So, today, Ketchup Prince Consort got an early Christmas present: an awesome job offer!
It's in sales, not accounting (the field he's getting his degree in and which he would like to continue in when he's done), but it's a great improvement over his last position. The base salary is $3000/yr. over what he was getting-- plus commission. Quite good commission, actually. It's closer to our place; even if traffic is L.A.-awful, it will take less than an hour to get home (and almost never that long to get there.) And no more incredibly late hours followed by coming home to rush through his schoolwork; once he finishes his four days of (paid) training, he will be on the "East Coast" shift. That means he starts at 7 and gets to come home at 3. As in he will be home by no later than 4 pm! He'll have time to play with the kids, eat dinner at a normal time, do his schoolwork, and have time to spare before going to bed at a decent time! We'll be able to do errands in the afternoons and attend church functions on weeknights, and have the missionaries over for dinner during the week. He'll even have time to help my aunt out during tax season (so he'll still be getting accounting-related experience while he finishes his degree) and not have to survive on 2 or 3 hours of sleep a night.
He's holding off for a few days on signing the papers in case he gets a better offer, but it would have to be pretty darn good.
This is amazing. Last time it took him 6 months to get another job. This time, the firing has been a true blessing-- getting him out of a stressful situation, giving him more time for school and family, more money, and it just feels right. They came to him, he didn't seek this position out. But once he went in for the first interview (yesterday) we both felt peace descend. We knew he would get a second interview (they called him at 9:30 this morning and asked him to come back today!) I knew he would get an offer. And it just feels right. I guess Heavenly Father knows what he's doing when he intervenes in our lives like that. I kept wondering why He would not intervene to soften the heart of KPC's former employer when he was berating and yelling and making KPC's life miserable. I kept praying for some relief for him. But the reason was, apparently, that if his heart had been softened this opportunity would not have come at the exact right time. The relief was a better situation for him; in the long term, a much better situation. Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Or in this case, anxiety may endure for a while, but peace comes in due time. :)
Truly, the Lord does work in ways we can't comprehend-- but all for our good.
You may all commence partying. ;) Thank you for all your support and love, I'm glad I didn't have to make you worry for very long!