Monday, February 11, 2013

The beginning of a new normal

For years now I've read from blogs of friends... Julia over at black tag diaries, Amy at That Winsome Girl, and various others from time to time... church leaders, traveling friends... I guess I decided its time for me to join in.

You see, I'm in the calm before the storm right now.  My husband, being a 4th year medical student, is a month away from finding out where a computer will decide we should spend the next 5 years of our lives while he is trained to be a surgeon... more on that later.  That day will hopefully set in motion many other new experiences for us: buying a house, moving more than 2 hours away from our previous location, and moving away from KY for the first time in either of our lives.

So why not?  Why not get in the habit now of semi-regularly writing a post about what is going on in our lives?  I plan to use this as a bit of a scrapbook... document photo sessions, craft projects, home improvement plans, dreams, thoughts, ADVENTURES.  Because that is what this next chapter of our life together is going to be.  A huge adventure.  I might as well look at it that way... otherwise I might just get swallowed up by the overwhelming dread of the unknown that is usually my passenger.  But what is the fun in that?

In the summer of 2009, I attended my husband's officer training graduation at Maxwell Air Force Base.  While there, I received some of the best advice of my life.  It holds true for not only military families, but medical families as well.  Especially for someone of my background.  An officer's wife shared with the rest of the spouses:

The best way to survive this is to change your sense of normal.

The normal I grew up with will never be the normal of my life as the wife of a surgeon or a military officer.  But if I can accept this new definition of "normal", and accept that the definition will never stop changing, I can do this, and have some fun along the way.

Any advice out there for the future of this blog?

Verse of the day: "Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3


  1. yay! welcome to the blogosphere! great first post and i think your title is so fitting, especially as you guys prepare to leave your homegrown roots:) love you!

  2. Beautifully said, Hillary. I admire your bravery and sense of adventure! I hope you find joy and excitement as the changes and new experiences roll in. I look forward to following along on your journey.

  3. Wonderful, Hillary! I love it! I'm looking forward to keeping up with your adventures and I'm excited to see where God will be taking you in the coming years. There are big things ahead and you're going to have a blast with them! Love you!

  4. Normality is all relative anyway. This is kind of amusing that this is the topic of your post. Conversations these days with my mom usually seem to lead to her asking me when I'm going to come back and be a "normal" person. I love that everyone has a different definition of normal and that that plasticity makes everyone who they are. We'd all be pretty boring if we all had the same definition of normality! That said, I think it'll be fun (and good for you) to explore somewhere else outside of Kentucky. Can't wait to follow along. xoxo ~Sarah


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