Tuesday, February 10, 2015

'twas meant to be!

 Goodness, this quote is perfect for so many aspects of life!
So I've talked a lot about our move to Arizona for Eric's new job... but I never shared how it all came about. It's kind of a roller coaster of a story and I still have a hard time believing everything worked out the way it did! It's kind of a long story but I'll do my best to condense it because it really is fun to hear :)

One day Eric came home from work (just a couple weeks after starting his new job in Utah after his old company closed their doors) saying he received a phone call from Arizona. He'd never heard of the company and had no idea how he got their number. After he googled the company (and realized it was legit) he called them back the next day. He was invited down to interview but Eric asked for a phone interview on the spot "so that we don't waste each others time" ha ha. He wanted to discuss his expectations and the company's expectations before traveling all that way. Eric was totally (brutally) honest with his expectations and the man replied with "you are exactly what I've been looking for!" I mean, Eric's resume is impressive for his age, and I'm not biased or anything ;)
After agreeing to go down for an interview, Eric received a call a couple days later from the HR girl where they offered to fly him down... what?! We've never had a company offer to pay our way to interview! And what does Eric say? "Naw, I'll just drive!" Oh brother! The interview was set for Friday at noon. We were going to go down and make a weekend out of it, but decided at the last minute that he would go down and back in the same day because we had family coming into town for the weekend.
We assumed that Arizona was an hour behind Utah time, so if he left at 4:30am that would get him there with 45-60 minutes to spare. Eric got up at 4:00am and left around 4:20. Just after passing St. George, Utah you cross the Arizona state border for a few minutes, before entering Nevada. When he crossed into Arizona, Eric checked the time on his phone... and noticed THE TIME DIDN'T CHANGE! He called and told me the news and we were both totally kicking ourselves for not double checking time zones, HA! So now instead of having an hour to spare, there was no room for mistakes or Eric would miss his interview! (I also wanted to kick him for not accepting the flight, ha ha!) Of course the stress of time mixed with early morning Las Vegas traffic caused Eric to accidentally take the wrong exit, which made it even harder to back track through Vegas to get to the correct one. Mistake #1.
Eric made up time when he could but he had to stop for gas. Of course the credit card machine was broken at his pump, so he had to pre pay. He guessed too low so he had to stop for gas later down the road. Mistake #2.
At 11:40 he let me know he was 8 miles away from his destination. Hallelujah! Those were some stressful hours watching each minute tick by!
Around 12:20 Eric called me and I knew something was wrong. There was no way they had him travel hundreds of miles for a 20 minute interview. He told me that the HR girl (who was located in Colorado) had given him the "old" address, so he had been sitting at the wrong location! Luckily, this wasn't our fault! But the office manager informed him that they were going to have to reschedule because he would be so late, and it was a crazy day at work. WHAT? Eric informed her that he would absolutely not be able to reschedule considering he'd just driven hundreds of miles to be there. She made the connection of who he was and said that they would definitely make it work and gave him the address. But when he called me, he was driving on a dirt road that was so muddy he couldn't stop, or he would get stuck. Did I mention he was in the middle of nowhere and totally lost? (Still wanting to kick him for not flying down!) After being shut down when I asked why he didn't ask for directions (men!) I gave him a quick lesson on Siri (maps) on his brand new iPhone and we hung up. Mistake # 3. The stress was back, man! Eric called me back at 1:30pm letting me know he finally arrived. In case you forgot... his interview was at noon. He was an hour and a half late!
I just knew there was no way he was getting this job! What a waste of a day and a waste of my emotions, ha ha! I had totally convinced myself that this wasn't going to work out, too many obstacles! But Eric called me after his meeting feeling totally confident that he would be happy there, knowing he had landed the job even though we had to wait for an official offer via email.
Even after hearing how sure Eric was that it worked out, I was still totally shocked when Eric received his official offer and seeing all the incentives they gave Eric to pick up his family and move. They really did want him! Thank heavens everything else fell into place for our move so smoothly... my nerves wouldn't have been able to handle any more obstacles, ha ha!

In case you're wondering, we moved here at the craziest time for work so Eric is working a ton, but he is happy! So I'm happy! I'm anxiously awaiting things to calm down so that we can go explore and play and really soak up the fun Arizona has to offer though :)

24 comments:

P!nky said...

Oh my goodness, what a crazy story! Sometimes we are tested before we are given what we need. I'm so glad it all worked out and I'm so glad that Eric is happy. When work is stressful it's no fun, but when you're work happy everything is better. Can't wait to hear more about Arizona!

Nichole @ casadecrews.com said...

I would have been such a stressed out wife!!! But I am so so glad it all worked out!

Pamela said...

oh gosh! Wow! MEN! They don't listen to anything ;) hahah! glad you are happy!

~Dawn~ said...

Wow...what an eventful story. I would have been a wreck! haha I'm so glad it all worked out for you, tho. Can't wait to hear more about how your family settles into Arizona!

Jamie @ The Jamie's + 1 said...

That story gave me anxiety the whole time I read it! I am so glad it all worked out and I am so happy for you and your sweet family!

Jenn said...

What a journey! But it sounds like it all happened for a reason, and I'm so glad that Eric is happier! Hope the settling in process is going ok!!

BLovedBoston said...

Oh my gosh what a story!!! I love that everything worked out and Eric is so happy with is choice and fresh new start for your guys! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

Elizabeth Birenbaum said...

Oh my gosh! What a crazy story. Oh and Arizona... they are crazy with their times! You were probably right about the time zone thing but they don't so daylight savings time. I don't know what time zone Utah was in but I do know that sometimes Arizona is on California time and sometimes they are an hour ahead. Craziness. Oh Arizona, wants to do their own thing lol.
So, SO happy it all worked out for the best! Eric must be AMAZING at what he does and thank goodness that company realized it because they would have lost an amazing employee had they not scooped him up when they met him. So glad he is so happy!!! xo

Brittany said...

That is total chaos. Every time I talk to my sister on the phone, I assume that she is three hours earlier than me because I always forget they don't do daylight savings there! SO WEIRD. I can't believe he turned down the flight!! I'm so very happy that everything worked out for the best, despite the craziness!

Caroline At Windy City Chic said...

Wow. What a story!!! Poor guy. The flight was probably looking really good while he was driving on that muddy road!! :-) I'm happy that it worked out though, and looking forward to hearing more of your updates! :-)

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Wow!!! Seriously why can't things just be easy right? Can't wait to follow you along on your move!

Jamie said...

When its meant to be, its meant to be!

Jessie said...

Yesss! I would've been on edge too. What a stressful day. I remember sending up a little prayer for you because I could totally relate. Yay! So happy for you all.

Britt Hanson said...

So glad it all worked out! We just went through a similar thing -- Kyle was offered a job and we decided he wasn't going to take it, but then a bunch of crazy things fell into place and we were like, ok, I guess that's meant to be! So happy for you guys :)

tina bumblebee said...

People NEVER BELIEVE ME when I tell them Arizona doesn't do daylight savings time. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person not in Arizona that knows this haha. So glad that everything worked out with his job :)

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

hahaha oh my gosh, just reading that story made me nervous!! oy.

Tawnya Faust said...

Oh my gosh!! What a crazy story... seriously they must have really wanted him because everything that could have possibly went wrong went wrong lol! So happy for you guys and this new adventure! Are you close to Phoenix? Adam's firm has a condo in Phoenix and I'm always after him to try and get us some time there because I have so many blog friends down there!!

Sara Elizabeth said...

Oh Man!!!!! I can't even imagine how Eric must have been feeling that day!!! Thank goodness it worked out, it is totally meant to be!!!!! What a CRAZY day!!!

J and A said...

OH my gosh! That is crazy, I would be a mess!! I love that top quote though.

Hannah said...

Oh goodness! How crazy and wonderful! What a blessing that everything worked out for him. It sounds like he is exactly the man they wanted for the job. I'm so glad he's loving his new job!!

Vicki said...

Wow! You were right, what a crazy, crazy story. I'm glad it all worked out in the end though. :)

Vicki said...

Wow! You were right, what a crazy, crazy story. I'm glad it all worked out in the end though. :)

Jenny said...

What a crazy interview story but like you said - it was meant to be! How fun that it worked out and you guys get to learn and explore a new place!

Janna Renee said...

OMG that whole story is nuts!! I would have been freaking out too, but it definitely proves that they really wanted him for the job! Congrats y'all, and way to go E!

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