We Matched

If you’ve seen my recent posts, you probably know Friday was Match Day. Match Day was a huge day for us because it revealed where we will live for the next 4 years and what kind of physician Jake will be.

I’ve been so anxious to tell y’all, but decided to live in the moment and take it all in. Being a blogger requires me to be on my phone a lot, and I wanted to take a little social media break to just live life and celebrate this huge accomplishment with Jake.

Wow, first off, what a whirlwind these past few months have been! Jake went to many interviews. I was lucky enough to go with him to check out a few places, including Nashville, Denver, Wisconsin, and Birmingham.

I’m so honored to share that Jake matched at his #1 Anesthesia program, the University of Alabama-Birmingham. When Jake went to interview at UAB, he went in thinking he wouldn’t want to rank it high on his list, although he had heard great things about the program. Well…he interviewed and told me he loved it and would likely be ranking it #1. Before officially ranking it #1, we decided to make a trip down there so I could make sure I loved it too. You can see my Birmingham blog post here.

Prior to this interview season, I didn’t know much about UAB, and was impressed to learn how great of a program they have there. Jake interviewed at one of the Harvard programs and they sent him an article that was published in the main anesthesiology journal (Anesthesia & Analgesia) ranking anesthesiology residency programs based on a number of factors. Harvard sent him this because they were proud they were ranked #3 in the nation, but we were very impressed to see that UAB anesthesia was ranked #6 in the whole nation! The programs ranked above UAB were all in huge cities on the west or east coasts, which just aren’t the kind of place Jake and I are looking to live. Birmingham is a lot like Oklahoma City, where the city is big enough to have everything you need (I was pleasantly surprised that Birmingham is actually a bit bigger and has a few stores I love that OKC doesn’t have, like Lilly Pulitzer!). The cost of living is very reasonable and traffic is not bad at all. We didn’t expect to fall in love with Birmingham, but we definitely did!

I’m very excited because I’ve always wanted to live in the South. My cousins grew up in Georgia and I always secretly was jealous. It’s so charming! Maybe I’ll get a cute southern accent :). To be honest, it was no surprise at all when we opened the envelope to find out we matched at UAB. We had a really good feeling we would match there. Jake even wore his UAB anesthesia shirt to the Match Day ceremony under his button-down shirt. It feels good to finally know though!

What’s Next?

We have no clue when we’re moving, but we feel very blessed. It is very bittersweet to leave Oklahoma City. I’ve made some incredible blogger friends that I’ll miss terribly, and I love all of my OKC friends, coworkers and neighbors. We are making a list of must-visit places before we leave. We’re calling it the Tour de OKC.

I’ve already joined a doctor wife group in Birmingham and have had so many lovely ladies reach out to me. I feel so welcomed and I’m looking forward to this new chapter! I know God’s plan is for us to be in Birmingham and I’m feeling so blessed.

Thank y’all for the continued support. Y’all have been so sweet and encouraging through out this process.



  1. Rachel
    March 17, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    I’m so happy for y’all!!!

    • abyersguide
      March 17, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Thank you so much. It is crazy that we finally know.

  2. March 17, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    Great news, congrats!!!!

    • abyersguide
      March 17, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Kellie ❤️

  3. March 17, 2018 / 4:22 pm

    Was hoping you’d say somewhere in North Carolina! 🙁 Non-the-less, super excited to see what the journey holds for you and your family!!

    • abyersguide
      March 17, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Aw that would’ve been amazing too. Ahh thank you. We’re so happy.

  4. Aliya
    March 17, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    So happy for you both!!! It’ll be an amazing new journey

    • abyersguide
      March 17, 2018 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes we cannot wait. It will be amazing.

  5. March 18, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Welcome to the South!! We’re so excited you and Jake will be only 2 or 2.5 hrs from Atlanta! Mary Caroline, Neal and Paul Henry have a lot of nice friends from Birmingham who were at Auburn with them. It’s a great town and I think y’all will love it!! We’re so proud of both of you! Congrats!!

    • abyersguide
      March 18, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much, Martha. We are soooo excited. Yes we will have to come see y’all in Atlanta. We cannot wait.

    • abyersguide
      March 19, 2018 / 5:57 am

      Thank y’all so much

  6. thefashionableaccountant
    March 19, 2018 / 7:56 am

    Congrats babe!! I’m glad you guys matched somewhere you will be happy!!! xoxo

    • abyersguide
      March 19, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Thank you so much. We are very excited

  7. kaitlindcuevas
    March 19, 2018 / 9:19 am

    So, soooo exciting!!!!! What a fun adventure 🙂 Congrats!

    • abyersguide
      March 19, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Aw thanks lady. We are sooooo excited

  8. Lindsey Puls
    March 19, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Ahhh congratulations you two! That’s so exciting to read you matched at your #1 program! Can’t wait to see your adventures in Birmingham!

    • abyersguide
      March 19, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Aw thanks girl. We are so excited. Birmingham is within a few hours for several other fun cities too so we will have a blast.

  9. March 19, 2018 / 10:30 am

    I’m so excited for you two and can’t wait to see your journey unfold. You will make the most perfect southern belle 🙂

    • abyersguide
      March 19, 2018 / 10:47 am

      Aww you’re so sweet. I’m going to miss you and OKC so bad. We have to meet up before I move.

      P.S. I’ll be hours from Atlanta, Nashville and parts of Florida so come visit.

  10. March 19, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Congrats again! Also, how did you find this Doctor’s Wife group in Birmingham??? I have been looking for something like that for two years lmao.

    • abyersguide
      March 20, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Hey Kait! A Birmingham wife told me about it. I can add you ❤️lol I just found an okc one too.

      • March 20, 2018 / 9:06 am

        Is it a FB group or what? If it is, I don’t have a FB so I can’t be added but if it isn’t, please do add me! 🙂

  11. March 20, 2018 / 10:03 am

    Hi Courtney, I’m only getting to this now but congratulations on matching in Birmingham Alabama! I know you will miss OKC but you will be off on a new adventure. I think it will be great being part of the doctor’s wives group, they will make you feel at ease as you settle into your new city. Have a great day hugs, Terri xo.

    • abyersguide
      March 22, 2018 / 7:14 am

      Ahhh thanks so much Terri. It feels amazing to finally know. Yes it will be really hard but it will be worth it. I’m so thankful for the ladies who have been so kind so far. ❤️❤️❤️

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