This post was written by my not-so-wordy husband who finally felt he had a lot of words to share. :) I am so proud of him. Take it away, baby.
Today I got an official offer from Boeing to be a Flight Deck Engineer in Everett, WA!!! This is especially big news for us considering the long road we have been on these past few years. I wanted to write something here so that our family and friends could really celebrate with us.
On Sept. 30, 2008, I was furloughed from my job as a regional airline pilot. Annika was born only two days later. I waited tables and worked at Home Depot to scrape by and pay the bills. After a year of waiting for my recall our prayers were answered and I finally got what we were asking for: Direction. I made the decision to head back to school and get a degree in mechanical engineering. As it turned out, that would mean another four years of school.
Fortunately, I have been overwhelmingly blessed. I have the most understanding, caring, loving, adaptable, and supportive wife who also happens to be the most amazing mother, writer, cook, decorator, and organizer on planet Earth. Annika has been the apple of my eye for the past 3.907 years. My parents have had my back every step of the way along with my sister and her husband. Britney's parents were kind enough to let us invade their house for the first 9 months of my return to academia. We have seen many, many, many events occur that have given us assurance that we are where God wants us to be. Expanding on that would require an entire book.
NW Arkansas has been a really great place to live. Our family has had some of our happiest (and toughest) years here. I have also been blessed with some great friends at school who have helped me have enough academic success to pay for my last two years of school and land two summer internships at Boeing.
I wish I could convey how crazy this story is...
Anyway, I'll be graduating in May 2013, God willing, and returning to Seattle to a wonderful group of friends (already), an amazing church, mind-blowing nature, and my new dream job. Thanks for reading!