Monday, February 22, 2010


Today was Chad's last day of school.  On Friday he will receive his diploma for his Master's Degree.  It's been a crazy feeling for both of us the last few days.  When Chad started school we had no idea that he would want to go this far.  Before he started he committed to finishing his BA of Divinity.  That was all(and that's not a small under taking).  When he finished his BADV in 2008 he decided he wanted to enter the MDIV(Masters of Divinity) program.  I was all for it. 

Five years ago we had no idea how much our lives would change from the time he started school until the day(today) that he finished.  This is a short list:

  • Miscarriage
  • Clayton
  • Johanna(and as you know that turned in to way more than a normal pregnancy)
  • Grief
  • Type 1 Diabetes being correctly diagnosed after almost 9 years
  • DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) with a trip to the ICU one weekend
  • Multiple Critical Low Blood Sugar(with the funniest one happening while he was at school.  It really is a hilarious story)
  • Buying a new(I mean old) house
  • Leaving 1 pastorate position to go to our transition church(which we loved!) to go to our current church Calvary Baptist(which we also love!)
That's a very very short list of a few of the big things we've dealt with all while finishing a MASTER'S DEGREE!  An MDIV is not for the faint of heart.  There have been a lot of papers to write, tests to take, books to read, sermons to prepare, lists to learn, and on and on. 

With the Lord's help Chad did it.  It was very hard for him to finish this last year in light of everything we've faced with Johanna.  But with some prodding from some peeps, Chad stuck it out.  There have been some notable naysayers along the way who have told one or both of us that he couldn't or shouldn't finish school.  He's been told that an education is not important to being a preacher/pastor.  To that I say.........WRONG!(that's my opinion and this is my blog)

I'm proud of you, babe!  I'm so excited to see you walk the stage in your cap and gown on Friday evening.  Wearing the hood(that's the pretty piece of cloth around his neck) of the few that accomplish the things you have.  It's no small thing to hold that diploma.  WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Kelly said...

Yay for Chad!!! That is so awesome!!

Jamie Lynn said...

I love my brother and I'm very proud of him!

Holly said...

Way to go Chad! That is a great accomplishment!

Lucy and Ethel said...

Congratulations to you BOTH! That would be a huge accomplishment under 'normal' circumstances, but you can only dream what 'normal' would have been like.

Great job :)