gIvInG tHaNkS

This year there we have been blessed with so much! Where do I start? Keola and I have reached 3 years of a deliriously happy marriage, we were able to find a nice place close to campus so we could easily walk to school, he finished his first year in the counseling psych program successfully at UHH with a 4.0, we've been given the awesome calling of working with the YSA in our ward, Keola was able to stand in his best friend's wedding line and watch him marry an AMAZING girl, and a couple weeks later we find out that we're gonna be parents! A couple weeks after that, we find out that BOTH of our tuitions are fully covered, and ON TOP OF THAT, he received a $15,000 scholarship and several smaller scholarships for this year. I suspect he'll finish this semester with a 4.0 as well, although that remains to be seen. He has had great classmates, great internships, and great faculty to work with. This is his last semester of classes. Next semester, he is going to focus solely on getting the 300 hours of internship required to graduate. Yes. GRADUATE May 15!

As I reflect on all of these things, especially in the latter half of this year, I can't help but marvel at the timing of it all. We've been in grad school for two years now, and never have we received the kind of financial aid that we did this year. The only difference this year is that we are welcoming a child into the world. I cannot help but think that we are receiving divine aid as we prepare for the journey of parenthood. I have often heard that parents receive special help from Heavenly Father because children are so precious to Him. I cannot help but feel that now. I know that although this is a scary step to take, Keola and I are not alone. We are truly blessed!