Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Onward and Upward...

Sorry for the radio silence.  Our lives took an unexpected turn when my husband's employer unexpectedly closed its doors two weeks ago and laid off about 300 people. Yes, the same employer that moved us from California all the way to Florida just four short months ago.

My initial reaction to a crisis is to roll up my sleeves.  So in an effort to hedge the financial whoas of our little family, I snagged a job at my dad's law firm for awhile until we figure out our next move.  My parents live four hours from our house, so that decision involved temporarily moving Goose and I in with my parents and leaving my husband at home to job hunt.

I'm not gonna lie.  This new routine is tough on me.  Working Attempting to work full-time with a super active baby in my office all day is hard core.  But when I get bummed about the current state of affairs, I look down at Goose and imagine this experience through her eyes.

Here's what Goose sees:

Grammy and Grandpa have a pool.  That has colored lights. 

Grammy and Grandpa have an extremely tolerant dog that submits to daily pokes and pulls.

Grammy and Grandpa have cats that are willing to get close enough for a friendly tail tug.

And, most importantly, Grammy and Grandpa have stairs.  Lots of them.  For climbing up and down. And Up and Down. AND UP AND DOWN.

She has no idea that our lives just got tossed upside down and that we may be moving to another job in another state soon.  All she knows is that this trip has been super fun and that she has gotten to use this time to master a new skill.

I don't know where we're headed next.  Hopefully we'll be able to stay in Florida, but maybe not.  We might be headed back to California.  Who knows.  What  I do know is that the stairway does lead up and wherever we go, we'll be better off than before and that we'll all learn some new skills in the process.     


  1. Whoa! Talk about upheaval! Good thing our good God is in control! You're right, Goose is uber resilient and among loads of love. Hang in there, Allison! I'll be praying things straighten out soon!

  2. Wow! Can't believe that happened. We miss you at Bible study!

  3. Ugh. I am so sorry to hear that, but I can't say enough about your perspective- seeing things through your goosie's eyes. Hang in there and keep faith.
    Best to your family.

  4. Thank you, ladies! I already feel a change in perspective on a lot of things. Like how I define "home" and "necessities." This experience may actually make me greener, too. I have this overwhelming sense to never bother buying new items since it seems with frequent moves we never get to hold on to things long enough to warrant their value. Hauling most furniture just isn't cost-effective so with the last few moves, we wound up buying new furniture at each place and then craigslisting it all at disgusting discounts just so we wouldn't have to pay to move it. Totally wasteful process. So... consignment shops and thrift stores, here we come!