Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I love that we mix both Brent's family and mine and that they blend so nicely. It's almost become a tradition to watch Shrek and Remember the Titans... I think we've done it like four or five years running now. I'm pretty sure we throw in Christmas Vacation also. This will be the first year that we have the Man Cave so it should be really awesome this year. Isn't it funny how traditions begin.. You watch something one year... then by chance, I swear, the next year the same movies were requested... then it becomes a thing and Thanksgiving won't seem quite the same with out it. This is our second Thanksgiving with out momma and I'm pretty sure she picked Remember the Titans... so that seems to bring her closer... Brent's dad and the kids LOVED Shrek... it's always good for a laugh... so gotta watch that one too... and then what can I say about Christmas Vacation??? It's a CLASSIC!! Gotta love Cousin Eddy... every family has one... it's just up for debate whether he's on your side of the family or your spouse's.
Any who... Thanksgiving Memories... that is what I am thankful for... for old ones and new ones yet to be created. I'm thankful for family and friends. I'm thankful for the church and the plan of salvation. I'm thankful for our great nation and those who serve here and abroad. I'm thankful for our missionaries. I'm thankful for my sweetie who tries to help keep me in line... it's a tough job... but someone has to do it... I'm thankful for my children... they are a constant source of joy! I thankful for the Lord and his blessings... may each of you have a holiday season filled with peace and joy!
Yeah so pretty much Gid thinks Grandma is crazy... might be true, but we have a good time.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Posted by Kimberly at 6:31 PM
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
So much is happening... I work for a great company. It is family owned and has been in business since 1926 and has had the current owners since I think 1976??? Give or take a few years. It is a trucking company and I work directly for the Sr. Officers/Owners. For the first time in the history of the company it has had to right size (down size). I have worked for the company going on 7 years and watched it grow from around 200+ trucks to over 400 trucks. It was so exciting. Then over the last couple of years with what has been going on in the economy... gas, lack of building, lack of buying, lack of shipping... you can imagine how that would affect the trucking industry... In December of last year the company decided to do away with their lifestyle program for our over the road drivers... 50 of our 400 drivers were on the lifestyle program (meaning they got to go home every weekend). They were given the choice to stay on as over-the-road (OTR) drivers or leave the company... pretty much with out fail they all chose to leave... hoping to find a job closer to their homes that would accommodate them being home every week. Our OTR drivers are lucky in that they get through their homes about every other week (can you imagine??) So where I was going with this... then our fleet was down to 350 drivers... our office staff remained the same... with the thought that our fleet would regain the lost drivers... well that did not happen... and so after a year of watching things continue to decline in the freight economy... the choice was made to right size our organization... let 10 office staff go... If anyone ever is under the assumption that this would be an easy decision to make... let me tell you... you are sadly mistaken... all 7 Sr. Officers agonized over the decision. Then they had to figure who could they afford to let go... where did we have an imbalance in staff.... So as has been said "to save the body, we must cut off the foot" Now the foot will be missed, you can be sure... but the body must survive... and so it is with a company. 10 individuals were let go, so that 450 (drivers, office staff, & mechanics) would continue to have a viable company to work for. I must say that our 10 associates that were let go were given very generous severence packages that will see them through the first of the year... but still... they are now looking for jobs during one of the worst recessions in our country's history.
I know that our company is not unique. I know that all around the country this very thing is going on... and all I can think is... Have I done any good in the world today... Have I helped anyone in need.... Have I given thanks for the job that I have, the blessings that are so easy to take for granted... that the job I have will be here tomorrow... Have I given thanks for the organization I work for... have I prayed for those who were less fortunate... Am I doing my part??
Posted by Kimberly at 7:27 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
This lovely sun rise is my testament that the Lord truly does love us and he hears and answers our prayers. He brings peace and understanding to troubled minds if we are open to his quiet, simple, daily manifestations of his undying love for each of us. The Sun will rise!
This beautiful sun rise is from Wednesday morning... yup the day after the historic outcome of this years Presidential election. Now although President Elect Obama was not my choice, I can and will live with it. I believe he does love our country. I believe he even thinks he knows what's best for it. While I might not agree with him, I recognize the difficulty of tasks before him. I would like to see our parties work together for the betterment of our great nation. But whatever the next years bring, I know the Lord loves us and the Sun will continue to rise in beauty and majesty.
Posted by Kimberly at 8:29 PM
Posted by Kimberly at 7:35 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I am up for ideas. Please submit your pick or new idea. It will at least be fun for me to see what you come up with. I am looking for something clever and fun.
Posted by Kimberly at 12:54 PM