pt student wife life

hello, I came across this blog post written by Emily Gemma from The Sweetest Thing called  The Sweetest Thing: 8 Tips For Surviving Residency. while I was reading this I felt like it applied so well to my life. y’all this girl gets me!  even though Andrew is a physical therapy student and not a medical resident, I found myself relating to Emily on multiple points. I could definitely talk about all of them but I will just touch on four that stuck out.

1.  flexibility: Andrew’s coursework is MUCH more rigorous than it was in undergrad. we often get to spend time together from 5pm-7pm  and then he is off to study until bedtime. he has gotten really good about warning me when a week is going to be super busy and encouraging me to make plans with friends. vise versa when his coursework is going to be light, i free up my schedule to spend as much time with him as possible.

2. independence: if you know me well you know that i do not like to be alone. im not very good at entertaining myself and get lonely quick. because i knew that about myself, i knew i needed something to keep me busy. that is how those pretty pieces came to be. it gave me an outlet for my creativity and gave me a hobby to do while Andrew was busy studying. I also joined the worship team at my church which practices Thursday nights! on Monday, Andrew starts his first clinical. it is in our town which is so great that he doesn’t have to leave. however, next summer his clinical is out of town and we will be apart for 8 weeks. I don’t enjoy being a part from him for a weekend let alone 8 weeks so I know that will be a challenge.

3. comparison is the thief of joy: this one hit me. we see friends around us buying homes, starting their families, and not driving beat up cars from the 90’s. it is tough to see them in a stage of life we would so love to be in. Andrew and I often call this time of life the “sacrifice stage.” we have to sacrifice time together so he can study, a home for apartment living, stay at home mom for 40 hour/week job. my absolute dream job is to be a stay at home mom and I am super excited to be able to do that when Andrew is done with school. right now though, we just have to be content in the stage we are in and enjoy it as much as possible. we will never get this time back so we try very hard not to compare our lives to others. everyone’s situation is SO different and you just have to do what is best for your family.

4. be a cheerleader: Emily said “I consider it my job to cheer him on & remind him that he’s making a huge difference in people’s lives.Andrew is big on words of affirmation {if you haven’t read the 5 love languages I totally recommend it!} and I strive to find ways to encourage him with my words. there are times when he is just so sick of studying and not being able to go to events he would like to be at. that’s when I go into his office and tell him what a hard worker he is and how he is going to be such an amazing physical therapist. I am so proud of him and want to be his biggest cheerleader!

not only am I sharing this because I feel like she hit it spot on, I am also writing this to give friends and family a glimpse into our life. sometimes this stage is really hard but I am so thankful God has Andrew and I here and know the sacrifice will be worth it in the end.



*if you haven’t checked out Emily’s blog click on the link above. she has such great style and their dog fitz is adorable!*


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