Monday, September 12, 2005

Change, Change, Change...

My lovely wife, Cathy, is proud of me. I know because she told me herself. She is proud of me for being able to do all that is asked of me right now. I told her that people do it all the time, but she's proud of me anyway. Between her being sick, me being in school, working, changing jobs, remodeling, and having mom moved back in with us, she thinks I've got a lot on my plate.

OK, yes, I have a lot on my plate. But, let me say that I know that I am blessed. In every way, things always work out for good. I often wish I were carefull to record all the blessings that God reveals to me through daily life, but, alas, I fall down in the regard.

It's official: I'm switching jobs. I'm not changing companies, but I am changing departments. Formerly, I "made stuff work;" I am currently a Systems Engineer. If it doesn't print, or can't let you logon, you call me. Or, at least, you called me. Soon, however, I will be learning accounting to the end of training our clients. Ultimately, I will be a traveling trainer, going to locations to setup a computer system (which I do now), help a client get their buisness running, and train them in daily operations. Yikes. I alternate between going "woah, cool" to "woah, what've I done?" I think it is the right choice, though.

I learned today that my laptop is simply not powerful enough to run our software. I also got a demonstration of how true my hardware advice to others tends to be; if you want a performance boost, add memory. I doubled my laptop's memory and everything ran sooo much faster.

I've learned the Hebrew noun system as of yesterday. My vocabulary is limited, of course, but learning Hebrew isn't as bad as everybody makes it out to be. In terms of nouns, it is actually easier than Greek. I have a feeling, though, that the verbs are going to hurt...

The remodeling continues... I've been doing it almost entirely on my own, although I've had sporatic (paid) help from friends and family. The flooring will (please, God) get installed next week, and I will rapidly install the fixtures and the kitchen. If the Lord is willing, I will be able to rent it out (finally!) for October 1st. As much work as I'm putting into it, it will be very nice, and we're probably not asking enough for it; whoever our new tenants are, I think they will be blessed.

A change for the better: Cathy appears, at long last, to be acclimating to the Hep-C treatments. Normally, Cathy feels lousy all day Saturday and Sunday, then just bad and aching on Monday and Tuesday, but by Thursday she's back to "normal." This week, however, she's feeling on Monday how she's normally feeling by Thursday morning. That is a huge improvment, and we praise God for it. I am hoping the trend holds!

I think mom is getting used to living with us again, and we're getting used to having her around again. Being "just the two of us" was nice, but I think it is more important to honor our parents.

Finally, as proof of God's goodness, I came across this post about Zechariah, from when I was convinced I was going to lose her. She is a healthy cat now, and she's even gained weight and no longer has a skinny butt!

Praise the Lord, for He is good!


  1. I'm so glad that Cathy is beginning to feel better! We will also pray that the trend continues...
    As far as the post about Zach, I remember that one... I started to re-read it but was getting sad all over again and had to remind myself she was OK.
    Glad to know all the women in your life are are a very blessed man, Lee Jones. :o)
    P.S. Congrats on the job upgrade! Higher pay, I hope?

  2. Yeah, that post made me teary and thankful. Wow.

    The job is more a move to the side... I've already asked my new manager about getting a raise at the end of the trial period. :-)