Just wanted to let all of you know about some changes taking place in our family! First off, for those of you who have not heard Valerie and I are expecting our first child around the beginning of the year. The due date is set for January 2, 2008! Valerie is right around 18 weeks and doing great. The most recent doctors visit showed the baby's heartbeat still hovering around 160 bpm. The next doctors appointment will be around August 14th. At that time we'll do the "big" ultrasound and find out if its going to be a boy or girl! So far everything is right on track for a completely normal and healthy pregnancy!!
Secondly, Valerie and I are both going through some job changes. Valerie is staying in the teaching profession but has accepted a job teaching 1st grade at Northwood Elementary School in Crestview, Florida which is about 25 miles east of where we live now in Milton. And this past Sunday I gave my resignation to the Dixie Echoes. I've been praying about this career change for quite some time now. It certainly wasn't an easy decision but I truly feel it is the right one for myself and my family at this time. My final concert with the Dixie Echoes will be August 19 in Crossett, Arkansas at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.
As for what my future holds, I am in the process of taking the necessary steps for entering police academy. Law enforcement has long been an interest to me and I'm really excited about pursuing this career path. Today, 8/31, I will be taking the Florida Basic Abilities Test(FBAT) which is required of all candidates to enter the academy. Upon passing the test I will then be able to apply for the academy. If accepted, I will begin classes on August 21st. I will be attending the night classes which will allow me to maintain a full-time job and still complete the academy training, which should be done in roughly 10 1/2 - 11 months. At that time I will be eligible for the State Officer Certification Exam, and upon passing that exam I will then be able to apply for any law enforcement job in the state of Florida. I am still looking for a full-time job in the Crestview area. Hopefully something will open up in the very near future. But it is going to be slightly difficult since our travel schedule for my remaining time is very hectic, only allowing me 2 1/2 - 3 days home at a time. This has been a very, very, big decision for me. Most of you know that southern gospel music has been, and still is my passion. But due to the culmination of many circumstances I feel the need to be at home for now.
Please keep Valerie and I in your prayers as we make these adjustments in our lives. Who knows, after having me home full-time for a few weeks she might want me to get back on the road!! We are currently looking for a new place to live in the Crestview area and will be moving within the next couple of months. Once again, please keep us in your prayers as we each start new jobs and as our lives begin to change forever with the addition of our first child. We're resting in God's leading and anxiously waiting to see what the future holds.