It’s Officially Official

This little gem came in the mail on Friday.  Ben, Jude and I had just settled into our seats around the table for lunch when the doorbell rang.  Ben immediately wanted out of his chair…anytime the doorbell rings Ben is always the first responder (not to worry, we have a child safety lock on the front door so he can’t open it by himself).  Ben shrieked with excitement when he saw the rather large envelope sitting on our front door step.  The kid is obsessed with mail trucks, UPS trucks, FedEx trucks (you get the idea) and the packages they deliver.  He was completely beside himself when he discovered that our mail woman left a package at our door!  He ever so carefully carried the envelope inside and delivered it to the top of the bar in the kitchen (a safe place out of reach from tiny hands) until Jake could open it when he returned home from work that evening.  

Ta-da!!  (Cue ray of light from heaven beaming directly down onto certificate with the angels triumphantly singing the Hallelujah Chorus!!)

Finally, after waiting for it with much anticipation the certificate that makes everything officially official had arrived!!  Certified!  Public!  Accountant!

As most of you probably remember, Jake began studying for the CPA exam in April of last year.  We found out that he passed the Financial Section in mid-June, then the Regulation Section in mid-September, followed by the Auditing Section in late November.  He took the fourth and final section of the exam (the Business Environment and Concepts Section) on November 30th.  And just in time for Christmas, we learned that he had passed it too!!  It was a fantastic Christmas present!!  I remember the day Jake returned home after taking the fourth section in November, he looked like a different person.  I’m pretty sure he was walking on air and he had a huge grin on his face!  I’m not sure that either of us realized just how stressful the entire year-long process had been for all of us (but mostly him) until it was all over!!

Since that time in December when we received the final “passing” letter, we’ve been waiting.  Waiting for the certificate that arrived in the mail on Friday documenting that everything was completed (he also had to take an Ethics Exam in January that he passed with flying colors)!  Ahhhh, success has never tasted so sweet!  Words can’t describe how incredibly proud I am of Jake for passing the exam (not to mention on the first try!!) and how happy and excited I am that he we can put it all behind us now too!  

Congratulations, Jake…ahem, excuse me, Mr. CPA…a job well WELL done!  We love you!!

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6 responses to “It’s Officially Official

  1. WOOO-HOOOOO! Congratulations Jake! We are so proud of you and excited for you. What a huge accomplishment!
    Still trying to figure out how we can get our tushies to Florida soon. See you at New Year’s?
    Love you guys!

  2. Oma Leah

    Congratulations, Son. I can’t help but think of that day while you were still in high school and your dad brought that CFO magazine home for you. You took it politely and as you walked off he looked at me and said “that boy will do great things”. Sweet, funny, humble. And amazing. That’s you.

  3. Matt and Yvonne

    Congratulations Jake!

    I’ve read that of all the people who successfully pass all four CPA exams, less than 10% are able to pass all of the exams on the first try. Which just goes to show that Jake is the best of the best!

  4. Jill

    We are very proud of you Jake…!

  5. Manda & Joe

    Congratulations! We are so happy for you. All your efforts paid off.

  6. Rosemary Patmore

    Congratulations! I am happy for you all.

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