August 3, 2010: Josh and I landed in Newcastle, England.
It's been 4 years to the day since the journey through medical school really began. We were brand new newlyweds, only married for a month. We boarded that plane in Los Angeles with 7 bags, no place to live in the UK, and NO IDEA what the next four years were going to look like. We were excited. We were nervous. We were kids starting the adventure of a lifetime.
|Leaving for England|
|Our Flat on Grosvenor Road|
|White Coat Ceremony August 2010|
|Thanksgiving in Newcastle|
|Tyne River, Newcastle|
|Sightseeing in Dublin, Ireland|
Year 2 took us to the island of Grenada. A place that will forever hold a special spot in my heart. Terms 3, 4, and 5 were challenging. But Josh was diligent. He studied and studied and studied and the term of absent husband took on a new form. But, he did amazing and I thrived in Grenada. We thrived in Grenada. I loved island life. I loved the people. I loved the Limes kids that I worked with. I knew that when we left, I would leave with an emptiness, a void that would be difficult to fill.
|Going to Grenada Party|
|Sunset at Grand Anse Beach|
|Dancing at Prickly Bay|
|Off to Fish Friday|
|Mount Carmel Falls|
|Easter with the Limes Kids|
|Flag Football Champs|
|First Day of Third Year|
Josh and I struggled through my pregnancy and the remainder of year 3 of school. But Ryan Cathleen made her appearance at the tail end of 3rd year and she helped to fill the void in my heart that had been missing since leaving Grenada.
Fourth year began in August 2013 and residency applications were due in September. Things were pretty much a whirl wind at this point. Life with looming residency apps due, a newborn, a struggling marriage, and 4th year rotations was almost too much to handle. But by the grace of God, we somehow survived. And by Christmas time, we were starting to feel some relief in stress and a change for the better in our relationship. Just in time for our next big life hurdle.
|The day Josh got his residency at UMass|
|Leaving on the 3,000+ mile trip to MA|
|Ryan's first flight to MA|
In June 2014, Josh walked across the stage in New York City and officially became an MD. We celebrated his hard work and success over the course of his 4 years in school with his family. And he and I celebrated our four year anniversary and four years of commitment and support for each other through the schooling process. My thoughts on graduation can be read HERE.
In July, Ryan turned one and Josh started his residency.
August 3, 2014: Josh is now a month into residency.
Life sure looks a whole lot different than it did 4 years ago on August 3, 2010. These past four years were nothing like I ever expected and yet everything I had ever dreamed they would be. Life is just funny like that. I wonder where we will be in another four years? And four more after that? This life of ours is an adventure to say the least but it sure is amazing to take the time to look back and celebrate the successes, mourn the losses, learn from the mistakes, and ultimately, give all the glory to God for this amazing adventure of life that He has given us.