I figured a “coffee talk” post would be the easiest way to provide some quick updates into what has been new around these parts. I would love nothing more than to sit down with many of you for a hot cup of coffee and chat about our lives so a virtual sit down will have to suffice!
If we were having coffee I would tell you about a HUGE change about to happen to our family.
Chris has decided to separate from Active Duty Army life and transition into the Reserves and civilian sector. This is probably the biggest change in our lives! Our entire marriage has been a military life with multiple moves, a deployment, and tons of travel for his job. While he isn’t hanging up his boots for good I have to say I am excited for this next adventure. So what does this mean? We are moving HOME! We will be heading back to Phoenix, AZ in October! I can’t wait to be in the desert again and to be surrounded by our family and so many friends.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am quickly approaching my year anniversary of my first PA job.
I have been so very blessed with this position and it is going to be really hard to leave it when we move. I have been practicing in a rural family medicine clinic full-time and then in our after hours urgent care clinic as a sole provider once a week. I have amazing doctors I work with and I have learned SO much in this last year. I see between 20-24 patients a day with a wide variety of concerns. My youngest patients are babies and I believe my oldest patient to date has been 96. I have to say every day is something new and I rarely get bored.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that we recently lost our beloved Bailey.
Not everything has been rainbows and butterflies over here. On Valentine’s Day we had to say good bye to our sweet girl. Bailey’s health declined rapidly over a 48 hour span and we came to realize that she had a genetic neurologic disorder called degenerative myelopathy which is fairly common in shepherds. Upon learning more about it and realizing she would have no semblance of quality of life we made the very difficult decision to put her to sleep. She was the best dog our family could have ever hoped for and we miss her terribly.
To lighten things up I would tell you that I have been making significant strides in my fitness goals.
According to my husband I have gone “full CrossFit” which probably isn’t a surprise to long-time readers. We have an amazing box here in Missouri with literally the best coaching I have ever had. I have put up so many PRs in the last month and can tell my strength and endurance has changed. I’ve been keeping up with my own mobility training with yoga and FINALLY mastered 8 angle pose after years of failures. Overall I am feeling amazing and absolutely love my gym family.
If we were having coffee I would tell you how big Emmalyne is getting.
She is going to be 6 this year and is becoming such a big girl. She has the kindest heart I know and loves animals, art, and her family. She is currently playing soccer which has taken me to “soccer parent” status. She is sensitive to feelings and tends to feel things quite deeply. She is also really funny and loves to laugh. Art is by far her favorite pastime and I love her little masterpieces.
If we were having coffee I would tell you about my wild child Bryn.
Bryn is pure mischief if you didn’t catch on with her above smirk. She pushes boundaries and tests every limit. She lives life LOUD but is endearing and kind. She knows she is cute and sometimes uses it to her advantage. LOL. She has a heart of adventure and will be my free spirit I believe. I also anticipate her giving me a few grey hairs in the coming years.
That’s a brief run down of how things about been in our neck of the woods! I would love to hear about some of your life updates in the comments below.