The Smith family will be going through some major life changes soon. No--we're not moving. God is blessing us right where we are. Please pray for God's grace as we all adjust to the wonderful changes that are just around the corner.
First, Beth is returning to school to finish up her degree. We got married while we were still in college, and with the birth of our first child, Beth had to put her education on hold. "I'm just taking a semester off," she said. That semester lasted 17 years. Now, she's going back.
I can't say how ticklishly happy I am for her, and how proud I am. She's proving that while dreams may be put on hold, they don't have to die. Recently, we went to the campus at Virginia Commonwealth University so she could register for classes. There, she found out that she still has enough room in her schedule to accommodate not one, but two degrees! She thought she was returning to VCU to finish up one degree, and in the same amount of time (and with the same amount of dollars) she'll be earning two Bachelor's degrees! (That's better than I did!) Now, she has to figure out what her second degree will be. If you could see my face, you'd know how beamishly delighted I am for her.
The second major change that is taking place in Smithville is that we're about to have a new addition to the family. No--nobody's pregnant! Instead, a long-time friend is moving in with us. Our daughter Emily's best friend from Red Oak is arriving on June 7, with suitcases in hand, to stay for an indefinite period of time. Brandy has been like a daughter to us for years, but now she's taking a step closer to that. We couldn't be more thrilled to have her. Yes, we'll have to make some adjustments. Emily will be sharing her bedroom. We're going to have to rearrange furniture and schedules. But it'll be worth it.
So please pray for us as we make these adjustments. It's a good-stress, but it's a stress nonetheless. We all have to grow and stretch. Hopefully, the more we stretch, the higher we'll be able to reach!