hubby takes MCATs, does the lovely application/waiting/praying/secondary app/waiting/praying/interview/waiting/praying process.  We applied all over the country, but secretly wished to stay in the midwest, to be near family and friends during this time of change. 
  • I’m wedding-planning my butt off during this time.  Everything came as frugally as I could get it (or, in most cases, make it), except my best-choice-in-the-world splurge of our photographer.  We wanted a spectacular celebration, but kept in mind that the wedding was only one day, and it was our LIFE that was more important.  Plus we knew medical school tuition is outrageous and needed to be practical. 
  • Acceptance letter #1 comes from a DO School.  This school starts classes on June 28, 2010 (two days after our wedding).  Needless to say, this was bittersweet news, because we didn’t want to start out our marriage with one day of rest before medical school.  In essence, it felt like we would be starting out behind the eight ball, and we didn’t want to do that to ourselves.  But at the same time, what if that was the only acceptance letter?  We really couldn’t say no.
  • After a quick check with all of our vendors for earlier availability, and losing some deposit money, we change our wedding date to May 29, 2010, and accept the DO school.
  • Then, of course, the hubby gets accepted into our MD program.  Which starts at a normal school time.  So the first date would have worked. =D  Of course.  But we are so glad to have had an entire extra month together to just enjoy being married before the madness began. 

What have we learned so far?  Friendship is an awesome foundation for marriage.  We have our life priorities straight: God first, each other second and after that we let everything else fall into place.  There’s a time for dinners that take hours to make, and there’s a time for pizza.  If something won’t matter in ten years to you, don’t let it matter now.  Nothing is better than sitting on our balcony with a bottle of red wine and a gorgeous sunset.

It’s going to get bumpy and difficult and stressful – we know that.  But we’re going to lean on God and on each other, and pull through it stronger and more united in our love. 

We’re off tomorrow on an up-north adventure for Labor Day (taking the dock out at the in-laws lake).  With a high of 58 degrees.  Chances the Hubby pulls the "I-have-to-study" card and lets his bride go in the lake??

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