Doug (my husband) took a new job and will be joining the daily Valley commuters going to Anchorage for work. This is new for us. He began working away from home when Klinton was four months old. That was a tough one as I never had been alone so much coming from a family with ten kids!
We adjusted. Both of us did. Doug continued on because before being considered for that job he had been laid off and out of work long enough for us to humbly walk into a government office to ask for help. (Which was quickly done!) Our house was in pre-foreclosure and we had no where else to turn for help. I believe this all happened before the days of the benevolent fund being offered to people like we were in those days at our church. We thankfully, had the occassional friends with sensitive hearts who saw our needs and quietly helped us out.
We were so very thankful for the job on the North Slope even though our hearts ached each time he drove off to the airport. I adjusted to being alone and taking care of our four children. Doug went away and came home for 25 years! Now, we are excited about his monday to friday job and working eight to five. He may try to work a schedule where he can get up earlier, work earlier and get home earlier.
Today Doug flies home from work and except for the occasional return trips he has been told he will be taking from time to time on the Slope he will be working home. Coming home for dinner, being home for weekends and we can plan that he will be here for all the holidays. That is just so .... GREAT!!!!
One exciting development has occured with this new job; he has been selected to be the man representing his new job's department to attend meetings in Houston, Texas and then on to London, England and ... I get to tag along! I still can't believe that little ol' me will be seeing London bridge soon...Lord willing, of course!
I appreciate all the hard work this guy does and has done for our family and just wanted to say that here. Thanks Doug ---- for everything! Life with you has been .... so good.