The Dog Days of Summer

*pant pant pant*

Greetings from East Lansing!

So we are in some of the hottest days of the year.  While the hottest days seem to be behind us (thanks to the rain and thunderstorms that pass every couple of days), the temperature still reaches the upper 80’s/low 90s.  Unlike the South (granted you all definitely deal with much higher temps than we do), the people are still out and about, braving the heat.  I assume it’s due to the fact that the colder weather tends to dominate the year, so people want to get as much warmth and sunshine into their systems before the frigidity takes over.

Now that August is here, InChul has started a whole new rotation: Firm (a.k.a. In-Patient).  What makes this month interesting is the fact that he has to get to the hospital an hour earlier than before (meaning 6:00am) and has clinic on Mondays in the afternoon.  So until we get our second car back, I’m waking up at 5:30am and then picking him up at the hospital at 1:30pm on Mondays to take him to the MSU campus.  Then, I hang out in the area until I get a call/text from him that he’s finished, pick him up, and drive home.  The arrangement has its complications, but it’s only until the 19th, when MyungChul brings the Civic back to us.

It seems InChul’s really doing well in residency.  On his first day of clinic, he was already receiving compliments from the nursing staff – apparently one of the patients he saw really liked him.  It’s not surprising.  After all, InChul is amicable to all people, patient, kind, and generally a jovial guy.  He is able to keep his frustrations under wraps, and is careful to measure his words and demeanor in front of his patients.  His personality fits the profession so well, it’s almost scary.  But I’m glad there are people like him in the profession to care for even the most difficult patients.  I can only hope that people won’t try to take advantage of his kindness TOO much.

Hudson is also doing well.  His appetite is not what it used to be (have to entice him to eat by putting doggie beef or chicken jerky shreds into his food…THANK YOU, MILO’S KITCHEN HOMESTYLE DOG TREATS!!), but at least he’s starting to calm down and his “puppiness” is giving way to “adult doghood”.  We’re glad…especially since it means he doesn’t chew up furniture, window sills, carpet, or other items laying around anymore.  Hudson’s also doing MUCH BETTER with walking on a leash!!  For those of you who tried this in Atlanta, you KNOW how much of a pain this was!!  Now that we have a larger area to walk around, with multiple long routes to try out, we’re taking nice long walks as a family almost every evening (also been beneficial to me…been losing some poundage myself).  We’re also glad to finally have found him a new doggy daycare center – Annabelle’s Pet Station!!  It’s not Camp Bow Wow (Hudson really misses his friends there), but he’s making great new friends at Annabelle’s – both  of the canine and human sort. 

So what am I doing?  I’m still unemployed and looking for work.  It’s been a tumultuous month of sending applications, cover letters, and resumes, waiting for interviews, going to an interview, not getting the job, and then starting the process all over again.  This is the first time EVER that I did NOT get the job I interviewed for.  For the first time, I’m going through the employment process without connections.  So it’s been a long and frustrating process.

Considering, it surprises me that I’m not more panicked than I am.   Granted the paychecks through the end of August from my previous job helps, but there seems to be more to the peace that I feel.  Being alone for most of the day has given me the chance to really meditate and reflect on where I am in life, who I am, and from whom I derive strength from.  God has definitely been good to me, despite the lack of a job.  It seems this solitude and break from the business of life is just what I need to finally rest my mind and soul and reconnect with Him.  My impatience does kick in (especially when these employers call, interview me, giving me an inkling of hope, only to later reject my application), but I continue to seek Him and know that He will provide in ways that is far beyond what I could ever imagine.

Yes, life is still good.  I do miss my friends, wishing they could visit.  But I’m thankful to know that I’m well taken care of and am headed for great things down the road.  And wherever life takes us, it will be to His glory, honor, and praise.

So until next time…remember…

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined 
according to the purpose of him who works all things according 
to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope 
in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
~ Ephesians 1:11-12 (ESV) ~
Yours truly,
Lydia   ❤

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