Remember this post? Well, Glen did accept the assistantship. This means he only has to pay half of his tuition and he gets a small stipend. This was already awesome and amazing. However, more good news came to us yesterday. I would like to preface this with some backstory. When Glen applied to ASU, he searched for information on the faculty of his program. He wrote an email to the previous dean of the Music program. He started writing back and forth to get more information on his specific program. When he was admitted, she sent him a congratulatory email and said she was excited that he was offered and had accepted the assistantship. She also invited him to coffee. Not really knowing how to respond to a coffee break invitation, he never wrote her back. However, she did not take offense. In fact, she sent him an email last week saying she had heard about the Dean's fellowship which is an award of up to $10,000. Students have to be nominated by the dean of their college and they have to show need in their FAFSA. She said we just had to say the word and she would send her nomination. Glen didn't even have to fill out an application or anything. We told her to please send it but that we didn't think he would qualify since we both were working full-time all last year.
She sent an email on Monday morning saying she had sent the nomination. By 3 pm that afternoon, she sent another email saying he had received the full fellowship! I can't believe it! Glen has never paid for school and I guess this trend will continue. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who has been taking care of us as we make these choices for our family. It is not easy to decide to quit a job in "this economy" (as people really like to say) to go back to school but we are continually reassured that it is the right decision! We believe in the blessings of paying tithing!
I love getting our pictures taken because I think my family is beautiful. I really wanted to get some newborn photos of Ollie because I regretted not getting any done of George.
Little Oliver is now over 3 weeks old. He has surpassed his birth weight and just keeps growing. I have not had to supplement at all this time around which makes me very happy! Breastfeeding is such a cool experience and it really is a special bonding time with my baby. He is a happy baby. He rarely cries. When he does it is because I have waited too long to feed him. I usually have to wake him up during the day to feed him. I just let him sleep at night because I like to sleep at night.
George still can't get enough of him. If he sees me without the baby at anytime, he goes searching for him. He likes to hug but he's a little rough. And he really likes to pat Ollie's back which is fine until he starts patting his head with the same amount of force...
Maternity leave has been a blessing. It is hard not to have the income but it is really nice to be able to leave the house or take a nap at will. I am trying to make sure I spend a lot of time with George so he doesn't get jealous.
Glen has two weeks left! Well, a week and four days. School's almost out!!