You Know Your Husband is in the Seminary When (Part 2)

2 years ago I wrote about how you know your husband is in the seminary.  While those observations remain true, I have more to add.  Perhaps by the time my husband graduates, I will have the world’s greatest list of “You Know Your Husband is in the Seminary When. . .”

1.  You find his alb in the backseat of your car while running errands.  Apparently it never made it back to the church after the last weekend trip.

alb in car

2.  You hesitate when people ask where you are from.  Do they mean where you grew up?  Or do they mean where you have lived most of your adult life (which is hard to pinpoint)?  Or do they mean where you are currently living?

home is where your heart is

If you don’t understand this quote, you should watch “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog.” 🙂

3.  You never, ever throw out a cardboard box.  You know that the next move is always coming.


4.  You don’t really send out moving announcements, more of moving reminders.  At this point everyone should just assume that you are moving in the summer.

moving again

5.  You’ve given up on telling people that your husband is a vicar and just tell them he’s on internship.  Or, as my mom likes to tell people, he’s student preaching.

what is a vicar

I mean, I never even heard of a vicar in the LC-MS until college!

6.  You’re constantly humbled by the gifts people give you.  It’s not just the monetary donations, it’s the thoughtful presents like baked goods or decorations people happily give you because they appreciate your husband’s work.

Sometimes a Gift Means More Than the Giver Intended

7.  It seems like every other week you are happily celebrating a pregnancy announcement or the birth/baptism of a baby.  You’ve also wept and prayed for the families who have lost children due to miscarriage or stillbirth, something that is rarely talked about in our society.  


8.  You haven’t seen some of your closest seminary friends in a year or two because their husbands are in a different year than your husband.  Thank goodness for Facebook and e-mails!


9.  You find that you’ve somehow absorbed some of your husband’s theological ramblings.  Not enough to keep up with his classmates and him, but enough to have a vague idea of what things like Arianism and Antinomianism are.

spotty knowledge

10.  You have learned that faith in God doesn’t mean trust in your own strength to remain faithful in times of trial, but instead means knowing that He still gives you faith even when you’re at your weakest.  “In the same way [the Holy Spirit] calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith,” from Luther’s explanation of the third article of the Apostle’s Creed in Luther’s Small Catechism.

cross in the dark


2 Comments on “You Know Your Husband is in the Seminary When (Part 2)”

  1. And your boxes have scribbles all over them because when it’s time to pack up again it’s too much work to find the box you used last year for your picture frames. You just grab and go.
    Also, you never, ever fully unpack.
    #7 is great.
    Good post!

    • Katrina says:

      Thank you! We actually got a bunch of hand-me-down boxes last year from a family who had extra but were leaving for a call. Not only do we have boxes with scribbles all over them, they’re not even our scribbles! 🙂

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