it's been real, morenci.

1pm today marked our blessed half-way point to when our miner dad/love comes home to us for a fun, festive, christmasy week.

{he arrives in our gilbert garage christmas morn @ ‘bout 2am.}


and this time: it’s for good.


that’s right folks: recent developments in dunn-limbo-land-2008 indicate we will NOT be making a move to thatcher-country, afterall.

freeport mcmoran [bless it’s heart] is cutting their workforce {once again}…and it looks as though a lay off for my-dawg [and the rest of his crew] is inevitable.

thus, we have prayerfully decided to resign from the company with a grateful heart & optimistic expectations for our future.

as i have mentioned on my blog before: the past few months have been a rollercoaster ride of plans, emotions, and unexpected circumstances. but right now, my & i truly feel like all the little lessons we’ve learned during our six months in morenci have been for our growth & experience. though our time there was shorter than anticipated, we know we were sent there for a reason.

we went there seeking an apprenticeship to jump-start a new exciting career & came home with experiences of life that will be far more valuable to our lil fam.

now don’t get me wrong…being jobless in this *awesome* economy is always disappointing. we’ve had our discouraging moments & continue to.

but it’s through these uncertain times that we learned for ourselves more than ever before what is certain in our lives.

god is good. he knows what’s best for us. and he has something chillin’ around the corner that’s going to be that much better [and with less barf-cafeteria food] hopefully.

there are times when i have questioned my faith. why did we feel so strongly to leave our previous business when we did? why did i have a “this is the place” moment in that charming little 70’s thatcher-trailor? why did gila valley feel like home when we visited that memorable sunday afternoon?

but as the days go by, i am learning the answers to those questions.

and even though i still don’t have all the answers, what i do have is gratitude.

i’m thankful to a heavenly father who knows me better than i know myself….who has sent me to earth with this package o’ circumstances that are the perf mix of what i can handle [though i don’t always think i can] and what will stretch me to be a better person & reach my potential.


we’re hanging up the hard hat for the time being.


morenci: it’s been real.

[but it hasn’t been real fun.]



{happy sunday!}


The Roberts Family said...

angie i dont think you could be a better person!!! your the best!! you guys have had lots of ups and downs but your always keep a smile on you face..... i want to be more like you!!! love you sis.

Unknown said...

You have a great attitude. I love that you keep it real. (((hugs))) for you and yours. Best of luck with the next job endeavor. Merry Almost Christmas!

runningfan said...

I hope Myron does a ceremonial leap when he leaves that place. (I'm sure he will when he gets home.)

Keep me posted on Julio, baby!

And thanks for your example of optimism and faith through the hard times. You're an inspiration.

granny said...

It is amazing to watch things unfold. There IS something chillin around the corner...just you wait!

m = michelle said...

girl, can I tell you something? for reals? yah? well you ROCK! and I know you (deep down) know that even though sometimes you act like you don't - which is one of the many kick butt things about you. But, seriously, I'm so glad that I know you. I learn more about you, and FROM you, with every word we exchange (or I read!)

So keep on truckin! God has (even greater) things planned for your little fam!

Kate said...

I swear to you that you are the sole human being who can bring tears to my eyes with your tender testimony and then in the next heartbeat make me snort out a really ugly laugh that I'm super glad no one heard. :) I love you, and I know {from my own experiences} that sometimes the big curve ball life throws you is just a chance to hit one out of the park. I declare blessings are in store {as always} for you! Also, a probably late and ultra-girly--sorry Myron-- Christmas package!

Ashley said...

I LOVE your attitude and this post is so great! I'm so glad that you have such a wonderful outlook on life! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

Unknown said...

angie, you are such a great example of faith, optimism, & hope! i know sometime in my life i will need serious uplifting & your blog might be one of the first places i go! hope you guys have a great christmas! good luck with things!!!

mademoisellechitchat said...


Just open your arms up SUPER wide and get ready to catch the blessings that God has for you and your family.

It has taken me 3.5 years in AZ to get to the "place" where I am now. I questioned why God was having me endure this Job-like state. Then, I recalled this card Mom mailed me while I was in graduate school; the card had a telephone with the following message:

Hello. This is God. I know your needs, and I do not need your assistance.

He'll answer your "call" soon.


Sassy said...

My sweet friend...first of all I agree with HollyOak about tears and snorting through out most of your posts....Bless your ♥'s!!!! I so hear you about being jobless and wondering what is in store and still believing that Heavenly Father knows what is best for us and trying not to question...you'll be in out prayers...love you so much and appreciate feeling your testimony in ALL you do...I am praying like crazy for all of us!!!

Unknown said...

I love reading your blog. You're such a sweet person. Love your writing style, and how positive and funny you are. I also love your faith, and you're a great example to me because of it. I know we don't know each other well, but I'm glad you let me see your blog, because I feel that I know you better because of it, and it makes me a better person. I wish you and your fam the best through these uncertain times; I agree that everything happens for a reason, and that something better is just around the corner. We should get together sometime to do something fun and have our kiddos play. Take care, and Merry Christmas if I don't talk to you before that!

Brandis said...

Shoot! That's all I can think of at the moment. Shoot. But you are the queen of looking at the bright side, so I hope you enjoy some quality time w/your man during the jobless phase and I'm sure you're right, something great is around the corner for you. (and is it selfish of me that I'm glad you're not leaving?? :)

The Wizzle said...

There really is something exciting and wonderful around the corner. I truly believe that with all my heart, and I wish you and Myron peace this season while you wait it out.

I would wish peace to Chloe too, but I'm pretty sure she's not too worried about the economy. Plenty of time for that! :)

Unknown said...

I just L O V E your positive attitude! You are such a great example to so many people, I hope you know that. May many more blessings rain over your family {like they normally do} because you deserve them! Good Luck to Myron in finding a fabulous new job!!

Drew and Tarah said...

i have to agree with brandis! totally sucks about the job...but i am excited that you guys are sticking around!!! and i have to agree with EVERYONE else that you have the most upbeat and positive attitude of anyone i've ever met. go you!

Em said...

I'm glad that you aren't moving and I know things will work out for you and your cute little family. Cause 2009 is gonna be awesome! I can feel it. Love you guys and I wish you the best of luck in everything!

Erin said...

Boo!! I was so looking forward to being your neighbor. At the same time, I am extremely excited that you don't have to leave your friends and fam in the valley. Merry Merry Christmas!!

Coree Adams said...

I'm not happy that My is currently unemployed...but I am ECSTATIC that you guys aren't moving far away from us. Love you guys and I know things will work out SOON. Aces for life! xoxo

J-mama said...

I really admire your positive attitude. Keep the faith, all things happen for a reason, and the next path is right around the bend...all the lame sayings are sayings because they are true. I am praying for you until further notice. :)

Staci said...

You have such AMAZING perspective! Way to be so optimistic about everything! I will be praying for you guys to find something just right for your family & enjoy the time you will get to spend with Myron until he finds a new job!



Beth Curtis said...

you are awesome .totally bummed about the job but you guys are seriously the greatest and i know there is something fabulous out there for you guys! You have an amazing attitude and spirit. I look up to you girl!

The*Evans*Family said...

How is it that you are always so upbeat about things! I love it. New Year's Resolution 2009 - Be more like Angie. :) Merry Christmas to your cute family!

MeL said...

Ho.Ly.Crap. I'm pretty sure that such changes would provide me with a pretty little ulcer...but you, Angela Darling, are kind of amazing and take it all in stride! Good luck with job search '09, and in case you're wondering, I'm pretty sure that Walgreens is ALWAYS hiring. And Pharmacy school is really fun, just ask Philip.

Marisa and Rob said...

Man that stinks!!! I'm so sorry to hear that!!! Our prayers are with you guys!! Something will come up soon, I just know it. Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Marilyn said...

Oh man Angie-so so so sorry. You guys are definitely on my prayer list. You have an awesome attitude! Have a Merry Christmas with your wonderful little family.

amy mo said...

That's too bad that it's been a roller coaster, but at least you were able to learn from it! And now you get to stay near your fam!

Laurie said...

You are amazing! Merry Christmas!!