“They have moved on from here,” the man answered. “I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dothan.'” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them near Dothan. Genesis 37:17
Did the title of this blog post get your attention? I certainly hope that it did and before you think that I have totally flipped my lid let me explain. Just like Lucy I’ve got a lot of explaining to do.
Many of you who have followed me for awhile know the story of my husband Chris and his “restructuring” from his position a year ago. Just because you have a great education and are good at your job does not mean that you are guaranteed a job in life and he along with many others were on the receiving end of the company needing to trim back. He found a position at a aerospace firm in the Dallas Fort Worth area and began that job in July 2014. I wrote about my first day jitters for him here.
Chris had an apartment in Texas and we would alternate flying to see each other every few weeks. It is not ideal but it is life when you are unwilling to take on a second mortgage while you wait for the primary house to sell. If I have learned anything in my 54 years of living it is that God’s timing is perfect. My timing, on the other hand, not always quite so perfect. That is why I need to really rely on God for ALL things.
Then it happened. THE call. Would he be interested in interviewing for another job?
Why yes, yes he would and he did and today is his first day at a new job that I think is going to be the perfect fit for him. I am so happy for him and have such a peace about this new company, the work he will be doing and how it is all going to fit into God’s plan for our lives. I am grateful for the job he had in Texas and even if he did not spend years there he accomplished a lot in a short time and left the place in better shape than it was when he started so that to me is a win.
Now our lives will shift yet again and I am thrilled that my next home will be in Dothan, Alabama. Often referred to as The Peanut Capital of the World (home of the fabulous National Peanut Festival), The Circle City (due to the Ring Road around the city), and The Hub of the Wiregrass (a region named for the native plant that resides in the area). Dothan offers a lot to the area in terms of shopping and activities and you can bet that once I get there to live permanently there will be a great deal of Alabama love being shared on It’s Just Life. Actually I think HyVee here in Mason City must have known something because this is what I saw as I shopped after I returned home from Dothan.
Chris’s new company, Dunbarton, manufactures doors and entry systems and Chris will be able to use his knowledge and expertise to help their business in good ways. The welcome that we have received has been beyond words—-I feel like a part of a family already and that is rare these days within corporations so I am relishing every moment. I would be so grateful if any of you who are on Facebook would click here to go quickly like their Facebook page. I promise they won’t mess up your newsfeed with a lot of things you don’t want to see—they just need some Facebook love. Thanks!
So my absence and erratic behavior on social media the past month and a half are explained. I have been here, there and everywhere and all in anticipation of today—the first day of a great new chapter of our lives and this one will be lived out in the South. Did I mention we will be a mere 90 minutes from beaches? Beautiful beaches. I can not wait. So the time to sell the house is now and we will be re-listing and getting things ready to go as soon as it sells. I feel like spring is the time and things are going to happen.
You can bet I will be sharing all things Alabama with you over the next few months as I learn more about this state and what it has to offer. I am probably the most excited about the 60 + 4 foot peanut statues that are located all over Dothan. I mean seriously. Does that not scream Beth Ann? I managed to capture a few on the two times I have been there but that is just the start. Maybe I will have to start Peanut Thursday or something. Who knows.