okay, please play this song while reading. i’m obsessed with Bon Iver and love listening to this song while driving.
i have been in WA for 3 weeks now and while it’s been an adjustment on many levels, i must confess, i really like it here. the weather can be gloomy and dark, but it has truly made me appreciate the sunshine. and this place is absolutely stunning when the sun shines. the days are slowly getting longer and instead of pure darkness while driving to work in the morning, i drive with the sun rise. and the shades of yellow, lavender, and pink in the sky make my heart flutter. i’m serious.
there’s a church just down the street from the hospital that the parking garage faces. instagram followers have seen this steeple in many photos, as there are days that i simply can’t get enough of what i see. gosh, itsn’t it gorgeous?!
while at work, i stare out of patient windows and admire the sunshine. i told a few of my co-workers that i wanted to eat lunch outside because it looked so nice out. they laughed a little and reminded me that it may look nice, but it’s still in the 30’s outside. they get a kick out of this california girl and her immediate draw to the sun. so while i’m stuck inside during the day, i leave the hospital at sunset. a few days ago, i walked outside and smiled from ear-to-ear as i looked up, with squinted eyes, and saw these clouds before me…
God is quite the artist! and as i walked towards my car, Mt. Rainer stood boldly and beautifully, covered in snow for the cities to see. i’m working on getting a picture of the mountain, and often think about pulling my car over just about to snap a quick shot. i’m telling you, something about this place has awakened my senses to the incredible beauty that i’m surrounded by.
okay, enough about the weather. oh wait, one more thing- it’s supposed to be sunny all weekend! which means i can actually be outside during the day and soak up those rays!! :) okay, now i’m done. so, my internship! there really wasn’t much to say last time i posted. but now that i’ve finished two, solid, 40+ hour weeks, i have a little more to write about. well, for starters- i LOVE it. being at the hospital, working with patients and families- my internship has confirmed, 100%, that this is what i’m supposed to be doing with my life. i’ve heard from so many people, “gosh, that must be so hard”, or “i just don’t think i can work with sick kids”, or “kids shouldn’t have to be in the hospital, it’s so sad”- yes. i validate those things. some of the kids i work with are incredibly sick. some get better quickly, some slowly, and some just won’t get better at all. but something that i’m learning and recognizing is that the environment of the hospital does not stop a kid from being a kid. the patients still want to play, still laugh and smile, and still hold on to hope that they will get better.
one of the units at the hospital is shared with an adult neuro unit, the door to that unit was open one day and i saw an elderly lady lying on her bed with her husband next to her. i got choked up as i glanced at what could have been a final moment together. this was probably not the case- but the feeling of the pediatric unit versus the adult unit is so different. don’t get me wrong, there have been moments in the past two weeks that i wanted to break down in tears for things that some of these patients and parents are going through. but on a day to day basis, i remain humbled, honored, and thankful to be a small part of their hospital experience. the beauty and joy of my job is to make the hospital a kid-friendly environment. while there are many components to what i do, on a very basic level, part of my job is to bring comfort and smiles. thank you Lord, for bringing me to this place, this career. may i use it to honor You daily…
now, i wish there was a smoother way to transition, but i’m stumped (and too tired to think). so here goes the next thing:
my daily life here pretty much consists of working and working some more. i’m up before 6am and don’t get home till after 5pm. so i’m pretty tuckered out and ready for bed around 8pm ;) Kelsey has invited me out with some friends a few weeknights, but unfortunately- i’m pretty boring after those long days! but i have found some time to explore. Kelsey and i went to a delicious coffee shop in Tacoma. sadly i’ve only been once. not quite living up to my coffee-shop junkie reputation. but give me a little more time. i’ll get there!
we went to Seattle last weekend, walked around University Village in the rain and then hung out at a great brewery with our friends Chelsea and Bino. today we went to Seattle to see Oklahoma! and it was phenomenal. did i mention we had front row seats?! i’m so spoiled!! it was truly a perfect day.
gosh, i think that’s about it for updates. i’m continually in awe of God’s creation, absolutely loving my internship, and beyond blessed to be on this adventure! Psalm 9:1-2.