He received textbook after textbook in the mail, most several hundred pages in length, and he read every. single. page. Between his class schedule and studying (an average of 15-20 hours a week outside of class) Cason, Madeleine and I all made sacrifices. He missed a bachelor party ranch weekend, Madeleine's Fairy Bear debut at First Fest, all the men's nights for our Sunday School class, small group participation, Zoo Lights, Houston 1:8, and other opportunities for trips and social events with other couples. It amazed me how hard he worked and his relentless dedication was inspiring. He made time to study and watch extra sessions on trips, while he folded laundry, etc. His balancing act was incredible. He even had some help from some furry friends.
God was in every detail, and we were looking forward to the test finally happening in July so we could (hopefully!) move on with life. The Friday before his test was when his sweet Grandmother passed away. That made the week of the test a bit more stressful with trying to get to Denton and back for her services before his test, but we were grateful that the timing was that way instead of a few days later or while we were on the cruise.
Both days of the test (several hundred questions) Cason came home completely mentally drained. It was really very tough with all the details and exclusions, qualifications and math he needed to remember. At the end of the test, we just switched gears to the cruise and put it out of our minds (maybe I did a better job with that than he did!) since we wouldn't get results until several weeks later. The week of the anticipated results, he got a little gloomy. I didn't notice it as much because we'd had some sleeping drama with Madeleine, so I just thought he was tired. Last Tuesday (earlier than we thought) he called me while I was registering at Babies 'R Us. "I passed!" He said, when I picked up the phone. I was so confused with it being out of context, and he said "I passed my CFP test! I am in shock!" I was so excited for him, and he has a huge weight lifted off his shoulders. If he hadn't passed, he would be gearing up to start studying again to try again in November. YUCK. And we have a baby coming that month too - that wouldn't have been stressful at all. :) We were so grateful to the Lord for carrying us through this time. We had a great impromptu celebration that night with my parents at Escalante's. Madeleine and I are so proud of Cason for his dedication and stewardship of this opportunity, and we are thrilled he will have this to carry with him for the rest of his career. Way to go, Cason!