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Out of Control

July 25, 2007

Most people live in a world where the wheels on the bus go round and round, but for us the wheels on our bus just came flying off at about 100 miles per hour!

What could possibly be that bad, you ask? How about finding out that you and your family are the poster children for the Air Force’s force shaping initiative? You civilians are probably wondering what in the world does that mean, but those of you who are familiar with the Air Force powers that be and their infinite wisdom know that it means come Jan 29 Jason is out of a job. Yep, the Husband was one of the people in his career field that fell victim to the RIF (reduction in force).

According to the Air Force Times there were 306 officers out of a pool of about 1200 who received the RIF notification today. Air Force Times article.

The crazy thing is we were scheduled to close escrow on our brand new beautiful house on Friday. Guess what’s no longer happening? As if it’s not bad enough that we have been homeless since March, now we have no idea where to go or what to do.

For those of you that are the praying type, please send one or two up for us that God will provide us with the clarity and peace to know where we are supposed to be and what we should be doing. We are currently weighing our options and determining if we’d be better off keeping with our plan to go up to Rosamond and hope for a contractor or GS job at Edwards for the Husband, or come back to San Diego and hope and pray that the Husband  or the FixItMommy can find a suitable job to support the San Diego lifestyle. Yes, we know how blessed we are to have the house in San Diego and coming back to it is starting to look like the best option. But in order to stay here, we will both probably have to work and put the girls in full-time daycare, which is not something that we planned on having to do. Yes, they will survive it, but the question is whether the FixItMommy will! 🙂

Who would have thought that we’d be facing starting over in our careers at this point in our lives? We are doing our best to keep our heads high and our hearts light as we do our best to determine God’s grand plan for our future. If any of you receive the magic key to decoding our future, please pass it along! We’d greatly appreciate the insight.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. The Young Family permalink
    July 25, 2007 4:54 pm

    Oh Joyce – I wish you guys the best. I can’t imagine what a wrench this is tossing in your spokes right now. I’ll be crossing my fingers for you, but maybe you can go back to San Diego after all!

  2. Jodie permalink
    July 29, 2007 2:56 pm

    Joyce and Jason, I am the praying type and your entire family will be in my prayers. There is something really funny about life and that is the fact that we really never are in control, even though we want to be so badly. It is just at a time like this that makes us all realize who is in control of things and please know that God has brought this to you…not to break you, but to build you up. He has something in store for you and you must be patient. He surely knows that you both are wonderful people and that you deserve so much more then you are getting right now. Please know that my family is always here for you. Ray asked if Jason could make a lat move to another service? With his education and expoerience I am sure he will find something…and I am sure it will be something better. I am sorry to hear about the house, but again, something is waiting for you both and it has to be something bigger and better…again, just be patient…all things are in God’s time, not ours. I have a hard time accepting that too, sometimes. Hang in there, we love ya, and we are always here for you all. Love ya…Jodie Stephens


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