I want to do a Christmas post but I want to do this post first because it's more exciting!
Dustin wrote his final on the 21st of December and we found out he PASSED!!! We are so excited. We have worked so hard to get here and it hasn't been easy! Dustin started his apprenticeship right when we had Kyla, almost 7 years ago... Crazy. He was in his first year of school when we found out we were expecting the twins. So we moved to Fort Mac! He had a great job opportunity and lived with Jill and Travis for a few months until we could apply for the low income housing here. We had the twins and Dustin got a job out on site as a second year. Our goal the next year was to get him through school again. Our goal was to do school twice in one year. Once in the spring and again in the fall. He made it through Spring and in the Fall he was registered but worried financially we couldn't do it again. I honestly didn't care how poor we were or behind on bills we were, he was doing school! And he did! So he was a 4th year! The next spring was our plan to get him back to get his ticket. Well that's when we found out I got pregnant with Laken... So school got put on hold since we couldn't afford to do both and I needed him around for the birth and in trade school you can only miss 3 days until they kick you out. Anyways that year passed and then we tried to register him again the next spring but they filled up so fast we couldn't get him in! So we registered for the fall and I didn't care what it took, he was finishing that school! He is always concerned about finances, so I booked myself solid for photos (which was a bad idea and I paid for later) but it did help financially. Anyways, while Dustin was in school, Jayci had her tonsils out, Kyla had a specialist appointment, I found out about my health issue (which i'll update on later), Halloween AND Christmas! I'd say we had a lot of obstacles to get here but he did it and we can FINALLY move on with our life! He can get a better job out on site and we can get a house this year and pay off a lot of things! It's crazy how long we have been talking about him and "WHEN he gets his ticket" and now he HAS IT!!
I can't imagine the pressure that's been lifted off his shoulders, even though he never says anything, I know he has been so stressed about providing for a family of 6. He has done great and worked so hard. I know he is going to do awesome in his career. He's been told on numerous occasions that when he has his ticket he'll do good things and the guys at work even joke how he's going to be their boss. He's such a people person and anyone who knows him, loves him. He doesn't have an enemy in the world and is nice to EVERYONE. He's such a great example. The girls adore him and are so excited when he gets to be home. They day he passed his test they surprised him at the door with a huge "CONGRATULATIONS DADDY!" Presley yelled "Happy New Year!" But close enough...
Anyways, I wanted to document this huge accomplishment. Not many people can finish school with a family as big as ours and everything we've been through. I'm SO excited to see what this year brings for us!
We love you and are so proud of you!!