Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Props to my Husband


It's been an exciting and yet difficult time of our lives moving to Chicago. Since September, Tim has been taking about 15 graduate credits at TEDS. He has loved every minute of it - which has encouraged me greatly! He started in the fall simply focusing on seminary full time. The way that Trinity works is that anything over 10 credits is free... so at $630 a credit hour, he was saving us money by not working and going to school full time!

After a while, we realized that our budget couldn't handle Tim not working, so he sweetly offered to get a part-time job to help pay the bills. In February he started working at Starbucks. So now he is a full-time student, part-time Barista, and a full-time husband! He is so busy and so tired, but he rarely complains.

On an average day, he wakes up at 3:30am - gets ready for the day and drives to Starbucks to open at 4:30am. He works until about 8:30am (some days until 12 or 1 if he doesn't have an early class). Then he heads straight from work up to TEDS to attend classes. Some days he is there until almost 6pm. He heads home, eats dinner, and then usually helps me clean up before he gets to some reading for writing. He has been trying to get to bed around 10pm, but that hasn't always been happening (if he has something pressing due).

On top of that,he went to Colorado for a week to preach to his old students from GCA. Then last weekend he spent the weekend in Iowa to preach at a camp for Ben Eilers.

Today is interviewing at Wheaton Academy to teach High School Bible in Fall 2008.

I am just incredibly blessed and thankful to have a husband that is so industrious. And yet as busy as he is, he has made it a priority to spend time with me - he always deals with my emotional ups and downs so well (even if he does have a paper due the next morning). He has been incredible in helping me get used to grad school as well. He helps me think through my papers and projects and gives great advice.

I don't know what I would do without him. The Lord has blessed me greatly to have such a husband - he is my best friend!

8 comments:

Kristin said...

PTL for our wonderful husbands! We are praying for Tim's interview today and for your busy schedules.

Laura said...

That is so sweet Julie! Wow. . . props to you both for working so hard! I will pray for Tim's interview today. I actually have some really good friends at Wheaton Academy. . .
Love you guys!

Karis said...

I can never get enough of wives bragging on their husbands. It really stands out in today's world as a testimony that something is "different." I praise the Lord for a wonderful husband too.

juliechall said...

This is encouraging...way to go Tim! I had heard about his recent "speaking engagements :)" and was wondering how he was keeping up. I'm often amazed at how much Rob does and still works to spend time with me. Praise the Lord for great husbands!

suzanne said...

Julie, I'm proud of both of you as you are really striving to head into ministry together. Glad to see the Lord working in both of your lives. God is good and does provide the right partners for us as we seek to serve Him. I'm thankful for my husband, too...he blesses me daily with his sweet attitude and helpful spirit. Thanks for sharing! :)

LMLogan said...

aren't our husbands wonderful? :)

I know the last few weeks have been stressful for you guys but you both still glorify God in what you do - what an awesome example! thanks for being such great friends!!

Travis and Becky said...

we love you guys! great job, tim!! great job both of you for working so hard and following after what God has called you to.

Don & Katrina Hines said...

I was praying for Tim! Hope all went well! Let us know the update ASAP! Don and I just recently went through all our pictures and weeded out the ginormous amount and placed them all into one slick album! When we got to the part with your wedding, we remarked about the fact that you guys have and will always be perfect for each other! We love you and are so thankful for your friendship!