He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9

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It's almost over...and only just begun

Today my brilliant and mystifying husband defends his thesis.

To me, it's a big step. One of the last landmarks before putting the final touches on his work and walking down the aisle in a ridiculous black hat.

But David? Cool as a cucumber. Calm as a mountain lake. Happily and noisily crunching away at his sugared cereal as if he isn't hours away from being hammered with technical theological questions.

He handles constructive criticism unspeakably more maturely than I. Looking at the red-scrawled comments of a mentor on the thick pages representing months (years!) of work and writing....he is able to focus on the compliments and fix the criticisms. It's that simple! I, on the other hand, would have to spend an exhausting amount of energy trying to tell myself that I'm not a total failure and complete idiot for having room for improvement in my work.

Anyway....he's amazing. And today is the last big step. I'm excited. But around the corner lies a monster we have yet to face. I fear we're stepping from preschool into Harvard. I don't doubt for one moment David's ability to rise to the challenges of a PhD with poise and calm. I do, however, sometimes doubt my own ability to hold body and mind and household and budget together as a "seminary widow." (I think you have to experience that term to fully understand it.)

But I'm excited. And a little jealous.

Why is it, though, that the hats get more ridiculous as the degrees progress? Another mystery.
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Stephen and Jessica said...

Wow Sarah, big day for David! I'll definitely have to call him in the next couple of days to see how it turned out! You're right about David's ability to do PhD work, but you're also right about the 'monster' around the corner. Pursuing a PhD in NT here at TEDS is probably the most challenging thing I've ever done in my life! But Jessica and I are looking forward to you and David being 'close' again, and hopefully David and I can make it through together (just like we did at GBS and WBS ;-)

Your Friend,
Stephen

David and Sarah Fry said...

Wow! It's good to hear from you. You've both frightened and encouraged me. Several times lately, as we've worked and re-worked the budget, etc. We've said...well, how are Steve and Jessica making it? If you can do it, maybe we can too!

Can't wait to sit down for a little food and a lot of laughs one of these days before too long....Guess you don't have much time for babysitting these days. Rats.

See you Soon!
Sarah

~Heather~ said...

Congrats David (and Sarah)! That is awesome that this step is ALMOST behind y'all! NOW, there is another step...PHD? WOW! God bless y'all and keep you encouraged in HIM!

(Sarah, I mentioned you in my post, on my blog today! =)

Love, Heather

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