- 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), Hubby and I were best friends throughout our first couple years of school.
- We started dating our junior year of college, when I was conveniently living in Australia.
- Fast forward several 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!). Hubby
finallyproposes 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 the summer we got married. That’s a lot of the Cupid Shuffle). The date is set to June 26, 2010.
- 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 date). 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 date in August, so the first wedding date would have worked just fine. =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.
- MS1 was a smashing success (read: we survived). The Hubby excelled, and I am even more convinced that he is the smartest man that I know. We are just beginning our second year and are excited to have some knowledge under our belt!
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 take-out. 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.