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.