Saturday, April 25, 2009

Life is Beautiful.

This is Falls Creek Falls. A beautiful waterfall that Adam and I hiked up to a few weeks back. A hard, strenuous hike, but it was only an hour, and definitely worth the effort. We (or maybe just I) felt a little like Indiana Jones that day after climbing down the waterfalls and across it via the rope that is set up there. Pretty amazing.

"The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers." Psalm 24: 1-2

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hope fulfilled.

The most important day of current 4th year medical students' lives was about 3 weeks ago, March 19th 2009. It is a day that is more important than graduation, and a day that generates much anticipation from students, even from the very first day of medical school. Match Day. It is a day where we learn the location of our residency, where we will spend the next 3-5 years and where we will continue our medical training. On Match Day, we discover if all our studying and efforts over the last 4 years have paid off. I woke up on this morning both excited and nervous. But mostly nervous. Not because I was worried about being matched in a respected program where I would learn and excel. I loved many of the programs I had interviewed at and ranked, and knew that I would be happy wherever I matched. And I trusted (or was trying very hard to trust) that the Lord was in control and wherever He wanted me to be, I would go and serve. But, I was also afraid that where I wanted to go might not line up with where God wanted me to be and where I had set my hopes on.

Well, my heart was truly set on staying in Greenville. I have been here for two years and have made a home for myself. I love the city, the art, the culture, the outdoors. I love being close to the mountains and close to my family. I love the residency program, the hospital, the faculty, and current residents. My personality fits with the program. I also love my church here in Greenville. For the first time since high school, I have joined a church in which I feel like I am truly part of a community where I can fellowship and serve with genuine, sincere folks who also want to love and serve God and each other. And very importantly, my beau is here, and after almost 6 months of being together, I cannot imagine living in a place where he is not.

As the time approached for the ceremony to begin, I was becoming increasingly nervous. There were 3 others in my class who all wanted to stay in the Greenville pediatrics program. And while we were all assured from the directors that they would love to have us all stay, I still wasn't comfortable. The ceremony continued, and I naturally was forced to wait until near the end for my name to be randomly drawn from the hat. By the time my name was called, the other 3 had already shared they would be staying in Greenville. I was afraid that I would not be staying. Despite my fears, and futile attempts of trusting the Lord's sovereignty, I am so excited to say that I will be staying in Greenville for at least 3 more years. When I read and announced to the rest of my class that I matched in Greenville, I was so happy and focused on the fact that I was staying that I did not even hear the cheers, and the rest of the day is a bit of blur. I do remember immediately sending Adam a message telling him that I had matched in Greenville. I also remember seeing my father waiting for me as I walked back to my seat. Waiting to give me a giant hug and tell me how proud he was and how happy that I would be staying close. I am so thankful that I can stay in a town that I love, with the family and boy I love close by, and a church that I can fellowship and love God with. Hurray.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

I am happy.

It is another rainy day, and I am back in the coffee shop. A different one. Eating the most amazing roasted red pepper soup. And this is what I have been doing with my time. It is pretty and I like it.

Answer the following 12 questions about yourself
(my answers are in parentheses after each question):

1. What is your first name? (lisa)

2. What is your favorite food? (strawberries)

3. What high school did you attend? (stratford)

4. What is your favorite color? (red)

5. Who is your celebrity crush? (audrey hepburn)

6. Favorite drink? (wine)

7. Dream vacation? (napa valley)

8. Favorite dessert? (chocolate)

9. What do you want to be when you grow up? (joyful)

10. What do you love most in life? (friendship)

11. One word to describe you? (laughing)

12. Your Flickr name? (nothing fancy)

Type your answer to each of the above questions into Flickr's search. Using only the images that appear on the first page, choose your favorite and copy and paste each of the URL’s into the Mosaic Maker.

1. Girasoles para los amigos / Sunflowers for the friends, 2. Christmas Strawberries *, 3. Stratford Night Sky, 4. Red Umbrella, 5. Audrey Hapburn, 6. Red, Red Wine - Club Picks, 7. Oak Tree, Napa Valley, 8. we fell in chocolate over love, 9. Joyful silhouette’s -Finding Neverland *~), 10. Wall Of Peace - Moscow, 11. "No person can be considered a failure who has been the cause of a child's laughter.", 12. Yearning for Spring.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Rain, rain, don't go away.

I'm sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops in downtown Greenville, drinking strong and delicious coffee, with my beau just across the table from me. I finished reading a good book today, and I have a new, fresh one awaiting me. I'm listening to the sweet voice of Jeff Buckley as I write, and it is a rainy day. There is something very calming about the rain. Probably because it makes me envision long, relaxing days filled with napping on the couch, reading a good book, and movie watching. Today, that is what I'm getting.

Life is good. And I'm writing again. Blogging really. It is both exciting and a little uncomfortable to be posting my thoughts to the world, but I've been wanting to write again for awhile, so here it is. Happy Friday!