Well, I’ve resurrected the old blog. I can’t promise it’ll last long, but after quite a hiatus, I looked through the drafts and published a few things that had been sitting and waiting. And here I am!
We are in Block 3 of Jonathan’s second year of residency. He’s currently on Pediatrics, which is busy but not the worst. The rhythm of residency, unpredictable and constantly changing, is actually really wonderful. It has stretched me, not being able to put hope in Jonathan’s arrival at home because we never quite know when it will be until it happens. It is constantly changing, a long day followed by a shorter day followed by a “who know?” day. A really busy and challenging month followed by a lighter month. The variety has been a blessing to me.
I’ve even grown to appreciate the difficult months. There’s a sweet unity we experience in those really busy months. We’re in the trenches together, working hard together, trudging through this crazy season of residency together. The few minutes we get together each day are so precious, and the four days off he gets in the month are GOLDEN. I cannot tell you how wonderful a day off feels after a stretch of 9 days.
We’re getting ready for some trips, both small and large, in the coming months. We have two Continuing Medical Education (“CME”) trips planned for November, which we’re looking forward to. One will be spent with dear friends from med school and the other will be spent with friends from residency, and Jonathan will attending conferences that he is actually very interested in!
In January, we will embark (Lord willing! We’ll see if we get visas…) on a two month international rotation to two different countries. Four weeks in each location! We hope to also do a weekend trip to visit our old church in Beersheva, and we REALLY hope to visit our sweet friends in Istanbul for a week on our way home! We are currently in the throes of planning and preparing. It is funny because our lives seem to be on a two year loop…just two years ago in January, we were headed to Bangalore for two months with Silas!
These two months are an optional part of his residency training, which residents are encouraged to do if they are interested. He still gets his salary and some of the costs of the trip for him are also covered. It is such a gift, and we are abundantly thankful and excited for the opportunity!