It's been a while since we've updated! Here's where we are right now:
After a long stint of working from home, Kyle is back on the road (up in the air?) and has been commuting to Virginia weekly. It's annoying to wake up at 4am every Monday, but we're thankful that he can spend Sunday nights at home with our missional community and come back on Thursday nights. In February, the only other exciting thing that happened to him was that he got the flu (Olivia did not), and by "exciting" it was more like "extremely miserable for all parties."
Olivia finished up her dermatology elective, and then spent the last four weeks at the Joslin Diabetes Center learning all about diabetes management and other endocrinology issues. She has continued to sew stuff, despite not posting on here about it, but you can see those on her instagram feed. She also finished her first semester of skating lessons and loved it so much that she signed up for a second semester, despite being the only student in the adult class (the other lady broke her ankle during class....and Olivia knew that she would need an x-ray given the Ottawa Criteria - that was the end of her contribution to the medical care as an almost doctor. An ambulance was called)
what everyone really wants to know:
Where are you going next? (we don't know!) when do you know where you're going next? (3/17)
Match day is St. Patrick's day this year, March 17th! That is when we will know where we'll be going next (: For those of you unfamiliar with the process, here's a quick rundown of what happens:
- Summer: fourth year medical students choose what programs they want to apply to in their intended field of choice (I chose family medicine). They get their letters of recommendation together, write personal statements, fix up their CVs, etc.
- Fall - Winter: applications are due, you get invited to interviews, you travel to interviews. (See previous post on my interview travels!)
- January - February: You rank all the places you interviewed at, with the top of the list being where you most want to go. The programs rank all the students they interviewed with the top of the list being who they most want to come to their program. You then submit your list.
- March: a fancy magical algorithm gets run to match applicants and programs, and then students find out via envelopes passed out on Match Day where they're going! (it's a binding contract)
It's been quite a year for us going through this process and we don't know for sure what will happen next. Our missional community has been going through James and it was quite timely that our passage was James 4:13-17 the week the list was due.
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
We have a lot of different hopes and dreams about the various locations we might end up, but our prayer is that wherever we are placed, that we would joyfully and whole heartedly serve the Lord in our new location!