Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Look Out...

My husband is now an Aggie!! Yesterday we received official word from Texas A & M that my very handsome and wonderful husband had been accepted into their graduate program to get his Master's in Mathematics. This doesn't mean that we're moving to Texas because he can do all of his work on-line!! We have looked for a viable option for him to get his Master's degree for five years now and none of the local colleges in the area offer options in the Math Department for people who want to get their Master's and still work full-time. San Jose State is the closest one but it's an hour and a half away so that wasn't going to work. But then, a few months ago, Steve found this program through Texas A & M which is completely on-line, however, it offers the same courses found in the graduate program itself and has the same rigorous requirements. So it will be like he's attending the university but he'll be doing lectures via the computer. So, so wonderful. And he can do it one course a semester so that he can still work, be with our family and so that we can pay for it. If he had to do it all at once, he'd have to quit his job (precarious since we have three children and one on the way) and it'd be very difficult to pay for. Doing it slowly will allow us to pay for it as we go. It's really the perfect set-up for our family. We're so thankful.

I just have to honor this man of mine because he worked so hard to get here. He had to take an entrance exam to even get his application looked at by the graduate committee. It was a timed test, he had to get above a certain score to get a review and it was hard (based on Calculus 1-4). He got 100%. He had to take the GRE (Graduate Requirement Exam...kind of like the SAT but for Grad School) and he didn't get to study ahead of time. He scored a perfect 800 on the Math Quantitative section. He also got all of his paperwork in very quickly including recommendations so that he could be considered for this Spring semester. Okay...he's going to get mad at me for bragging about him but he's not one to talk about it himself so this once, I just wanted to let everyone know how hard he worked!

We're thrilled he gets this opportunity and even though it's going to take a few years, it'll be so great for him to have this in his back pocket for later if he wants to teach at the community college level. We'll see where God leads. Last night we all piled into the car and headed into Santa Cruz to have dinner at Chili's to celebrate. It was really fun and the boys LOVED getting to share in the massive dessert we ordered. It was a sweet family time. Such a relief to finally hear back and hear good news!!

We thank God for blessing Steve and giving him the ability to do well so far. Yet as Steve told me recently, those tests he aced are going to be the easiest ones he takes over the next few years. In other words, it's going to be tough and a lot of hard work. If you think about it, pray for him and for us. To God be the glory!


  1. I'M impressed. I knew he was smart, but WOW! That is so cool, and you can be proud if you want to. How exciting for him to be able to pursue this and not have to move or commute. What a blessing for your family. Congratulations and YUM for Chili's!

  2. Smart enough to read books upsidedown... haha. Love you guys and so proud of his work! Many blessings on the road ahead.

  3. Andy,
    Of COURSE you would notice that!! Ha ha ha! He did that on purpose to be funny! You crack me up!

  4. Congrats Steve! That is awesome! I am happy for you and your family that you can pursue this goal! And we can relate to this as Mike just finished the graduate program through SJSU and we paid for it all ourselves as well. A lot of our time and money went toward this and it is such a great feeling of accomplishment to achieve these goals and to do it on your own. Let the studies begin!!

  5. Wow Allison that is so great!! Congratulations to your hubby! I bet you're so thrilled he's done. Thanks for the encouragement too!!

  6. Steve and Nikki, we I always knew that Steve had the brains, and now it "all adds up". Congrats on getting accepted, and now all the fun begins. You are a perfect candidate for this type of program. God will sustain and guide you each step of the way. How can you go wrong with such a supportive wife also. Blessings on all of you. Andy and Elda Robinson

  7. I guess it is obvious that I need to go back and learn how to spell. The first line should have said "well I always knew" Guess my fingers were faster than my tired brain.

  8. I had to click on your blog just to make sure you are not moving. Phew!!!!! It has been so wonderful getting to know you better and I look forward to our children growing up together.
    Also, congratulations to your husband. This is really amazing. We are happy for you all!
    Blessings to you and the family- Shana