Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!

This new year will hold a LOT of changes for us, but we're looking forward to facing them together. Surely God has a plan for us.

Perhaps our motto for 2007 could express wisdom similar to an Egyptian brand of beer once said, "What does not kill us, makes us stronger." Plenty of turmoil this year, which makes us look forward to a happy (an perhaps less eventful) 2008.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Sam's Surprise Farewell Party

Sam I Am
Originally uploaded by Ben+Sam
Friday night Sam thought she was going over to scrapbook with Jamie. However, Jamie had planned a super-secret surprise going-away party for Sam.

Jamie created a list of 20 things to photograph (see the list here) that the group all walked around downtown to find. It was a good time and a nice way to send Sam on her way.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Big Announcement

It may be a moot point, since this blog enjoys a readership of approximately 5 people, all of which have probably heard this news already. Oh's such a major lifechanging event that there's no way I could leave it out of the blog.

A couple of months ago Sam interviewed with Pfizer in Groton, CT (where her parents moved) for a position in the Clinical Pathology Lab. She (of course) was offered the position, and has accepted it as well.

While this means major upheavals and doing a few things we don't really enjoy doing (1. Moving away from family, 2. Leaving Ben's Whitmore Lake teaching job, 3. Moving (it sucks)), the opportunity was something that she simply couldn't turn down. She has described this position as her "dream job," and I don't like to be one to stand in the way of anyone's dreams, especially my wife's.

Sam starts her new position on January 7, and we're driving out to Connecticut on the 3rd. We decided that I'll finish my school year before moving out, so in the meantime we have about 6 months living 736 miles apart. We're both a little worried about that piece- but as Ice Cube says, "Life's not a track meet, it's a marathon." 6 months isn't all that long, right?

I'm excited to live outside of Michigan (I'm the only family member to never have live out-of-state), but wish I could take our friends, family, and my job with me.

This blog may become more prominent as we move further away from those that read it, I guess I'll have to work on updating more frequently!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas 2007 Pictures

So, I've been playing around with Flickr (if you couldn't tell), and here are my pictures from Christmas this year. Enjoy!

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

New Flickr Account! it's not really new, but I've started putting all our photos on it recently. Originally I created an account to use with my high school classes, but my idea for using it didn't pan out.

I added a little widget on the right that starts with the pictures I've uploaded most recently (too bad it doesn't go in chronological order). 

To view all the photos I've uploaded, click here!