Monday, August 29, 2011

Job Hunting

It's been a little over a month since I started the hunt for a nursing job in the Portland area. Although it has been discouraging and disheartening at times, God has used this time to draw me closer to Him and bring about a deeper reliance and trust in Him. It is so easy for me to lose focus and become frustrated at all the loop holes I have to jump through to get into a hospital nursing job, but at the same time I am encouraged in the Lord because I know He has the perfect job for me which He will reveal in His perfect timing. He has never failed me once. God has always provided and I know He will always continue to provide. 

The lesson in it for me is to not try and take things into my own hands, but let go and let God. Ofcourse, I continue to apply to jobs, interview for jobs, etc. But my focus has changed from looking on the outward circumstances to looking above on what God is doing and how He can use me during this time of not working. Because I am not working right now, I can be home and do fun projects around the house, get all the house cleaning done, cook, bake, create -- all things that I love to do but don't have as much time for when working a job. 

I have found great encouragement and comfort in reading Isaiah 40-41 which speaks into my current situation. No matter what difficulties or trials I am facing today, God's Word remains true -- Be comforted, do not fear. Take your eyes off yourself and your circumstances and focus on Him, your great and incomparable God, your Redeemer and Present help in time of need.

I am confident that God is saving the perfect job for me. I am excited to see what He has in store for me down the road. At this point, I am hoping to work either at OHSU or Doernbecher but have also started applying at Legacy. I have about 8 applications in that are under review - please continue to pray for God's direction in my life and patience :)

Isaiah 40: 8 -- "The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God stands forever."

Saturday, August 20, 2011

White Coat Weekend

What a fun last 2 days we have had! Brandon's family came down late Thursday night to be here for his white coat ceremony on Friday (yesterday). We started off the morning with a yummy breakfast at this place called "Mother's Bistro and Cafe". It was so delicious. Then, we went to the Rose Garden to see all the roses in full bloom. The visit was not complete without some pictures of course.

The Teng Sibs
After the Rose Garden, we made our way to the White Coat ceremony! It was a very nice ceremony with several great speakers, the presentation of the white coats, and then reciting the Oath of Geneva (previously known as the Hippocratic Oath). There are 128 medical students starting at OHSU this Fall. It's amazing to hear what some of these students have already accomplished! It's quite a diverse class - some have their Master degrees, for some this is their second career choice, some students are businessmen or engineers or english majors. They have come from all over the nation and world.

Brandon getting his white coat
One happy doctor-to-be:)
The White Coat ceremony was held at the Newmark Theater in downtown Portland. It was a beautiful venue and over 500 friends and families were in attendance. There was a light reception following the ceremony. After the ceremony and reception, we decided to go see where Brandon will be taking his classes and check out all the hospitals up on the hill. The main way of getting up to OHSU is by riding a tram. The tram is about 2-3 miles away from our apartment (an easy bike ride). Brandon will also be doing his rotations at OHSU's hospital and the children's hospital called Doernbecher.

So proud of him!

It was a really fun day and we were really glad that Brandon's family were able to join us! I wish my family could have been there but Anna and Bri had work and my parents are in Singapore. I was reminded again of God's faithfulness and grace in our lives. God has blessed us so much with giving Brandon this privilege and opportunity to serve and care for those who are hurt and in need. I look forward to seeing all the lives he will touch and heal with the skills God has gifted him with...allowing the only Great Physician and Healer to work in and through him. 

Here are some pictures from this weekend...enjoy!

At the Rose Garden in Portland, OR
At the White Coat ceremony

A light reception after the ceremony

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Brandon's First Day

I'm a little late posting this - August 15th:

The day we have been waiting for has finally arrived! Brandon starts medical school orientation today. What a journey it has been! God has been so faithful through it all and continues to be faithful. It blows my mind how He continues to provide for us in so many ways - new friends, new neighbors, new community, new church plant with Mars Hill, etc. 

I still remember the day when Brandon submitted his first medical school application back in May 2010. One year and three months later, he is finally starting at OHSU! God is faithful. I couldn't resist taking a picture as I felt like this day was one of those "first days" that needed to be documented with a photograph. Matt (Brandon's classmate and friend from SPU) will be starting at OHSU this year as well. What a blessing - to have a good friend to start this new season off with! 

God has gifted Brandon with so many talents and a huge heart that wants to serve God and people in need. I am so excited to see the work that God is doing in Brandon's heart and will continue to do over the next 4 years while in medical school. I know this time will be challenging and it will take a lot of effort but I know that God is in control and will get us through as long as we continue to keep our focus upward and not on the circumstances surrounding us. 

I continue to look for a nursing job. I know God has the perfect job out there for's just a matter of His right timing. I am hoping to get a job up on the hill (OHSU) as it would be a really short commute. It is also a teaching hospital which is a huge plus. God continues to teach me perseverance and patience during this time of waiting. In the meantime, I am enjoying this new city and exploring the different parks in the area. I love having time to read books and cook and work on different projects around the apartment. I am learning to be content with where I am at right now and just be open to see what God has for me in this new season. 

Lamentations 3:22-23 --- "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!"


I decided to start a blog to document this new season of life that Brandon and I have just entered into. Brandon and I moved to Portland, Oregon about a month ago. The move went well as we had lots of helpers. We are so grateful to all our family and friends that helped us with the move down from Kirkland, WA. We are settled in to our new apartment in John's Landing. John's Landing is located in SW Portland. We are right across the street from the Willamette River which divides the city of Portland in half (East and West). It's a beautiful location and God provided us with an amazing apartment that is so close to OHSU and downtown. We are very excited to get to explore and live in a new city and be on mission in a new community.

As most of you know, Brandon is attending Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) School of Medicine this Fall. God has truly blessed him with amazing gifts and a desire to serve and help people in need. I'm excited to see what the Lord has in store for him the next 4 years here at OHSU. I pray that God would surround him with fellow classmates that are believers who can support him along the way in his studies.

I continue the search for a nursing job in Portland. I would ideally like to work up at OHSU or Doernbecher (Children's Hospital) as it would be a very short commute to work, but I am open and just believing God to open up the perfect job for me. It will happen in His right timing. Meanwhile, I am enjoying my time off - reading books, organizing projects, cooking/baking, making cards, etc. There is an awesome park across the street from us which I enjoy going to. The weather has been beautiful! It's been fun to go to the park and read a good book in the sunshine!

I am excited to be able to share what the Lord is doing and continues to do in this new season of our lives.

Ps. 106:1 --- "Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!"
Stay tuned for more evidences of God's grace...