Friday, March 29, 2013

The results are in...

I remember when the Germ and I were dating (pretty seriously) and he told me that he was thinking about going to medical school. At first I felt really nervous because the processes seemed endless and the challenges we would face during schooling and residency were not something to be looked forward too. His uncle who went the physical therapy route, told him that medical school may be a challenge on his marriage and who ever he married would have to be flexible, understanding, and willing to do things on her own. "Am I that girl? Can I do that?' I remember wondering (and have wondered off and on since). The answer I received then (and now)  was "Yes!" Yes, I can do hard things! Yes! I can adapt, change, and do the things required of me! Yes! I can do my part to make sure our marriage stays healthy and strong during this time and always ( side note-I hate it when people give me "advice" and tell me about the increased chances of divorce with him going though medical school because that is not "advice"). I can do what is required to help my husband and our family reach our goals. Does that mean it is going to be easy? NO! I have no illusions about that because the process thus far has not been easy. There were many conversations about the "what ifs" such as, "what if we don't make it in." The added class load, working full time, endless studying for the MCAT, the hours of shadowing and volunteering, applications, interviews, and the endless waiting game have not been easy either. By far that has been the worst part has been the endless waiting game,  waiting for the MCAT score, waiting for interviews, and waiting for acceptance (and rejections), and so on. The last seven months we have been waiting to find out where we were going for sure, unable to plan on where our future will lead us. FINALLY, we are able to make that decision! We are going to....


We could not be more excited! It is such a relief to be able to say where we are going. The last few months of being in "limbo" was not our favorite stage to be in.  We have been tremendously blessed! The fact the he was accepted to three schools is pretty amazing especially, considering that the amount of medical school applications turned in this year were up by 30 to 40 percent, making it even more difficult to get in. I am proud of the Germ and all the hard work the he has put into this process.  I am excited for our new adventure ahead of us!

The moral of the story is, "Life is going to be challenging no matter what, so work toward your goals!'


PS. We graduate in just a few weeks :)


Wedding day - when our adventure started

Dearest Peanut #6

Dearest Peanut,

We need to have a talk. I feel like you broke a very important understanding that we had between us. You promised me that you would not grow up so fast! You are five months, weigh just over fourteen pounds, and you have started to recognize people (Sorry uncle is nothing personal). You are sitting up with the help of some pillows, they are mostly there so you don't smack your head when you get so excited that you to loose your balance. You are also rolling over (from tummy to back) and inching your way across the floor to get the toy that you want. In a few weeks we will start introducing you rice cereal and other wonderful things that come on spoons. You will be talking, walking, and going to Prom before I know it. Now don't get me wrong I love seeing you grow and progress BUT do you need to grow up this fast? I did not agree to you growing up this fast! Although there may have been days that dragged, the weeks and months have flown by since your birth.  You are welcome to slow down a bit or at the very least make time go a little slower. 

"I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be."


 Loving the warm weather!

Smiles even after getting shots

Watching the neighbors dog intently

Cheering mom on while she goes jogging (I wish I was that enthusiastic about jogging)

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Blessing  4 1/2 months

Sunday March 3rd was a special day for our little family, Sienna was blessed by her Daddy. She wore a beautiful dress made from the extra fabric of my wedding dress (both made by my Grandma). Peanut's sweet spirit was truly shinning that day. As strange as it may sound, this little four month old seemed to be "over joyed" to be there and to see her family. Indeed, with her pure spirit I believe she had eyes to see those who we could not.

The week before Sienna was blessed, Justin's Great Grandma Slater (Sienna's Great Great Grandmother) suffered a stroke on her way back from Arizona (she was coming back for the blessing). She passed away in a Las Vegas hospital the day before the blessing. This made the blessing an even more emotional of an experience.

Five generation picture
 (so very grateful we took it before they left for AZ.)

When Justin took Peanut to the front of the congregation it felt as if heaven opened up and our sweet baby was surrounded by her family members both present and those who came before including, Great Grandma Slater and Grandma Mund (she passed away when Peanut was two weeks old). My heart overflowed with feelings of a divine love for Sienna, my family, and my Heavenly Father.

There have been several times in my life where the veil has become thin and the powers of Heaven felt so strong and encircling. Moment when my heavenly family has come to support, sustain, comfort, and encourage me. Indeed, I believe there are moments in everyone's life when Heaven feels closer with angels surrounding us. These moments could be moments of joy such as eternal marriage or when a new spirit enters this world. These moments also come in heartache, sorrow, and fear. Moments when as a teenager you are crying on the couch scared to death about what is going to happen to your Mom who was just rushed off to the hospital. The flood of emotion that sweeps over you when a terrible diagnosis is made. When pacing the waiting room while your companion is in surgery with no guarantee of the outcome. These are the moments when Heaven is all around us. When those beyond the veil mourn with those who mourn, provide comfort to those in need of comfort, provide peace in desperate need of it, and also rejoice in our hard won victories. They do this with a perfect knowledge of our savior and with a perspective of life and death that we won't fully see until we are reunited.

These moments,when we feel Heaven is here, we can more fully understand the blessing Saviors all encompassing atonement. The importance of eternal families and the binding power of temple Sealings. In moments like Sienna's blessing I begin to understand how much my earthly and heavenly family love me.



Wednesday, March 6, 2013

See you next year February

February is a wild month in the Germ household with a celebration happening almost every week! Between Valentines, my birthday, and the Germs birthday there are many reasons to eat treats (and to make your pants fit way to tight). So here are some pictures of some of our adeventures in February.


My Valentine after her morning nap 

Came back from school to find rose petals, a sweet card, and this message!  

Candle light dinner for two (Peanut had an early bedtime)

Hanging out with my sisters for the weekend!

We were lucky enough to help my Mom out by spending some time with my sisters. Could helping my Mom get any easier than playing with my little sisters all day? I sure love those little munchkins!

Coloring time - Peanut already has great handwriting and has picked up spelling pretty easily;)

Took my sisters for a bike ride - Peanuts first bike ride in the "chariot of fire"


Peanut turned four months and developed a lovely rash from drooling so much.

Turned four months and ate some fingers to celebrate

She went on a treasure hunt with dad

My Birthday 

I turned twenty-three and spent the day with kindergartners, Peanut, and avoiding homework! 

Turning 23 might not have been good for my teeth or skin...

The Germ got me some awesome florescent flowers....Bright colors make me happy! 

 The Germ gave me "I am spoiled rotten" Birthday Boots!

The Germ turns 26!

Sadly the Germ had work and school all day on his birthday but he was able to get off at 6:30 instead 10:30 pm. So we celebrated by feasting our guts out! I made mushroom stroganoff, tossed salad, and flourless chocolate cake. MMMM...... Sorry, I was just reliving the deliciousness. We also continued with our James Bond fest (for better and for worse we are currently watching all the James Bond movies in order).  Thankfully, we weren't yet to Moonraker or his birthday might have ended with a dud. We didn't get many pictures for the Germs birthday but he did get this gem of a birthday card from my mom.

My mom reminded  us of the importance of tattoo placement. 

February was a great month for us here in the Germ household filled with love, family, laughs, birthdays, and pure happiness!

Spontaneous family photos in the kitchen

Now I am off to work off the FOUR cakes we consumed over the past month!