Thursday, July 16, 2009

jamie wants me to call this post: "my husband is SO AMAZING that he's taking me to the caribbean for 18 months."


well the stinky news is that we're not moving to ireland. but the pretty awesome news is that we're moving to the cayman islands this september. we'll be there for 18 months and then our plan is to do a rotation in london and then finish our rotations in nyc. that is the plan. we'll see what really goes down. but i like having a plan. and 4 years seems so much shorter when you break it up with different countries, yes? it also helps our mothers rest a little easier at night to know that we will not be abroad forever.


the cayman islands are between central america and cuba and are part of the british west indies. we will be sitting comfortably between our friends castro and zelaya. as well as (queen) elizabeth and johnny (depp). in theory.

i know the idea of medical school in the caribbean is a little odd, because i used to think so too. but then, once you start looking into it, everyone is doing it! including your husband's childhood friends, your old yw leader, everyone! it is very legit. and good for people like us who have families and made the medical school decision a little late in the game. jamie and i have always had big dreams of living abroad and although the carribean never crossed our minds, i feel like this is a real blessing and going to be a good experience for all of us. plus i get to buy like 10 new swimsuits, you guys! jk, probably only 8.

i'm still wrapping my head around the idea of all this and a lot of the time it gives me a stomach ache but i just "met" a darling darling girl through her blog who has been living in cayman for a few years and has been giving me tons of advice. the thing is, she is very tragically returning to the states this month. i'm seriously devasted about it. bad timing. oh well. anyway, i am counting on lots of visitors. please come lay on the beach with me. you will be doing me such a service. i'm serious.

42 comments:

Jill said...

looks like i need to get a passport...:) Congrats Sharps! Jamie will make a wonderful doctor!

Calico Sky said...

How fabulous!!!! I can just see you living there. I'm delighted (pardon the pun) for you!

Can I ask you some questions re this route of medical school. Have you got email?

geritebo said...

I am down for that. We were going to visit you in Ireland but lying on the beach in the islands is even better. This will be a marvelous experience for the kids as well as you and Jamie. Give him our best wishes.

S. said...

Hi - I'm so happy for you! My family is from Trinidad and I grew up there. I have multiple cousins who went to medical school at the University of the West Indies medical campus in Trinidad and Jamaica. They now practice all over the world. Your kids are going to love it!

Hanna said...

Hey congrats! I'm sure you'll have a great time and the years will go by whether you do something fabulous or not - so you might as well live in a few countries and get a few M.D.s, right?

Ashley Comeau said...

Whoa, whoa,whoa! That is so awesome! And guess what, I have friends that I grew up with that just barely started med school there. I'll have to get you their info. Just think, insta mormon friends! You guys are moving to heaven. I'm so jealous!

Sarah said...

It's going to be an incredible experience. I am so excited for you.

Leslie said...

AWESOME! Nicely done, Jamie! :) That's seriously so great for you guys... we'll certainly miss you, but I'll try my best to convince Ryan we NEED A VACATION. To the CAYMAN ISLANDS. And no where else. :)

Sophia said...

I will come visit.

Kelly and Nate Wright said...

Okay I am 100% jealous of you and your family. That is AWESOME! I've been to Cayman Islands before and it is breathtaking... just SO beautiful. The water is so warm and clear and oh man, I am jealous! My brother also served part of his mission there (I don't know if it still is but it was part of the Kingston Jamaica mission). If you ever go visit other islands, the Turks & Caicos islands are absolutely BEAUTIFUL as well.

Grant + Brittany said...

Congratulations, sounds so fun. I bet it feels good to finally know where you will be for the next little while.

yes, Shalynna is adorable. :)

Jalene said...

Um... can I come live with you?

Jealous!

TEH said...

Congrats on putting together a plan! That's half the battle. We'll be in Japan while you're in the Caribbean. Just a few puddles away. Let's send each other messages in bottles!

Andrea said...

Congrats you guys!!! So glad you know know where you are going. It looks beautiful! I want to come visit too! :) We'll miss you!

Miss MyKelle J said...

That is so exciting! I am super jealous :)

I know I haven't seen you since like Junior year of high school{?} but if you are in need of visitors.... you just let me know lol

KILEY said...

Wow, that is so exciting. Going some where so exotic for 18 months is perfect. Good luck!

Tippetts said...

I just looked at your friend's blog and got so "homesick"! Seeing Alecia and the Ashbys in the pictures - the ppl in the branch are amazing! Please tell them Hi for us. I feel honored to have gotten a link! You know Mitch is going to visit-hoepfully I can tag along! Do you scuba dive?

Eliza said...

sign me up. i'll go get a towel!

Carolyn said...

sounds dreamy! do they need loan officers in the caymans?? Actually I am more jealous of the London part. Lets hurry and become friends so i can come visit you there. wait....too much?

for your daughters sake, i bet no one will know/care who Paul Giamatti is in the Caymans. A clean slate for Pearl!!

Veronica said...

holy heck! this sounds awesome!

Fashionably Kate said...

You're kidding right? This is the COOLEST plan EVER! Plus LONDON for a year, and NYC. I'm dying. Can I come and be your nanny for 2 years while my husby lives in the desert and hangs out with dead people {aka MCC Mortuary Science program.} Please?

Congrats on the acceptance. Very CooL! ;)

Tiffany said...

I'm so so seriously jealous! Wow, you are going to have so much fun there. You can take the kids to a beautiful beach every day, you'll love it! I really really want to come visit you! :)

Ryan said...

Nice! Is the school on Grand Cayman? We'll have to try to make it down there.

Austin F. said...

When I try to launder money in the Caymans, I'll definitely have to look you guys up (hypothetically speaking, of course). Congrats Jamie and Abby. The Caymans...London...NYC...do you guys just ENJOY paying ridiculously high rent??? ;)

That's exciting news. If you were to turn back the clock 12 years (say...the time I shot Jamie in the eye with a beebee gun and came within millimeters of blinding him for life), I would have never guessed I'd be a lawyer and he'd be a doctor...but come to think of it, when I shot him, he did tell me to pop the large pocket of blood that formed on his eye with a hot needle...so maybe I should have had a premonition that he'd gravitate toward the healing arts! Congrats again. P.S. I should revoke my man card for looking at your blog, but for a blog, it's not all that bad.

Kera said...

freakin awesome. roll out a sleeping bag for us we're on our way. holy crap. i'm so excited.

lindie said...

First of all, Austin!! A man card :O! you will alway be the one of the funniest people to walk the planet. Abby and Jamie, how awesome!! I would LOVE to do something like that. I keep trying to find a way to pack up and move to Hawaii for a year. Too chicken!! Oh my goodness lady- you are gonna have one heck of a tan and for that I will be eternally jealous!!!

David and Shalynna said...

I was waiting for you to officially announce the news!

So, I think I win for being the most jealous of your family. We leave tomorrow. I am DYING. I don't think I have anymore tears left. My point is... you will love it!

You never emailed back. Did I overwhelm you? Just kidding. But I leave for Europe on Monday so if you have any last minute questions ask me now!

Thanks for the link- what a compliment!

Neil and Diana said...

Abby, that's really great. We will definitely try to visit soon.

Natalie said...

i will be there with bells on. Yea for you guys for having a dream and setting out to achieve it! You'll never ever regret it.

also abby i was intrigued by something you said...."plus i get to buy like 10 new bathing suits..."
Wha? i live for the day when i feel like i get to buy a bathing suit, instead of 'i have to buy a bathing suit'. i hate buying bathing suits. i think i would rather go to the dentist 10 times.

that makes you all the more interesting abby. and darling and very very brave!

kelly m said...

but we just became best friends for ever and ever!

i guess i will have to come there to begin the bffness. i think i can handle that.

Trent and Brooke Warner said...

Congrats guys! That does sound like so much fun. Even though actual schooling doesn't always coincide with fun, the actual part of beaches and sunshine definitely will!

Bethany said...

Yay, you can visit with Laura! We really liked St. Martin's, so hopefully where you'll be will be nice, too (I'm sure it will be:)

Good luck and have fun!

Beam Family said...

wow, congrats you guys! That sounds so exotic and fun. What an adventure!

Signorina Svizzera said...

That is so exciting! What a fabulous plan for the next four years! I wish I was doing it!!

Elena said...

Congrats!! You have a pretty nice plan for the next 4 years! I'm pretty jealous! the picture looks beautiful! I'm sure you guys will love it there!

Lissybug said...

We have to get together before you leave! When do you go? Email me! We can plan a Sharp get together/farewell party! sweetlissybug@yahoo.com

Tippetts said...

I am so excited for you. We loved visiting Mitch & Megan on that island. The water there is amazing. I loved just sitting on the beach at night and watching the sun going into the ocean. You will love it, it really does sizzle. The best part of the place for me was going to church, it's like that is really where the spirit is.

Tippetts said...

The last comment is really from Anna Mae Tippetts. I am on M&M's computer.

boots said...

WOW what an adventure you will have , best of luck!

Jarret said...

caymans have the coolest golf balls on the planet.

Rachael said...

I'm coming to visit! That way I can buy cute new swimsuits too! :-) are you going to be using your email/facebook more often then?

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