After nearly a decade, 8 years to be exact, Rick is finished with seminary. His last class was last night. No more classes, no more finals, no more midterms, no more 15 page papers, no more Turabian style, no more 30 page church planting manuals, no more 1500 pages worth of reading per class/per semester. Graduation is in 2 weeks. I can hardly believe it.
Why did it take 8 years? Exhibit A and B:
When he started, we had no children. In fact, I found out I was expecting Kate towards the end of his first semester. And look at us now, 8 years later and 5 wonderful children later. I suppose the title of this post, "Well, we made it," is misleading. We didn't just "make" it. The Lord was gracious. The Lord blessed us as He always does. The Lord blessed Rick and allowed him to work full time as a software engineer, attend and finish school, and lead, protect, and love his family. There were only 2 times where I felt completely overwhelmed and discouraged and Rick took the next semester off each time to help me out.
And now, there is no down time and no waiting. We are on to the next step. Rick will have to pass 5 written exams and have 2 oral exams before he can be ordained (this will take several months.) He has been called to be the pastor at a church plant. I NEVER thought I'd be a pastor's wife, much less a church planting pastor's wife. Rick will be bi-vocational for a while, probably several years. It will be very hard. But we know our God is faithful and will equip and will sustain.