Grammy and Moira on the way to Windcrest to see the lights.
Grammy and Moira on the way to Windcrest to see the lights.
I wanted to take a couple minutes to share some good news with y'all though. We wrote out our last and final check to the last school loan we had today! Woo hoo! We've been trying to knock out as much debt as we can before we move back home, so this is something we're joyful about... I wish we would've done it sooner! So, we have the rest of the van left to pay-off and a tiny bit of our last credit card and we'll be completely debt free. Thanks to Dave Ramsey for the plan to get debt free and inspiration to do it. Oh, and thanks to Annie & Travis for inspiring us too with their recent "debt-free" status!! :) Thanks for letting me share our excitement with you!
The kids counting their loot after a hard night's work, with the puppy watching very carefully!
The good thing about it is that John took Collin's resume to their Human Resources person, and she suggested he take it to Jon in the Technical Insights division, because he's looking for a few people. So, John took it to him, Jon looked it over and said Collin's resume looked really good. He asked what our time frame is and how soon Collin would be available, since the position is open right now. He told John to please tell Collin he'd be calling him in the next couple weeks (by the end of the month) to discuss the opportunity with him. This position is for an Analyst in the Technical Insights division, which Collin is really interested in. One day he could be researching SATCOM systems and the next day it could be heart monitors... and for those of you that know Collin well, you know that would be PERFECT for him! He's so smart and always interested in the way things work and will get these urges to go research the way things work, just because he wants to know. :)
Please be in prayer over this opportunity for us! We decided yesterday to try to move our separation date up to the 12th of January, which after 6 weeks of terminal leave, would put us in San Antonio around the 3rd of December. It's a bit of a risk, as there's no guarantee we'll have a job by then, but we're just at the point where we need to be in San Antonio soon, and we can't do as much from here. It means forfeiting about a week and a half of pay, but we think in the long run it'll be worth it. We're very excited to get home and start making a life for ourselves there! We know God is in control of this whole thing, and we're so thankful that He is. Thank you for all of your prayers, support and encouraging notes and e-mails - God blessed us so with such wonderful family and friends!
Moira being "beautiful" for the camera in Mommy's new scarf from Iraq that Mommy's best friend sent for her birthday! (Thank you Aunt Dara, we love it!)
Here's Ian finally getting to wear Moira's poncho in the car, preceding a bit of a hissy fit after being told he's a boy and boys don't wear pink ponchos! ;)
Last week, through "coincidental" means, we got a lead on a possible job for Collin. My dad teaches a couple computer courses at Northwest Vista College and has an older student, John, that had been absent from the last few classes. When my dad asked him what was going on, he explained that he's been really busy with work. That lead to a discussion where my dad found out he works in the aerospace defense division of a consulting/market research company called Frost & Sullivan. Dad, as a gee-wiz, asked him if there were any job openings, and told him a bit about our situation. According to my dad, John's eyes lit up when he heard that Collin was a Space & Missile guy and said he'd been interested in getting Collin's resume. So, John e-mailed us with his contact info, we sent off Collin's resume and cover letter to him, and they had a good hour+ long conversation last Thursday on the phone. John told Collin he looked like a good candidate for the Analyst position and then he hand-delivered Collin's resume to his boss for us on Tuesday. According to John, he expects we should hear from his boss by the end of next week, so we're now trying to wait patiently and hoping for the call. This looks like it could be a very good opportunity and Collin would be great at this particular position, so we're feeling cautiously optimistic.
Now that I've caught you up, I sincerely ask for your prayers over this job opportunity. As I've said, it seems to us like this could be "it" but we don't know what God has in store for us. I would ask (so boldly) that you pray this would be the job God's been planning for us all along, that I'll be patient and wait on God's timing, and that God will continue to give us His peace. We know God is in control, that He has a plan for us and that He'll continue to be ever faithful! Thank you for your prayers for us, loved ones, we count each and every one of you as blessings in our lives!
2. Sweetie (Collin)
Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
Two Things You Would Want (or have) in a relationship:
Two things you like to do:
Two Things You Want Very Badly At The Moment:
2. ...for that job to be in San Antonio
2. continued knitting a prayer shawl for a friend
2. San Antonio, TX to Vandenberg AFB, CA
Two Favorite Beverages
2. Temporary Personnel Coordinator/Career Placement Coordinator
Two movies I would watch over and over
2. 13 Going On 30
1. Berlin, Germany
2. On a Disney Cruise with all of my family!
Waiting for his haircut... and doing the cha-cha?!
Riding the carousel at the dollar store as his "treat" for being so good during the haircut!
This is my "February" page for the calendar swap I'm in. I made 13 of these in all.
Here's a view of the calendar "candy" I made to go with it.
Perhaps if I'm feeling very productive (or Ian's feeling better) I'll post more on our weekend later! Enjoy your weekend, all you readers in the blogosphere! :)
Isn't this hilarious? Ian insisted on trying the mustard on his french fries - and can you believe he liked it? What a brave little boy!
My other "little boy" was not brave enough to try the mustard, but he did try a new beer from Copenhagen, Denmark.
Are vikings supposed to be this cute?