So earlier in the week I posted about Sean being accepted into the biomedical engineering program. That was one big step. BUT there was still one other BIG hurdle. His GI Bill benefits, which he has almost exhausted, would not cover all of his out-of-state tuition, which would have been $10,000.....for one semester!!!!!! Soooo, our hope was to change from Ch 33 benefits to Ch 31 benefits. More on that later. However, if that didn't work, he was going to drop down to part-time school and a full-time job so that he would be considered a resident and therefore be able to afford the classes. Well, yesterday we found out that he was approved for Ch 31 benefits!!!!!!!!! Now, I don't understand it all, but the main things are...........they will pay for him to receive his Bachelors, which wouldn't have been possible under the other because he had almost used up all the money. They will also pay for his tuition in full...........the 10,000 this semester and the other upcoming semesters where he is still considered out-of-state and then they will pay for the in-state tuition, as well. They will pay for all of his books while he is in school and they will pay the $200+ parking fee that is due every semester. They will also give him between $1200-$1500 for a new lap top. Finally, he will get BAH monthly (housing allowance) so he won't have to work and go to school. That, along with financial aid (grants) for him and the financial aid (also grants) for my schooling and the scholarships I received and the money we had saved, I should be able to stay with the children till the beginning of next year and then hopefully, prayfully only work prn (as needed).
We are so incredibly grateful and thankful for God's goodness and grace and for the too numerous to count doors that he has opened for us, which has allowed for this huge life changing journey he has placed us on. I feel as if I am dreaming. He has given us our hearts' desires. This is all spoken in humility and certainty that we are undeserving of it all.....or any of it for that matter. We must also remember to praise God in the good and the bad and to serve Him, love Him, keep Him first in our lives, and diligently read His word, worship Him, fellowship with other believers, and raise our children to know Him and love Him. Have faith!!!!!!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.