Although we physically lost our Jake on January 27th, today is the day I remember most from 11 years ago. I remember the meeting I was in when I checked my voicemail and heard the doctor's voice. I remember walking into the doctor's office and thinking "what do I say I am here for" (I didn't call the doctor back, I had Pete meet me there because I didn't want to hear the news over the phone). I could recite almost every word that was said while we heard the worst news. I remember driving to my parents' house and walking in the familiar back door and just shaking my head when they came around the corner. I remember the hug from my dad that made me feel loved.
But what I remember the most was God's voice. He guided us through and He carried me when I couldn't go on my own. He kept His promise that He would not forsake me.
He healed my heart with the birth of Davis.
He made my heart whole with the surprise of Matthew (I found out I was pregnant with Matt at the same gestational age that we lost Jake).
The Joy does indeed come in the Morning and today that is what I am going to CELEBRATE.
Eleven years ago today we received some news that started our lives into a tailspin.
Today, we received news that will hopefully stop the spinning and have us moving in a straight line.
I got a J*O*B.
On the 17th, I will start working as a Controller for a small real estate company. The opportunity really culminates all of my experience into one job. It has taken awhile to get everything final...I interviewed on December 2nd at a lunch interview where my new bosses actually came out to where I was contracting so I didn't have to drive far and they treated me to a wonderful lunch. The holidays slowed things down and the snow didn't help with the offer letter that I finally received today.
I have been unemployed for 2 years and 2 months (but lucky to have a few contract jobs that paid the bills).
We have a long road ahead of us to get back to some sense of financial security, but at least we are starting down that road.
Thank you isn't enough to thank all of those that have helped in so many ways during a time that was hard....it sucked a whole lot less because of all of you!!! I don't want to ever forget what I have learned and I am looking forward to this new chapter!!
2011 is here....please let it be better than 2010.
We were lucky enough to ring in the new year with our neighbors, the Klines. We had a wonderful meal of tacos and fajitas and then a little card playing for the grown-ups and some X-Box playing for the boys. It was a fabulous time and a great way to say goodbye to 2010 and welcome the new year.
Today, Pete pushed away his fears and climbed up on the roof to clean the chimney. We had a chimney fire the day before Thanksgiving and have been quite fearful ever since. My dad let us borrow his chimney sweeper and up Pete went (he is afraid of heights). He had a couple of helpers....two boys that just wanted to climb up the ladder and a wife that was trying to act brave but was very nervous that he was going to get hurt. Davis kept taking up the tools, since I seemed to have a problem with getting the right tool ;-).
The first ladder
That is him on the back of the chimney
Hunter is wondering what in the world is happening
Once he was done and needed to come down off the roof, Pete wasn't quite sure how to do it. He said I might have to call the fire department to come get him down. He finally maneuvered himself to the ladder (the roof is really much steeper than it appears). I think the next time he does this he will borrow a different ladder so he doesn't have to get on the roof. I wonder what the chances are that he will go up there and paint the trim that looks so bad???
VERY happy to be on the ground again!!
I am so happy it is done and that he didn't get hurt!!! I know he was scared but he took care of his family.
**Can you believe how blue the sky is? We just don't have that often here in Georgia....we usually have a hazy blue sky.**