Friday, June 17, 2016

Stuck In the Middle

It has been extraordinary busy for all of us over at Miller Mayhem this summer.  Only half way through the month of June and Rook has turned 3, Jackson turned 5, Matt started his last year of residency, Mary Frances gets sassier by the day (who knew it was humanly possible), and I get antsier by the day (again, who knew it was humanly possible).   I have found myself stuck in the middle of wanting to hit the fast forward button and land in a time 24 months from now (I refer to our time left in training in months as it sounds better than 2 years) and wanting to hit the pause button to freeze the kids exactly as they are today.  It’s hard, the kids are at great ages and are so much fun, they even still think we are great and hug us in front of their friends, BUT we have been on this journey called medical training for 8 years now and it’s hard not to want the last 24 months to fly by.

In April I thought knowing where we would be for fellowship would put my mind as ease, but it hasn’t.  Well, it did for about a day and then I was on to the next thing.  But, like so much of this journey I don’t know what that next thing is.  I promise you I think God constantly laughs at me.  With every new text, call, email, and conversation Matt has with groups about practicing God just laughs.  He knows it’s driving me crazy.  I like plans, shocker, I know, so this uncertainty kills me all the while knowing we are blessed beyond belief and I shouldn’t worry.  Yet again, caught in the middle, I am extremely happy and wouldn’t change a thing and I remind Matt of that all the time, I just wish I could see into the future.

And then there is Matt.  Cool hand Luke who takes everything in stride and worries about nothing.  I guess I worry enough for the both of us and you don’t really want a jumpy surgeon.  I will look back at this post one day and laugh and point out all of the things God worked through for us, but today I am antsy and I’ll probably be antsy until the ink is dry on a contract.  And even then, I’ll probably still be antsy about something.  I actually look for things to worry about, it’s like my hobby. 

So for the next 24 months, Matt will continue to keep his head down and work hard, the kids will create mayhem wherever they go, and I’ll just be over here worrying about anything and everything I can conjure up in my mind. I hope everyone has a great weekend and gets a laugh from these pictures of Miller Mayhem at its finest!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mary Frances

I wrote this blog about 6 months ago, but never posted it.  It was about my trials and tribulations of potty training the most hard headed little girl to have ever walked the earth since I was little.  The good news is that Mary Frances is now potty trained and this all seems like ages ago.  And by pottied trained I mean during the day except if you exclude her peeing in my bed this weekend.  Ok, so maybe she is only 80% potty trained, but we'll call it a success for the purposes of this blog.

Mary Frances.  For most, the name itself evokes the mental picture of mint juleps, sorority houses, and debutante balls.  For me, the name conjured many of those thoughts before Mary Frances was born.  Mary Frances was my Great Grandmother's name and all of our children have family names and I love that, but Mary Frances had her name picked out for her 20 years ago.  I loved the name and wanted to give it to my daughter if I ever had one, but my original plan was 4 boys and no girls. Thank goodness God had other plans.  Without Mary Frances our family would not have been complete or as rich as it is.  Obvious quote - "I love all of my children equally, they all hold a special place in my heart and are all individuals."  All mothers would tell you this though, it's nothing new.

I say all of this to talk about by breakthrough at 7:34 this morning.  Mary Frances is 2 and a half and has moved into the 3 year old class at school.  Is she ready for this?  In some ways yes and in other ways no.  No matter what class or stage of life she is in, she will always walk to the beat of her own drum, be strong willed, and reply with "No!  Bean do it!"  Side note, she has the daintiest of girl names that I picked out 20 years ago, yet refers to herself as Bean.  Go figure.  Back to the story at hand though, she is 2 and a half in a 3 year old class.  One of the pre-recs was she be potty trained, but she is not, mainly because she does not want to be.  Back to the strong willed part.  She does ok while at school, but pitches a fit when I put her on the potty which is exactly what she did the 4 times I made her sit on the potty this morning and she NEVER went.  After a lot of debate, ok, yelling and frustration on both our parts, I realized it is just not worth it.  Mary Frances will potty train in her own time and I am not fighting her.  I got down on my knees, gave her a hug, and told her I loved her with all my heart.  It was in that moment of hugging her little squishy body and looking into her blue eyes that she and I agreed we would do it her way.  I have a feeling that we will be doing it her way a lot over the next 20 years, but don't tell her I said that. 

Post update:  Even though Mary Frances is potty trained, she still does not use the bathroom in the mornings before we leave for school.  She knew what she was doing even then, even if I didn't.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sometimes I Forget

I started this blog after Matt finished trauma last year and with his last trauma rotation coming up in 6 short months I thought it was a good blog to start back with.  It will help remind me of the important things in life when Matt is getting home at 9:00 PM.

Sometimes I get so caught up in life with all these full of personality people that I forget what is really going on.
I get frustrated by wrangling 3 kids alone and an exhausted husband and a messy house that I can't see past nap time.  When Matt is on trauma it is the worst 3 months of the year, except for your second year and it's the worst 6 months.  I stay positive most days, but there are others that I refuse to be positive.  I just don't feel like it.  I am tired, the house is a mess, the kids are crankier than me, and Matt hasn't seen them in 6 days.  I am over it.  Residency is horrible.

But it was after a simple Instagram post several months back where I hastagged my hate toward trauma that a friend thanked Matt for what he did and was thankful people like him were there when she needed them.   

Well, now I feel bad.  He's gone a lot and works really hard, but he is helping people, like, saving their lives in some cases and operating on them.  Oh my gosh, he is a surgeon.  And all this time all I could remember was that he was a husband and a father.  While we miss and need him, there are other people that currently need him more.
 Well crap.  Pitty party over.
I have said it before, but our situation pales in comparison to military families.  Matt does get to come home and sleep in our bed and he is not getting shot at.  It could be so much worse.
Residency is not a lot of fun, but thousands before us have survived and so will we.
It was just a good reminder God sent through a friend that adjusted the way I think about what is important in life and what is really going on.  Matt gets to do what he loves and help others in the process.  I get to do what I love, and even though you think you would die without your cell phone I am really not saving your life.  I do manage to keep the kids alive, so there is that.  

So everyone over here at Miller Mayhem will continue to work our tails off and keep everyone we can alive.  

“But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” 
Psalms 3:3 

Personal note - I know Sheshe, Nana, and Grandmaw will love these pictures of Matt in the operating room.  I think it is so cool to see him at work!