Friday, November 25, 2016

thankful on this november 25th.

Today is such a special day. The day after Thanksgiving, it's Friday, but it's also, and most importantly, my little brother's birthday!

The big 3-0! I have always loved that Andrew's birthday is around Thanksgiving, sometimes on the actual day -- it makes the holiday just extra special! Thankful.

It's hard to know how to celebrate people you love when they are so far away. how do you make sure they know just how important, special, and dear they are to you? I mean, I know my little brother knows how much he means to me, but how do I really make him feel special on his big day? Last year, I had a bunch of people come up with words that described him. That was fun. This year, Andrew, your birthday wishes are not just coming from Joel and I, but also from the others in our French family!

So Happy Birthday, Andrew!!! We love you so much and are so thankful you are a part of our family!

When we were walking home from the grocery store tonight, we saw a big sign, JUST for you! It's your favorite cheese!! Can you see Joel's head in the picture? :) We would totally serve you some at dinner tonight if you were here.

On another note, we have been in our new home for 3 weeks now, and it is looking more and more like a home, and less and less like a newly rented apartment. Thankful.

Our car got a flat tire this week -- the tire was ruined and we had to put 2 new tires on. It could have happened at a much worse time, but thankfully, I was with my in-laws, who took such good care of me and our little car. The car got new tires on today. :) Thankful.

My hubby did an overnight shift at the hospital last night, got home around noon, after having been up for over 24 hours... But yesterday, before he went into work, we had all Thanksgiving day together! It was such a gift and blessing! Thankful.

Last night I attended a French Thanksgiving celebration (I was the only American) and brought a pumpkin pie. Four girls wanted the recipe after! :) It is THE best pumpkin pie recipe ever, from my Mama. Thankful.

Soooooo many many things to be thankful for, but right now, I am especially thankful for Ando! I love you little brother!

Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

proud wifey moment

He did it. Graduated from medical school, and ready to start his 3-4 years of residency (which he started last week).

I am SO proud of him. A lot of hard work, endurance, perseverance, pressure, learning, and lots and lots of medical terms to understand and know. He is such a hard worker, and it was such a joy to be able to celebrate this big accomplishment with him.

And let's be honest, graduating at the famous Opera house in Rennes is pretty spectacular! One by one, all 270 students in his year got up, signed the registry thing, received their diploma and then shared what specialty and city they were going to for their residency. 

"I am going to be a general practitioner in Lyon"

Woohoo!!!!! Yeah you are! Best looking graduate and future doctor out there! 

At the end of the ceremony, the person who was emceeing said to the graduates, "well apparently, tradition says that you all should throw your hats in the air. So, 1-2-3 go!" Notice the picture in the background, showing them what to do! 

Graduations aren't a common practice here in France, and much of what they did seemed to be based off of what they had seen in other countries, or on TV shows! I was hoping there would be a band to break into Pomp and Circumstance, but that didn't happen. 

Celebration is an important aspect of life. Too often we move quickly past big milestones, or even smaller ones, without properly celebrating. How meaningful to be able to thank God for how far He has helped and brought us in the different stages of our life. What an encouragement to be able to continue trusting Him to do the same in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.  

What an honor to be at my hubby's side at his graduation. I was smiling from ear to ear. So proud of him! 

Tomorrow marks one week that he started work at the hospital and he is doing great! A LOT of long hours, but he is surviving and enjoying caring and helping others. He's so good at that. 

Congratulations, Joel!