A Pleasure To Have In Class, Part 2

Hi Guys! Thank you for being so patient, and I am sorry to string you along like that. Sort of. It was a little fun!

I do have big news, of course it can hardly compete with The Duggar’s news of expecting their TWENTIETH child, but we are still pretty excited to share.

Here goes.

I may have mentioned a time or two that The Boy did not enjoy his high school experience. His academic performance was less than stellar. He never had a behavior problem, just a report card problem. I went into more detail about it here.

For the last 2 years he has been attending a local community college, taking the general classes that need to be taken, but he was basically just going through the motions. He had no direction, no idea what he wanted to do. He was wasting his time and our money.

Then God performed some miracles. Real water into wine things.

After his last year fall semester he was on academic probation because his GPA was so poor. Mainly because he neglected to drop classes that he was failing.

He was supposed to schedule an appointment with a counselor last spring, before he enrolled for the next semester. He registered for the classes he wanted, we paid, and then he went to his appointment. The counselor couldn’t believe they had let him register, she said with his GPA they should never have let him, but there was nothing they could do about it now, it was a done deal. He had somehow slipped under their radar. Miracle number 1.

As she reviewed his records, she commented that he had a very puzzling history. He either passed a class with an A or a B, or he completely failed. She could see that when something interested him, he managed to do a very good job. She then told him that if he passed this semester with a GPA of 2.7, the whole episode would go away.

So that was the goal. 2.7. He worked hard. He toiled. He tried. We prayed. When his report card came? 2.8 !!!!!!! Miracle number 2.

I have also mentioned that The Boy was volunteering with the middle and high school youth group. This led to the internship this summer and a second internship this fall. He was also getting together regularly with the youth pastor, Ryan, and some friends to talk about theology and doctrine and other big worded topics. He also started reading many books about said big worded topics.

At some point, he started feeling a little direction, a little purpose, some Holy Spirit guidance.

He told us he wanted to apply to a college. Only one. He had never asked to do that before. He went to community college because we told him he had to do something. Honey and I had no idea what would happen. The Boy had some scholastic baggage.

The Boy filled out the application. He wrote his essays. He asked for and got his character references. He mailed it in right before the October 1 deadline. He is still our Boy.

Then we waited. They said they would mail the result letters the beginning of November. He was nervous. He alternated between high hopes and uncertainty. He rode the waves of excitement and then practiced disappointment.

The letter came three days before we left Florida to return home. He did not want The Girls to open it for him. He waffled between wanting to talk about it and not wanting talking about it. He said he didn’t even want to open it in front of us.

After arriving back in The Mitten last Saturday, he endured going out for Chinese with us all, then picked up his letter and left. I said call us right away, don’t leave us hanging all night! A short while later, he called. There was much yelling and loudness. He has been accepted. Miracle number 3.

The Boy is heading off to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago this January. We are thrilled for him!!!!!!! That is 7 exclamation points, God’s number!!!

I called him at work last night to make sure I had all of my facts straight. He said I did. I also asked him for a Bible verse that meant a lot to him. He gave me this.

1 Timothy 1:13-17

English Standard Version (ESV)

13though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.[a] Amen.

So all those years when we didn’t know what was going to become of him? The Lord knew.



  1. capriP said,

    November 10, 2011 at 6:39 AM

    That is GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!
    I think I predicted a pastor in your family a few years ago 🙂

  2. caprilis said,

    November 10, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    *sniff* *sniffle* *sniffle* So proud!

  3. Nan C said,

    November 10, 2011 at 8:01 AM

    Wow! What a great thing to read. Moody Bible Institute in Chicago!!!
    Boy, this is for you:
    We are “confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV84)

  4. Laurie said,

    November 10, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    It takes some a longer while to find their way, but then, watch out because they are on their way! Prayers and wishes that The
    Boy finds this to be all he wants and needs to fill his dreams

  5. Tammy said,

    November 10, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    I have always felt this was his direction, I think I even snail emailed about this. It is amazing to me how through your writing we as readers can really see the heart of your family. I am so proud of him and know great things are in store for his future. I am also proud of his parents who have gone through so much adversity, yet still honor and glow about our ever faithful daddy.

    This is much better news than finding out you were pregnant. 😉

  6. beckibe said,

    November 10, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    It is so rare these days (unlike our days at Temple) to see young people wanting to serve the Lord and head off to Bible colleges. I’m so so SO very happy for Him and you. What better blessing to receive from the Lord to see your child whose life is about is seeking after Him!

  7. Cindy Stratton said,

    November 10, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    SO HAPPY for you and the BOY! That’s wonderful news!!! Brought a tear to my eye. 🙂

  8. Marcy Hunter said,

    November 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    -I’m thrilled for all of you-even a bit emotional about it. It must be that full moon.

  9. deb said,

    November 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Yes! I’m laughing through a tear right now too! So very happy for the Boy, and I believe in miracles even more now!

  10. Carol said,

    November 10, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I am overwhelmed with this! Way to go, BOY!!! Congratulations. I am thrilled.

  11. Robin said,

    November 10, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    How great is that?! The Boy is The Man! Congratulations and thank you Jesus!

  12. Marlene said,

    November 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Thank you, thank you! The secret is out and it is way better than the Dugger’s 20th child and don’t get me started on that!!
    Yea for The Boy, we are both so happy for him-love when God works in a life, especially a young life.

  13. warren said,

    November 11, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    That’s exciting news…have you and Butch figured out what you are going to do with his room yet?

  14. Vickie Herrold said,

    November 16, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    I have always loved that BOY of yours! I love his Bible verse answer to your question, brought a smile to my spirit. He is going to do great. You have raised a great kid. He is going to make you proud parents many times over! I have no doubt about that~

  15. Honey's Older Sister said,

    November 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Just catching up on the news. Congratulations and this is such good news. So happy!

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