Bret was officially accepted into the Doctor of Ministry (the evangelism track) program at SMU. On June 15th, he will officially begin his classwork -- which will consist of 2-3 weeks each June and January for the next three years. That means that in about a month, he will be out of town for a week, come home for a working weekend, be out of town for a week, come home for a working weekend, and then be out of town for another week. Ummm...yeah. I'm betting we'll be at the grandmas' houses some during all of that!! And then we'll do it again in January, and again in June, etc...
In between those times he will, of course, be very busy reading, researching, and writing papers -- all while coninuing to be a husband, father, and church planter/pastor. I don't understand it, but that seems to be heaven for him. He is happiest when he has some kind of outlet for that busy and brilliant mind of his.
So, he got the list of books he will need for the first classes and ordered what he could online. (A few of the books are so old and unknown that even Amazon.com does not have them -- he will have to go to the bookstore at SMU to procure those.) They arrived today. It was kind of crazy that so many of them arrived on the same day -- seven boxes containing a total of 14 books. He is so excited.Yeah, I know. He doesn't look excited here. But what in the world kind of expression are you supposed to make when your crazy wife says, "Hold up all those books so I can take a picture!" I promise, he was so excited he could hardly contain himsef.
And Conner, a little Bret in the making, was excited, too. He went to his Daddy's bookshelf, picked out a book, and then plopped down on the couch to read, too.
The Disciple Making Church is not exactly what you think of five-year-old's reading, but this one does.
So Bret, congratulations, Babe! I'm so proud of you, excited...and a little scared. But I'm confident that if anyone can take on this task, and continue to juggle it all so well, it is you. I love you.