It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on life being married to a med student. I figured I better write one soon, because in a few more months, there will no longer be a med student in this marriage. That’s right – we are 3 months away from having a Dr. Beachy in the house! After four years of year-round studying, rotations, changing schedules, and tests, I am so excited for Nathan to be in the final stretch and for him to see all of his hard work pay off!

Compared to the first three years, fourth year has been a breath of fresh air. Rotations (so far) are more flexible, and he’s even had a couple vacation months in the mix. Nathan has been taking on some more housework and errands/cooking during his extra time at home, which has given me more margin during busy phases with my job. I feel spoiled! He has always been SUPER helpful around the house and with cooking even when he was working a ton, but now if we run out of something in the middle of the week, he’s (often) been able to run to the store and get it as opposed to before where we were both working nonstop so we’d just have to make do until the weekend. So, it’s a far cry from the first three years and a welcomed change 🙂

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Time for date nights and good drinks during fourth year!

The vacation months were necessary for him to travel for residency interviews. From October through January, he was traveling mostly around the southeast to look at different programs. After putting a lot of thought into it (seriously, you should see the spreadsheet…), Nathan ended up interviewing at 11 programs. We went back to visit the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville together over the holidays which was fun! We loved getting some sun in December. And then we also went to the Houston one together right after New Year’s, so I got in some good nephew and sister bonding time while he was busy at Baylor. Other than that, he has been traveling alone.

His last interview was mid-January, and now the next step is submitting his rank list on February 22 (eek – this month!). It all leads up to the big MATCH DAY on March 17th. I can’t believe it is so close!

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Loving the sun in JAX!

In the meantime, we are praying a lot and talking a lot about where to rank programs. This is the first major life decision we’ve made together (aside from the decision to get married, of course!) so it’s been good for us to work through it. We’ve known this was coming ever since he started med school, so it’s a little surreal to finally be making this choice and sorting everything out. I remember when we got married that I was really excited about the fact that we’d have an adventure together in a few years with residency starting a whole new phase of our lives. And now, in the blink of an eye*, our big adventure is coming right up!

*not really the blink of an eye; Nathan would argue it’s been a long time coming

March 17th is not only Match Day, but also St. Patrick’s Day, a few days after Nathan’s 26th birthday, and the first round of March Madness, so we are really looking forward to celebrating everything with friends and family. We have plans for a gathering at his parents’ house after the Match Day ceremony and it should be a lot of fun. Good food, beer, basketball, and celebration are on the menu – can’t go wrong! 🙂

Right now, we’re asking for prayers for discernment in making our rank list. I am honestly relieved that we do not get to make the final decision and that it is a matching process, which is new for me – originally (a few years ago) the idea that we wouldn’t have total control over this stressed me out like crazy, but this year it has been such a relief. I take comfort in the fact that it leaves room for God to work and put us where He ultimately needs us to be.

So, life married to a med student is wonderful right now, and life married to a doctor is just around the corner. 🙂 Stay tuned to find out where we’re headed next!

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