It’s been a year

One year ago Christine and I moved back to the United States.

I haven’t really posted anything about it, and it’s difficult to even know what to say.

Over the past 12 months, we have:

All of this is to say that the past year has just been a crazy time of transition.

After finishing the first two years of medical school – which consists mostly of classroom education – Christine is now in her third year, which is spent in hospitals doing real Doctory stuff. Christine wrote a good summary explaining exactly how it is all structured.

It has been nice settling back into the States.

It has been more than a year since the water went out while I was in the middle of a shower.

It has been more than a year since the power went out.

In Sint Maarten, Christine and I would walk – nearly every afternoon – to a beach that looked like it came straight from a postcard.

While in the midwest, we got to spend some quality time with family and old friends. Christine’s dad got married to an amazing woman.

Also, it was very cold.

In Florida, Christine and I loved visiting the Everglades on the weekend. I kid you not, I once almost stepped on the head of an aligator when I was not looking where I was going. I also got to witness a rocket launch.

Now, in Bakersfield, CA, we are only a couple hours away from some nice beaches (though not like ol’ Mullet Bay). We have already made some good friends.

Christine has been crazy busy! Today, she is on Day 19 without a day off, working 13 hours a day.

I think we both miss Sint Maarten. I know we both miss the friends that we made there. It is also hard being so far away from our family in Iowa.

Life is certainly exciting, though.

I think California suits us. We don’t know how long we’ll be here: could be a year, could be many years.