We haven't posted in a long time for several reasons, mostly lazy ones. Lately...this has been the biggest change. I am just going to post the emails I have been sending out to friends and family instead of trying to recreate all of it.

You all now how easily I freak out...but I am in panic mode. Many of you know that last week Alan noticed a job opening for {a job in Austin which I will not mention on the blog to protect the innocent} This would be a big promotion for him and a great step to make in the company. It was the last day of school and I told him I was not capable of thinking about it clearly or even understanding what it all means, so he needed to just send in his resume and see if he even got a response. So Friday morning he mailed his resume priority mail (for a web site job...I know, strange, but they wanted it mailed). Because of the holiday it arrived today.

1pm today...they called. The news director called. I am freaking out.
We need lots of prayers. Most of all prayers that God will put us where we NEED to be. Prayers that I will be there for Alan and support him in his career moves and not let my fear get in the way of this move. Then of course, prayers that if this is meant to happen that they will offer him a package that will make it possible to adjust to the higher cost of living (and a probable pay cut for me). Prayers that I will find a good job. Prayers that we will be able to sell our home and find a new one...even though we have no money to do so. Prayers that we will find another church that we love as much as the one we JUST joined a couple of months ago. Prayers that we will figure out a way to leave everything we have ever known in the world (I know it is only 3 hours away...but I have never lived more than 30 minutes from my family, nor has Alan) We both trust that God is working here...but it is still hard to not fight Him right now. I told someone the other day that I really pray that we will end up where God wants us, but I am scared to death that He wants us to move. Finally, prayers that if Alan doesn't get the job, he will not be too hurt and understand that it just wasn't his time. He is so excited, just to have the opportunity to interview.
Thank you...you are great friends. I will keep you posted.

Alan had his phone interview this morning and it seemed to go very well. The salary they talked about was not as much as we had hoped, but more than Alan expected they would offer being a smaller market. They also said they would help with relocation costs, which is HUGE for us right now.
As a teacher in N. Austin I would take a HUGE pay cut from where I am now, and taking into account my raise for next year...even bigger. I didn't know this until Kari told me, but she thinks CFB is the second highest paying district in the state. So, will Alan's raise and my pay cut still make it worth it to give up so much here in Dallas to advance his career?

The fun part is Alan will go into his boss' office today and tell them that he has been talking to Austin and see what they say. They really love Alan there, so we will see how far they will go to keep him.

Seeing as Alan and I are so much alike, he is now in panic mode and I am as relaxed as could be. I guess I needed the freak out to see that this isn't all that bad.
Thank you for your continued prayers. No matter what happens, we have a good life and it will work out.

I will keep you posted...

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