Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Zoo pics

I realize I haven't posted anything since my birthday over 2 weeks ago...I'm not sure why, partly it's because I feel like not much has really happened, we are caught in the monotony of our routine and partly because I've been pretty busy. I got a new calling at church. I LOVE the way the church functions (getting an assignment to serve...can you believe how organized, efficient and functional the church is with NO PAID CLERGY!!! I mean common, there sure is a lot of dedication and love going on here!). Anyways, I am serving as the second counselor in the Young Women's Organization. It is a big change because the last ward we were in for 4 years didn't have any young women, but regardless, it is totally awesome. The young women here are amazing!!! So I've been busy teaching lessons, going to meetings and attending mutual, it's great!

And then this last weekend, on Tyler's weekend off we were asked to speak in church. We had great topics (daily scripture study and garnish thy thoughts with virture). So even though that occupied a lot of our weekend we managed to escape for a date. Here in San Antoni there are Alamo Drafthouse Theatres. It is FANTASTIC. The theatres have replaced every other row of seats for a long table so you can actually have a dinner at the movies! The wait staff was great and so was the food. Super FUN!!!

So, now that I actually sit down and think about it I guess a few things have happened. First and most importantly Tyler applied for Radiology residency. Things could work out to where this intern year in general surgery would count and then we would only have 4 more years.!!! We'll see. It was an extremely difficult decision. We were torn trying to decide between Surgery, the specialty that Tyler LOVES, he would be awesome at it, but it would require a lot more training (especially because he would want to specialize further) and a lot more time away from the family after residency, and Radiology. Radiology isn't something that Tyler is passionate about, but something that would okay and allow for a great family life after residency and he could specialize further and still get to do some OR procedures. We fasted, we prayed, we studied, we went to the temple and WE COULD NOT get a strong answer...It was frustrating. We even deliberated picking a specialty from a hat and calling it good. I felt especially hurt that we coudn't get a definitive answer as to what would be BEST for our family because they are quite different family life styles. We had a time limit so we picked Radiology for the family life and I struggled to find comfort in why we were left to decide for ourselves. I talked to Tyler and our parents and I couldn't find comfort in the way things went down. And then I talked to sweet Amanda her in San Antonio and she said something to me that just made sense. Obviously God let's us choose for ourselves often but WHY wouldn't it matter in this case. This was A HUGE decision for us!!! She said that God often only gives strong answers when the outcome effects our eternal salvation or would put us in harms way...So while we would have radically different family lives depending on Tyler's specialty we are left to decide for ourselves because either way our eternal salvation wouldn't depend on it...I know that God loves us and ultimately His plan is to get us back to Him and if anything, I'm glad to know that we are track.

Other events: Isaac started crawling! Super cute, he's quite mobile now and I think I need to upload a video soon. Ashton rode his first rollercoaster at Sea World...and had his first fire ant bite (so sad!)

Anyways, last week here was pretty glum...It rained almost everyday which really cramps our style because we go out a lot!! The sun broke free on Sunday and we have been go go go ever since! (We may have to chill out tomorrow though because we are pooped!) We made it out to zoo yesterday with some friends and while I didn't bring my camera yesterday, I realized that I didn't post the zoo pic from my birthday so here they are....


Kev and Chels said...

Hey Holly, Wow, big update with Radiology! Did you hear the Dobsons decided the same thing?! Crazy, huh? Kevin had a similar experience (in this case with a girl he thought he was supposed to marry). Okay, so somewhat similar. This girl, he thought, was thrown in his path and he thought it was obvious it was an answer to pray. They went out, and it was AWFUL, painful, even:) IN the end he realized he would felt cheated had Heavenly FAther made that decision for him, and plus, that way he couldn't blame Him later if it wasn't perfect. I like your friend's thoughts on the matter too. Sounds like you guys are doing well. I just wish you were closer!:) Have a great week!
p.s. San Antonio seems like it has such fun things to do!

Janelle Dobson said...

What are the odds! Like Chels already said Michael has decided to switch to radiology. It was really out of the blue but he's really excited about it now- it kind of is a bit of a relief in many ways. Not only will interviewing (hopefully) be a bit easier but residency hours as well as life after that should be much better. I'm still nervous about the whole matching thing again- but this seems to feel pretty good. Be sure to give us notice when and where you're interviewing- if you ever head up to Chicago (there's about 6 med schools here) we'd sure love to have Tyler lodge here! Good to hear from you and that all is going well.

Holly said...

Thanks Janelle and Chels, you guys are great! Crazy how often life changes. Michael has a place here in San Antonio and Austin too! I MISS YOU BOTH TONS!!!

Mandi said...

Hi! Can't believe how big your kids are getting- they're adorable as usual! Congrats on deciding on rads... I have found that to be so true in my life... sometimes either decision will work out and the Lord wants you to choose. If it wasn't right you would definitely know it. Miss you guys!