Okay, so we're up and running. I tried to add a few pics, but that will have to wait for now. For those of you not in the know, I thought I'd fill you in on our lives. Big changes in the works, you see.
Last December, Kelly & I began considering a move. Moving somewhere closer to family, somewhere warmer, somewhere new. It began when we were on a mini-vacation over Christmas Break. We spent a few days at Wisconsin Dells, famous for it's waterparks (all closed in December, of course). It was -10 degrees, we were alone for Christmas and although baseball season would begin in a month, snow would remain on the ground through the spring. 'Nuff said.
Kelly began perusing the net and found a few baseball coaching positions available. This starting things in motion and by March, Kelly had given his notice that he would complete his contract at Crown College as Head Baseball Coach and Prof. of Sport Managment through June, but he would not return in the fall.
The catch: Kelly had not secured a new job. That was okay, though. We were nothing but confident that this was part of the plan - God's plan - for the Spann Family's future. And we were excited.
This summer has been an interesting one. Kelly has been home full-time since May, although he's dabbled in a few part-time pursuits, involving manly-man labor and a suntan. Angela has continued her part-time job at the hospital, admitting patients into the ER, two evenings a week. We've welcomed a new nephew, Adrien, to our family, attended weddings, celebrated our birthdays and anniversary, enjoyed a couple of overnight hotel trips, spent time at a cabin with friends, and enjoyed our true 'summer vacation'.
We put our home on the real estate market in June, and have had a lot of interest. During the months of June and July Kelly had several promising jobs leads and 3 formal telephone interviews.
But August 1st rolled around we realized that we were essentially in the same position as we were in the beginning of the summer, but much more tired and a little less enthusiastic. But we knew Jesus had a plan, He just wasn't going to let us in on it until the time was right. We considered taking our house off the market, enrolling Claire in the local kindergarten and Kelly would pursue a job locally until he found something elsewhere in his field.
But then, a few days later, Kelly had 3 new leads, which led to 3 phone interviews, 2 in-person interviews and at least one job offer. As we stand today, we are moving. Where? To either Rochester, Minnesota or Roswell, New Mexico. Kelly visited both campuses in person this week. He's received one offer and is waiting to hear from the other.
We are so excited about our future. Things will happen quickly, as both positions begin immediately. Come Monday, we'll most likely be packing up.
So there it is, and here we are.
And now you know why we've started this blog. I hope to keep it up as much as possible, letting everyone know what's going on with us. If you are in fact reading this, we appreciate your thoughts, prayers and encouragement. We've definitely felt it all!
More to come...