Since his freshman year of high school, hubs wanted to be a Certified Registered Nursed Anesthetist (CRNA). He knew it was a competitive program, therefore, he worked hard in high school, college, and his 1st year as an ICU nurse to be able to be in the running. When hubs and I got married, I knew this. I knew what his calling was and where his mission field should be. He is so driven, hard working, and genuine that I had no doubt he would be accepted, but I didn’t know when or where. Hubs decided that he would start applying in the fall of 2013. He told me about some schools he thought about attending: UT, Baylor, Texas Wesleyan, and TCU. Every now and then, he would look at other schools; he found one in Portland, Maine, and one in North Carolina. We added Wake Forest to the list of “possibles”, whose application wasn’t until fall, as well.
On the night of April 17, 2013, he found a CRNA school at Duke University. He told me, as I was falling asleep, that Duke’s application process ends May 1st. He said that there was no way he could get everything done in 2 weeks and maybe if he doesn’t get in to any of his Fall “possibles” that he could apply to Duke the following May. I told him to just try and if doesn’t get in, he would have practice in the process for when he applies for the fall. That night, he took a leap of faith and started the application process. He worked on his personal statement and contacted every one of his references. God works in mysterious ways. Everything was completed within 2 weeks! We didn’t know it then, but our life changed that night.
Mid-June, we found out he got an interview! In the end of July, we both flew down to Durham, NC for his interview.
We were in Oregon for a wedding and this day we took a day trip to Washington for a whale-watching excursion. We just parked to get on the boat and after a prank call from his mom; we got the phone call that changed our lives. That was on July 27, 2013- A little over 3 months when we took that leap of faith.
Duke was never on our “possibles” list and all the glory is to God. We tell people that this whole thing was totally a God thing. For hubs to find Duke 2 weeks before their application process ended, to get all the things he needed to be done, and for his references to get everything they needed to do in the short notice was totally a God thing. I think of that saying, “When you tell God your plans he laughs”. He laughs because he has something more glorious that you can ever imagine or dream.