Everyone relax. I’m here.
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.
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.