Can’t Hold Back

No Richard Armitage in this, but I am bursting with joy over what’s going on at the Frenz household. SO and I are beside ourselves. Son, who was able to get the first two years of his college paid for, is about to score a scholarship to pay for the last two years. He has three schools in particular competing to give him the most money, and they are strong in the subject that interests him, math. We talked about his options over the Christmas break and knew he was working on this, but we didn’t know how good it was going to be until one of the coaches called SO and I last night in an attempt to sway Son.

I cannot believe this is happening, but when I think about what this boy has done, it makes sense. He has busted his backside for years, and it’s paying off. He was a several time state winner and record holder in high school, has been an All American long distance runner at the college level for his first two years as well as being an Academic All-American due to keeping his GPA at 3.75 or better. If he can hold that GPA, he is going to be in the running for Phi Beta Kappa. Did I really just type Phi Beta Kappa?! And this was the boy who said he could not do as well as his older sisters. They do still have him beat on GPA (one has a 3.8 and one has a 3.9), but they have not had his obstacles with dyslexia nor taken on the kind of slavish athletic schedule he committed to back when he was a sophomore in high school. Oh, they have their successes as well, and sometime I may go off on another tangent and brag about them (in fact, count on it.), but today, I had to say something about my son.

Now for the best part. He’s still a sweethearted kid. He has always been sensitive to the underdog, and has never been haughty about his achievements. May he never lose that! And I give him the utmost respect for this because I know it hasn’t been easy in the face of all the adulation he’s received from peers, teachers, coaches, employers and frankly, the almost godlike treatment he’s received in our little town. Most everyone here has let him know on many, many occasions how great they think he is, and I’m proud of the fact he continues to see himself as just a person, ’cause he is. LOL! And when I go to bed at night and start reviewing what is going on with my children, I know the Lord let my son’s “disability” into his life for a good reason — to be the making of him.

The athlete at work:


This photo is from high school and was edited by bccmee (I really appreciate that), so it could be hung in the trophy case at school along with his stats and his shoes.


    I love great news…there’s so much negative all the time…came to FB today to see if RA could give me a sigh and a smile (yesterday was a negative day here : ( …), but to find this wonderful post instead was almost as good. Thanks for the smile.

  2. Thank you! I hope it will be an encouragement to other parents who have kids with dyslexia.

  3. What a proud Mama you are, and rightfully so! Awesome achievements.

  4. Thanks, Elaine. Yep, I admit I’m proud and SO is holding even with me. :D Let’s just say we’re pretty happy this morning.

  5. I understand, our youngest has add and mild autism. So when she has a major accomplishment, whether at school or participating in Sp Olympics we get very excited too. She is blossoming everyday and it’s a joy to see her proud of herself and excited to take on a new challenge. We too are proud parents. Have a wonderful day. Judi

  6. What a wonderful story–you are rightfully proud of your son and don’t mind telling others about it, which I think is terrific. Many, many congratulations to both of you and al the luck in the world to your son. Almost as good as an RA update!

  7. Thanks for sharing that, Judi. It’s so hard to see our kids struggle, but such a wonderful feeling to see them blossom!

    Thanks, Stephanie, and I’ll take that comment about an update as high praise indeed. :D

  8. Congratulations. That is great news

  9. Congratulations to you and yours Frenz! Maths is soooo tough. I studied it at University and always struggled, only scraping a pass, so have great admiration for anyone who excels at it.

  10. Rejoicing with you & SO!! What an incredible accomplishment and you have every right to brag. You’re a proud momma!

    As a parent with two dyslexic daughters, this gives me encouragement as a parent. Thank you. Individuals with dyslexia work harder than most and they truly strive for the best. I firmly believe that God allows our “disabilities” into His “abilities”. As I tell my girls, “God could use your dyslexia and use it for good”. Then I share with them examples of individuals who had/have dyslexia: Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Stephen Speilberg, Orlando Bloom (they get a kick out of that one), and etc….

    Please give your son our regards and let him know we’re very proud of him!

  11. I know your heart is just bursting with pride, and rightly so! As a teacher, I know how challenging his academic experience has been, yet he pushed to excel in spite of what he could have used as an “excuse”.. All of this speaks well of you and your SO as parents. You did and are doing something right! :)

  12. Congratulations, proud Mom.

  13. WOW that is such fantastic news for you! Its nice to hear that there are decent, hard working, kind, generous and high achieving young men out there – all we seem to hear and see are the opposite these days! You must be really proud. I hope my son grows up to have all the poitive attributes that your son displays.

  14. Yeah for your son!

  15. Congratulations to your son and your family ! You must be very proud of your son. :-)

  16. It is so great “to rejoice with those who rejoice”! Way too much weeping with those who weep around our little town lately. I couldn’t be prouder if this was my kid. One of our sons was told he was “dumb” back in grade school. Long story and since this Frenz’s blog, I won’t bore you. Totally been in your shoes and was tempted to take out an ad in the local newspaper when he graduated from college Cum Laude! And bccmee did a fantastic job on that pic! I love it!!!!

  17. What an amazing person you are! Thanks for sharing your soul, wit,wisom and now your wonderful son with us groupies out here. You are in my prayers. Seriously!

  18. That’s awesome! It’s always fun to hear about good things happening to good people. Congratulations!

  19. Congrats! :) Best of luck to your son!

  20. Congratulations all round! No wonder you feel so proud at this fantastic accomplishment. It obviously couldn’t happen to nicer people. God bless you all – now, and in the future.

  21. That is awesome, Frenz! I’m happy for your family. Sounds like you’re blessed with a great bunch of kids. :)

  22. Frenz, you’ve done a good job (with a little help of your SO;))

  23. Am so glad you shared this with us – thank you. Am also glad for the joy you are feeling – he earned this, he worked for it – fantastic.

  24. My thanks again to all of you for the kind thoughts and good wishes. I’ll take ’em! and certainly pass them on to my son as well. :)

  25. That is awesome news! Congrats to all.

  26. Congratulations to you both :)

  27. That’s brilliant! So happy for all of you! :)

  28. I don’t know why I didn’t see these last comments, but I want you all to know how much appreciate them and you!

    Frankly, my son being able to pay for his own college through his hard work has not only been a blessing to him, but to SO and I whose ability to help him financially has been impaired significantly this last year. And for the record, he’s headed to Oregon to run at a college up there. No names as I still try to keep some anonymity, but for the uninitiated in the world of running, Oregon is the place to be for a runner in the U.S.

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