Happy Thursday! You may have noticed, but I haven’t been as consistent with blogging since around April. Life has been a whirlwind lately since finding out where Jake matched for residency. He finished his medical school classes/rotations about 2 weeks after Match Day. I decided it was important to take advantage of his limited freedom before residency started. He will not be able to have this much time off again until retirement. I am excited to be back to blogging and realized so much has gone on so I wanted to update y’all. Some of this may just be a review and some of it I realized I probably haven’t shared yet.
About The Outfit
Before I dive into life lately, I wanted to share a little about this fun jumpsuit I wore recently to explore The Redmont Hotel Rooftop bar, “The Roof.” I love the vibrant orange color and the pattern. I typically don’t go for orange, but paired it with some turquoise earrings to prevent the color from washing me out. I ordered a size small and it runs true to size. The I know it will be on repeat all summer and even into the early fall.
Life Lately in Birmingham:
As you may have seen in this post in March, I shared that Jake matched into Anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. We are both so thrilled about his match results! There was so much anticipation leading up to Match Day. I know many of y’all were anxious to know too based on the many sweet messages I received before finding out. My Match blog post was the most viewed blog post I’ve ever had. This is where the whirlwind all began. I have only moved twice before, and they were very minor moves; first from Dallas/Fort Worth to Stillwater, Oklahoma for college at Oklahoma State University, and then on to Oklahoma City when Jake started medical school. Jake, on the other hand, was born and raised in Oklahoma and had lived there his whole life, so moving out of state was new for him. We both don’t have any family or any connections in Birmingham, so it’s like starting over new. Jake fell in love with the program and knew he would be getting some of the best anesthesia training in the world. After he visited Birmingham for his interview, we decided it was a good idea for me to visit too. It was a mutual decision for him to rank it #1. There were many prayers that led to his rank list decision and a lot of prayers to end up where he was meant to be.
Leaving My Oklahoma City Job
After more than 3 and a half years at the same job, I knew I would have to leave it soon based on Jake’s match results. As I mentioned earlier, Jake finished classes 2 weeks after Match Day. I put my notice in early, so we could move and enjoy some once-in-a-lifetime time together. It was a lot harder emotionally to do that I expected, but of course I knew it had to happen eventually. I am really thankful for that job opportunity and can’t wait for a new opportunity in Alabama.
Buying A Home
You may have seen in this post that we bought a home in Birmingham. Buying a house several states away is definitely a process. We made sure to take a trip to Birmingham a couple weeks after he matched. Like many areas in the country right now, Birmingham has an extremely competitive housing market, so we had to move fast. We spent about half a week in Birmingham and found a house that was the perfect compromise between what we both wanted. I cannot wait to start sharing new content about this home as it all comes together.
Jake and I feel so blessed because we got to travel a lot this year. After Match Day, we spent several months this spring traveling together.
Our recent travels include:
- Visiting Birmingham to buy a home (post here)
- Las Vegas-twice, once to celebrate both of my parents’ birthdays, and then again for a wedding (posts here and here)
- New York City (post here , here and here)
- Pittsburgh– to celebrate Jake’s sisters 21 birthday (no blog post, but Instagram post here and here).
- The Kentucky Derby (blog post here)
- Napa Valley (First blog post here and full guide to Napa to come soon)
- San Francisco (blog post to come soon)
Jake Graduated Medical School
Exploring Oklahoma City
In between trips and after our traveling spree was over, we spent a lot of time fully exploring OKC and visiting our favorite restaurants/places one last time. I’ve mentioned it in several other posts, but we called our time exploring OKC, “The Tour de OKC”. We came up with a list of places for our OKC bucket list. If you’ve never been to Oklahoma City, it is a really cool place that I think is worth visiting. It truly surprised me after growing up in Dallas. OKC is such a special place to us and we are thankful for our time there. I met so many wonderful bloggers, neighbors, coworkers and friends that I will forever be grateful for. It will always be a second home! I plan to do a blog post sharing our Tour de OKC soon too.
Moving To Birmingham
As I mentioned in my last post, we officially moved on June 2nd. We braved the 11 hour drive and each took a vehicle. I was lucky enough to have my mom drive with me, so we could take turns. My dad took Jake’s car and Jake rented a huge SUV to bring our personal belongings and, most importantly, the cat. When we got to Birmingham, our first home renovation project was panting the kitchen. I am so blessed that my dad was able to do this for us. We have several other little projects that I plan to do.
Moving has been a little bit of a headache. Our TV/internet installation kept getting delayed due to AT&T having a shortage in parts/technicians. We finally have both as of Saturday! Also our moving truck has been extremely slow (hopefully it will come this week). But we know it’ll all work out and we will laugh about it one day.
Having a couple of weeks together in our new city before Jake started residency was very important to us. We are still nowhere near settled, but Birmingham truly does feel like home. We have tried many local restaurants, bars, breweries and local attractions lately and have checked out all that this fabulous city has to offer. It seems like there is live music everywhere and that the people are so friendly here. It truly has that famous Southern charm.
Jake Started Residency
Jake started his Anesthesiology residency June 18th. It was a long road with medical school and still is a very long road with residency just starting, but I’m so proud to see him achieve his dream of becoming a physician. I got so spoiled this last year by getting to spend tons of time with him, so it’s going take time for me to adjust to his intern year. Intern year is supposed to be the hardest, but we made it through 4 years of medical school and will make it through his 4 year residency (and probably a 1 year fellowship). We will be stronger because of it!
Now that Jake is started with residency, I am keeping myself busy by searching for a job, making new friends and getting our house set up. I am also planning to get back to my weekly blogging schedule (Monday and Thursday posts). I have so much travel content to share and content from exploring our new city. I am also excited to announce I plan to expand my blog topics to add a little more lifestyle like home decor and sharing our adventures in Bham.
If you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading. I know that was a lot. I am really thankful for this experience. I know God has a plan for us in Birmingham and I plan to bloom where we were planted.
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