Medical Residency Match – Where Life is Taking Us Next

I posted Monday night on my Facebook about some exciting news.


As soon as I posted this I immediately said to my husband “I shouldn’t have done that now everyone is going to think I’m pregnant.” Nope, not pregnant, BUT I do have some really exciting news to share!


Sometime at the end of July 2010 this journey through medical school began for us.

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This picture was taken in the first several months we were up here.

Wes moved up and I followed a month later after finally securing a job.  It was the craziest and scariest thing I had done. I’d never been away from family and I never in a million years would have thought I would up and leave everything I knew and move 10 hours away.  Love makes us do some crazy things, and I never regret one minute of it.

This journey has been a roller coaster. Some times it seemed manageable and then other times it seemed like everything in this world was against us.

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In the past 4 years we have:

-started a new career
-got married 
-moved in together
-dealt with 3-4 injuries between the two of us. Two being major injuries.
-learned how to live in the snow
-ran my first (and second) marathon and Wes set a new PR 
-adopted our puppy Zoe
-started blogging
-lost my job
-got 2 (possibly 3) part time jobs – another interview today! 

And so much more! The last 4 years have been a crazy journey and I am glad that the next step in our journey has been decided.

This whole match process has followed right along in the same form.  I know I haven’t gone too into depth because of professional reasons but I thought I would share some exciting news with you all today.

As of yesterday afternoon Wes has matched into a residency and we know where we will be moving in June. We thought we would be waiting until March, but plans change and we couldn’t be happier!


Wes has chosen a residency in Danville, Virginia!

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It’s not North Carolina BUT it is VERY close and it is about 30-45 minutes from my family just over 1 hour from Wes’ family.  I couldn’t be happier for him and our future!  

This crazy journey finally has an end in sight and for once we can breathe a sigh of relief. I can’t believe the decision has been made. I don’t even know what to do with myself. Oh, yes I do time to start planning!

1. Need to find a job

2. Need to find a place to live

We have already decided to live outside of Danville simply because it allows me more job opportunities.  My parents live about 30 minutes away from Danville, and there are substantially more job opportunities where they are. We figured if we split the difference and live somewhere in between this will be more helpful in my job search.

I am hoping that it will all come in time. Right now I am enjoying this time and news with the man who has endured so much to get to where he is! We are both ready for a new beginning and a new start.


Even though all those thoughts and fears are still there and the unknown is making my mind go in 800 different directions, I am so ready for a new chapter and a new start for us.  Life is a crazy journey and I know I am so thankful that I get to go through this crazy journey with my best friend.

I am beyond ready to leave the freezing temperatures, constant snow, lack of variety, and unemployment behind and am ready for new adventures and new memories.


Monday I ended up taking another unplanned rest day.  The intention was to get through the match and such and then we would head to the gym later in the day. I didn’t have to work yesterday so I just caught up on a bunch of working in the morning.

After the match was over we waited around for a contract to come so that Wes could get everything finalized. I guess with the business of the day and all that was going on it took us several hours to finally get the contract via email. We don’t have a printer so we had to go and get it printed, scanned and returned.  By the time it was all over we just weren’t feeling the gym so took a night off to relax and “celebrate.”  

We have our real celebration dinner planned for this weekend, but I wanted to do a little something for him last night.  We are going to do a joint Valentine’s Day/Match Day celebration probably Saturday after I get off work. I am already looking forward to it!



Have you ever made a big move?

Any tips for moving that you want to share? It’s been almost 4 years since we’ve done this.


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  1. I’m unplugging on vacation, but when I saw the link from your comment on my blog I absolutely couldn’t resist! I am just SO happy to read this, Sara. You and Wes deserve to be as happy as possible, and being so close to both of your families sounds wonderful! Congratulations to both of you!

  2. Wow, very exciting! That’s great that you’ll be so close to your families!

  3. Congrats! I have a friend from law school who is working in Danville, from Martinsville, so I’m not sure where she is living. Happy to hook you guys up if you need someone in the area! Beautiful country up there! :-)

  4. WooHoo! Super-congrats – and I am glad that you get to move close to your family! I know that is a good thing for you (I like a bit more distance, everyone is different). So excited to watch you guys go through this transition!

    For us the big one was the move to Corning – selling a house, buying a house in a new area where we knew no one and nothing, transitioning the kids into schools, starting a job as the economy tanked and Lisa found work. Definitely challenging – probably the best thing was that relocation services were all taken care of by the company, so they loaded up a truck and unloaded at our house.

    Again, great news – definitely enjoy the celebration this weekend! And I think it is important to let go of the ‘unplanned rest’ … it happens, and sets your priorities.

    • I am actually kind of excited about the location. It is near family but they are not right in our back door so we still have a little privacy but can go visit them any day or any time we want. I think the hardest part was missing the special occasions and not being there for those.

      Yes, Monday was a good day for an unplanned rest day and helped us enjoy it a little more!

  5. Congrats! That is huge! We have not done a big move yet, but I’m super excited for that day. My advice though, if you have the money? HIRE. MOVERS. I think we almost preemtively divorced like 9 times during our last move because we were just so short and snappy with each other!

    • haha love this! Yes, when we moved here we didn’t hire anyone – I don’t care if I have to work extra hours for the money WE WILL hire movers! This is a must. I can only take so much when we have to transport 3 animals already :)

  6. Yay! Congrats! That’s so exciting. My husband and I moved 2 hours from where we were living 2 years ago, so not that far away, but it still felt like a big move for us. I think it’s fun to enjoy the adventure and so fun to set up a new home together!

  7. Congratulations!! I am so happy that you & Wes are excited about your next step! And I can’t help but be be SO GLAD you’re getting out of all that snow! You made it :)

  8. Congratulations to the two of you! This is so exciting! I’m so happy that you get to be closer to your family again!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

  9. Congratulations!!! That’s so exciting, I wish the best for you both!

  10. I had to move a lot during schooling, the last time I did it, it was just like clock work! My only real tip is don’t start too early with packing up but then again don’t start too late.

  11. That is so exciting that you are moving closer to your family! I live just about as far away from my family as possible while both still being in the United States :( hopefully within the next few years my hubby and I will be making the BIG move to the east coast to be close to them again! I miss them way too much!

  12. congrats!! oh how i can relate to that story. Moving everywhere and taking chances. so glad you will be buy your family!

  13. Congrats to the both of you!! This is really exciting!

  14. Congrats on your new life step! Good luck in residency! I have several good friends who are doctors and they really enjoyed residency. My tip for moving: number your boxes and keep a list of what’s in which box; it will make unpacking a lot easier!

  15. Very exciting! From experience, packing to make a big move is a great time to purge things you don’t use or need anymore.

  16. That’s so exciting! I made a big move earlier this year after college in the USA, I moved to Spain and now live here. It was crazy how much stuff (materialist things) I thought I would miss, but you leave and forget about all of it!

  17. Congratulations to both of you! What branch of medicine is Wes going into? I think I’ve seen that they have internal medicine residencies at the Danville Medical Center? (I live about 80 miles south of there in a Raleigh suburb). Oh, and be glad you don’t live in NC right now! I just spent 5 1/2 hours driving home from work at WakeMed in Raleigh, which is only 23 miles from me…

    • Awww we both went to college in Raleigh and we miss it so much!

      He is doing Family Medicine with hopes of them doing a fellowship in Sports Medicine. That is the plan right now at least :)

      I have heard the horror stories from my family down there. Be safe!

  18. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve moved. I’ve lived in 15 different states, from Alaska to Hawaii. I don’t know if it really gets easier, you just learn to tolerate it. I’ve only used movers a couple of times, and that definitely helps. Good luck!

  19. Congrats on the big decision ! I love reading about your journey!!!

  20. Wow! So exciting for you guys…congrats! I’m sure you will love being back near family and after a winter like this away from the snow! Although we have not had to make any big moves, my boyfriend is in law school which really turned our world upside down. The last three years have been quite a journey and we just adopted a baby kitten. Best of luck to you guys in the future and with your big move!

    • Awww we have two cats! Enjoy your sweet kitten :)

      Good luck to your boyfriend and finishing out law school and to you as well! My brother went to law school and I know how challenging it can be! :)

  21. This is awesome!!! How nice to get it finalized early and to know you get to be close to your family after all that time away!

  22. Just started reading your blog and loving it. Congratulations on the great news for you both. I moved from England to a small town just outside of Canada, thats 9 hours on a plane. Just remember, you’re both working towards an amazing end goal, it will be stressful but worth it in the end. Make lists and then make some more. Enjoy your crazy adventure together.

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