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the daily spew

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Long Ago and Far Away

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I opened up the the main page of my blog and took a good long look. The last time I posted was September 14th, 2006. It was a Thursday and the next day was Friday, the 15th, payday. Payday is always a good day. Money comes in, money goes out - it's all very tidal. Little did I know that on Monday morning, I would be receiving another paycheck - my last.

That Friday, the company received a call from their main customer. The company was told that their customer would not be renewing their contract that was set to expire at the end of the year. The following Monday, yours truly and seven other souls were called into a conference room and given the bad news.

To say that I was devastated would be an overstatement. I had actually started looking for a new job in 2005, so this just accelerated the process. By lunchtime, I was home. It was an odd feeling the next morning to know that I didn't have to get in the car and head off to work. And yet, in front of me was so much work to do.

A job search had to be moved into high gear. Unemployment had to be filed for and we had to think about finding a house to rent.

It took me six weeks to land a new position, a six month contract job that started right before Halloween and ran until the end of May. I left the contract behind before I could be offered a permanent position that I would have to refuse and took another contract job with a different firm working for a boss that lives in San Diego. I can work from home if I want or go to the office (I'm still working on the work from home part - there has been technical difficulties but we are getting there).

The road has been long and the time since I last posted seems a distant memory shrouded in mists. We live in a newer house, with rent that is less than my former mortgage payment. The house we used to live in has a For Sale on the front lawn. The bank has owned it since the end of November, but they couldn't take possession of it until the end of May (Michigan foreclosure law). It saddens me not to have the bank own it - goodbye and good riddance. As a family we are better off to be out of there.

The road has been long and I could not have led my family on this journey without the help of The Good Shepherd. Through every dark moment, He was there guiding me and leading down the road. When all of this started, I thought to ask for your prayers and decided otherwise. Now I ask for your prayers - not for me, but for all those who are going through similar troubles. Pray that the Lord Jesus helps and guides them to green pastures and still waters.