August 4, 2011

just do it

So here I go, I'm just gonna do it, and attempt to update you on what’s been going on in our lives this past year!

Because I believe that I failed to mention it last year, Ryan did graduate from Portland State last fall and we were all very proud and relieved (mostly me) that he was finally done with school!!! Congratulations hunny!

The fall was a busy time for us, my little brother Jacob graduated from high school and went off to the University of Oregon. So now we have another Duck in the family and that makes Ryan very happy because now he has someone who can get as excited as he does about watching the football games in the fall.

And then my other little brother Joseph got married last October to Nikki. I can’t believe it’s almost been a year already!

At the start of 2011, Ryan continued to work part time at our church and also for the Hillsboro school district. We were very thankful for the work, but there was a huge underlying question in our minds of, “what’s next, when are we going to really move forward, what are we going to do?” These feelings and questions where often accompanied by anxiety and in some instances even distrust. It was tough.

The Lord lovingly kept us in that state until both Ryan and I had worked through surrendering our desire for control, and confessing any sin that was keeping us from being able to move forward. The minute we did that, the stars started to align!

Doors just started opening for Ryan. It began with Ryan applying for a job in customer service at Nike Golf. For over a month Ryan was so faithful to network and develop relationships with people at Nike Golf. While this job seemed like the dream job to us, the Lord had another plan. Through all of Ryan’s networking, an opening in a brand new department at Nike was make known to him.

It seemed to good to be true. The job would fit him perfectly, it was as if it were tailor made to fit just Ryan… maybe it was. Well after about another month of phone interviews and one face to face meeting, my husband was hired on at Nike in this new department! I was so ecstatic! I couldn't stop smiling for days! We both just felt so blessed (and still do)! Right now Ryan is contracted through Kelly Services to work at Nike, but we are praying that he will get hired on as a permanent Nike employee.

Ryan works as an operations specialist for a brand new group whose focus is to demonstrate that there is a major global issue surrounding physical in-activity. Their goal is to have Nike lead the way on re-incorporating physical activity into our lives. It’s a very neat thing to be a part of and is even changing the way that Ryan and I live our lives.

It’s almost been three months now that Ryan has been at Nike and almost every day he comes home from work and says “I have the dream job”. I just smile. We couldn’t have planned the details of Ryan’s job better if we had tried. We are so glad that we gave everything up and let the Lord take it for us.

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, accoring to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

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