Things I'm Loving

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! You'll be reading this most likely on the 15th but I am writing this on actual Valentine's Day, its' just 8:35pm. 

Today I took Jonathan and Speedy for a super long walk and I was thinking about all the things I am lvoing right now and thought I'd turn it into a blog post: 

Things I'm Loving: 

I love that Verita Coffee opened up a shop right here in my neighborhood. It's located in Clifton Square and it's small and cozy and everything old charm about our neighborhood. Go check them out. 

I love that this morning when I was getting coffee at Verita someone payed it forward. I was having a rough morning and it made my day. A small act of kindness goes a long way. So to the stranger that did that, thank you!

I love this stir fry recipe from Pinch of Yum (originally recommended to me by Amanda). I've tweaked it to make it my own (because beef > tofu any day) and I have made it more times than I can count. It's just so good!

I love that Wichita is having two days of warm weather today and tomorrow. It's been a huge blessing in the midst of a cold winter.

I love that my nephew, Zachary, turned 5 today. He he has had a ruptured appendix and three surgeries in this past year so I'm extra thankful that God preserved him and that he is having good health now.

I love half marathon training and crossfit. A lot of days I pull doubles, meaning I run and then do crossfit or vice versa. It's been really nice to up my physical fitness this winter. I think it help combats the winter blues.

I love that my tulips and daffodils are popping through the dirt. It reminds me that winter won't be here forever.

I love that we spring forward an hour in 24 days and I love that Spring is in 34 days.

I love that Dave and I didn't have expectations for Valentine's Day this year. It was nice. We plan to go to sushi on Friday to celebrate and I'm looking forward to that.

I'm still loving Speedy. She is a really good little friend. She finishes up level 2 of obedience school this month and I'm hoping to get her into agility. I've decided she is my main hobby right now, and a fun one. Side note, we don't allow her to lick but she got away with it in this picture.

What are you loving lately, friend? How was your Valentine's Day? What's the weather like where you are, I'm curious. 


What it's Like Being Married to Someone in the Medical Field

When I was younger I thought being a doctor meant that you were born really smart, became a doctor and then became rich. I now laugh at my younger self. I had no idea. It's okay younger self, you know better now.

I also never in my life imagined that being married to someone in the medical field would require some life adjustments but it definitely has. There are pros and cons, just like any job, but it has definitely opened my eyes more to what goes into the medical field, and today I wanted to give you a peek into our life in that regard.

My husband is a physician assistant and works at the busiest ER in Kansas. Before that he worked at a prison, which honesty, helped prep him for this job. Dave said he has always wanted to work in the ER so I am glad he is getting to do what he wants. That's a blessing.

As you know, an emergency room is open 24 hours a day. What you might not think about is that when you go in at 2am, the nurses and physicians that see you, they are away from their family to take care of yours. Physicians, and their families, give a lot of their time to take care of other people. I think the time constraints / schedule is one of the hardest parts of Dave's job. He has an absolutely crazy schedule with no pattern. Some of his shifts are from 5pm-3am, 7am-5pm, 1pm - 1am, 6am - 3pm and the days completely vary.

Dave's crazy schedule has taught me to be flexible and understanding. Sometimes he misses family events due to work, eating dinner together every day isn't a thing and I've learned to just do things alone. I'm not complaining when I say that either because I am okay with it I'm just writing to share how it is. I honestly am content and comfortable doing things alone. Sometimes I work on things around the house, sometimes I turn up praise and worship music and spend time in prayer, sometimes I spend time with family and friends and sometimes I'm just lazy and don't do much. It varies but I've learned to just be okay with the time I have and overall I'm thankful for it.

I think the biggest adjustment for me was learning to sleep at night alone. I've told you about the gunfire I heard shortly after we moved in and that took me months to finally sleep normal again. We finally got an alarm system (shoutout to Simplisafe) and I have a firearm as well. And I will admit, I sleep better at night since we got those things. I do know ultimate safety is of The Lord but having an alarm system and a gun is of The Lord too.

On the flip side Dave's weird schedule has some really awesome things about it. Sometimes he gets a random week off, unasked for, and we get to travel. Sometimes he has two or three days off in a row and we get to spend our days together, and that's so nice! His job also has opened the door for me to do photography as a business. I decided early on, that with his schedule, working a 9-5 job would really never allow us to see each other, so working from home has been a big blessing. Now, if he gets a few days off I can clear my schedule to spend time with him. It's a huge pro to his job and I think it's really fun to get random days off.

Something Dave doesn't really talk about at home is his job in general. He says when he leaves work he doesn't want to come home and re-live it by talking about it. =) But sometimes he says a few things here and there and I know working at an ER is taxing job. You don't just see physical emergencies in there. You see people with emotional trauma, family problems, homelessness, and so much more. I think people who work in the ER (and in the medical field in general) have a gift. It isn't always an easy task but I'm thankful God equips people to work those jobs. And medicine is clearly on his mind because a couple of weeks ago I was asleep and woke up to Dave trying to do chest compressions on me. He said I was snoring and apparently when he gets woken up out of sleep chest compressions will silence the other person. ha ha!

And on a random note, being married to someone who works in the ER doesn't allow for me to have emergencies. When I think something is an emergency and expect Dave to panic with me he is alway so calm. I used to get mad at him for not being overly concerned and panicky with me (hello drama!) but then I realized that he sees so many emergencies and has learned to remain calm in every situation. We are a good balance for each other.

Do you have family in the medical field? Do you work in the medical field? If you have any other questions about this please let us know. And, what is your work schedule like? Do you get to be home in the evenings? Do you work weekends?


A look back on 2017

I'm sure if you are like me you can hardly believe 2017 is over. And now, we are already half way through January. It always go by so quickly. But I'm thankful for the year God gave us: 2017 was a good year for us.

Dave has continued to work at the ER this past year and he is a really good worker. He's consistent, calm and does a good job. (And I heard his co-workers tell him that so I for sure know it is true and not just me thinking it.) =) I worked at the Y for most of the year while doing photography as well. I finally took the plunge and quit the Y and am pursing photography more and also babysitting two days a week. I'm so glad God put baby Jonathan in my life to babysit. Not only is he a great baby but God knows I need some structure so those two days a week have really been helpful for me.

I've also attended Bible study with the women at my church and it's a blessing to dig into God's Word with them and share prayer requests. I'm really thankful for the local body of Christ. I've also been attending Bible School called Faith Bible Institute (FBI). We watch via video but we get taught Old Testament, New Testament and Doctrine. It is honestly some of the best teaching I have ever heard. It's so practical and rich. The classes are worldwide and if you are interested in going you can click here to see where they are offered. They go through the entire Bible in three years and if you finish all three years you get a Bible degree, which is on my life bucket list.

Here is a look from month to month what we did.

-The month I went with my parents to get their puppy, Rawhide. He's been a fun little guy and is very ornery.
-I started training for a half marathon. That was a big deal since this was my first big race since moving to Burma in 2014.
-I started my business this month. I purchased a logo, set up a website and started navigating how the heck to run a business.

-I hosted my annual girls Valentine party. It was a lot of fun and I hope to do something again this year.
-We went to Albuquerque for a missions conference where we got to see our dear missionary friends from Thailand as well as so many other people we love in Albuquerque. My Dad grew up in Albuquerque and we went there a lot growing up so it has been really neat to go back several times this year.

-I went back to Albuquerque, with my good friend Shenel, to pick up a swing that my Dad's Pastor and his wife gifted me. It was handmade by him and it now hangs on my porch. It's a true treasure. It was also really fun to show my friend around that city as she had not been there before.
-Dave and I celebrated our 4th anniversary. I don't know how that is possible but it is. Time is flying!
-We traveled from Kansas all the way down to the Everglades. We went through a lot of states but the important stops were Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile, Pensacola and a lot of other towns in Florida. It was one of my favorite trips we have ever taken. I spent a lot of mornings watching the sunrise in Pensacola and we got to see a lot of really beautiful places and spend good quality time together.

*Side note - I'm so bad about blogging about our travels. BUT we pack so much into our travels I don't even know where to begin blogging about them. I'll have to work on that sometime.

-We got a new nephew! His name is Joshua and he is super cute and we love him lots.
-I  ran a half marathon. You can read the recap here. I finished in 2 hours and 13 minutes (and hope to beat that time by a lot this year). That was my 8th half marathon and after living abroad in Burma and resettling to life in Kansas this race was a big deal for me mentally. I'm so thankful God let me run that half.
-Speedy was born (even though I knew nothing about her in April, but God did).

This was Speedy the day she was born. Let's not pretend she was cute. She was ugly....

-I got to go to Seattle to visit my family. This trip was extra special because I hadn't got to see my brother since he deployed in January of 2016. My favorite things from the trip were: spending time with family, the tulips at Pike's Market and taking family photos. My family is moving from Whidbey Island and I sure will miss visiting that area. Also, all the besitos from my niece please!

-I went to Albuquerque again. My Dad's Pastor and his wife were moving away so there was a special service to honor them for all the years they served God there.
-I did BOGA water fitness. If you have this near you, DO IT! It was so fun and hilarious.
-Honestly, I can't talk  or write about June without tears. Losing Static was so incredibly sad. She was such a good friend and I'm glad God gave her to our family for the years He did. She was a good friend during some hard times in our family.
-Alisha and I went blueberry picking. I do this once a year. It's about a 1 1/2 hour drive and then we pick for an hour and drive back. It's a lot of driving but the scenery is so beautiful and peaceful. Plus those blueberries are amazing and are totally worth it. I still have some in my freezer as I type this.
-Dave and I went to Emporia to tour some Teachers Hall of Fame (Also known as Teachers hall of Lame -- a really horrible museum). We toured a really neat house but I can't remember the name because that is what happens with me and history. But the guy ran the newspaper way back in the day and he had Presidents to his house. So, that's that.

-We started out the month by getting Speedy. Getting her was the best present I got all year. She's a good little friend.
-4th of July celebrations with Dave's side of the family is always lots of fun.
-Dave and I went to Colorado. We stayed in Denver for a few days, visited the Botanical Gardens, climbed a huge mountain and I saw the most beautiful rainbow I've ever seen. Dave would also probably like to note that I cried when I got to the top of that mountain. It was a funny sight but climbing the tallest mountain in Colorado was no easy feat but I did it!

-I started babysitting sweet baby Jonathan. He comes to my house on Wednesday and Thursdays and has been such a fun little guy.
-South Korea reunion! Many of the friends I had met in South Korea all came to my house for a get together. It was a blessing to spend time with them fellowshipping.
-Idaho & Washington state trip. I flew up to Idaho to see my sister and her family then we all drove over to Lake Chelan and met my brother and his family. I got to take family pictures for all of them, we swam in the lake, cooked and spent time together. Family time is the best!

-Bike ICT. Our city closed a main street down and people rode their bikes. There were vendors and food stops and it was really fun.
-I went to Woodward for a weekend to see my friends. I appreciate the community there.
-Speedy and I went to Lawrence to get our photos taken in a sunflower field.
-Dave and his friend Ryan traveled to somewhere ... I can't remember where, that's terrible. But I'm sure they had a great time. =) I asked Dave and they went to Minnesota.
-I quit the Y!!!

-Woofstock with the dogs.
-I went with family to see Alton Brown live. He was very entertaining.
-So many photo sessions this month! It was a lot of work and I really enjoyed it.
-Hosted a pumpkin party with the girls. We modge podged pumpkins and ate and swapped gifts.
-Dave's birthday celebrations where we all brought a burger and did a burger tasting contest. Dave's family has the most fun birthday parties.

-Ran a half marathon where I almost pooped my pants......read about it here.
-Went on a cruise with Dave; our first and last cruise. You can read all about that right here.
-Speedy helped me plant my fall garden. Then she dug up one of the garden beds and ate the bulbs. Let's not talk about it....

-I went to Kansas City with my Mom. We looked at Christmas lights and I bought furniture to turn our guest room into an office.
-Christmas! Last year Dave worked a lot during Christmas and it was hard. This year, he had Christmas Eve off and Christmas Day and it was so wonderful.