Sunday, January 22, 2012

Working hard for the money

I had this great plan to take pictures every day this year. I didn't do it. I also planned to blog every day. I'm not doing a very good job of either! This post is boring without pictures, so I'm including completely unrelated cell phone pictures from this week to make it more interesting. =) (And yes, they are almost all of Coen. I promise I love my other children just as much!)

I start back to school at the beginning of next month and this month I have been helping John with his job hunt here as much as possible, even when the most I could do was be moral support. When John moved here in December, he did it without a job. He had spent a couple of months searching for jobs here from Florida but it didn't go very well, so he ended up deciding to take one of those steps of faith we always talk about and move here before securing a job. He had been at his previous job for over 7 years, so this was pretty huge.

See the baby? John was doing laundry and cracked himself up.

It was pretty scary for both of us (And possibly stupid, which is why I didn't post about it before). We saved up enough money to get through January job searching and did a whole lot of praying, and John did a whole, whole lot of job searching. The first couple of weeks were tough. I had a hard time figuring out how to be supportive without being overbearing, and sometimes that meant we went along to pick up applications or hung out in the car while he went to interviews, just so that I could be there to be a sounding board when he got done or even just be there for moral support.

 Harris and Coen at Harris' 2nd B-day Party! Harris LOVES babies!

The month was about half over when we started to get a little (a lot) stressed out, but I still felt a real peace about it all. Then one day he got a call for a job that he had had applied to quite some time before that we'd never heard back about. It was basically his dream job, and it's only ten or fifteen minutes from our place. We were both really cautiously optimistic, and he started on a series of interviews with some different people in the company. 

Coco and Jo!

After his final interview on Friday the phone rang and he answered and was quiet for a very, very long time. I was sure it was bad news, and I my head started spinning with different ways to make him feel better. But finally, he smiled, got off the phone, and told me he was offered the job!

Date Night! Pretty Exciting. 

I'm just so proud of him! This is the kind of job he's been dreaming of for a really long time and I think getting it really made him feel validated. I know he's happy to be here with us, but I also know how important it is for men in general to not only feel like they're providing for their family but also feel good about what they do, and I know that at this job he will be able to do both!

So proud of him.

And that's been our week. 

I swear I'm going to get better about posting. Stop laughing. I'm serious.

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