Thankful Thing #16:
Okay, I know I posted that I was thankful for Fridays last Friday, but really, my thankfulness for Fridays is a renewable source each week. And this Friday is different. This Friday is special.
This Friday means we get a week off from school for Thanksgiving Break. Hallelujiah, can I get an Amen?
We don't get many days off first semester. We get Labor Day - but we were only in school for a few weeks at that point. We get a day off in October - but we had to work the two previous evenings for parent-teacher conferences. We get any snow days that might occur (one this year!).
And then finally the week of Thanksgiving comes around, and there is a whole week, just for us. Afterwards, we have a mad rush to the end - two weeks of classes and one week of final exams - and then another break.
But this break, this break is necessary. We're all tired, we're a bit cranky, but more importantly, we're ready for a break. We need that break.
And I'm excited - I LOVE Thanksgiving. But I will tell you about that another day soon.
So thank you thank you thank you, Friday.
Thankful Things #17 & #18:
Opportunity and Husband's Perseverance.
Husband loves his Peppermint Mocha almost as much as I love the GBL... but not quite.
Today Husband takes the exam to receive his license as a Journeyman Electrician. This has been a long road, and I'm praying that he passes today on the first shot. He needs the boost, I think. Husband has been in the field for 7 or 8 years, but is not licensed yet. He started in Residential, took the Wireman's test a few times, but could never quite pass. School was never easy for Husband - he just didn't learn how to learn or study, and we're pretty sure he has ADD and never learned the tools to work with that.
A little over 4 years ago, the best thing ever happened to Husband - he got laid off from the residential job. And then got hired at a commercial company, which immediately enrolled him into a four year trade school.
Husband went to class once a week for four hours nearly every week for four years. He's switched companies a couple of times due to lay-offs and economic struggles, but he stayed at that school, learned to study, learned to take tests, learned to be a student. And in May, he graduated with Honors. We were quite proud.
Today he takes the BIG test. It's hard. Full of code, calculations, and other stuff I don't understand. He's been studying for weeks. Taking practice exams online. Working on the things he doesn't do as well.
Either way, this test marks an opportunity for us.
A chance for Husband to see his hard work pay off (I hope!!), or a chance for him to learn that sometimes failure is a way to grow even more. A chance for him to remember that he isn't doing this to get more money, to provide for his family, or to move up in the ranks (although those are all good things), but that for now, God has called him to be an electrician and serve Him in that way, and a license gives Husband more opportunity to do that, whenever he earns it.
I'm really proud of my husband. If he fails today, I'm still going to be super proud, because the man I met more than 6 years ago would never have spent quiet, solitary hours in a room alone studying and practice tests for the last two weeks. He's worked so hard. He's persevered.
And of course, if (when, he would say) he passes today, we're going to have a BIG celebration. Nevermind budget concerns - this deserves a party!
I'm thankful, truly thankful, for the opportunity this test brings to us, but mostly, I'm thankful for the man I married, for the ways he's grown and changed even in the last couple of years, and for his perseverance.