In December I wrapped up my first semester of PA school. It felt like quite an accomplishment although it only means I am 1/6 of the way through. Now we are onto the module portion of the program which means we spend one week on a type of medicine, learn everything about it (that can be learned in one week), take a test and then move onto the next area. I think I like it because you always feel like you are accomplishing something. We have done two modules so far and only have about 25 more to go--sounds easy enough....
Matthew is in school still plugging away at his pre-dental prerequisites. And this really explains why our lives are so dull. When you have two people in school you don't do much else. He works really hard and I am so proud of him!
Christmas break was our first chance in a while to let loose. My parents came up to Boise and we spent a few days at Matthew's family's cabin. It was so beautiful up there with all of the snow and nice to spend time with Mom and Dad.
We spent Christmas with Matthew's family and things were pretty uneventful. It was kind of a like a big nap that we both totally needed.
A couple of weeks ago I was released as Relief Society President, which I think was timely since the pace of school has really picked up. Last Sunday was my first in a very long time that I haven't had any meetings outside of the regular ones everyone goes to...a nice feeling :)
I feel very blessed to be in school in spite of the crazy pace it gives to my life. It is fun to be learning so much and I'm excited to get out there and start practicing. I have been focusing on really trying to be happy in the moment and not be constantly thinking about the next phase of life and I think I am getting it to some degree. Life is now. It's happening to us every day. I love what President Hinckley said:
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“[The fact is] most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. …
“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride” (“Big Rock Candy Mountains,” Deseret News, 12 June 1973, A4).
I am thankful for the thrilling bursts of speed and the beautiful vistas in my life.