Coffee Talk // 1

…. is this thing on?  I sure hope it is!  In case you all forgot … I’m Madeline.  And I have severely neglected this space for far too long.  The beautiful thing about stepping back from blogging is realizing how much you LOVED blogging to begin with.  So I am back in this space and ready to share my life again with all of you.  Those of you who have stuck with me … thank you!  I can’t wait to hear how life has been treating you :)  Now join me for some coffee talk!



If we were having coffee I would tell you that Emmalyne turned FIVE.  How could this be?  I swear it was yesterday I was announcing her arrival right here in this space.  She is shaping up to be the most extraordinary little girl.  She is loving, kind, creative, fun, thoughtful, and an absolute ray of sunshine.  She is a little introverted which can be challenging for my extroverted self, however, she is the first to befriend someone on the playground.  She cares deeply about others’ feelings and loves animals.  Her birthday party was Shopkins themed and she was so happy.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I have been practicing medicine for 6 months as of this week.  More on my thoughts on this on Wednesday but again, how did this happen?  I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that I am a practicing Physician Assistant living my dream.  I am slowly gaining more confidence and have earned the trust of my collaborating physicians … I even get to help teach our medical student right now!


If we were having coffee I would tell you that we have been enjoying Missouri so far.  We really live in the middle of nowhere but it has its charm.  We have gotten our and explored the area and have some new adventures on the horizon.  The closest Target is an hour away but even that is ok.  Our weekends are spent full of family time and I don’t think I would have it any other way.


If we were having coffee I would tell you about our Halloween.  We had a family party the weekend before and went as the gang from Little Red Riding Hood.  Emmie insisted on being the Big Bad Wolf but promptly changed to Little Red for the big show.  Bryn was the sweetest, and the smallest of our bunch.  While trick-or-treating she would yell, “Come on guys!  Let’s go to the next house” and hurry along as fast as her little legs could go.  She does not have a shy bone in her body.


If we were having coffee I would tell you I am trying to work on myself.  I am being honest here – I have gained over 10lbs since starting work.  I am sure it’s a contribution of the stress, lack of time, and exhaustion but I have been making VERY poor choices and not fitting in workouts.  We have a big trip in the spring that will involve bikinis and I am determined to use that as my motivation to get back on track.  Regardless of the bikini … I NEED to feel better.  When I eat like crap I have a perpetual cycle of feeling like garbage.  It needs to end.  I need my energy back!


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am OBSESSED with this stage of life we are in.  Our family photos came back and I can’t believe how blessed and lucky I am to have these three as my people.






Your turn!  I need to catch up with all of you – so tell me, what would you tell me if we were having coffee?


Coffee Talk

Long time now chat friends … how are you doing?  I thought we could catch up over some coffee this morning.


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If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that I took a quick trip to Missouri last week.  Chris and I flew to Springfield on Wednesday and I had a job interview on Friday.  I interviewed for a position in Family Medicine with PRN Urgent Care on the side.  The interview went well and they are currently checking in with my references.  Hopefully a job offer is coming soon!  Keep your fingers crossed for me would you?  While in MO Chris and I also found a house to rent and placed a security deposit.  It’s brand new and absolutely perfect.  It checked all the boxes and we feel so fortunate to found a place to call home!  We also found the girls’ new school and saw friends.  Overall it was incredibly successful.


If we were having coffee I would also tell you that I am officially back in the Emergency Room.  I started my 8th and final rotation of PA school Monday with a 4PM-2AM shift in the ER.  I was immediately reminded why the ER is my happy place.  I got to help with a central line on our 2nd patient, drained a couple abscesses, admitted a handful of patients, and just feel incredibly fulfilled.  I can’t believe that I only have 4 weeks left of rotations.  Time has flown.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that we are potty training Bryn and it is going amazingly well.  After our adventures with Emmie we were nervous but B has been ready for MONTHS now.  My mother-in-law is here and having her has been a huge blessing.  Bryn has been going to school in panties and only has one accident a day.  My baby is growing up and I am not sure how my heart feels about it.


If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that I have been really consistent with getting my workouts in.  I had fallen off the wagon but have been back on now for a couple of weeks and feel better than ever.  It feels so good to get a good workout in and I am proud of myself for making it a priority.  My Jawbone though told me the other day I needed to take a nap since 2,000 of my steps came before the sun came up due to mid-shift and getting home at 3AM.  Ha.


If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that I have been pretty stressed out these last couple of weeks.  I have felt a lot of weight on my shoulders with everything that is currently on our plate.  Our trip to Missouri helped alleviate some of that burden but I still feel overwhelmed at times.  I am working hard to give it up to God and focus only on the things I have control over.  This is particularly challenging for someone who has anxiety and is pretty Type A.  Thank goodness for having such an incredible family who is very supportive!


I hope you have a fantastic Thursday!  I promise to try to keep in touch a bit more 😉


If we were having coffee what would YOU tell me?

Coffee Talk // 1

Oh hey there Monday.  Fancy seeing you already.  I have missed you guys and want to catch up.  What better way than by sharing a cup of coffee this morning?

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If we were having coffee right now I would tell you that I am running on fumes.  I work full-time in the clinic, study for boards and night, and wrangle my two crazy kiddos.  My brain is getting exhausted and I am ready for a break.  I would tell you that there are just never enough hours in the day to get it all done and that I am counting down to some time off.  3 weeks to go.


If we were having coffee I would tell you how amazing my sweet girls are.  Emmalyne still chews on her blanket when she goes to bed which is pretty funny.  What is funnier is that she prefers her blanket to be old and crusty and not fresh and clean.  In fact she sniffs it and doesn’t appreciate it when I put it through the wash.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that one of my closest friends from college spontaneously stopped by our house with his new wife last night on their way back to North Carolina.  It’s amazing how rekindling an old friendship fills your soul with joy.  We picked up right where we left off and I am thankful to have him back in my life.  He’s trying to swing me over to loving ortho so I can work for him one day when he finishes his fellowship.  He has a lot of work to do to get that to happen.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am pretty homesick.  It’s hard living across the country from your family and it’s even harder with the holidays approaching.  I long for the day that our family can be back together and I can join in on the the festivities with my parents, brothers, and sisters.  I look forward to my kids running and laughing with their cousins.  This is one of the most challenging parts of military life.


If we were having coffee I would tell you that primary care is not what I expected.  I always thought I would likely end up in primary care upon graduation and I am realizing that it is likely not for me.  My heart belongs to the Emergency Room.


I hope your Monday is short and your day full of joy!  If we were having coffee what would you tell ME?