Thank you Jesus for underwear.

k2-_af40ba99-3968-49c0-882d-de6d85e9ae3d.v1Late last night little Clara woke up in an absolute panic, crying and screaming, I went into her room to find out what the problem was. Through sobs she told me that her underwear was on wrong (not the emergency situation that I was anticipating) so I told her we could fix it and everything would be alright. Upon inspection I discovered that there was nothing wrong with her underwear – all the legs were in the correct leg-holes and whatnot, so I told her it wasn’t on wrong, it looked just right – to which she sobbed, “ITS ON BACKWARDS MOMMY! I CANT SEE ELSA!!” (There’s a picture of Elsa from Frozen on the front – but since it was dark in her room she couldn’t see it.) Unfortunately it’s impossible to reason with a three-year old, let alone a frantic, distressed, half-asleep three-year old. So I told Clara we could pray about it.

I prayed for Clara, “Jesus, thank you for underwear. Thank you that Clara is getting so good at putting her underwear on right. Thank you that her underwear isn’t on backwards right now and that when the sun comes up she will be able to see the Elsa picture again. Please help her not be sad and help her go back to sleep so she can have a great day tomorrow. Amen”

Clara felt much better knowing that God cared about her underwear situation and fell right back to sleep.

I love that God cares for us so much that He want’s to hear us call out to Him for every need – even those that seem small and insignificant, and He wants us to THANK Him and have grateful hearts for ALL the gifts that He’s given… including underwear. For some reason I’m much better at spontaneously thanking God when I’m in “mom mode” and I want to show my kids that they can talk to Jesus whenever they want, about whatever they want, day or night.

Last night as I was sleepily trudging back to my bed after praying with Clara I realized how easy it’s been for me to outgrow my natural inclination to thank God and include him in the  craziness of my day-to-day routine. I want to be better at acknowledging God as the giver of every good gift and expressing appreciation to Him for those gifts.

I’ve been studying the book Choosing Gratitude but Nancy Leigh DeMoss with my SideBySide group here in Grand Rapids. Our group has been discussing how to work gratefulness into our lives everyday. Ephesians 5:20 tells us to give thanks to God for everything. EVERYTHING! Even the little things that we often overlook – and when it comes down to it, I really am grateful for underwear.

P.S. SideBySide has been an absolute gift from God to me in the past 4 years. If you know the wife of a medical or dental student, resident, fellow, or attending you should let them know there might be a group in their city! You can connect them with me and I’ll help them find a group or you can look on the CMDA website for more info.

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Until We Meet Again

I’m not good at goodbyes. Is anyone? I generally get teary, then swallow the lump in my throat while trying to compose myself by breathing deeply, which only makes the next sob out of my mouth sound that much louder. It’s not pretty folks. It’s all downhill from there…

One of the hardest things about having a hubby in the medical world is that you make friends with other people who have husbands in the medical world too. Wonderful, dear friends who understand your life without explanation and know what you’re talking about when you tell them your husband is a PGY 6 Peds GI Fellow. As is evidenced by my own experience starting our marriage in Chicago during medical school, finding out on Match Day that we were moving to Grand Rapids Michigan for residency, and then matching again for fellowship in Columbus Ohio, medical training requires a lot of moving throughout the journey.IMG_0803

Today I said goodbye to my dear friend Katie who is moving to Atlanta for her husband’s residency. Katie was one of my first friends from Side By Side. Her daughter Lucy is Ruby’s best buddy in the whole world – they are truly two peas in a pod. There is nothing easy about saying goodbye to close friends. IMG_9805 IMG_5594

It’s always hard… it’s as hard to be the one moving as it is to be the one watching your friends move away. Being in a group like Side By Side means that every year a handful of your close friends move away and a handful of new potential friends move to your city and get involved with your group. The friendships are worth it and I’m so thankful for my friends, but goodbyes seem to be an unending part of the process.IMG_1041 IMG_0778

I am resolved to continue being in relationship with medical wives even though I know there will be pain in the parting. We need to be in fellowship with one another. God created us for community. Now I just have to figure out a way to explain to my not quite 4-year old that her BFF Lucy lives in Atlanta now. While Katie and I choked back tears, Ruby and Lucy had a great time cracking one another up during our farewell lunch together today… photo-87

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Side By Side – Zoo

Have I mentioned lately how much I love being a part of the Side by Side group here in Columbus? Well, I love it.

A handful of ladies from SBS went with me to the zoo on Monday. 8 moms and 11 babies. 7 strollers, and an unending amount of snacks, sunscreen, and parenting techniques for a successful couple of hours. It really was a great time getting to know some of the med wives that aren’t in my discussion group.

Ruby’s favorite part was yelling at this elephant trying to get him to get in the water. “Hey elephant! Get in that swimming pool!” I wish he would have listened. Instead he just sprayed water all over himself, which was also a hit for the crowd.

Clara is such a sweetie pie. She just happily rode along and enjoyed watching the older kids run circles around her stroller.

Ruby has added this tutu to every outfit she’s worn for 6 days in a row. She loves it. Speaking of love, look at these cute little buddies.