Written by my husband Rod
In May of 1997 I moved my family to the Chicago area for a job change. It was a major change from the life in Kettering Ohio…Paige was 3 and Josh was 5. We were leaving behind all our family, all our friends…everything we knew to be ‘ours’. But the opportunity was a good one, and it had potential to open doors for lots of other opportunities down the road.
The company I was moving to join was called 21st Century Telecommunications. The owner of that organization was named Glenn and he had put together a business plan and model that would set the stage for all the cable companies to follow..even to this day. While I’d only been to Chicago one other time…I decided this was an opportunity that just couldn’t be passed up.
Now 14 years later…I’m about to move my whole family across the country to a new location, Myrtle Beach. Many things are different…many not so much. The owner of this company also happens to be named Glenn…and happens to be the same owner of the first company I moved for! Now Josh and Paige are 19 and 17 (and one of them is not moving with us), but Miranda and Kaity are now 4 and 3. We’re leaving behind a lot of family, friends…and familiar stuff, but the opportunity is again a great one.
The 2 biggest changes in my life are my wife and my smarts. I’ve learned a lot in these 14 years. Not all of it has been good…but most of it has. I’ve learned to trust God more and my own abilities less. I’ve learned that there are good people out there…sometimes you just have to take a risk on them..and sometimes you’ll get burned. I’ve learned that His ways…are always better than mine. And I’ve learned about love. One of the greatest gifts God has given me is my wife Kelly. She brought an element of trust and happiness that I never knew I was missing. Our life is made up of all things crazy…but in all things, we do it together. This move is a major life change and challenge…but we’re totally in it together. While there are lots of friends and family that we will miss…my best friend in the world will be right next to me.
That, along with learning to trust in God to lead me where I need to go…is all I need.
So…goodbye Chicago…I’m sure we’ll visit often. It’s been a good 14 years, but it’s time for the next phase to start.