Monday, December 10, 2007

Just in time for Christmas...

Now that we've officially submitted Oldest Daughter's last college application (midnight, Sunday), I guess I'll have to find a new hobby. Some options vying for my attention: housecleaning, cooking, grading papers, Christmas shopping. Needless to say, sending off the final 'supporting papers' packets with a traveling friend on Saturday and hitting the final 'submit' button on Sunday evening was very satisfying and a relief to the entire family. Glad to be finished with them, Oldest Daughter deposited a pile of various SAT and SAT II study guides on my bed the other day; now she can resume her beloved practicing at the level she needs to in order to prepare for auditions.

Oh me of little faith and of even less talent and determination has fleeting thoughts of doubt about this whole process. The competitive auditions are daunting enough but the yearly fees for some of the schools to which Oldest Daughter has applied are even more daunting. But, we continue to take one step at a time as we receive confirmation that we are heading in the right direction. Three of the four requested audition dates have been confirmed and we find our generous God continuing to provide for the upcoming audition trip: we were able to book our international flights using accumulated miles, just eight weeks in advance of our trip, flying into Houston and out of Newark and we have people to stay with in three of our four locations--even though we've never visited any of these cities before!

It is with sincere gratitude that we say thank you to so many who have prayed for us throughout this application process. We'll keep you posted on any new developments.


Kathleen Hamilton said...

Melissa, what a mighty God we serve! I'm thrilled to hear about how all the plans are working out. I can't wait for updates!

MagistraCarminae said...

One step completed... all this work to lose the beloved daughter. Ironic, isn't it, to work so hard to do something even harder? Continue to rest in the Lord, Melissa. God has a plan for L. that will be beyond your imaginings! He is so good! But, as Lewis said, He is not a tame lion. His ways are not ours.

Can you tell I'm an emotional wreck all on my own today?! LOL!

Love to all-

desert mom said...

My husband said the same thing, Chris; something like, you work so hard for so many years to raise up a child that you enjoy having as part of your family and then your work so hard to send them away! One of the big ironies of parenting! Thanks for the encouragement, Kathleen and Chris. And, I am remembering your big day on Saturday, Chris.

Jenny said...

Melissa, Ed and I have had some of those same conversations about the irony of this part of the journey. I've found myself taking a few brisk walks when the overwhelming urge to keep her at home hits me.;) Really though, when I see her doing well and fitting in at the colleges we have visited, it is a very good feeling. Any chance you'll be anywhere near Missouri when you visit?