I was in Washington, D.C. last week for my school’s required on-campus clinicals. From Monday – Thursday night, I was attending lectures, demonstrating my skills as a practitioner, performing assessments, learning in-office procedures and suturing, and generally stuffing my head with knowledge. It was a great, albeit stressful, couple of days where I was able… Read More D.C.
The word ‘advent’ means “coming”. In this season of the year, we focus on the meaning of the coming of the Son of God into the world. And the spirit of our celebration should be the spirit in which he came. And the spirit of that coming is summed up in Luke 19:10: “The Son… Read More Advent
Now that I’m done with clinic for the semester, I have a little extra time to catch up on everything that didn’t get done around the house when I was so busy do fun stuff, like watch a movie, read books, and do some cooking or baking. Yesterday, I decided to make pancakes for the freezer.… Read More Stealing Pancakes
What a great Thanksgiving weekend. We celebrated here at home in the afternoon and that evening, I went to the hospice house while Chris and the boys had dessert with neighbors. We’ve had boatloads of turkey leftovers, some of which have already been transformed into turkey salad sandwiches, turkey broth, and turkey tetrazzini. The next… Read More Post-Thanksgiving and Pre-Christmas
Thankful for these two turkeys. This photo was taken on the dock of our neighborhood (another thing for which I’m thankful).
Fall is, without doubt, one of my most favorite seasons. I love that the hot, tropical-feeling summers are over (along with the weeding, the mosquitos, the constant checking for ticks) and that the season for fires and jackets and crunching leaves is starting. This is one of the reasons why I love living in Virginia. … Read More Fall ‘n All
One is faced with several issues when a blog has been dormant for awhile. The first issue, for me, is how to explain what I’ve been doing and why I went silent. I really don’t know how to solve that issue without some lengthy – and frankly boring – post. So I’m going to ignore… Read More Enough for a start
One of my earliest memories of dating Chris is of the two of us making a meal together. During the process, I set out some fish and asked him to “smother” them in butter. We were just getting to know one another (12 1/2 years later and there’s still a lot to learn!) and I… Read More Simple and Decadent Banana Pudding
Making the decision to go back to school for my nurse practitioner (NP) degree wasn’t an easy one. My plan had always been to work as a nurse for a year or two, then go to grad school part-time while working full- or part-time and having my employer pay for part or all of the… Read More Nurse Practitioner School – Making the Decision
August has been a full month. It was rewarding for me to have some time between semesters to relax, see family, spend time with friends, and do nothing. Joe has enjoyed going to summer camp and we’ve taken a family trip to Washington, DC as well as a trip with me and the boys to… Read More August 2018
Two weeks ago, our oldest child turned 6 years old. I know that everyone says “time flies”, but I truly didn’t realize how swiftly time zooms by until I had children. Suddenly, I found myself measuring the days and years based on my child and how he’s grown. And children grow fast. They acquire language… Read More Happy Birthday, Joe
My mother used to say “it’s hard to grow up”. This was typically after one of her children had bonked their head or fallen down or had experienced a consequence for some undesirable behavior. I’ve found myself saying it to our boys, too, and usually under similar circumstances: learning how to ride a bicycle and… Read More It’s hard to grow up.
I’ve thought about updating this blog several times over the last 2 years. Obviously, I didn’t. When, after several months of thinking I put thought to action and attempted to log in, I found that I couldn’t. After several sessions with the hosting service’s support desk, we finally ironed out the problem, and access was… Read More 2 Years
I’ve come to have a real appreciation for pollen since moving to Virginia. Or perhaps more of a grudging respect. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the beautiful trees and flowers and plants we have here. We live in the woods and I couldn’t be happier. But I had no idea that pollen… Read More Pollen
Wow – it’s been awhile since I’ve had the energy or time or creative inclination to sit down and write. This is the first post I’ve put up in months and, truth is, I’m a little worried about it. I lay in bed the other night, trying to get to sleep, but thoughts of this… Read More Giving Yourself Permission to Stop, and to Start Again
It’s been such a great month, this past December. I turned 34 years old. Chris and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We had Christmas in our own home for the first time. Such fun! It’s been a busy month, too. I’ve been back to work now for a little over 5 weeks, and I’m… Read More December 2014
We went out this weekend and bought ourselves a 2nd vehicle. It was pretty clear that, with me starting full-time employment, we needed another car. After doing a lot of research regarding the best small, fuel-efficient vehicles, we went with a 2013 Kia Soul. A few months ago, I never would have considered a Kia… Read More Starting Daycare, New Wheels, and Hearing Truth
A few weeks back, I was contacted by David Hammond from FreshTake Publishers. Turns out, we had a couple of things in common. For one, we both have lived/live in New Zealand. David’s wife is an American (like me), named Jennifer (like me) and has spent time living in Virginia (like me). Easy to see… Read More “A Fresh Take: New Zealand” Calender and 20% Off Discount Code
I see articles like this and I’m reminded once again of one of the reasons why we moved back to the USA. We definitely got a little flak from people, both in-person and online, for choosing to move out of New Zealand, in part, because of the high cost of living. Phrases such as, “You… Read More Monday Post
I’m so thankful – I was offered (and I accepted) a new job last Thursday evening. I’m excited about this job for so many reasons – the opportunity to focus on prevention and primary medicine, being able to help and serve my patients, and working for a good company – but mostly, I’m in awe… Read More Thankful