Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cook's Current Events

Life has taken an unexpected turn for the Cook's the last month.  I believe the last post I wrote was putting this blog to rest for a season so I could focus on the people in my life.  We were finally building relationships in Bham and starting to experience the community that we desperately long for.  It was becoming home.  But God has different plans for us.  In November, we found out that the company he was contracting for did not have another contract to place him on.  So with a one week notice we were jobless.  So we started planning - our plan was to move back to Denver.  There is a large flash/flex community (the programming languages John works with) in Denver and we were sure there would be a spot open for him.  But again, this was not God's plan for us.  After a few weeks, he did not have a single interview for a job in Denver.  So again we had to ask "God what are you doing?"

Options were coming to the table in places like Manhattan, Rochester New York and Saudi Arabia.  Then he had a really cool interview with ESPN but well they wanted to pay him pennies for his work.  So he turned down several opportunities and we waited.  We did this asking God for some specific request regarding his job but I will confess it was scary to tell potential jobs that we weren't interested.  But with a knot in our guts we waited.  And then it happened - from start to finish within 24 hours.  A GREAT job with a GREAT company.  The only catch is well in the words of my friend "it is about as far away from Birmingham as you can get without going to Saudi Arabia"  We are headed to Seattle for at least the year of 2011. 

This company does about 90% of their jobs remote (working from home) which is opposite of his previous company - thus his traveling about 50% 2010.  However, this particular contract is slated to last the entire year and required John to travel 3 weeks out of a month. We decided that it was not worth our family being together for only 16 weeks this year.  So the company is providing us with a furnished apartment rather than paying for John to travel for 3 weeks a month.  So Seattle - here we come. 

Stay tuned for more as we start this journey in the Pacific Northwest :)

5 comments:

Jessie said...

Been thinking about you guys and praying for you. So thankful with you for the meeting of your needs. And honestly, I am jealous! Though I am almost sure I currently live in the best US city, sometimes I daydream that it might alternately be Seattle and I feel an urge to make my way there! ;-)

Maybe I can come visit...

Still, I know the transition will be hard and the uncertainty draining, so I will continue to lift you and your men up to our Father who knows *ALL* our needs!

Danny and Jennifer White said...

Praying for your family Amy.That God would comfort your heart and help all you guys transition well.

Jennifer said...

I am sad and excited for you! I know how hard it is to leave somewhere you were starting to call home to go somewhere new. But I'm excited that the Lord made it SO clear for you and I'm glad your family will get to be together!

Shelley said...

i echo everyone. i am glad you are not putting your blog to rest anymore. you will probably need an outlet at times for all you are feeling and learning.

Lindsey said...

ummm... had no idea you were blogging again. you haven't been showing up in my reader?! catching up now...