Friday, April 07, 2006

Final Friday

I'm turning in my keys.

Tonight will be the last night I work at my current job at the psychiatric hospital. I've said a lot of goodbyes this week and shed a few tears. I knew it would be hard to leave this place. I love my job and the people here. But the future here is limited as the downsizing continues. Perhaps I might squeeze another 2-4 years out of the place. But It seems I have been guided in another direction. I'll feel naked with out my big key chain clipped to my belt. There was a familiar comfort in the way they jingled when I walked. They also served as an alarm. When you would here fast falling footsteps and the lively music of keys jingling at a faster pace, it was a sure sign that there was trouble. Ill probably be a bit teary when I turn them in. That action symbolizes the finality of my resignation.

Last year I graduated from my LPN program. I began looking, in a limited way, for work in that field. I only applied at five places, none of them far from home, and I have had calls from three of them. Thanks to all who have been keeping me in your prayers regarding job interviews. I have accepted a position with a job I was interviewed for before Christmas. I hadn't heard for so long, that I thought I got passed over. But they called and offered me a job last week. I am very excited to be starting at this place. I will continue to work with a very interesting client base. Ill be knee deep in drug addiction and will still be caring a fair share of mentally ill. My new job is at a maximum*security*correctional*facility. It should be interesting to say the least. I start on Monday morning.

I consider myself twice blessed to have had a job for so long that I really loved and then to be going into another that promises to be just as rewarding.

Looks like I wont be keyless for too long!!!

It has been an eventful week. I have spent any spare time I have had working on Kaylas scrapbook, I'm really pleased with the way it is turning out. I think she is really going to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Putting together its pages has had an unexpected benefit to me. I have been able to put myself at peace with Kaylas illness and put my trust in God that he will take care of her. Keith leaves to see her on Monday. Unfortunately that is the day I start my new job so he is scrounging for a ride to the airport. Here are a couple of pages from the scrap book.(Click on the photos to enlarge). The bottom one, contains a poem that kayla wrote about her cancer.

Last night Keith had a mysterious phone call from his boss about an exciting opportunity for him and four other employees. He was to go in and meet with the big guy this morning. It turns out that Keith is being considered for international management. His company has sites in several locations around the world, some in exotic countries. These places need some good management skills. So he may have to go abroad for a few weeks a year, hopefully his wife can accompany him! Its all up in the air right now, but wouldn't that be exciting! I am so proud of my fella, he sure is a keeper! Im glad his boss thinks so too.

A lot of changes coming our way, and its a little intimidating when you are used to the same old routine for years. I think it will be like a breath of fresh air though. Its good to stretch a bit and try aiming for something that at one time, seemed so far out of reach.

Have a great weekend.


Dick said...

Congratulations to both of you! Change can be so exciting and these both sound like the exciting types. It is also good that you will be able to put to practice what you spent the time learning in getting the LPN certification.

Go through your snapshots and add names, places and dates while you have a chance to remember them. I have been trying to scan most of ours and it is a very formidable task. I can give a ballpark guess as to when most of them were taken but am not positive, nor do I know all the names. Add good notes with your newer digital photos - at least the format takes care of adding the date.

Ms. Vickie said...

Congratulations, excitment is in the air change is good and I know both you and your special one will meet the challenges that come with these changes head on and excell.

At times it is difficult to leave behind but and make the move but there was a reason this position is there for you and I know you will embrace it and soon you will become established there and very much at home.

Cheyenne said...

Wish you the best for your new job !


Karen said...

I'm happy for you both and wish you the best! It's as if you're both standing on the edge of a dream come true. *HUGS*

Curtis said...

Out with the old and in with the new. Sounds like a lot of great changes going on in your life and that's a good thing. Yeah you get use to the same old routine everyday and become secure in your pattern of daily activity but this sounds like a wonderful opportunity for everyone. Breath in all that fresh air and good for it. Wonderful news...have a wonderful weekend.

John said...

How exciting, hope you get to take a trip with your man! Your working in a max. security area, you'll definatly have lots of keys jingling I'd say.

Best of luck on the new job.

I admire your strong commitment to others. Have a great weekend Susan. :)

ellen said...

Congratulations to both you and Keith. This is an exciting time in your lives, and I hope everything turns out just the way you want it to.

Your scrapbook for Kayla looks beautiful; I know she will appreciate it and find it very meaningful. What a thoughtful aunt you are.

Bobbie said...

Good luck on the new job! Sounds like lots of changes are in the future.
Enjoy your weekend.

deni said...

Congrats on the new job, I am sure as mucha s you will miss your old one, you will enjoy your new one.

And how exciting about your husband's job! That is awesome, I hope you get to go along on some of those trips!

The scrap book looks wonderful, I am sure she will love it.

Take care.

Simply Coll said...

Wow.. your days are very full. A big congrats on the new position.

Walker said...

Cheers to new beginings.
Leaving friends you worked with so long and startinga new routine from the one you are used to is hard. But starting fresh on something new cad be exciting and working in a maximum*security*correctional*facility will definitly be exciting.

chosha said...

So much happening for you & Keith, that's really exciting. I love the scrapbook. Have you ever posted the poem? Do you think Kayla would mind if you did? It's a bit small to read, but I'm curious to read her thoughts and feelings about it.

Jona said...

The scrapbook looks wonderful! A wonderful keepsake that's sure to warm Kayla :o)

And good luck on the job front (to both of you).