Change and Blessing

On Monday, the 23rd, at 9:17 AM, we were blessed with our fourth child, Jacob.
Jacob and his Mom are home now, after a few days stay in the hospital at the
University of Iowa. Jacob is strong and healthy, waking every few hours to eat
and burp and have his diaper changed.

The day before, Sunday the 22nd, our van broke down. And, being the non-
mechanic that I am, I decided that it must be the starter. So, I went down to
the auto parts store and picked up a new starter, brought it home and tried,
and tried, and tried to install it. After several hours of swearing at the
van, I resigned to my fate and packed up my tools. I would have to get the van
fixed on Monday.

This caused a problem. My Mom is visiting to help us out while everything is
so crazy. She was going to take the kids to school in the van while I took the
wife to the hospital for her scheduled C section, and then meet us at the
hospital later. With the van out of commission, that plan was no good. So, it
was decided to keep the kids home with my Mom until lunch. Then, BJ got sick
and threw-up all over our bed, soaking through almost all the way to the
mattress. So, since we didn’t have a spare set of clean sheets or covers that
day, we decided that Rhonda would sleep with the kids in their room, and I’d
pull out the hide-a-way in the couch and stay with BJ just in case. Needless
to say, neither of us got much sleep that night.

Monday morning came, my wife and I let the kids sleep in and we drove to the
hospital. It was an incredible morning, and I was so glad to see that Jacob
was healthy and strong. Around noon or so, I left the hospital after I was
sure that both mother and child were OK and that they simply needed to rest. I
also had other kids that needed me, and some other issues to take care of.

So, I picked up my dry cleaning, drove home and picked up the girls, then
dropped them off at school. Next, I went to the mechanic down the street and
had my car’s oil changed and had them tow the van down to replace the starter.
The car was no problem, but the van didn’t need a new starter, it just needed
a new battery. Then and there I decided that I’d never do my own mechanics
again. I probably wasted $200 and my entire afternoon trying to do it myself.
So, at the end of the day, the car’s oil was changed, the van was fixed, BJ
was feeling better, Mom had washed our sheets and blankets, and I headed back
to the hospital.

My wife was not doing as well as I had hoped. The anesthesia that she was
given made her very sick, and with the stitches from the C section she was
just miserable. I stayed with her and Jacob for the evening and then headed
back home.

As if this wasn’t enough, I’ve also come to the end of the semester for
college. I had three term papers to write, two for one class and one for
another. I finished two of them over the weekend, but the last one I didn’t
finish till yesterday.

On Tuesday I dropped off the kids at school and went down to the hospital. I
visited Jacob and my wife for an hour or so (she was feeling much better),
then jumped in my car and headed to Des Moines for an interview. Yes, an
interview. That’s why I needed my dry cleaning, I was picking up my suit. Once
in Des Moines I wanted to print out a fresh copy of my resume, so I went all
over town looking for a Kinkos. I finally found one, but their system was not
working at the time, and I had run out of time. I jumped in my car and started
changing into my suit. I tied my tie in my rear view mirror, and really had no
idea how I looked when I stepped out of my car in my suit at Communications
Data Services

The interview went way better than I could have imagined. We talked for almost
four hours and I felt like we really hit it off. I met with the entire team
and we talked Linux and AIX for a while. They must have felt as good about the
match as I did, because by Friday morning I had an offer that I could not turn
down. I accepted the offer, and start May 14th.

My wife and Jacob came home on Thursday, and I went back to work for the
afternoon. Friday, after I received and accepted the offer from CDS, I gave my
boss my two weeks notice. That did not go quite as well as I was hoping it
would, but its for the best.

We are not getting much sleep right now, and probably won’t for the next few
weeks. My wife is going to need our prayers, she is going to be alone with all
four kids for a few weeks while I start work in Des Moines and get everything
ready for the move. Never a dull moment in our lives!

So, to sum it all up:

  1. New Baby!! :-)
  2. New Job!! :-)
  3. Broken Van
  4. Sick Kid
  5. College Papers

What a week! I can’t wait to see what next week brings. God has really blessed
us and answered our prayers.