That's right, folks. We are MOVING!
It's all very exciting. See, for nearly a year we've been stuck in Vegas. It's been hard in lots of ways. It's hot, it's weird, it's VEGAS for crying out loud. Basically, we just kept saying, "we can not live here! We hate it here!"
So, when it became apparent that Derek's internship was indeed going to only be an internship and not long-term employment, we knew we had better get job-searching. And job-search we did. Derek applied for, oh, over 50 jobs. And the darned economy kept getting in the way. Job after job would send Derek a lovely form letter saying, "Thanks but due to current economic events this position is no longer available." Sigh.
It got very frustrating. We were really confused. What in the world were we supposed to do? Derek needed a job! We looked in practically every state in the nation. NOTHING was working out. NOTHING.
We knew we had to move but where was a mystery. People would ask and we'd say, "We don't know, but we're leaving!" We were very certain at least that we were going. Alaska? Nope, Minnesota? Nope, California? Nope. (You get the idea.)
Still, Derek sent out applications with absolutely no response in his favor. Then, one day, he got a bite, WAYYYY out on the east coast. At first, it seemed perfect, but as time wore on, it became clear that it was not the right job for him. Sigh. Frustration was REALLY starting to get out of control. We were praying and praying and just desperately trying to figure out where in the heck we were supposed to be going.
A revelation. An answer.
We heeded. And suddenly, job interviews come, two, three, four then five. Amazing.
Derek is hired, once, twice, three times! HALLEJUAH! JOBS! INCOME! NO LIVING IN OUR VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!
It is truly a blessing to have prayer and inspiration in our lives.
Derek has accepted a job as a clinical director of a new company working with foster kids. It is a great opportunity.
But wait! I have not yet revealed the WHERE in all of this.
It is just so super awesome, I just forgot to mention it.
We are relocating to,
are you ready? Are you holding your breath? Are you imaging a drum roll? Because I am.
Yup, that's right. As soon as we quit trying to LEAVE, jobs came from all directions, every single one of them here in Vegas.
Good grief, God has a sense of humor, I tell ya.
So, we're moving across town to Northwest Las Vegas (we're in south central now) out of the ghetto, and into a nice quiet neighborhood on the very edge of Vegas. It's very exciting. We're going to learn to love it here. (I can not believe I am admitting that.) It will very near all the things that are important: work, Walmart, In-N-Out Burger and church. What more do we need, really? (I have grown VERY VERY fond of In-N-Out. If you ask for your fries "well done" it is out of this world...)
And in celebration, I started taking doula clients again and just got my first one since last year. Hiatus was good and now it's time to get a-going again. My midwife has agreed to train me as a midwife's assistant, so good things are happening all around.
If I haven't mentioned it lately, I'll say it again, life is sweet. It really truly is.