Now to the celebratory part.
In the previous update and request for prayers about the job search, I relayed how we were excited about three opportunities. One in Austin as an eDiscovery Consultant Manager, one remote as an eDiscovery Project Manager, and one in Indianapolis as an in-house eDiscovery and Information Manager.
The interviews and discussions all went well, and over the last couple of weeks, our future finally started to come into shape.
If you had asked us to plot the trajectory of our lives, we were most excited about both the remote position and the one in Austin. The remote position would allow us to pick somewhere in Dallas to live, included the potential for travel, and kept us relatively close to all family. The Austin position had great benefits, would allow us to be closer to my family for a while, and would have been something squarely in my experience. The position in Indianapolis was exciting, but also a little terrifying. Beyond the distance, it is a bit outside my realm of experience.
I think you see where this is going. Man makes plans, God laughs.
Slowly, His plan for us became clearer. The position in Austin disappeared; the company decided to completely restructure and offered me a chance to start the process over for a position at a $30K pay cut. Thank you, but no.
The remote position became consistently less stable. It would be a greater leap of faith.
All the while, the position in Indianapolis kept progressing. Through it all, the company treated me very well. The people I met were incredible. And the opportunity became too good to pass up. I got an interview with the Vice President and General Counsel. Was told that I was the top candidate. Heard from the recruiter saying they desired to move forward. All the while waited, somewhat impatiently to get an offer.
We got the offer last Friday. It was better than I could have anticipated and will include some relocation assistance. I accepted immediately.
So, starting March 9, I will be the new eDiscovery and Information Management Specialist for Cummins Inc. Right now, we're going through the pre-employment paperwork and processing, and are getting the last bit of our stuff altogether in one place for the move. Thankfully it's mostly all boxed already, so that's not going to be too big of an issue.
We've begun web research for houses, for churches, for locations and are really getting excited. We're going to be Hoosiers. The first time really that either one of us have lived out of the state of Texas for a considerable period of time. A lot of new places to explore and visit. An opportunity for me to connect to a bit of family heritage and see where my dad's dad was from.
It's really funny and humbling to think how we got here. From Jamie becoming depressed and unsettled teaching the fall semester of 2018, reaching the point where she decided to take time off to homeschool Avalyn and Jude for a season. From being fired last June. Moving in with my in-laws. From taking a spur of the moment side-trip to Indianapolis and Franklin, IN on our family road trip last July. From living out of boxes for the past nine months. From the temp job that picks up right after the road trip. To the next temp job that starts immediately after that. And so on and so forth.
Everything that was necessary to get us to the point where we were able and ready to just pickup, and go. To go where He tells us to go.
We have seen His hand of provision in incredible ways through this period. We have struggled with patience, with frustration, and with depression. We have also been closer to family. Enjoyed time together and a lot of flexibility to just pickup and go.
It's been an incredible journey so far and I can't wait to see what this new chapter brings.
To everyone that has prayed for us, laughed with us, cried with us through this season, thank you. You are family and we will carry you with us no matter where we go. We're looking to get a large place up there, so if you ever have the itch to travel north, come up and see us. We'd love to have you.
We're going to try and cram as much as we can in these coming weeks, so we hope we get to catch up with as many of you as possible. If we don't, please know that we love you, we'll miss you, and we look forward to seeing you again.
I will be continuing to write this blog, and hopefully on a more consistent basis as I continue to improve. And will definitely keep updating you on the move, the new place, and on the life up there.
Stan Lee always closed his musings with the word "Excelsior!" He claimed he saw it in old English material and liked it, so he started using it as a sign off. He probably also saw it on some of the tunnels in New York as it is the official motto of the state of New York. It translates to "ever upward" and I think sums up a good bit about this journey. Let us run with endurance the race set before us, ever upward.