Tuesday, November 26, 2013

one semester down

Daniel finished his first semester of dental school on Thursday. The week before felt like driving through rush hour traffic at night in Memphis with the rain pouring down and both hands tightly gripping the steering wheel.

It’s an eye-opening experience to see your easy-going, laid back hubby who never seems to have a care in the world truly feel the weight of stress for the first time. I don’t know how many times I wanted to just reach out and take it away, pleading, “No, let me carry this. I’m used to it.”

But this time the roles were reversed, and I had to learn how to be an encourager, a builder-upper, my husband’s biggest fan. And I became increasingly aware of how much power my words held, especially if they were negative. I couldn’t let my petty, little complaints burden his already full plate.

Needless to say, this week was definitely a growing experience in our marriage. And Thursday evening came like a lungful of fresh air. Not until I saw that goofy, dimpled smile greet me at the door with the usual over-the-top greeting {You’re home!} did I realize I’d been holding my breath for so long.

Thank you to the many people who prayed for us. How do you make it through difficult times without knowing you have a God taking care of you and a circle of family and friends praying for you?

This weekend we celebrated appropriately. Friday night we drove to Little Rock to spend the night with Daniel’s brother and sister-in-law. David and Sam made us a delicious dinner, and then Sam whipped up the most delicious chocolate chip cookies I have ever tasted. I hope to recreate that recipe soon. We ended the night watching Monsters U, which was delightfully entertaining and surprisingly funny. How old was I when the first Monsters, Inc. came out?

David & Daniel at the game.
The next morning we had another homemade breakfast of pumpkin waffles. I wish I had the same amount of patience in baking as Sam does. I just see all the messy dishes pile up and think – this isn’t worth it. Then, we went to the Razorback game. It was very cold. And very sad. Just don’t bring up the topic of Arkansas Razorback football around us.

Sammy was a little cold!
That night we came home to Memphis and just relaxed. We ordered some Aldo’s pizza and watched a movie and cuddled for the first time in a long time.

The next morning we went to church and learned about the Gospel and family. Then, that night we went to have Thanksgiving dinner with our parish family. It was an awesome night full of friends, food and fun. I made mashed potatoes and scalloped pineapples. 

So grateful to have Joanne & Sarah in my life!
Only a few of us during dinner! 
Daniel working on the artwork project for our church.

And had to include this one here, because I am so proud of them for cooking that turkey all by themselves!

I was thoroughly exhausted from our long weekend, but it was thoroughly worth it. I am excited that the next six weeks will be just as dental-school free.

What holiday activities should we do on Daniel’s break?


  1. YAY!! Congrats Daniel :) Glad you both made it through - and here's to future successful semesters :)
    Looks like you've got a great group to share life with there. Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!

  2. Congratulations to you, too, for raising all the money for your plane ticket! I am going to work on your graphic as soon as I finish this comment. I am so excited for you, and I will continue to pray for your upcoming journey!

  3. You can never be the the negative one when he is working toward his (yours together) future. A supportive wife is the most important asset a man can have. That one voice will be stronger and louder than all others combined, whether it is positive or negative.

  4. Congratulations!! It is such a great feeling every time a semester ends! :)

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