Monday, June 30, 2014

Well, Hello There, 4th Year!

Wait, what?
We started our 4th year of medical school today?

Fourth year. 
Read that: LAST YEAR. 

(And yes, I say "we." We often joke that I should get a "Doctor's Wife" degree at the end of this thing!)

I'm not sure how it's happened, but we've managed to make it through the three hardest years of the medical schooling process, and Riley began his first day of fourth year rotations this morning!
How amazing is this? One school year from graduation and forever more being known as 
"Dr. & Mrs. C.R.L."
That sounds nice. :)
I can't put into words how proud I am of this man.
Not only did we hit this huge milestone today, but on Friday Riley also completed Step 2 of COMLEX Boards... so of course we had a party!
Boards are kind of a "big deal" process. Riley is the sort who never talks about himself, and when he does he never complains or seeks pity, so oftentimes I don't think people know what a difficult process this has been for him. The licensing exam he just survived was one of four massive tests that are required for physicians to attain their license to practice medicine. It was a nine-hour exhaustive examination of how many minute details about the human body and everything that can possibly go wrong with it and everything you might do to fix it and how those things you do to fix it work and what you need to watch out for when you're doing those things to fix those problems because you don't want to create more problems and everything else you could possibly cram into that brain of yours.
And 90% of those words you're talking about your wife can't even pronounce, let alone spell.

Needless to say, we were (and still are) incredibly proud of this guy!
So, on to the last year! 
The last leg of this medical school journey we blindly jumped into three years ago!
God has graciously guided us through this process, and we are most thankful!

Good job, Love!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Four Lovely Ladies

I managed to track down these pictures and just had to share them.

My paternal grandmother, "Grandma"
Lois Jean
November 7, 1931 - November 21, 2008
My maternal grandmother, "Gramma Wanda" 
Wanda Elaine
Born January 13, 1938.
Riley's paternal grandmother, "Nana"
Ruth Ann
Born August 13, 1929.
Riley's maternal grandmother, "Grandma"
Thelma Gray
April 24, 1927 - February 14, 2006.
Four very lovely ladies. It's wonderful to have such a beautiful family history!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Photo Op

We went to a wedding last night and took advantage of the gorgeous scenery for an impromptu photo-op! 
Here I am, 25 weeks. 
I can't believe I've got just over a week until I'm in my third trimester!!
Lovin' life and feelin' good!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Giddy about Girly

Goodness, it all just makes me so giddy!!
A few of my recent purchases for our first daughter.
A couple darling consignment store finds!
And the icing on the cake, a surprise gift from a dear friend of mine.
A handmade princess doll!
Kate and I were two of the silliest, girliest high schoolers around before we met and married our (very patient and understanding) husbands and gave birth to two sons each. 
The boys may have rounded us out a bit, but we're both due with our first daughters within a week of each other!
Sweet little dolly has a matching friend waiting for Kate's daughter. Hopefully one day our girls will get to meet and play dolls together, but until then I'll smile every time I see her sweet stitched form and think of our precious little girlies on the way!

It's all just so fun!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Check Mate!

Asher was introduced to the wonderful game of chess today.
Riley's happy to have a chess buddy, as I don't play, and even if I did I wouldn't play him.
(Mr. Amazingateverythinghedoes Stragegywiz. No way.)
I was happy to see our lovely chess table in use!
And Asher was feeling super grown up!
And looking super grown up.
He is super grown up. How did this happen?

If I played chess, I would insert some witty, chess-related comment here, but I'm at a loss.
(This is when you say, "Check mate!")

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wise Instruction

"Do not forsake [wisdom], and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you... Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown."
Proverbs 4:6, 8-9
It hit me as I was reading in Proverbs this morning that the Scriptures not only have a lot to say about wisdom, but they also contain wisdom on how to teach it. This is of course not news, but today I began to really notice how the Proverbs are loaded with admonitions toward the pursuit of wisdom because of the blessings it brings.

As I raise my children, I find I often have the tendency to warn against foolishness by highlighting the potential harms and dangers that come with forsaking wisdom.
"You have to stay by Mommy, because you could get lost in this store..."
"You need to learn to be kind, because children don't like to play with a selfish boy..."
"You have to eat your food or you won't grow big and strong..."

Now, while there's nothing wrong with this method, and it, too, is sprinkled throughout the Proverbs, it is not the primary method of teaching found in this book.
The Proverbs encourage wisdom by showing the blessings you attain by seeking it.
Wisdom will keep you safe, give you length of days, will bless you, and give you a place of honor. Wisdom will be like a beautiful crown upon your head, and all you have to do is seek it.
Wisdom cries out in the streets; all you have to do is listen for her voice, and you will be blessed.

Perhaps a change in technique is in order.
"If you stay by Mommy, you will be safe from danger."
"If you learn to be kind, you will have lots of friends and much more fun."
"If you eat your food, your belly will be full and happy, and your body will grow big and strong."

Simple semantics can sometimes make all the difference.