Marriage & Medicine: Emma

Hi, hi! Back at it with another interview and today we're chatting with Emma of the Life as a Doctor's Wife blog. Enjoy, and then head on over to Emma and Savannah's blog for even more great content and advice. :)

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi y’all !  I'm Emma and I am a former kindergarten teacher and now stay at home mom. My husband and I met in Jamaica on a mission trip in college. We got married right after we graduated college and we will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this month. 5 days after Jordan graduated from medical school, we welcomed our son Luke into the world. It was so nice to have Jordan home the first few weeks of Luke’s life before he started residency for orthopedic surgery. Jordan will finish his intern year this summer, so we have 4 more years left of residency. 


What’s been difficult lately?

It’s so hard when Jordan doesn’t get home in time to see Luke. It makes me so sad when I put Luke to bed and he hasn’t seen his daddy.  I have to remind myself that this is just a season and to really savor the moments he is off.


How do you find joy in your circumstances?

Having a baby in residency shows you so much joy! We celebrate the little things constantly and Luke always has us smiling and laughing. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is so much fun.


What’s something you’ve learned about yourself and/or your relationship lately?

I am working on being present.  When Jordan is off I really want to spend quality time with him.  My goal is to not do laundry or big cleaning on days that he has off. I have learned that our time is so valuable that I really want to be present and not cleaning when he is off.  So freeing to just let the piles of laundry wait and enjoy making memories with Jordan and Luke. Still working on staying off my phone. I love social media and its so easy to get sidetracked scrolling on my phone instead of spending time with the people in front of me.  


What’s the best advice you could give to someone else in your shoes?

Be intentional with your time.  When your spouse is constantly working you have to learn to do things without them.  I am not afraid to go to events solo because if I didn’t I may never get out of the house.  If I get invited to a dinner or party and Jordan is working, I still go. I take Luke with me when he is invited and I get family to help babysit when it’s an adult only party. On the flip-side when Jordan is off, its all about hanging out with him and doing what he wants to do.  Sometimes this means saying no to parties and events so we can have quality family time. 

Thanks so much, Emma, for taking the time to share part of your story with us!

Love & Respect,