Transition has been a key theme for us since getting married back in May. Transitioning into marriage. Transitioning into living together. Transitioning out of our jobs in Haiti. And now transitioning back to life in America.
After three years living in Haiti, some may wonder, “Why did you leave now?” Some of the immediate reasons, for the curious, are that Anachemy needed to return to the States for the best chance of not jeopardizing her residency, we needed a better income (I was down to my last dollar), and we wanted to start our marriage off in a less chaotic environment, among other reasons.
Once we decided to move back to the USA, the question became, “Where?” Anachemy’s family is in New Jersey and mine is in Kansas. We decided to start off in a new place. That left 48 options.
After much prayer, a number of surprising “coincidences” came together for us to move to St. Petersburg, Florida. Things fell into place: housing, a job, a vehicle. I remember one evening in Haiti, Anachemy and I got on our knees and asked God that if he wanted us to live in St. Petersburg to please confirm it by providing me a job. Housing had already been provided. Engineering jobs in St. Petersburg seemed sparce and I wasn’t excited about commuting to Tampa. The very next day I was contacted for a job interview from a company only minutes from the housing already provided!
The job interview led to a job offer and on October 18th I moved to St. Pete and began working the following morning. I was working in Haiti right up until the Sunday when I got on the plane. The following morning was the first day at my job. After four years without a paying job, I was back in corporate America. Funny thing is, I’ve worked harder volunteering than I ever did as an engineer.
Anachemy joined me three weeks later after wrapping up her job responsibilities in Haiti. The time we spent apart for those three weeks was difficult, but neither of us seem worse for wear now and are enjoying starting this new life together.
Before Florida, we had been thinking of moving to Denver. I know Colorado would have been awesome, but I surely can’t complain about this balmy November weather, nor can I complain about living only 20 minutes from a top-rated beach! Yes, I can say we are both enjoying the amenities this country has to offer. It doesn’t feel so much that I am in Florida as it does that I am in AMERICA. To be honest, all of America has a similar look with the chain stores. And because Florida is flat like Kansas, the topography looks similar too, except for the ocean 🙂
Being back in the saddle as an engineer has been a shock to the system, but receiving a paycheck is such a relief it makes the work worth it. And to be honest, this job is a good fit for me. I appreciate it is a small company where I get to wear multiple hats. Not to mention I’ve never had a computer with three monitors before. They also gave me a flashlight for checking parts. Any place that gives their employees a flashlight has to be a winner.
As we start this new chapter, I’m looking forward to all the adventures Anachemy and I will have in Florida. Heck, we’ve already started the adventures. For instance, my dear wife just learned to drive stick shift in the last two weeks. Helping her learn was an adventure, but now she’s doing great with it.
We’ve also been down to the ocean in the evening and watched the scudding clouds and crashing waves and the moon come out. Life is always new and interesting. We’re so thankful for all our many blessings and also for our good health, which I never take for granted. Though I’m a complainer by nature, there isn’t anything I have reason to complain about these days.
(here are a few pictures from down by “öur” beach)