The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.: April 2014
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Operation Purge or Pack 2014 Has Commenced

Hey Friends!

This weekend we finally took some steps on the road to packing. The dumpster that we rented for a week arrived and we were able to toss out our couch that was too far gone to salvage. I then felt ambitious and proceeded to clean out our master bathroom cabinets. But, of course, as soon as I finished with that, I got overwhelmed about where to go next, and promptly decided to handle this feeling the way I know best when I get overwhelmed with school work... I got on Facebook. 

Then I started feeling worse, and I decided to see what Pinterest had in the packing/organization department...jackpot!

I found some great graphics and lists (see a couple below)

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So now it's a new day and I have a new plan of attack. I have always been a "everything has a place" type person, even when I was little. We went to the Container Store Saturday and I was in OCD heaven :sigh: 

I am geeked that we are purging all of our junk and will move into the new place without all the extra baggage. 

What are some of your moving tips? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

"A Change Will Do You Good..."

So is anybody else in awe at how fast this month has gone by?!

Here's a recap of all the awesomeness of April thus far:

The weeks post Match Day have been so busy, crazy, and exciting!!! In addition to Match Day marking the start of Natey's two week spring break,  we have been on the move!

Spring Break fun at the zoo with Maimeo (Hubby's mom) Isabelle clearly mistake "Cheese" for "Smooch" LOL
The first weekend in April, we headed to NC for a "quick" roadtrip to try and find our new home for the next 4+ years. It was nutso, but with the help of a great realtor, we were able to see almost 20 homes in 3 days. Told you, NUTS. Even with the kids, it was a little stressful but a lot of fun. Natey tried to claim all the master bedrooms for himself in every single house...aside from one, because he wanted to claim the bonus room instead. And he kept asking if we "were going to be on TV".  Our binge House Hunter's watching has led our child to believe that a camera crew follows everyone around when they look for a house...LOL

Now we wait, and praying we will have some good news soon!!!


When we got home from NC, that week we celebrated the Hubby's birthday (April 9th) and then later hit the road for Tyler, Texas so that we could attend Nate's grandma's 100th birthday party. It was great! She looks AHH-maz-ing and we had a blast making memories with the family - including an overnight in Memphis to see my cousin's family.

Last week, Nate and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary (April 16th). It was a great day reminiscing on the day we said "I do". For dinner, we took the kids to one of our favorite restaurants in Indy on the water. The night was topped off with some frozen yogurt for dessert :-)

Anniversary dinner :-)

Oh, and yes, I am still a medical student...LOL I am currently taking an elective called "Narrative Medicine" which explores the role of the written/spoken/expressed narrative in the physician and patient experience. We get to read, write, and discuss. Some of my favorite things to do, so you know I am really enjoying it! As someone who loves to write and getting my feelings out on blog, I will always value the narrative of my patients. Telling our stories is healing in-of-itself, and many times we do not realize how it may directly affect our care.

This past weekend, we had a great Resurrection Sunday together at home. I have so much to be thankful for. I feel another "testimony" page coming on soon because the way God has aligned so many things for me and our family this year, I have to give him all the glory.

There are 18 days until graduation (AHHH!) and 30 or so days until we are hoping to move (AHHH!) This week's plan is to start packing, throw a ton of stuff away, and try and enjoy our last weeks as Indianapolis residents. When I think about moving, I can't help but be a little sad. So much has happened for us here in Indy. It is the first place I lived completely on my own (well, with baby Nate, too), it's where Nate and I got married, it's where we had Isabelle, it's where I feel like I finally became comfortable with myself and started to make decisions solely for me and my family, and no one else. Such a huge part of me is here, and I know at some point the ugly cry is going to be ready.

I never liked change, but I am learning that although sometimes it hurts, and is uncomfortable, and makes you a tad bit anxious, God has ordered our steps and so I don't have to be afraid.

Happy Monday friends!

I will have another photo-dump update before the month is over...I promise. OK, let's be real, I hope...LOL

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Checking In & Working Motherhood Podcast

Hey guys!

I feel like after Match Day I disappeared! I promise I will have lots and lots and LOTS of updates for you all next week.

In the meantime, recently I had the honor of being interviewed for a new podcast series called Working Motherhood.

"Working Motherhood is a daily podcast, hosted by Dr. Portia Jackson, interviewing today’s most successful and inspiring working moms. The Working Motherhood includes everyone from CEOs, teachers, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, cashiers.. basically any mom that produces income. Balancing a career and motherhood involves a lot and Working Motherhood is your daily source of inspiration and encouragement to be the best working mom that you can be! Working Motherhood is all about inspiring millions of women to have fun and be fulfilled in all roles of their lives." - Working Motherhood 

Today, my interview went live! Please go check out my conversation with Dr. Portia Jackson - an amazing wife, mother, aerospace engineer (doctorate, ya'll), fellow Michigan alum, and soror - about the constant balance of motherhood, home life, and career.

Yes, 30-minute podcasts that we can listen to in the car, while we exercise, during kids' nap times, to help give moms tips about navigating all of our responsibilities...and they are FREE. It's genius and you will not be disappointed.

Talk to you all soon!

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