If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know about my husband, Andy who returned to university at the ripe old age of 47 to complete his Masters degree. Andy was a little nervous as he thought about studying alongside much younger students. Would he be able to keep up? Did he still have what it takes?  But Andy did it. He graduated last December with a Masters of Teaching ( primary).
Two months ago a letter arrived.
“Hey! Guess what? I finished my degree in the top 10% of my year. I’m on the Dean’s list.”
“Dean’s List? What’s that?"
“I’ve no idea but it must be something good otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered sending me a letter.”
Andy looked at me and I looked at him, and then we both started laughing. “Do you think they made a mistake? The letter has my name on it but perhaps they’ve got me mixed up with someone else.”
Andy threw the letter onto the ever increasing pile of paperwork on his desk, and he forgot all about it.
About a month ago, another letter arrived.
“Hey! Guess what? I finished my degree in the top 2% of my year. I’m going to get a Dean’s Medal.”
A Dean’s Medal? What’s that?”
“I’ve no idea but it must be something good otherwise they wouldn’t have sent me a letter.”
Andy and I looked at each other and started giggling. “I really think this time, they must have mixed me up with someone else.”
The letter was thrown on top of that even higher stack of paperwork and forgotten.
Two weeks ago, a third letter arrived.
“Perhaps they’re going to make you chancellor of the university,” I teased Andy. I was laughing.
“It’s the details about the awards ceremony. On Tuesday 7th June, I’m going to be presented with my Dean’s Medal… I’ll probably turn up and they’ll say, ‘We’re so sorry Mr Elvis but we’ve made a mistake. The Dean’s Medal was meant for someone else’.”
“We’d better go anyway… just in case.”
So last night Andy and I returned to the university. We walked through the door and up to the reception desk, where a woman was handing out name tags to all the graduates. Would there be one for Andy? There was an anxious moment as the woman sorted through the badges spread out on the desk in front of her. Then…Yes! I smothered a giggle and Andy tried not to look at me as he accepted his name tag, seat number and program, and listened to the directions of where to go. Then he too laughed.
“It looks like you are going to get a medal."    
“We’ll see. I haven’t been presented with it yet. There’s still time for them to find out I’m an imposter.”
The time ticked by. The presentation of the Dean’s Medals was the last item on the awards program. Finally, Andy was standing in line.
“Dean’s Medallist for the Masters of Teaching…. Andrew Richard Elvis!”
I tried to clap and take a photo and absorb this very special moment all at once, and failed to do any of them properly. It was all over far too quickly. All I remember is Andy’s happy face and a very proud feeling that swept over me.
Later Andy showed me his medal. He opened the blue velvet presentation box to reveal a large solid disc bearing his full name. Yes, the medal is his. There was no mistake. He’d earned it. It was meant for him.
I started thinking…
Why couldn’t Andy quite believe he deserved the medal? He has lots of talents, God given talents, talents he wants to use to do something worthwhile for God. And he worked so very hard. And with talent and hard work, God can produce miracles. Even Dean’s Medals.
We have all been given many talents, God given talents, talents we should be using to do work for God. I think about my own talents. What are they? How does God want me to use them?
Perhaps it is time to reassess…

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  1. Thanks for posting this Sue. Congratulations Andy. They didn't make a mistake, it was for you all along.

  2. Wow! Congratulations to Andy! It is hard enough to complete a degree with a houseful of children (according to my husband ;) ), but to finish in the top 2%? Amazing! And the most wonderful part is the peace that follows when you know you are following God's will. Well done to you too Sue - I know how hard it is to be the wife of a student teacher. God bless you.

  3. Thank you so much, Leanne and Natalie. That medal definitely belongs to Andy!

    I know you and your husband have followed along a similar pathway, Natalie. Only didn't you have 4 years of supporting each other, and not a couple like us? Yes, there is a marvellous sense of peace when it is all over and you know that is exactly what God wanted you to do. It wasn't easy at times, for all of us, having a husband and a father who was also a student, but it was so worth all those sacrifices.

  4. Congratulations, Andy! It's a wonderful achievement:)

  5. Thank you, Vicky. I will pass on your congratulations. Somehow I think this is the third time I have written about Andy's achievements and the third time he has had congratulations!! Oh well, he is worth it.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS to all of you as a family.

    May God bless you all always.

  7. Thank you, Victor. How kind everyone is, stopping and sharing our special moment. Your congratulations are very much appreciated. God bless you!

  8. Hi Sue, what a great of your husband's achievement! Going back to school after being in the workforce for many years, had to be challenging!

    I know one talent God has blessed you with, writing and being encouraging to others!! I'm sure you have many more!

  9. By the way, I like how you changes your template around... very pretty!

  10. Congratulations to Andy! What an accomplishment and an honor! I love the fact that he is a male teaching in primary school. Here, you don't find too many males in elementary ed. The world of education could use many more men like Andy!

  11. Well, you know one of your talents is writing - I smiled my way all through this post! Congratulations to your husband!

  12. Thank you everyone for your congratulations for Andy. He is so delighted that all my blogging friends have stopped by to share in his achievement.

    I totally agree, Dana. We need more male primary school teachers, more good male role models.

    "what are my talents?" - I meant it as a question to myself but Mary and Noreen you have been so kind trying to answer it for me. I really enjoy writing but sometimes I wonder if perhaps God wants me to do something else. I wonder if anyone else has crisis times when things seem uncertain.

    It is so lovely to see you here, priest's wife. Thank you for stopping and adding your congratulations.

    What a long comment! Aren't I blessed in my blogging friends?

    One last thing: Noreen, I changed my blog background at the weekend. I downloaded a 3 column minima template I'd made, by modifying the HTML of a 2 column minima, for one of my other blogs. I couldn't think of something to write about so I had fun changing the look of my blog instead.

  13. Hi Sue,

    Just to let you know that my book which you downloaded some weeks ago must have been "Golden Drops". "Golden Droplets" is another book published two days ago and contains entirely new stories. I hope you download it and enjoy it too. It is available FREE to all your readers from my Blog.

    God bless.

  14. Not reading things properly is a big fault of mine, Victor. I'm sorry! But now I am even more excited. A brand new book to download and read. Thank you!!! I will enjoy it, I'm sure. And I'll pass on your generous offer to my friends. God bless!

  15. Congratulations Andy! Your students will be blessed!

  16. Sue, I'm so impressed with your tech savvy! I'm not sure I quite understood what you meant by modifying your template? I know I need to work on mine but honestly, I have no idea how to go about it. I've been learning step by step :)

  17. Thank you, Misty! I have been passing on all the congratulations and Andy has been thrilled that so many people he doesn't know are happy for him. It's funny: Andy never reads my blog and has no idea what I write about him. I just read out the comments to him. God bless!

  18. Noreen, I have learnt so much about blog design just by trial and error and searching the Internet for information. It's not difficult, though changing the HTML can be fiddly. I am using one of the old templates called Minima. There are a number of free backgrounds for this template that I like. The standard Minima template is a 2 column design but I wanted 3 columns. So... I searched the Internet until I found an article on how to do this. I needed to go to 'design' and then to 'edit HTML' and then I had to change some of the codes. It sounds complicated but it was quite easy and anyway, I love a challenge! If I can help you with any changes to yur blog, just email and we'll work it out together!


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