KOHEN PRYOR SMITH

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Vehicle

It's about time! The day before Jason and I moved to Kansas City in 2003, he surprised me with my Mitsubishi 3000 GT. Although it's an awesome sports car, there is no room for a baby seat in the back! So, I've been driving his Xterra (which has over 200,000 miles on it) everyday.

Back when Jason started dental school, we talked often about the day we would get our new Escalade. We're so glad that day finally came!



I am so proud of my husband...So I'm going to brag on him a bit :)
He has worked so hard the past 6 1/2 years. Dental school was brutal. Even getting into dental school was horrifying. But he did it. Only 2 people are selected from the whole state of Arkansas to attend the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry every year. He was one of those two people chosen. I'll never forget the night we found out he got in. It was PAST 11pm... We were in Fordyce waiting on the phone call that seemed like it would never come. Before the call Jason and I were both devastated. I was crying and he was angry. So angry. We ended up leaving his parents house and went to his dad's office. We went there so he could type a letter to "Dianne". She was the one who was supposed to call. After Jason got finished typing that letter he got a phone call from his mom. She told him to answer the business phone if it rang.... She sounded happy... the phone rang and it was Dianne. Jason was accepted. He got in. We couldn't believe it. We drove back to his parents house where we were welcomed with cheers and a video camera. (I would LOVE to see that video footage...hint, hint James :) ) Finally, we could start planning the rest of our life. Then the panic slipped in! Oh MY! I was about to get married and one month later move to Kansas City!!!
Fast forward... Jason worked so hard in school. He was vice president of his class for 4 years. I can't even tell you how many all nighters he pulled. I remember taking spaghetti to to the dental school several times because he couldn't take a break to go eat. He was so well respected...by both students and faculty. He was nominated FOUR TIMES by faculty to be a teachers assistant (TA) in clinical assisting, occlusion, oral diagnosis and orthodontics. He was chosen by his faculty to be a mentor for entering freshman dental students. He received the Kemper Humanitarian Award and the Philip M. Jones Excellence in Prosthodontics award and graduated with Orthodontic honors. He is a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity, International Association of Dental Research, American Student Dental Association, Kansas Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association and Arkansas Dental Association. He achieved all of this through hard work and dedication. Today he is the sole owner (and boss :)) of Dental Designs in Conway. A huge dental practice which includes FOUR dentists and 18 staff members. He deserves every bit of it. He has worked for every bit of it. He is the nicest, most loyal business man you will ever come across...and he's the best dad, husband, son, son-in-law, uncle, best friend...and dentist.

1 comment:

Jeanie said...

Wow! What powerful words about what you and Jason went through during the dental school years. Not many people know. You both are to be commended for persevering during that time. And now you both get to enjoy the great blessings you so richly deserve. ("There is a law irrevocably decreed before the foundations of this world upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we receive any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.") So yes, enjoy that Escalade, among other things. You both are so deserving. Now, go bless the lives of others. I know you will
Love,
Dad