"The Eagle Has Landed."
"Our Long, National Nightmare is Over."
"ANDY GOT A JOB!!"
And it's good one! Great company, great package, great opportunity, seven and a half miles from our house...basically...GREAT!
My cousin, who went through something similar, said she felt like God had picked them up by the scruff of their necks, and was shaking them saying "Learn. Learn."
Since November 30th, that image has played through my mind hundreds of times and I'll ask "What am I learning?". The answer is plenty.
I learned that we have friends and family who have our backs.
In particular, I think of Andy's best friend, John. Like all adults with kids, and spouses, and jobs, and responsibilities, for years, Andy and John haven't seen each other as much as they'd like. Starting Andy's last day of work, John has faithfully called several times a week, they text often, and have met almost every week since for lunch.
Of Andy's cousin, Mike, who has put Andy in touch with people that Andy should network with, generally kept the lines of communication open, and always checked in to see what was up. We spent New Years Eve at their place on the Cape.
Andy's oldest brother, Greg who lives several states away but simply acted as a sounding board when Andy needed another ear or another voice.
There were others, friends at school, our neighbors, Facebook friends that I haven't 'seen' in years, and of course, my Blog Buddies. So many people in our corner, sending leads, lending support, saying prayers. And meaning it.
I learned that there are plenty worse things than going into Year 8 in our Five Year House. I hope I learned what's really important because right now, I feel blessed.
Thank you all so much. I'm so happy to be able to share this news with you.