Friday, November 9, 2007

Narrowing it down...

St. Louis, USHUS, Drexel, Milwaukee, and Ohio State have all accepted Brent and we've narrowed it down to Ohio, unless other options come along. We feel really good about it. They'll even give us in-state tuition if I'm teaching! Yay! Other than that, we just can't wait for the holidays!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Brent's first acceptance!!!

Yay...St. Louis is the official first med. school to accept Brent! We were so excited to get that first letter. No doubt, others will come, but it takes away a bit of the worry just to know that we have at least one option after all this waiting. I look forward to this whole experience with enthusiasm, but also with a bit of worry. I keep hearing so many negative med. school stories, and the sacrifices are obvious, but I know that we can make it together. I believe that most people have no idea what their doctors had to go through to start making six figures. They work so had and so long and give up so much. It's a difficult journey ahead, but we'll enjoy it together!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Recent Events/Remembering 9/11

Well, we're figuring out this whole blog thing and figured it'd be a good time to do it, as there is much about which to keep you all informed.
Brent has started his senior year at BYU and is now interviewing for medical schools all over the country. Last week he interviewed at the U. of Virginia in Charlottesville and absolutely loved it. Yesterday he interviewed in St. Louis and...well, he still loves Virginia! He looks forward to interviewing later this month in Bethesda, Pittsburg, Phoenix and Tucson.
I'm about a month into my first real teaching job at Diamond Fork Jr. High School. I teach six periods of Spanish a day to really wonderful kids. The other teachers are great, the administration is great, and I don't have much of a commute. We've really been blessed. I'm exhausted by the end of each day, and the paperwork is never-ending, but every day's a fiesta!
Today I dedicated some time in class to discussing 9/11 with kids that we're in 2-3 grade when it happened. It was interesting to see how little it meant to them. On this day I've pondered the heroism of those who demonstrated the true American spirit by stepping into the flames to rescue the thousands of innocent civilians that had been victimized that day. We were wounded as a nation, but in commemoration of that day we should remember the strength born out of tragedy and strive to maintain it. That experience was made so real to me when, at BYU-Idaho in the fall of 2002, I performed in the world premiere of "Hole In The Sky," a play written about that day and the experiences of those trapped high in the towers. It put a face on the tragedy for those of us far from the reaches of New York City, and was an experience we shall never forget. I was in Kunming, China playing my guitar on 9/11/01 when the first plane hit. Where were you that day?