Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hello Again, Hello...

...Just blogged to say hello. Name that tune. Well, actually I just did, how about name that artist?

It's me. I'm still here. I'm alive. I'm not sure what my deal is lately. Sometimes when I don't blog for awhile and several bloggable moments happen in a row, I get overwhelmed and become unable to process any of it. For instance, it is now the middle of November and I have yet to post or even download our Halloween pictures. So when I start to think about blogging I get slightly panicked about how far behind I am and I decide to do nothing instead. Great way to operate, huh?

SO. A lot has happened since I last talked with you all, including but certainly not limited to a road trip, a new niece, and a new job! Aackk!!!

That last one is bound to cause at least of a few of you to double take and say, "huh?". But first things first. I'd love for you to meet our new niece (on Rich's side), her name is Kelly Joy...

Isn't she sweet? I can't wait to get my hands on her and buy her lots of PINK! We are very excited for Rich's brother and sister in law as they enter this new and wonderful stage of life! Congratulations Mark and Angela!

And now to address the most recent, surprising, and interesting development in our lives. I have a new job! This opportunity sort of fell in my lap recently. In retrospect, I think I knew from the beginning that it was a God thing, but I feel even more sure of that now. Honestly, it took some soul searching and lots of prayer (especially in regards to the timing), but I am now confident that this is an opportunity that God has most definitely placed in my life. I'm not sure exactly what He has in store, but I am grateful to be along for the ride. He has been quite gracious in working out the details. The hours are extremely flexible and I will even be able to bring Will with me to work when he is not in preschool. So, what will I be doing, you ask? My official title is part-time "case manager" for the organization Big Brothers Big Sisters. One of my main responsibilities will be to match up kids (little brothers and sisters) with their adult volunteers (big brothers and sisters). How cool is that? Very! Stay tuned as I am sure you will be hearing more from me on this subject in the coming weeks and months.

Phew. I think that is about all I can process for now, but I will hopefully be back soon with some Halloween pictures. Better late than never, right?

24 comments:

Rich said...

Ha! I'm First!

She can bring home the bacon… na nah na nah… fry it up in a pan…

…cuz she's a wooooman, W. O. M.A.N.

Jamie said...

Nice to hear from ya finally. I am working on the Anne series, I will get it back to you ASAP. By the way Big Sis loves it too.

Shelley said...

First, Kelly Joy is beautiful!

Second,I am so excited for you to start this new chapter! You will be awesome!!!

Kenna Sue said...

Um, Alana... What's up with the Neil Diamond tunewhammy? That just hurts after a long day. Heh!

Congrats on the new niece and the new job! Don't you love how God works out all the details?

michelle said...

Congratulations! Your niece is adorable! I can't believe you haven't said a word about your new job! I saw you last night! I am excited for you! You will be great!

BethAnne said...

That little baby is precious!!!

Congrats on the job...sounds like lots of fun....hope you love love love it.

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Aways better late than never...except when it involves the IRS or babies. LOL!

Glad to see you're still alive and kicking...what a cool job! Keep us posted--well, after we see the Halloween pictures.

Xandra

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

OK...as soon as I hit "post", I realized that babies are definately better late than never. I mean, who wants to be pregnant forever, because that's what it would mean. The never part that is. (I'm going to stop typing right now...)

Xandra

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

And apparently I can't spell either...definitely not. Isn't this fun getting comment after comment from the same person?

This is the last one...I promise.

Xandra

Abigail said...

Oh cool! Please tell Mark and Angela congrats from me (if they remember me!)...

And congrats to you on the fun new job...

Janelle said...

THAT BABY IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Put in a good word for Wingman. She looks like his type...cute, pink and precious!!

I am so glad that you took the job! It sounded like a perfect fit, one you will be able to grow into as the years go by. LOVE IT!!

Darlene R. said...

I love the baby's name, especially her middle name. Mine is also Joy.

Congrats on the new job!

Linda Z said...

Your husband is cracking me up!!! :)

Glad you are alive and well... I was wondering where you were! New job sounds great.

Colored With Memories said...

neil diamond? i was thinking of lionel richie's "hello". hmm.

look at those cheeks!

congrats on the job! it sounds like the perfect arrangement.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Was starting to wonder about you! :) And wow...you have a lot going on in your life. Your job definitely sounds like it was orchestrated by God. My best friend worked for BBBS for years, and she loved it. Can't wait to hear more about it!

Lynn said...

Hey girl! Welcome back! I'm hearing you on the posts rattling in your head that you just can't seem to type...geesh!

Congrats on being an aunt, and congrats on the awesome new position God provided for you. Can't wait to read more!

Heather said...

Sounds like a fun job! Can't wait to hear more.

And your niece is just precious! Enjoy being able to spoil her and give her back. I look forward to that day with my brother :)

Sara Carmichael said...

Congrats on the new job! Sounds like it's going to work out perfectly. :)

I'm taking a break from writing for a few weeks, as you read; love having family here, but it gets pretty busy. But I can still browse other people's blogs when I get a tad bit of down time. :) Just love visiting yours especially!

Gray Matters said...

Welcome back and congrats . . . twice. Can't wait to hear more about the new job.

Tiffani said...

Wow, Alana..you have been busy!! I'm glad I have facebook to at least say "Hi"!!!

Congrats on that sweet cheeked baby love!!! Oh MY, I could almost SMELL her here she's so adorable!!!

What a fun opportunity that you're gonna have with your new job! I'm proud for you and I'll praying as you adjust!!! Glad you've let us know how you are...

BIG hugs!

Tiff

Denise said...

yeah, i missed you in blogville!

congrats on job. look forward to hearing more.

my "besty" is kelli joy (with an "i")
so i am love'n the name. and how sweet is her pic. what fun to have a baby girl in the family.

Rochelle said...

I can soooo relate to much of this post. I have not been posting much but I still lurk! It's good to see some posts from ya!! And congrats on your job!!

Sparky said...

The job sounds like a perfect fit. We need to do lunch so I can hear all about it!

Kelly N said...

I am finally catching up on reading some blogs. Congrats on the new job and the new niece! How exciting on both fronts.