Saturday, August 3, 2013

Almost DONE

It is a BIG day in our house.  And, when I say BIG, I mean REALLY, REALLY BIG!  Big, as in 320 typed pages!
All the pages have been printed and put in a binder.  They are ready to be proof read by a local friend just for general typos and errors.  Then, this time next week, it will be submitted to the official reader.  
Dan started his Doctor of Ministry degree when Jonah was just a toddler.  I just looked back at the blog to see that he took his first class in August of 2008 which means he must have started the pre-course work sometime earlier that summer.  So, he has we have been at this for five years!
But, today he typed the very last page- his Vita.  That made the entire project 320 pages.  When he gets the first copy back from the reader and his supervisor, he knows for sure he will have to trim at least 50 pages off of the length but maybe upwards of 100.  He has NO IDEA how to make that happen but he will do it when it comes.  Hopefully it will also come with direction as to how to make that happen. 
So, for now, he will fold up the card table in our bedroom.  He will pack away the books.  He will go back to life as normal as he waits for the first round of revisions. 
Then, one day out of the blue when he least expects it, he will have a copy returned to him with lots of red marks and notes.  He will then have a short time to make all of the suggested corrections and then get it submitted again.  Then the wait will come for a date that he must be in New Orleans to appear before a board who will question him on his project and make the ultimate decision as to whether this project is a Pass or Fail.  I hope to go with him for this because of the high level of stress involved.  

Then, on December 14, he will put on a cap and gown at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and walk across a stage and he will be DONE!

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