Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CHANGE is in the air.

[no, I'm not pregnant...]  :)

The anticipation of change and adjustments and newness is buzzing around our house this week. In 2005, John's brother came back home after graduating from college and started a graphic design studio. John has always loved the idea of being able to use something he loves to do (and is pretty stinkin' good at) to "bring home the bacon."  So this is where the two roads meet. Doug's business started picking up rapidly and John was able to help out a bit here and there with illustrations and logo design. And we were at a cross roads where Doug was needing to pick up someone full-time with the flow level of business. SO, we crunched every single number and penny and prayed a lot and talked through a ton and finally felt the Lord leading us to take this great big leap of faith. So here we are, as you can see from the countdown chart that graces our fridge, that John is finishing his last week at the Lighting Store where he has worked for the past 7 years. [side note: our purpose in coming here was to be a help in the ministry; but could not take on someone full time, thus it working out for John to work at the Lighting Store owned by a guy in our church...i.e. Ross] SO, we are very excited about all this change. And although change inevitably brings with it adjustments, we are embracing the fact that there will be many positive things coming our way as well: 

1. John will be working from home. YAY...the boys will get to see daddy more often, we'll have lunches together, our new office will be quickly broken in! 
2. John's hours will be somewhat more flexible. 
3. John will be able to use his artistic talents. 
4. John's meetings are held at Panera Bread!! (ha.ha. I told him he'd better not get sick of going to that place bc I really love it!)  
5. Time relief. John will have Saturday's free to do more with family and the ministry. He's been cramming 2 jobs together for the last several months and it takes it's toll.    

So that's the exciting news for us. God has proven himself soooo faithful to us through the past and we are anticipating the very same thing through this new adventure we are about to embark upon. 

Congratulations, honey.


sb said...

Isn't it wonderful we have a personal God who cares about the details of our lives?!! Erin, as you have blogged about raising children I have thought you have such a wonderful resource in your mother-in-law! The fruit bears the godly training instilled in her children (your husband being one :>)...I have been blessed by her wisdom many times over the 10 years we have known them. As you enter this new adventure ("self-employment") may you learn more about God's love and care for you!
Sandy B.

The Stamper Story said...

wow! that's BIG and exciting! I'll be praying for you guys.

Erin Neiner said...

Mrs. Blain: thank you for you wonderful words. I DO feel so privileged to be on the receiving end of biblical wisdom from my MIL!! My husband is also so wise from his growing up experiences!! :)

Beth: BIG...I know!! I kind of feel like I am standing at the edge of the high dive ready to jump in. Thrilling and a bit terrifying at the same time! :) (I really dislike heights)

Liesl said...

hey Erin,
Lukus would love to talk to your husband about some graphic design business ops.
could you email us your phone #?

Ben and Carissa said...

Very exciting!!! Change is kind'a fun! Ben comes home for lunch and we LOVE it. Really, how many families can say they eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together!

Stephanie (Wolynes) Steinbart said...

I am so excited for you all! I know this step has been a long time in the making. You all are in our prayers!

jeileenbaylor said...

hey there - I just found your blog and thought I would say hello! You and your family look so beautiful. I hope all is well :o)

Leah (Parrish) Millan said...

That is so great!! I'm so happy for you guys!

Love ya!

S&s said...

wow! wow!! wow!!! that is really neat--I am very excited for you guys! And hey--I think YOU should start the dec. tip of the week thing;)

Sara said...

Yay! SO happy for you! Thanks for the camera insight. I have Josh "on the hunt" for a good photo shop program!