I'm writing this Friday morning, inauguration day. Not sure exactly when I'll be able to post it live.
Almost two weeks ago, Ching was called into her bosses office and essentially fired. As you know, it was very unexpected. Ching was in an odd situation at work, even for a contractor. She was hired by the contracting company and placed in office X. Office X, not long after she started working for them, said "hey, office Y across the hall needs someone with your skills, why don't you work a few days a week for them." So she was "owned by office X, but doing most of her work for office Y. Office X then had a change in the contract, which made Ching no longer eligible to work for them, so they had to let her go. That left office Y without her as well. They had no idea she was going to be let go.
This started a series of actions on the part of several people to get her a contract under office Y - to get her back. That never happens in the contracting world.
With the presidential transition and other factors, Ching was really feeling this job search would be different than the others. It had been a few years since she'd even had to look for a job, as one would end, another company would already be in contact trying to hire her.
We've been so blessed in regards to Ching's work. It sometimes stresses her out, but she's been able to provide so very well for our family.
As I've mentioned, back in September, due to my optimism for the country, and on a word from God I'd read many times from the preacher I followed that God was going to give favor unprecedented to His people, I decided to give this real estate career a try. This whole process has been a real exercise in patience. I had a couple of really down weeks after the holidays, and then bam, Ching lost her job.
So, for the past week or so my thought has been, God hasn't brought us this far to abandon us now.
Yesterday, Ching got a call from her contracting company boss saying everyone was working on getting her moved to a contract for office Y. Wow. They had already agreed to pay her two weeks severance (through the 24th) - that also doesn't usually happen. Her boss said they'd keep paying her until they worked out the new contract, which could take a week or two.
Basically, her being fired turned into a paid vacation.
She really needed this break. She's gotten to rest, exercise, and spend some great time with Noah. But, she's also seen just how valued she was at her job. And her line of work can often feel pretty thankless.
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