3.20.2008

do you believe in miracles?

Because we sure as heck do! HE PASSED!!! Oh man alive, he passed. Whew. I think we're still numb from it all, but dang it, he passed! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. I know they were answered...

The test is split into two sections; two 50 question, 3 hour tests with a 30 minute break in between. According to Brad, he didn't do too well that first half. Each question was a doozy (we're talking like a full page for one question!) and the answers were near impossible to find. He feels like he had bombed it, it was that bad. So what did he do? He prayed for a miracle. And here's where you come in. Here's where God came in.

In all of the practice tests prior to that fateful day, the best Brad was getting was a 70%. Not great, but it was a passing grade and that's all that mattered (he only missed it by two points last time, bah). So he knew going into those last 50 questions that he needed to get at least a 90% in order to make up for the bombing before. You see where this is going? So he prayed. I was praying. We, you, were all praying. And God heard our prayers. Because each question on that second half was short and to the point. And each answer Brad either knew off the top of his head or was able to quickly find it in the MPEP, word for word. There was even one question (this gives me chills) where there were two very right answers. And he was distinctly "told" that this question was a trick question. It was a test question just thrown in there but would not count toward his overall score. Seriously. So he was able to move forward, answer each question and had 15 seconds to spare. And he believes, by the grace of God, that he got every question right. It was a flat out miracle.

And now he's a patent agent!!! He even gets a pay raise (he has a job at a local patent firm in Malibu, which is also a miracle in and of itself. It's perfect for him --for us as a family, really)! And now we can get rid of his pile of books (I don't even have a picture of the MPEP, but it's the size of those two yellow books put together. No joke.)! Hallelujah.

I cried out of relief and thanksgiving. It still makes me tear up. We are so blessed. So, so, so, so blessed.

Thank you. And thank God. *B

PS- I didn't win. But that would have been silly. I'm pretty sure I've reached my quota of blessings for the week...

31 comments:

  1. I am so so so happy for you guys!! You both have put a lot of work in and both deserve this!! It is not easy to have so much to study for and it is not easy to have a hubby that has such a huge test to study for, especially when you have a little guy at home. I applaud you both for a job nicely done, you are amazing examples to us all!!

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  2. I just want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. They were very needed.


    Brad

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  3. Congrats. what a relief. does it cover all the states or just california?

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  4. Congrats to both of you! Brad for passing and Beth for waiting through it!

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  5. Congratulations you guys! That's awesome and amazing! I'm so glad all your hard work has paid off!

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  6. I do believe it was God's way of paying you back for all the ways you have blessed other's lives...you are so far ahead of the blessings game--forget the quilt, I do believe you have a new car coming your way! :) jk

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  7. WAY TO GO BOTH OF YOU! This is GREAT news!

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  8. Congrats... I was thinking about you guys and wondering how he did... Good Job all of the hard work, and prayers, paid off. I am very happy for both of you!

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  9. Congratulations...to all of you. I know you are all very relieved. Good job Brad for working hard and passing the test!!!

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! WEEEEEHOOOOOOO!!!!! Way to go :) What a relief it must be :)

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  11. Congrats! I'm so happy for him, and you!

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  12. YAHOOOOOOOO! I'm so happy for you two. I hope Brad gets some good tlc. Great news. I miss talking to my B. My brother put on a firewall that won't let me use IM. Gonna have to talk to him about that. BIG HUGS to both of you. Nice, nice going.

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  13. Oh Beth, I can't even express my joy for your fam! If anyone deserves this it is you guys! Congrats and celebrate!

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  14. Shannon6:28 AM

    I don't know of anything better than getting a miracle when you need one, We've been fortunate to get lots of miracles. Congratulations to both of you!

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  15. Yay, GRATZ!!!!!! I remember my law teacher (in high school - it was an elective course, Intro to Law hehe) saying those were often PURPOSEFULLY MADE so you didn't have time to finish them. Bastards. lol

    GRATZ GRATZ GRATZ

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  16. Congrats! That is great news!

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  17. YES!!!!!!!!!!! That's sooo awesome!! Brad I'm so beyond happy and excited for you! Congratulations!!!
    Beth- oh my gosh and I soooo happy and so excited. If I was there w/ you we could hold hands and jump up and down and yell with excitement, that's how happy I am. :)

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  18. God is good!

    Thanks for sharing...I'm very happy for your family. ;)

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  19. Yay yay yay! What great news, congrats!

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  20. Happy day!! Congrats!

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  21. Congratulations!!! Give him a high five for me! :)

    What a wonderful feeling!! Great job!

    (And I hope you had a wonderful Easter!) ;)

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  22. Congrats on passing the test!

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  23. my email is ebmohler@sbcglobal.net
    thanks so much for passing along my email to Ellen. Take care! Becky

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  24. OH my goodness! Congradulations! I can't believe it's over! Now you guys can move where ever, right? AZ is always open, okay I know you hate it here. Good thing your family's here, you have to visit. By the way, your house is so cute! Fun to see your dwellings.

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  25. Hooray! Congratulations! I bet that is such a huge relief. Way to go Brad!

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  26. Happy Happy, Joy Joy!! We're so glad for you're little family around these parts, and know that you deserved that passing grade!

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  27. Hi there! :) My finals went very well!! :) And I got all A's in my four classes! Phew! Work hard and Play hard is my motto for life! :)

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  28. congrats brad! hope you guys had a fun date to celebrate!

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  29. Congrats, that's FABULOUS!

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  30. congrats! that is awesome! i'm sure you let out a big sigh of relief!

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You're currently in the process of making my day. So thanks for that! *B