Hannah and I had been driving for 14 hours. We were tired. At 3 a.m., we passed the city limit sign of Bloomington, Indiana, found a remote spot in a Wal-Mart parking lot, and slept. (I suppose if we were a better class of people, we would have slept in the Sears parking lot.)
After sunrise, we downed a Subway egg and sausage foot long, then headed to the sprawling campus of Indiana University. It was huge. Massive buildings made of light gray Indiana limestone accommodated more than 40,000 students. Large groves of hardwood trees allowed the school to recently claim the most Green Campus Award.
Hannah has been accepted into the Indiana University Graduate School of History, one of the nation’s top 20 history graduate schools. They were the top university on Hannah’s wish list that offered the degree program she wanted – a Master’s in U.S. History with a concentration in Public History, a degree that emphasizes making history relevant to the visitors of public places such as museums, national parks, and other historical venues. The degree leaves the door open for Hannah to pursue a doctorate in the future if she chooses to do so.
We spent Saturday and Sunday touring the town, looking for an apartment to rent. On Sunday, we attended a Southern Baptist church that met in a theater, having an active evangelism outreach to university students. On Monday, Hannah met with several professors in the graduate history department, and interviewed for a possible graduate assistant job at the school’s Visitor Center. Please pray with us that Hannah will get this job. Not only would it help much with expenses, but it would give her an avenue to be a Christian witness.
The others are all doing well: Martha at Liberty University, David and Sara, as well as Hannah, in their jobs, and Jonathan finishing up his last year of high school. In May, Jonathan will return to the same summer job he had last year at the Baptist Association Camp. In keeping with my goal of making memories with my kids this year, Hannah, David, and I will be traveling to Big Bend National Park next week for a couple of days of hiking and adventure.
September will find me before long, so I continue to enjoy my time with my kids while I can.