This crazy thing happened at the end of last year. The company that my husband works for told him they were moving his whole department to a new city. I’ll admit it, we were angry. The city they chose is a place we don’t want to live, and if the job had been there to begin with he wouldn’t have even applied for it. I thought we had dodged a bullet when they said they had changed their mind.
A few weeks ago they announced the move was back on, but instead of wanting the move completed in the next 6 months, they wanted it done in the next 6 weeks. Apparently it was only a matter of time after all. So, what does that mean for our family?
That meant, we had a decision to make. We could
- keep the job and follow the company to the new city;
- quit the job and try to find a new job in the city where we currently live; or
- quit the job and find a job in another city where we would prefer to live.
And this time, instead of having time to wait it out and see if there were other job possibilities, we were on a deadline.
There has been a lot of talking, a lot of weighing of pros and cons, a lot of advice seeking, and a whole lot of praying. Through that process we’ve come to an important conclusion. Up until now, we’ve been a take things as they come family. We’ve never sat down and defined our goals, and we’ve certainly never planned much farther ahead than the coming weekend. While this decision is not an easy one under any circumstances, our lack of family goals made it even harder for us to decide which path would take us where we wanted to go. More importantly, because we haven’t had well-defined goals we have not been able to really settle anywhere, and our kids have missed out on some of the benefits of a more stable family life.
Yesterday morning, Mike made a commitment to his employer to make the move with them. We came to the conclusion that even if we aren’t 100% happy with the city or the company, it’s more important to have the income while we are figuring out what we want out of life. We’re still updating his resume, we’re still looking at job listings to see what else is out there, and we’re going to rely on our faith that God does have a plan for our family and if this move is not part of that plan then He will lead us to the opportunity that is part of His plan.
Now, I guess I better get packing.