This weekend my husband, my own personal super-hero, graduated with his BFA in Cinematic Arts. While some may say, a bachelor’s is no big deal (and in some aspects I agree…thanks to whoever convinced my generation that you HAVE to go to college and get a degree to do anything in life). For us, it is a huge victory.
I attended college for a brief year and a half. To be honest, I did not love any of it. Nope. Nothing. In fact, dropping out of school was one of the best decisions of my life. I’m not encouraging you to drop out of college, if that’s where you are, but for me, it was definitely the right decision. Aaron had also done the school thing fresh out of high school, but it wasn’t right, so he never finished his degree. Now, more than 12 years later, he not only graduated Magna Cum Laude, but has been accepted into the Master’s program (in Studio Art) on a very generous scholarship.
But that isn’t the only reason we celebrated. See for us, this was a big accomplishment because our life, if you haven’t noticed, isn’t exactly simple. Throughout this school process, Aaron has been in school year-round for 4 years. We took one summer off to move from northern New York to Texas (into a house we bought before ever stepping foot inside). Midway through his second year at HBU, we moved across Houston to cut down on his commute. It was perfect, as we get two extra hours a day that he isn’t driving, but moving is never simple. And the complications exponentially increase when you are in school. Not to mention the raising 5 kids, or me having knee reconstruction.
I wish I could say I was keeping everything together at home for him, so he could focus on his studies. Some days I was, but I am not very good at managing my emotions, so many days he got hit with a grumpy wife, or a total meltdown mess of mush. In the midst of all this chaos, he still put out amazing films, brilliant sculptures, and created a Virtual Reality escape room game (which hopefully someday will be available for the masses to purchase and play). He invested his time and love into his family and provided for us throughout.
The whole thing makes me stand in awe really. Not of my husband, although he is awesome. But of the way life’s timing, God’s plans, they never quite look the way we want them too. From the outside, I would never have looked at this season of our lives and said, you know, this would be a great time for you to pursue your degree. From all practical standpoints, it wasn’t. It was a hard road for both of us. But now on this side of it, I see the beauty in all of it. I see how God was present in every moment. And it makes me excited for this next season. We are trusting the Lord to provide financially moving forward. We are preparing our hearts to enter a summer Sabbath of a slower pace. And we are expectant of the great works Aaron will put out into the world.
If you want to check out some of his work, visit him at his site! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. In fact, I would love to hear what your favorite piece, or film, or photo is!