Thursday, September 20, 2007

Trying to be Patient

We have received a lot of positive feedback about David going back to school. He is working on getting all of his paperwork in before classes start in early October. We are excited about the new opportunities that it will lead us into.

We are also really tired of him working swing shift right now. The evenings apart are really hard on us. We have lived this way for the last 3 years (except for that one month that he switched shifts before his co-worker quit). There is a person who has potentially been hired from the soon-to-be closing BHU (Behavioral Health Unit at Mercy) but she can't start until they close over there, which is not until the end of October. I say potentially hired because I know that all those people have put in a lot of applications for jobs and I'm sure if she gets a better one, she won't take this one.

I'm not being pessimistic, it is just how things have been going lately and I want to be prepared. I just don't want to get my hopes up. I really miss David in the evenings and I can only imagine how hard it is for him to go in every day, not wanting to be there. I am so appreciative of his dedication. He is looking for other opportunities, and we are trying to be patient.

Friday, September 14, 2007

David is Going Back to School

David and I have made the decision that he will be going back to school. The real estate market is in a major slump right now and it doesn't look to be picking up any time soon. We have been praying and talking about this for a while now, and we have decided that we cannot wait for the real estate market to (maybe) pick up in the next year. David really wants to find a career that will allow him to support our future family. David has also realized that he prefers the stability of a regular paycheck and set hours so he knows when work ends and homelife begins. This means that he is going to give up real estate for now so he can focus on school.

David only has 35 credits left to finish his Associates Degree in computer science at UCC, but since his work schedule is not predictable right now he cannot enroll in classes. We have looked at online schools and he has been accepted at AIU, the American Intercontinental University. They have some campuses in the US and all over the world, but they also have an online degree program for IT. He will be going for his AA in Buisiness Administration with a Concentration in Information Systems and continue with a BA in Network Administration once he has completed the first degree. An associate's degree is all that is required for a lot of Information Systems entry jobs around here so he would probably be able to get a job quite easily. The Bachelor's degree will eventually allow him to take a supervisory position.

We both feel very peaceful about this decision. We cannot afford for David not to work, so an online program offers him the ability to work full time and (possibly soon) get a day-shift position while still attending school and completing his degree. David is really excited about going back into computers.

I am just so thankful that we have found an online program that will work for our needs. I am thankful that we were able to make a decision about this. It makes me happy to see him so motivated and inspired.

AIU Online

Sunday, September 9, 2007

First Anniversary Trip

For our first anniversary, we took a trip to Newport in the middle of the week. We stayed at a unique bed and breakfast. The Newport Belle is a paddle boat replica built to be a B&B. It was romantic and relaxing to stay on the water. The hosts are friendly and welcoming. The breakfasts were amazing, especially the shrimp quiche.

We were glad we stayed two nights so we could enjoy Newport for a full day and not have to rush anywhere. We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium and toured the Rogue Brewery. We ate fresh local seafood at Giorgies the first night and Local Ocean on the second night. Both restaurants came highly reccommended by locals, and we have to agree that they were wonderful.

Enjoy some of our pictures below.

Monday, September 3, 2007

First Anniversary

Today we celebrate our first anniversary. Looking back, we have grown a lot in the last year. We have grown in love and appreciation for each other. We are so thankful for the time we have together.

This week we both took a much needed vacation. With Dave back on swing shift, it has been hard to find time to rest and to be together. We are really looking forward to getting out of town for a few days.

Today was fun and relaxing. Happy Labor Day to everyone! It is convenient for us to have a long weekend for our anniversary. We got some things done around the house in preparation for leaving. We went out to dinner to Rodeo Steakhouse--one of our favorites!