Well, if we're changing one thing (bringing a new life into the house), we might as well change something else major at the same time, right? Seems like a good idea. We'll let you know if we've totally lost our minds in a few months.
Today marks Jordan's last day with the practice we moved to Asheville and started with. That plural pronoun is on purpose - we were both adopted into the Carolina Smiles family.
Lots of people ask us, "Why Asheville?" The truth is, after Jordan finished residency in Birmingham, we decided we'd have us a little adventure. We didn't have children and didn't own our home, so it seemed natural that if we wanted to strike out on our own for a little while, that was the time to do so. We chose two final options: Denver and Asheville. Jordan flew to Denver, interviewed with a practice there, then we both road tripped to Asheville for his interview with (what was then) Carolina Smiles (and is now Hendersonville Family Dental).
It was a no-brainer. The fit in Asheville was like a hand in a glove - I'll always remember that first dinner out with the staff from Carolina Smiles: how warm they were, and how they made us want to move right then!
While it will be so wonderful to have him closer to home, as his current practice is 45 minutes away and his new practice only 10, we will TERRIBLY miss the incredible people at Hendersonville Family Dental. One of the things being married to a dentist has taught me is that a lot of people are really, really scared of the dentist. I don't think I understood fully how much of a phobia it is for folks - fear alone keeps them out of the chair for decades sometimes. HFD takes extra care in making sure their patients are comfortable, not only in the dentist's chair, but before and after. The team is like no other and I know I speak for Jordan when I say that we are both so deeply grateful to have lucked into such an incredible group of folks. It doesn't happen that way for everyone right out of dental school, and we never took that for granted. This practice and the people who staff it have been etched into our hearts.
On an even more personal (and potentially embarrassing to him) note, I have been so touched (and may be teary-eyed typing this) at how deeply Jordan has bonded with the women with whom he works. It is such a precious relationship, and I know those friendships will last beyond their tenure in an office together. It has made me a proud wife, as I always am, to hear how many patients are disappointed he's leaving, and to have so many staff members pull me aside to tell me the same thing. UGH, SO MANY FEELINGS -- damn you pregnancy, it's too early in the morning to be weepy!!
Yesterday, the office threw Jordan a surprise goodbye potluck and invited me along. True to form, they also threw us an impromptu baby shower (how wonderful are they!?)! By the time the hour was over, we were all crying from laughter together, had stuffed bellies and Jordan and I had a stuffed car full of incredibly generous gifts.
Liking who you work with is such a luxury, and these last two-and-some-change years have been life-changingly special to us both. Thank you for the amazing memories, Hendersonville Family Dental. We love you so much!!