Friday, May 10, 2013

The Graduate

Tomorrow morning at 11 am Texas time, we will have a graduate of Texas A & M University!

Stephen Michael Dauphin
MS Computational Mathematics
Magna Cum Laude
Phi Kappa Phi

It's been 3 and a half years.  Thirty-six units.  11 classes.  10 A's, 1 B.

When he started, our family looked like this-

As he's finishing, our family looks like this-

Two babies born during or right after finals.

Elliana Grace Dauphin, June 25, 2010
Laptop and books in the background.  Elle born during Summer Session 1.


Nathan Daniel Dauphin, August 9th 2012

Born two days post finals for Mr. Nathy.

It's been quite an expensive undertaking.  The equivalent to a downpayment on a house.  Somehow God has provided the money over the years.  We've also sold lots (thousands) of cookies/brownies for spending money :)!

Over two thousand hours of studying at Starbucks and over three hundred Saturdays, not to mention the many week nights spent out studying.

These are just the highlights.

God has given the success.  God has granted the blessings.

God has given us the will to fight and carry on.

Besides our children, this is the hardest thing we've fought for in our near eleven years of marriage.

Thankful today that it has come to a close.  Excited to see what God will do with it in the years to come.

These verses have been on my heart for the last three years:

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you....Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters...Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:2, 16, 18-19

A new thing...a path through the sea...remember not the past, strive toward the future.  God is making a way in the wilderness.

Trust and carry on.

This has been a special chapter of our lives.  A good chapter.

And God has been the author of it all, for He is the One who writes our story.

These words have become so dear to me.  Spoken to me by my husband.  Written by the scientist who inspired his thesis project.  A perfect enumeration of our journey (already quoted on this blog, but I had to repost)...
Trust me Spring is very near
All the buds are swelling
All the glory of the year
In those buds is dwelling

What the open buds reveal
Tell us life is flowing
What the buds still shut, conceal
We shall end in knowing

Long I lingered in the bud
Doubting of the season
Winter's cold had chilled my blood
I was ripe for treason

Now no more I doubt or wait
All my fears are vanished
Summer's coming dear though late,
Fogs and frosts are banished

-James Maxwell 

Truly thankful and truly proud today!!

Gig'em Aggies...thanks for a great ride!


  1. Woo hoo!! Good job Steve!


  2. How Firm a Foundation must be based on that Isaiah passage you quoted; love that hymn!

  3. Yay!!! SO proud of all of you. And your attitude throughout it all has been exemplary and I look up to you as an example for myself. Trav just began (after a 5 mos break) his last two classes, and I hate to admit my attitude was not the best. May God grant us the grace He has to your family. Congrats, Steve!!

  4. Yay, Steve! Way to go and the whole family. love and hugs

  5. Steve, you are amazing, and we are so proud of you for accomplishing your goal. AND many kudos to Nikki for 'holding down the fort' while you were spending many nights and weekends studying.

    Love the Spider-man shirt! Reminds me of when you were 3, wearing your spider-man costume and spinning webs around the house.

    Math nerds, UNITE!! :))))

  6. Congratulations to you all!