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Don't you just love it....

Don't you just love it when a desire of your heart is answered even when you haven't been praying for it to be? My clinical year is fast approaching and with that comes two definite 6-week rotations with me back in Ohio with my parents. Dan and I had decided that it would probably be a good move for us financially as I was guaranteed housing and we wouldn't have to pay extra. (My college just isn't close enough to a large enough population to support 46 PA students and all the rotations they need within a drivable distance from Portland. We have to be flexible to pick up and move throughout New England, from CT to the upper parts of Maine, nearly in Canada, for at least some of our rotations.) Of course, all this moving isn't conducive to Dan maintaining a job, so he would be staying in Portland while I might be off at any clinicals outside of a commuting distance--paying for a second apartment!

Well, my parents' is a lovely 14+ hours away from Portland and we'd probably only get to see each other once in a 6 week period, and have to pay for two plane tickets at that--one for Dan and one for me to get out there. There was no way I'd be able to drive myself out there with only a weekend to make it back to Maine, doing all the driving myself and having to fit a rotation exam in there somewhere, too. Dan and I were prepared to handle this and weren't too phased by it since our entire pre-marriage time was spent 4+ hours away from each other. But of course, it isn't what you would prefer.

Last week, however, his parents called and wanted Dan to work on a home they purchased that was in need of some major remodeling. After some planning, Dan and I will be able to drive out to NY/OH, I'll be able to take all my books and notes with me (definitely not an option when I was flying!), we'll save the cost of TWO round-trip plane tickets, we'll be able to see each other more often, we'll be in town for his sister's graduation party, Dan will be able to work for his parents for about a third more than he would at his job now, his parents will still save a lot of money compared to if they had to hire someone else, they'll know that the work is done right because Dan takes such pride in his work, and Dan's boss is completely ok with a 6 week leave of absence and is holding his job for him!

Now if that's not a blessing (especially in this economy), I don't know what is!

(From our last road trip back to see the families)

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