Friday, February 12, 2010

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Tom's interview this afternoon went very well. He was told he will have an offer letter in his in-box on Monday or Tuesday. He is really excited and feels energized about his career again. One week ago, he was contemplating getting out of engineering - he was so burned out. He was seriously thinking of possibly going back to school to become a Science or Math teacher. Now, he is amped-up and ready to start a new adventure.

I want to, once again, thank everyone who has helped, called, emailed, prayed, etc. for us this past week. Your thoughts and kind words have meant so much to us both. I told Tom that he would be surprised by his friends - both the ones who WERE there, and the ones who WEREN'T there. I found this out during my divorce years ago. The people you think will always be by your side, just disappear - but in their place, God inserts some really amazing and wonderful relationships. Tom has had both old and not-so-old friends display amazing support throughout the past 10 days. We are forever in your debt. We cannot thank you enough.

I will update more next week. We're going to the Denver Golf Expo tomorrow (oh, yippy) - and then painting the living room for a couple of days. We got all of the supplies the other day. Tom hasn't had any time to do this type of thing forever, so we thought we'd take advantage of his break from work to accomplish a few household tasks.

Have a super weekend. Again, our gratitude knows no bounds. Much love to you all.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cautiously Optimistic...

Tom has an interview on Friday - with a firm that he really likes and with people for whom he has a great amount of respect. Prayers are appreciated.

His interview on Tuesday went ok. He is hoping he doesn't get short-listed though. The job would require him to be out of town (in various parts of Wyoming) for 3 days each week for two years. This is NOT something we want for our family. We may have no option, but I would rather move than have him gone 3 days/week. He has already been gone so much these past several years...I just want him to be home again.

I am getting all ready for our big Olympics Opening Ceremonies party. We always watch the ceremony while eating "food of the hosting country" for dinner that night. I am cheating a little for Canada though - nobody else thought salmon, rice, and blueberries sounded very good. So we are doing Canadian Bacon pizza, Moosehead beer (for the adults), and Beaver Tails (crisp cinnamon/sugar pastries). Beaver Tails are a traditional canadian dessert, according to the nice couple seated next to me on my flight home from Santa Barbara in November. I cornered them when I found out they were from Canada. They were quite helpful though and told me all about Beaver Tails and how popular they are in Canada.

I will update when we hear about the results of the interview.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Dilbert Rocks!

This has been the Dilbert Cartoon saga for the past week. A little harsh - but I found it quite funny, considering our situation. You've got to find humor where you can sometimes. Please click on the graphic and you will be able to read the entire strip. Enjoy!

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Encouragement

We have had some great things happen in the past few days. Tom went to the WY Engineers Society Conference on Thursday and Friday. The support he received was amazing. A few people want him to contact them regarding a position. Also, he has a phone interview on Tuesday! He is still down, but slightly encouraged.

We've seen God's hand in so much this week. He was laid off at the beginning of the month, so he still has health insurance through February. It just happened to be the week of the WES Conference - lots of networking opportunities there. And he received a letter from a very old friend that was written on Sunday. His friend spoke of faith and hope and old times - and really was a welcome bright spot in Tom's week.

So, in spite of everything, we are comforted, encouraged, and so grateful that we have one another.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Lots going on around here. Some of it good, some if it...well, not so much. It is a great time of transition for our family. I know this is God's plan and it will all work out. I am just so impatient and want to know the outcome NOW.

Tom's boss showed up at his office on Monday and told him that he was being laid off, effective today. This is a huge blow to him. Apparently, Leonard (the new manager in Denver) felt that the economic potential in the WY market wasn't very good. Leonard wants super high-dollar projects, not the smaller ones that were available here. I equate this to the idea of a "Let's not worry about your paychecks - they're small potatoes - let's focus on winning the lottery" style of management. We'll see how this works out for him. It was Tom's piddly projects that have kept his office open for the past year. Nobody else was bringing in any projects. Of course, 4 hours after he received the news, his boss emailed to ask if Tom would be willing to do contract work for them, because nobody else had the knowledge to finish his small, value-less projects. Irony, huh?

It's been a rough week, but yet it has been filled with many blessings. So many people have contacted Tom and telling him that they are putting the word out that he needs a job. He had already applied for a couple of jobs with the State, which he is hoping to hear something on soon. So, for now, he is going to hang out with me and enjoy having a paid vacation for a little while (he got a severance pkg). Actually, he is trying to find another job, but is going to make the best of this time off - he has missed too much time at home due to work obligations so he is going to focus on spending some much-needed time with the children.

Brendan had some great news this week: his team won third place in the Indian Paintbrush competition. They worked so hard on this project. As a team, they have to read books from a selected list, then take a test on each book. I am so proud of his group. They were up against all of the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades - so 3rd place is pretty darn good!

Katie's big news is that she got to be the Special Helper at school yesterday. She is always VERY excited when she gets to be Special helper. She is also having her best friend over for a play date this afternoon. Life is perfect in her littl world.

I will update when I know more. Hopefully we'll have great news soon!