Dec 17, 2008

Military Match Day!!

If you asked Gavin whether 20 years ago he would ever wear a uniform like this, ever, he probably would have laughed. Now we've been active duty military for over 3 years...we've seen the wonderful and not so wonderful aspects...and certainly have gained an overwhelming appreciation for military personnel who make this country what it is today. I look at our friends who are paying ultimate sacrifices of time and life to serve our free country.
So today was the day the decisions from the Navy came out. We feel VERY fortunate that Gavin was offered a position (1 0f only 3) at the Naval Hospital San Diego in their Ophthalmology Residency. We were all pleasantly surprised this morning...no one more so than Gav who dreams of being "home" and surfing his home breaks...but we certainly have not made any final decisions. It is yet another blessing of opportunity that we can pray about. We have so many life changes going on right now....but all of them are long-awaited blessings...remember those rewards after the trial of our faith...these are those fruits=))

14 comments:

Ericka Johnson said...

Exciting news! I'm glad that the trial part is over and the blessings can come! you guys are great.

Cheryl said...

Shawna how awesome! I am certainly happy for you; I am praying with you.

Mother

Jen I said...

Oh that would be so nice! But how does it work with you guys? Is his other option to see if he gets non-naval offers and maybe go with those? Is there an advantage to one over the other? If he goes somewhere else are you guys done with the navy? That is really FANTASTIC though. PHEW! At least it's a match!!!

Jim and Debbie said...

One of three? What are the other two? Is one of them Galveston???!

Adam and Jess said...

1/3 positions? What a compliment and blessing. So wherever he gets accepted, is that where you plan on settling for a while? Good luck with everything

Gavin and Shawna said...

This whole medical process is such a rhyme...it makes my head spin too!
Jen-if we choose military we tack on 3 extra years of payback but get to start ophtho residency next summer in SD. There are so many pros and cons each way I am drowning in them all. But yes, we are completely relieved that ophtho is going to work out.
Debs--i meant 1 out of 3 positions available at the Naval HOspital SD...there were 17 applicants and only 3 spots in SD...1 of which Gav was offered.
Jess- We will be wherever residency is for 3 years...and what happens after that...depends on what route we take. We ultimately would like to practice in SoCAl...thats the plan, at least.

sue said...

Yippie! I hope the decision making gets easier from here!

Nicole/ Family said...

Good luck making a decision!! That is great he got an offer! CONGRATULATIONS!

Tynel said...

Wow! Congratulations! I'll be excited to hear where you finally decide to go!

Jake & Rachel said...

uh oh...I'm sure this will make your decision tough! Good luck with your decision making! I hope you have good civilian matches too so you have lots to chose from.

Dave, Loralee, Emma, & Bree said...

k, wait, so he was offered a military position, but you would prefer non-military, right? so are you waiting for a non-military offer? just making sure I understand...:)
CONGRATS!!!!!!

Bonnie and Mark said...

That's great news...now the hard part...making the decision!! Gav does look handsome in that uniform, don't you think?:-) Merry Christmas to you guys, and keep us posted...exciting stuff!
Love ya...

RedefinedPossibilities said...

Glad to hear that you have offers to make a decision about. It will all work out. I am sure that "faith" thing has new meaning for you during this Christmas season. Relax and enjoy it. We love you, Uncle Von and Aunt Ann

Josh & April Krolak said...

Yeah!!! that is GREAT news!!! can't wait to hear your final plans!!