Andrew signed on the line and sent in his deposit. He is now a member of the class of 2012 at.....Furman University. He had an overnight campus visit a week ago which confirmed his leaning. He hopes to study French and Political Science (with a focus on international affairs). He'd like to play the cello in the orchestra. He has also applied for a summer trip to China which is open to 12 incoming students. We're waiting to hear about that. Great things ahead!
We have now guided four children through high school at home and navigated the college admission/decision process together. What a journey! Two more to go. I am so very thankful for the Lord's leading and provision for our children in this area. He has provided abundantly above and beyond what we could have imagined. We are blessed and grateful.
Number one son finishes college soon, graduating May 17. Wow! Those four years flew by. Jonathan will be going to India this summer to work in an orphanage for several weeks and do some traveling. Then he'll be back to the Boston area for a few months before leaving again for Egypt after Christmas. He will spend 2009 as the program intern in the Middle East Studies Program that he attended as a student back in the fall of 2006.
Why such an international focus for these sons? I think a big part of it was our year in Cameroon (2001/02). Eyes were opened to different cultures and languages and hearts moved to travel beyond the borders of our typical American lifestyle. I have a feeling these two boys will be living abroad more in the years ahead. They are both gaining facility in new languages, Jonathan in Arabic and Andrew in French, and both strive for fluency. Living where you have to speak the language is critical. Really knowing a language is a key to really getting inside a culture and coming to true understanding. Study abroad was a highlight of Jonathan's college years and Andrew already has hopes of spending at least a semester and maybe a year in France as part of his studies. Hope I can visit!