Job update

Everyone relax.  I’m here.

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See?  I knew how worried you were.

The last month has been an adventure, but a good one.  With Vision Forum closed, Perry’s job of 10 years came to an end.  However, God provided some very good temporary work.  He is doing process improvement in various places.  Process improvement is something that he has enjoyed for many years in the Vision Forum warehouse, constantly working to cut waste and streamline the way they did everything from picking and packing orders to organizing the break room.  He has a natural talent for this work and finds it challenging, and it pays well – or rather, it will pay well.  Life as a contractor means getting paid 30-45 days after work is finished, instead of a few days or a week after the close of a pay period.

Those are the pros, and we think they are very exciting.

There are also some significant cons.

The job requires constant travel – if he gets constant work.  He is out of town five days a week, home for the weekend, then off again.  Winter weather can make it even worse: last week, his Friday flight home was cancelled.  He made it home eventually, but it was less than 24 hours before he had to fly out again.  One week he got stuck in Atlanta overnight, and eventually the airline flew him home because his destination was snowed in.

It’s also week by week.  We usually don’t know if he has work more than a week ahead of time, although it has been mostly steady so far.

So we find ourselves torn.

We are excited about this current opportunity.  It is temporary, but provides experience and marketable skill in an area he would love to pursue.  There seems to be a very real chance that it can become permanent.  Not knowing makes it difficult to look for another job in the meantime, especially since we don’t know if we want or need another job.  That’s not to say Perry hasn’t been looking, but so far we have not been presented with any difficult decisions – meaning we have yet to receive a concrete offer that rivals what he is doing now.

But it’s hard to have Perry gone so much after having him so near for the kids’ entire lives, and it’s hard on him to be gone.  With Vision Forum, he could and did freely take children to work with him almost every day of every week.  With his previous employer, he came home for lunch every single day.  We have always seen him every day, not just morning and evening but often throughout the day.  Now we see him on the weekends and on Skype.  He is a big part of the life and energy in our house, so it’s a big adjustment for all of us.  It’s as if our lives are black and white while he’s gone, and everything bursts into full color when he walks through the door.

silly dad happy dad fun with dad i like him too 5 guys

For now, we are walking by faith on the road of an independent contractor.  It’s slightly unnerving after 20 years of regular paychecks, but also exciting.

If you are praying for us, please pray that God would give us discernment and make His will clear to us, giving us peace as we walk this new path ahead of us.


  1. Not sure where your dh is with job security since January, but David Hazell (of the “My Father’s World” curriculum) always seems to be looking for a few decent employees, and his warehouse operation might need some experienced help??? Just thought I’d toss it out there (they are located in Rolla, MO).

  2. Praying for you all. I know this has got to be a very tough transition time for you and your family. Sending prayers and good wishes!

  3. So glad to hear from you! It’s hard to be separated as a family! We went through that ending just a few weeks ago when we were house hunting. I prayed for you just now.

  4. That is a BIG alteration to have to make … I guess that’s when all the promises we read and speak of from Scripture REALLY come to life. Praying you will be guided in your ‘new life’, and that God’s blessing will rest on your family whether Dad is with you daily or just weekly.

    Praise God we have a *heavenly* Father, so that Dad can entrust his precious ones in HIS care 🙂

  5. Sheila in MO says:

    Wow, what an analogy… your black and white world bursts into full color when he walks through the door. Love that. It reminded me of when Dorothy opens the door and catches that first glimpse of all the wonder and splendor of the Land of Oz. Then I got a lump in my throat because that is what it must be like for your family- in reverse. He opens the door and brings joy with him. How blessed are all of you to have that kind of love and life at home. 🙂 I missed your blog.

  6. Kim,

    I will be praying for your family. I have the experience of our only source of income being contract work. We are self-employed and have been for 5 years. It is a huge adjustment financially and with time you get used to the lean times and trusting God that what you need is always there. Most of our payments come in 45 days, however our biggest client pays 90-120 days due to big company policies. Then there is the pros: your income is not limited, no one can lay you off, you can take sick days when need be and vacation days as the business allows sometime spur of the moment. You are not limited to company’s schedule and policies. Best of luck and give yourself lots of grace during this huge transition.

  7. Work transitions are hard – especially if you have been lucky enough to have an employer than welcomes children or is near enough for lunch. Good luck for the transitions.

  8. So glad you updated, relieved to read that. Sorry to hear of the trials, but also thankful there is work ‘out there’, and trusting something will turn up to keep you all close together SOON. I didn’t realize VF had closed.
    Thanks so much for all the posts over the last few months, too.

  9. Kim, you are so lovely. Best wishes for your family.

  10. I am so glad you updated. Praying for your family as you transition. Love your picture. 🙂

  11. My husband and I had a 5 year engagement, where he was out of state for most of it going to college, the one thing I learned about being apart is constant communication. Now when we go visit family for 2-4 weeks without him, we rarely miss a night on the phone, we text thru out the day, and share pictures. Yes, it is hard on everyone, but with that communication, it is so much easier to “feel” close.

  12. selfanalyst says:

    Look at this as a test period. Set a finite endpoint and look at the current situation as a temporary “training experience”. Almost anything can be endured for 6 months or a year or whatever is reasonable for contracting work, if you have a finish line. Also, Perry seems pretty creative when it come to being involved with family life (at a distance or interrupted by weather etc). Military families do it every day. See this post by Linda at “No One Of Any Import” to get some perspective and to enjoy the fact that Perry is (hopefully) not in danger.

    Praying for you.

  13. I am thankful to read the update. I have been wondering where you have been. It must be quite an adjustment having your husband gone so much….I know the Lord will give you all the strength you need for these times of separation….aren’t you so thankful for Skype. I surely am with my family that is away….though I really look atrocious on SKype. Maybe only children look good on it. Praying that the Lord will be your provision and that He will give you clear wisdom on the steps you are to take. Hope you can be around a little more often, but I imagine you are having pretty busy days with your husband gone. Hugs from Michigan….where it is much too cold.

  14. best of luck I caution you though on long term absence. I know many whom that took its toll on the family. Of course you do what you have to do I know that.

  15. Praying for all of you…for peace and direction and wisdom.

  16. Lu Nelson says:

    Praying for your peace of mind during this time.

  17. Thank you for the update. I’m praying for you.

  18. Definitely praying for you guys as you transition.

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