Friday, June 19, 2009

Apology and Helping Hands...

It’s been a very stressful month.

First, my employer wanted us to relocate to DFW. All good…I would still handle this area, still keeping my fingers in the Permian Basin pie, still cover the Western US. Then, in the middle of that negotiation, WHILE we’re looking at houses in the Fort Worth area, my employer called and said, “How about moving to Pennsylvania, instead?” After a couple of discussions with ThatManILove, and much prayer and thought, we started investigating Pennsylvania. We'd love to be up there, it's booming, and beautiful - what a way to finish up our careers - how exciting it would be! And I'd get to be close to Vodka Mom and all the great northeast bloggers, which would be a bonus in itself!

In the end, we decided against the move – the houses are some 100% higher, and we’d have to go into debt. And that, we just can’t do. After all the times I've advised people to never turn down a move within a company, I just did it.

All that to tell you why I’ve not been blogging. Hopefully, I’ll get my drive back now and get back to it! Thanks for your patience and not leaving me during this time! And speaking of people, well, here’s yet another way to connect.

Bloggers are amazing people. Bloggers rally together when a friend is in need. Joanie is spending a lot of time out of town at the hospital with John, ThatManSheLoves! John is having chemo treatments, and as you know, hanging out in another town, to be near the hospital and support one you love, well, it’s never cheap.

So we're Paypal-ing to help out Joanie and John. And just this once, if you have $5, $10, $20 or a hundred to spare, you can go to Braja's place and throw some bucks in the Paypal account to help Joanie and John. and make Joanie's days a little easier. Every cent will reach Joanie and be so appreciated. If you’d care to help financially, go on...do it. Please. That's what friends are for...

Have I told you lately that you rock?? Well, you ROCK! And I've missed you all.

18 comments:

midlife slices said...

So now I have no idea where you'll be going or staying. Are you trying to lose us? LOL

Will head to Braja's and show a little love. HUGS

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

So sad you won't be on the East Coast and yet totally understood by me. Hubby had a job offer in Rochester, NY a few years back that he turned down. Real estate was cheap there, but the property taxes were killer... Now why should I pay anyone a tax that is equal to my house payment amount? Go figure. Sometimes it's smarter just to stay put.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Tami said...

Shakes head in befuddlement over why Janie turns down move to PA.....

Pam said...

Selfishly, I am glad to keep you in Texas. We will just have to figure out how to get out to Midland more often...or maybe just get out there? Love you all.

catd264 said...

Well I know it was a hard decision but I'm glad your staying here. Of Course you could blog from there but glad you'll be here.

Suzy said...

I know someone who turned down 3 moves within a famous delivery company and today he's a millionaire.

♥ Braja said...

I'm just glad you're going to be blogging more again :)

Bless your heart for the Joanie help, I'm loving this blogging spirit that's going on...it's so far out....

Gwynne said...

Honestly, I don't know how you keep all the ball in the air. With all that going on, you've still managed to be present here. No apologies necessary!

Vodka Mom said...

wow, I know that whatever path God has for you - you will walk it proudly.

I KNOW that you will rise to the top- the good people always do.

However, I am SAD we won't be near each other. However, now that i lie in OREGON, perhaps you could come THERE.........

Far Side of Fifty said...

Janie, I always enjoy your posts. Moving decisions are sometimes really hard to make, I do wish you the best of luck with yours..It snows in Pennsylvania..:)

Barrie said...

What an unsettling time. Thank you for the links.

Sarah Lulu said...

I had to google DFW

DALLAS ....ok I watch tv I know where that is hehe...

Thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog!!

Jeanne said...

The thing about these kinds of decisions is you never know how the alternative would have turned out, only the path you took. So about all you can do is throw yourself and your energy into making your decision a success -- and I have no doubt at all that you'll do that!

Joanie M said...

I love you, Janie... even if you DID decide not to move to Pennsylvania!!! We PA natives are awesome people!

Fragrant Liar said...

Pennsylvania sounds fabulous. I think it's one of those places I have to check out too, for retiring purposes (way, way, WAY down the road, dontcha know). Good luck and keep us in the loop!

P.S.
Isn't VM in Oregon?

Paige Lacey said...

*Sigh* PA is gorgeous, and there's so much history. I'm a East Coast girl myself, but I can understand the pull of the Southwest. All those wide-open spaces...

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