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!
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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