Thursday, March 19, 2009


I feel like I want to keep my match a secret. Not because it went badly, or we are disappointed. But because I would rather be able to tell all of you in person, and watch your face change when you hear the news. I like giving news in person.

Yep, Match Day is that exciting

But Match Day is over.

My hands were shaking pretty hard when I was opening my envelope. Imagine, holding an envelope that contains information about your future. That doesn't happen very often.

Opening our envelope

It's good news!!

One happy family
(well, minus a Roman who is hiding under the table)

I guess there's no way to keep this news for getting out.

Can you guess where we are going?

Placing my pin in the school map

Roman pointing to our new home

Yep, that's right. Iowa. My first choice. Wow. It feels really good to say that I got my first choice. Like all the block exams and board study and suffering through terrible surgery rotations paid off. I got as much say where I go as any one could have.

So we are headed to the Midwest. Wow, that's strange. I've been saying for over four years that if we were going to leave Utah, it was going to be for somewhere warm. Where it didn't snow for 6-9 months out of the year. And I tried. But the "warm programs" just didn't fit our family as well. Iowa. Well, it felt right. The program is phenomenal. The housing market is very affordable. The schools are fantastic. There is a great dental school for Keith. And it is safe. I know that I will have to live through infamous Midwestern winters, but it seems like a small price to pay for all the benefits.

And like one resident I talked to in Iowa said, "It pretty much never gets any colder than, say, negative 30." Yeah, he said it like it was a good thing.

It was great to have my boys with me. Because, this isn't just me.

Happy Match Day
(And now you can see where Roman was
during the picture taking.
We at least got him IN this one)

This is for all of us.


Lori Watson said...

Congratulations on getting your first choice! I wish your family all the best in Iowa. What an adventure!!

Anonymous said...

FIrst Choice, I'm so happy for you. The best Birthday Present a hardworking awesome mother and wife you are. So yeah, a big congratulations. And treat yourself to a little something. You deserve it after all your hard work! Em

Bonnie said...

The miles will ache, but my head and heart are so happy, contented that you are where you should be. When children take flight at ten thousand feet, anything can happen. Lose and edge, stall, take a down draft. Knowing that your eagle has truly flown, and flown well. That's the way it should be!

Salem said...

I am going to have to visit you- not just a little either!

Way to go Katherine!

Tonya said...

Congrats on getting your first choice. Now that you are going to be even farther away it makes it even harder that I havn't kept in touch very well.
Wishing you and your family all the best in Iowa.