Happy New Year – medical field style
Yes, the medical field does everything different – with a calendar year going from July to July. We figured we will follow suit with regards to our newsletter this year. It made sense to share everything now, as our lives are have changed drastically within the last month. As most of you already know we have recently finished what has been a major part of our lives. With Dan’s education now complete, we are officially contributors to society in Spokane, Washington.
Now, with a new address and phone number to share, we also wanted to share a bit of our year with those we love the most.
This last year was again a busy time for our family, filled with fun times, travel, memories and an abundance of blessings. What a wonderful thing life is! ______________________________________________
Ryan – growing up in every wayRyan is now six years old but you’d think he was Sean’s twin brother. He is so grown up for a Kindergartner. He learned to read, ride a two-wheeler bicycle, play baseball, add 2-digit numbers in his head and keep up with the older kids. He can’t wait to start karate in 2 weeks and he is very sure he should be in first grade by now. He is still very funny but has really discovered the strength of his temper. He is the strong-willed, stubborn one of the family, but his laugh is sure easy to find! He loves to wrestle and tickle mom, tell jokes, and act out his favorite T.V. shows. He also has become very active in baseball, basketball and swimming, loves the idea of go-karts and scooters and is very brave when it comes to going fast! He can’t wait to be in 1st grade, but sure is enjoying the summer!
Sean – a baseball “star”
Brooke – our little lady
Brooke is growing into a young lady very quickly. In fourth grade, she achieved high grades, receiving 9 awards, made great friendships, progressed in piano and soccer, and is one out of four people in the harmony section of her school choir. Her favorite subject is Social Studies. She also loves to type on the computer, play with LPS (Littlest Pet Shop), can’t get enough of Hannah Montana, hangs out with her friends, talk on the phone and enjoys singing on her karaoke machine. She is a wonderful big sister but is really looking to be independent and grown up with no responsibility! Good luck on that one!
Dan – the education continued
Dan has been very busy this year. After graduating from his Emergency Medicine residency program, he began fellowship subspecialty training in Emergency Ultrasound at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. Along with his own studies and responsibilities as a fellow, he worked as an attending physician in the 80-bed emergency department, he taught and gave medical lectures, worked as a flight physician delivering critical care with the MetroHealth LifeFlight helicopter, and, he taught early morning Bible study (seminary) for high school students every morning at 6:00 a.m. in our home. Rachelle would sometimes sub as the seminary teacher, but Dan managed a great balancing act! Although he is often exhausted and not often home, he is still #1 on the kids’ list! Hopefully, life will slow down a bit for him in the near future – allowing him time to enjoy hobbies once again.
Rachelle – Busy as usual!
If anyone knows Shell, she is usually the happiest when she is busy with a project or two, or 3! Well, this last year kept her pretty happy. Rachelle has had a very long, extremely busy year with kids, home and church. As president over 430 women at church (Relief Society) and taxi driver for the kids’ many activities, the kids never really knew if we were coming or going. Days filled with meetings, errands, deliveries, visits, and events, her church responsibilities brought a great year of opportunity, service and learning. The kids, however, are still her #1 challenge and #1 treasure. Between school, piano x 3, soccer, baseball x 2, friends and enjoying Cleveland and friends, Shell and the kids kept very busy. She has loved being a part of their changes and growth throughout the year and will go into shock when her baby Ryan starts first grade in the fall. Hopefully she will finally be able to finish her last year of college, and enjoy having Dan around a bit more, and pick up some of her lost hobbies as well.
Into the home stretch...
We had great adventures this year traveling to Kirtland, OH, Sandusky, OH, Kentucky, Niagara Falls and Colorado for a Ray family reunion. Dan and Shell also recently enjoyed an amazing cruise to the Virgin Islands and Caribbean with friends. Our greatest challenge, stress, test of faith, and joy during these last 12 months has been the search for a new job, new city and a new home. After 12½ years of marriage and Dan’s 18 years of schooling, Dan has gone as far as he will be allowed for education. We finally have a job!!! Dan will work as a doctor and serve as the Director of Emergency Ultrasound in the Emergency Department at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.
We arrived in Spokane on June 9, enjoying our cross country trip along the way. Our new home is in a fantastic community close to the church and school, filled with children and parks and surrounded by the evergreen-covered mountains. We are so thankful for the opportunities, blessings and experiences we have had in Cleveland and we are looking forward to many more to come from Spokane. What great adventures lie ahead!
We are so grateful for our friendships, family and health. We thank each of you for your love and support throughout this journey of ours! We pray for each of you, and hope that this year is proving to be one of happiness and blessings. Best wishes to all of you as this year continues and into the future.
With love and friendship always,
The Hagerty Family,
Dan, Rachelle, Brooke, Sean and Ryan