Sunday, October 28, 2007

Dreams Can Come True!

After 6 months of desperately trying to find a new job for when Dan got out of NOAA (he's with us now!!!); after 6 months of stress about where we would be living and how we would support our family; it all has come together in the last few days!!! Two weeks ago, Dan sent a resume to SAIC and they called him five minutes later. The next day he interviewed for the job, and exactly one week later he accepted a great offer. The day after he got the offer was his resignation date from NOAA, he hopped on a plane, and was with us in Virginia. We have had the most wonderful week being together as a family again.

The job, which Dan starts tomorrow, is for SAIC, and he'll be at an office in Stafford, VA (more specifically, Garrisonville). And here's the best part: we found our dream home just a few miles from the office! We go to settlement in axactly one month. Now, for all of you who don't know this part of the country, Stafford is where people go to buy big houses that they could never afford in the DC area. But they work in the DC area, so everybody commutes up. With no traffic, it's a good 45 minute drive from Garrisonville to Falls Church, and if you need to actually get into the District, we're talking longer. Throw in a TON of commuter traffic, and it becomes a two hour commute -- each way! We are so blessed to get to live there AND work there. We can afford a house and we don't have to exchange it for family time -- Dan can still bike to work! And no more months away at sea!!!

We feel so blessed. Our Heavenly Father loves and takes care of His children. We know this because He has shown us in so many ways. So many times in our marriage -- and before (ask sometime about the road to our marriage and I can give you a list...) -- we have come to a crossroads and had no idea what to do or how to make things work. But every time the Lord has guided our lives so that the right things happen at exactly the right times. So while we stress for 6 months about what we will do, the Lord already knows what we need, and He pulls it all together for us in the last few days. We are constantly reminded of His great love for us and our family -- and you and yours!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

"My Mommy Is Amazing"

Okay, so this story isn't so flattering to myself, but it was so funny I just have to share. Tonight, Jake was on the phone with Dan while I was getting dinner on the table - or at least trying to get dinner on the table. Here's the problem: I could not get the chicken from the baking dish onto the plates. I literally threw every piece of chicken I touched onto the floor, much to the dogs' delight, but much to Jake's dismay. And it went something like this (actually, it went exactly like this):

Jake (on phone): "Mommy keeps dropping the chicken on the floor!"
Jake (still on phone): "It's not funny!"

Jen (laughing hysterically): "Yes, it is!"

Jake: "Oh no, Mommy thinks it's funny, too!"

So poor sweet Jake was pretty upset by the fact that both of his parents were taking such a devastating waste of good food so lightly. And then it happened. I successfully transferred a piece of chicken from the dish to a plate!

Jake (on phone): "She did it! She didn't drop the chicken! My mommy is amazing!"

Wow. And there you have it. Proof that I really am an amazing mother...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

BV Boys

The boys and I are so very excited and happy to be going up to Northern Virginia this weekend. Dan is finally coming out to the East Coast to join us! And he may even have a job soon, too... But a part of all our hearts will be left here in good ol' Buena Vista, home of the "Buenaversity" (thanks Tommy), aka Southern Virginia University, and of course Bob and Della's house. When we came down here a few months ago I had no idea how many old friends we'd find still hanging out in the Virginia hills. And now all those fun people I went to school with are all grown up with little ones of their own! What great times we've had! Jake and Jackson (my old roomie Joyelle's little man) were best friends as soon as they met, and even got to go to preschool together! I just love seeing the two Jacksons running around together. And it's been kinda nice to be the "Nugget" again, too! We'll miss you BV!
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