Monday, December 20, 2010
I want to thank all who prayed for a successful job exploration for my DH. I should have posted the results here sooner but just didn't seem to be able to do it before now.
He had a very successful talk with the site manager and she indicated that they would really like to rehire him. She referred it to the personnel director to see what could be done. He came home with very high hopes and we both looked forward to the call and a return to normalcy.
Once again, though, it was raised hopes, only to be lowered afterwords. When he got the much anticipated call for the personnel department it was only to tell him that he couldn't be hired right now or at least until March. He was told that he took a test when he filled out the online application which he didn't pass. This was a test for the skills of the job he excelled at for over eight years. The company policy is the test cannot be taken again for at least six months for the position. The six months will be up in March.
It looks like more wait and see. He has been told me will probably have an unemployment appeal hearing in early January. Hopefully that will go well. Prayers are also needed for that one. He was accused of doing something at the job that he absolutely knows he didn't do or couldn't have done. The fact resulted in him getting denied unemployment resulting in no income or unemployment for the last three months. He has been faithfully filing his forms and going through the hoops for the appeal so if we are able to prove that he was unjustly accused or the company cannot prove he did what they said he did we will then get the back unemployment.
It is so difficult to know you didn't do something that someone said you did and to have to suffer the consequences anyway. The highs and lows that we keep experiencing are tiring. We're holding up fairly well though, and I'm fighting to stay positive no matter what the circumstances.
We've taken some steps including removing funds from my IRA to go ahead and pay off our home early. I only took half out this year and will pay off the rest the first week of January. This was better for tax reasons so the income of removing the IRA was spread out over two years.
I will be left with very little in my IRA after but it felt like the right thing to do. At least we will know that the house if ours and we will save around $1300 that the mortgage holder forced us to pay for flood insurance each year. We will also save some in other insurance as we can insure for less than the inflated value they forced us to insure each year. It will be nice to be in control of that again. We will also know there is no chance of being foreclosed upon no matter what.
The new year will bring the much awaited unemployment hearing and a renewed job search. There is even a possibility that he might be able to take that online test again before March as the company is planning on changing the job title for the position. We're hoping if that happens he will be able to take the test again early. In the original mail after applying they said he could apply for other positions in the company.
I'm really sorry I took so long to report the results here. It's been very difficult for me to continue to do what I have needed to do the last week or two. I am enjoying the less hectic holiday season though. We are keeping it really low key and making some gifts for family and friends to keep costs down. I'm loving all the time I get to spend with my DH. I notice all of the little things mean much more now. That seems to be the bright side of all that has happened in the last three months.