“A hard begining maketh a good ending” – John Heywood

20 Dec

Well, let us hope so!  The Michaelmas term is (finally) over and I have a husband and Adeline has a father once again.  Honestly though, it really wasn’t that bad.  This semester Matthew did a fantastic job of balancing marriage, new-fatherhood, work duties, class, homework, and friends.   I’ve said it before, but I will say it again; I’ve never been prouder if him.  But this last week has been horrible!  I feel like I haven’t seen him in months!

Even staying on track, it is almost impossible to read and write everything you must.  The end was a crunch for (almost) everyone.  But my Matthew finished two days early!  Two days!  What an amazing man!

This semester has been more than work for the both of us.  It’s been about finding out what parenting is, how important we are to each other, and what is important to us.

For instance,   Matthew has fbecome slightly (or majorly) enamored love with the Desert Fathers.  He ponders ascetisicm and how he can logically and realistically achieve some form of it in his own life.  He is working on seeing all people as the likeness of God and treating them as such, which is difficult for all of us.  As advised by the seminary and diocese, he has found a spiritual advisor- Fr. Gregory an Anglican monk- and also speaks with Sister Mary Jude, an Anglican nun. 

 We ponder how to best parent Adeline.  Do we teach her Santa Claus or focus on the birth of our Savior?  (Savior wins here) Easter bunny or the Resurrection ?  (Savior wins again!)  Tooth Fairy? (Probably not…)  

I’ve learned (and continue to learn) how best to spend my time and to make friends FAST.  We joke that there is rest of the world time and Nashotah time.  Friends must be made quickly in order to survive the wilderness of Wisconsin!

These are the lives we lead these days.  Michalemas 2008 has been quite an education for the entire family.  We praise God, however, that we’ll never have to do our first semester again.  Matthew now knows how Fr. Holtzen would like papers done, how to properly exegete for Dr. Anderson’s class, and to never, ever fall behind in Greek.  Life should be good…or at least better!

One reward received for Matthew’s hard work during his first semester is that now he can wear clericals!  I leave you with a snapshot of him.  Note the black electrical tape stripe…this indicates that he’s not a priest, but a seminarian.  Don’t call him Father…yet.  We still have five more semesters to go.

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One Response to ““A hard begining maketh a good ending” – John Heywood”

  1. Matthew Moore December 21, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    I look like crap in that picture.

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