I just realized that I never posted anything official about our news last month. Peter interviewed for the UW Medex PA school on December 1st, and three days later we received the most wonderful phone call – he got in! I’m so proud of him; the competition was pretty intense, something like 400 applicants for 24 seats.
We’ve been working so hard toward this goal for the last three years. We moved, changing states and downsizing to a tiny 750 sq feet. Peter worked full time nights at the hospital while completing paramedic school, prereq classes and an intense internship. I shot my heart out while trying to balance work, homeschooling Jo and prioritizing Henry’s special needs, therapies, etc. I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough going back to the college student life with a family! (And when you’re as OLD as we are to boot! Haha) But we did it, and the best thing is that we did it together. Whatever else we are - and God knows we aren’t perfect! – Peter and I are a team. We’ve always been a team… completely equal partners, pitching in however we can to help each other out, fully expecting to take turns supporting each other as we pursue dreams, being the biggest cheerleaders, encouraging, speaking honestly, and not hesitating to give each other a swift kick in the butt from time to time if needed. =)
I smiled the other day when I overheard him on the phone with UW admissions. He was using the plural pronoun “we” instead of “I” when referring to himself. The lady probably thought he was crazy, channeling Gollum or something – but I knew. I knew that it didn’t even cross his mind to say I… because I isn’t how we got to this point in our lives. Beyond a doubt, we’re a “WE” … for better or for worse. I feel pretty darn lucky to get to go through life as a we.
Anyway, I just wanted to share our happy news because I know that a lot of you have been pulling for us. This does mean that we’ll be moving to Seattle in July, so I’ve only taken a handful of weddings for next summer. I’m looking forward to a great new adventure and I’m really excited about this next chapter – but I’ll miss all of you wonderful wedding people that I’ve gotten to know over the last few years! Spokane is a special place, and we’re hoping to be back in a couple of years after Peter is done.
(I snapped this pic in the hotel in Yakima on the morning before his interview. I’m so glad I did – I’ll always treasure it.)