I did get into urgent care today and they did x-rays and confirmed it was broken. So, I'll be sportin' a fashionable black medical shoe (to act as a splint since you can really cast the forth toe), buddy-wrapped toes and a beautiful shade of purple-blue skin on my puffy foot! ;) I'm actually feeling fine, it doesn't really hurt unless I put pressure on it or bend it when I walk. Of course, they told me to keep it elevated and iced over the next couple days, and to get plenty of "rest" - whatever that is! ;)
Why, do you ask, was I running like a maniac for the phone all day yesterday? Well, I'll tell you, so I can justify my stupidity a bit! :) We received a phone call yesterday morning from the President of Efficient Attic Systems (http://www.efficientattic.com/) wanting to talk to Collin about a job opportunity. Of course Collin wasn't home, so I took a message and after a round of phone-tag, I was finally able to give him a number to reach Collin. I figured once Collin spoke to him, he would call me back and let me know what it was all about - hence all the maniacal running for the phone every time it rung. (See, it doesn't sound too stupid now... right? Okay maybe it still does.)
Anyway, the phone call turned out to be quite interesting after all. He told Collin a bit about the company (located in Dallas with offices in Houston) and that, because of their growth, they're opening a location in San Antonio - and they're interested in Collin for the Director of Operations for the new San Antonio location!! Crazy, right? Basically, he'd be starting the offices out there, with the Sales Manager and Installation Manager directly under him, and he'd answer to and be trained by the heads in the corporate office in Dallas. They had a good long phone call and it ended with Bob, the President, asking Collin to call him during the 2nd week of September so that he can have things on his end prepared, and so they can discuss a possible interview in Dallas when Collin is there for this hiring conference during the 3rd week of September. The only concern was that he's looking for this new Director of Operations to start in October (not sure when in Oct) so they'd be ready to open up the new business around January, and we're not sure how quickly we'd be able to separate from the AF in order to get down there in time for October. We figured God will make the timing work if this is the position He wants for Collin - but again, it's all a waiting game.
Well, that's my update. The 10th of September will be a big day for us, since that's when we'll find out whether Lucas Group will have any/how many interviews for Collin in Dallas, and he'll get to talk to Bob at Efficient Attics again. Please be in prayer for us over these different opportunities, that God will show us where to go from here. As always, we appreciate all the dedication of our family and friends to pray for us during this time! We definitely feel your prayers! :)
I've been struggling over the last few days with my spirits being down over all this, but I think it's primarily been due to a cold that's was on it's way, and has now hit me in full force. I'm actually feeling better now that I know why I was feeling so crappy! As soon as you make the decision to trust God wholly, it seems like that's the moment you're attacked on all sides. Fortunately, we had some encouraging things happen yesterday. Collin was search monster.com for more job postings and found one for an H-E-B (big grocery store in Texas) Warehouse Manager. He thought it looked good, so he applied and monster sent him back a bunch of other postings similar to the one he applied for. After looking them through, we were happy to see there were several others that he was interested in and qualified for! He ended up applying for 5 or 6 more positions yesterday, which really raised our spirits, because we felt we were in a dry spell where there just weren't any new postings that applied to him. On top of that, he heard back from one of those companies a few hours after we applied, stating that they were interested in him for the position and wanted him to send his resume in a Word doc and fill out his answers to some "pre-screen" interview questions! Yea! :) Finally, a company in San Antonio that we'd be interested in has gotten back to us - and pretty quickly too! Anyway, whether this is where God will ultimately place us, we don't know, but it really helped our spirits and feel like the ball is finally rolling!
Thank you all for your continued support, thoughtful e-mails and phone calls and especially all the prayers! I say again, keep 'em comin'! Much love to you all!
Here's Moira showing off her pretty flower and the lollipop she got for being so cute!
I had a little business going for myself in Montana, making these for people who asked me to do so, and I enjoyed getting the chance to do it again! I feel that these are that much sweeter because of the spirit in which they're being given!
I think I might start offering up my services again, and make them for people - I enjoy it so much! :) Dara has ordered 3 more now that these are complete!
These "Groovy Gal" flops are totally me!
"Bahama Mama's" are too cute too!
I also *love* these "Paisley Princess" pair!
If you want a pair as badly as I do, you can check them out at http://twinklingtootsies.com/. She's even having a Grand Opening sale on all flops through the 26th of this month! :) Anyway, I just had to share a great find with all my nearest and dearest out there! Don't be surprised if the next time you see me I'm sporting a pair -- I've already put the bug in Collin's ear as a birthday or Christmas idea -- *wink wink*! :)
While we were home in Texas visiting, we received news that we'd been caught in the Air Force RIF (reduction in force) and that we have until the 29th of January to separate. Whoa - big news, I know. We actually knew that his year group was up for the RIF board, and seriously considered taking the voluntary separation pay and getting out, but decided in the end that we weren't ready to make that decision ourselves. Now that the decision has been made for us, we're really feeling quite peaceful about it... we know that this is God closing a door for us, which means He has something much better planned for us, and hopefully it's at home in San Antonio! :) So, since then we've been doing the whole job search thing and praying that God will lead us back to San Antonio to be in the city we love, with all the family & friends we miss so dearly! We feel blessed that we have almost 6 months to find a job (although we can get out sooner if we find a job sooner) and that we'll be getting a decent separation allowance once we do separate.
Our interim pastor preached a message on Sunday about following God's will for your life and trusting God's plan, and he said something that struck me and seemed very timely: "God's still on the throne." Meaning that no matter how much of a surprise this was to us, it wasn't to God; that just because we don't know what's next for us, God does and everything is going according to HIS plan! Whew, what a relief that is. We know God is using this experience to teach us to trust Him more and have patience (especially for me) that everything will work out in His timing. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
We appreciate all the prayers that so many of you are lifting up for us, keep 'em comin'! We'll be sure to post updates on the job search as we have new information. Thanks for your love and support, what a wonderful group of family and friends we've been given - you're all blessings to us!