Long time, no write… I know, but you know me by now and therefore you know flu season takes my earthly life for several months, so I’m not going to apologize this time. Ha, so there 😉 I’m in a quirky and silly mood today, and let me tell you why!!
Several months ago, Paul and I started thinking about where we’d like to end up eventually – for good. We were reading a book together, called “Start Your Family” by Steve and Candice Watters, which helped us see the value in making decisions now that will impact our family in the future. We knew we wanted to be near most of our family so that when we start expanding our family, our kids would grow up with their cousins and know the extended family rather well. Since his family lives in Iowa and Nebraska and my family live in Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, we figured that either Omaha or Kansas City would be a good place to start. Through the months we’ve prayed about it, we’ve weighed options and have talked repeatedly about our desires for our family; we were on the same page. We decided late this fall/early winter than come the new year, Paul would start looking for a job in the Omaha area first, and then in the Kansas City area if need be; that we’d go ahead and move toward setting down roots where we would like to be for a very long time.
It all started just before Christmas, when Paul sent out his resume to one company right before the holidays, this was just after he got confirmation that he passed the PE Exam and is now a licensed PE (Professional Engineer; think “Board” for doctors and “Bar” for lawyers…). The very next day, someone called him with a position in North Carolina! Granted, that was the wrong direction that we wanted to go and he told them so, but that was still pretty cool. After the holidays – in only one week – Paul got more calls about positions in Omaha and Colombus, NE, a few of which were pretty interesting. At this time, with all these people wanting phone interviews, Paul decided it might be time to let his boss (Jim) know and ask if he’d be willing to be a reference. I also had given my final notice at work (I originally talked with them at the end of November to tell them that it would be coming sometime in the first quarter so it shouldn’t have been a surprise but evidently it kind of was).
When Paul talked with Jim, he said that he would always be a reference for Paul whenever needed but then also proposed something that neither of us had thought would ever occur. He offered Paul a position to stay on with Peak Power (still be a full-time employee permanently) but work remotely from wherever Paul ended up. This offer blew our minds, because it just seemed over-the-top! Here, Jim is basically telling Paul that because of his value to the company, they are willing to incur additional and unforeseen costs to get him set up with an office wherever Paul wanted to go! Paul did bring up some complications it would bring if they wanted to move that direction, but said he would think about it. Jim told him that he’d like to try and work around those obstacles if possible to keep him. That was last Friday afternoon.
Yesterday (Monday morning), Jim came back to talk to Paul, and said that he had already spoken with the President of Peak Power and had the idea authorized with a green light if Paul was on board. Paul was given a “go” with keeping his current job permanently, same pay, same benefits, etc and still move to Omaha if he wanted. Paul accepted the offer, and we now have no obstacles to moving, except the time to find, buy and close on a house. Jim just wants to know when we’ve got a firm moving date so they can work on getting Paul set up with an office. So, now we’re sifting through all the “to do’s” and trying to get organized since our biggest hindrance in moving has swiftly been taken care of! It’s amazing to see all the pieces falling into place without our effort at all (I think that’s God working in the situation and getting us to where He wants us to be, which happens to be where we want to be too!)….
So that’s the story, and that’s why I’m super stoked and all excited… Of course, I will deeply miss my friends here, and will also miss the mountains like crazy too; this is just such a sweet sweet undertaking and we’re certainly stepping out, trusting that God will take care of the details and He’ll bring us the rest of the way! Soon, we’ll be living in Husker-land!!!