In mid January John was working at Honeywell and we found a puppy friendly apartment. After John completed his training, he began working on transponders at Honeywell. Lauren helped by dropping him off and picking him up, but it was tough for her. When we learned that we would need to move out by the end of January, Katie decided to spend most of her time with Rafiki. Rafiki had been showing signs of being neglected and she was happy to give him extra attention and he was happy to receive it. We did manage to help speed up the neighbors' computer, and we had dinner with Erica and Jared and their two daughters.
On the 18th we moved into the Southfork apartment complex with a public park right across the street. We used the Youngs' Pilot and Jared helped with his van. Jared had given us some kitchen items that we needed, while Lauren and Drew let us keep some bedding and pillows. Tom from the Edgerton UMC offered us a 50" plasma TV, but the best part was when we went to pick it up. Tom said God wanted him to give us his couch as well, which folds into a bed. At first we declined, but then realized that it was something that answered our prayers, as we were planning to sleep on the floor with our camping mats. Tom had given us a recliner that John did not really want, but Katie and Rafiki love having it. Tom was also kind enough to drive the couch and chair to our apartment since he had a truck that could do so. Thank you to everyone who helped us move! Again, a very big thank you to Drew and Lauren for taking us in when we really needed a place!
John began biking to Honeywell at first by taking the nearby bike trail. Eventually he found shorter ways via bike lanes. 8-10 miles one way. A co-worker, named Jimmy, after learning that John was biking to work insisted on giving him a ride. On several cold days and snowy days, Jimmy drove John to work. It was great meeting Jimmy at Honeywell and John even took a snow day off to help shovel driveways, for cash of course. :-) Jimmy wasn't the only friend at Honeywell John made, there were also Steve and Ken. Ken initially was training him and Ken had a lot of interesting stories to tell about his younger days. Steve also gave John rides home from time to time and helped to train him as well. Steve was even kind enough to sell John his old racing bike that John is now turning into a fixed gear bicycle.
Well, during his time at Honeywell, John had a 3rd and final interview at Garmin. This last interview revolved around one main question. What were our plans for our future in Kansas City, were we planning to leave in the spring? We had decided prior to this interview that if John was hired to work at Garmin, we would be staying in the Kansas City area for a while, think several years and John will take advantage of their tuition reimbursement program. Garmin offered him a job in early February which was quickly accepted. Not only are we receiving great benefits, but we live two miles away!
Now John has most certainly been the more active one in the family with going to work, but Katie and Rafiki have been keeping pretty busy too. A couple weeks before we moved out of the Young's home, Katie decided to turn her bike into a fixed gear bicycle. However, she did not realize that it would take some time and parts to make it ride able again so she had to learn how to entertain herself without her beloved bicycle while John researched, ordered parts and put it all together. Rafiki had done a good job of keep her busy by insisting on being walked three times a day around the park and homes behind the park despite what the weather was doing. The exercise helped to keep them both from getting cabin fever and keep Rafiki out of trouble because it caused him to sleep a lot in between walks. Katie also began cooking breakfast and dinner everyday for John and herself. Payday is always the most favorite day because she gets to take the night off from cooking!
So now we are planning to stay in the KC area for a while. While we are here, we plan to continue to bike everywhere and resist the urge to buy a car. We are also planning to visit family in the spring to get our belongings that we had kept before we left on our adventure across the country. This weekend was a great weekend for us because we rode with Rafiki five miles down the Indian Creek Trail to a local Dog Park, which Rafiki loved! He was very well behaved around the dogs and he was happy to be free of Katie and the leash so he could say hi to other dogs and play with them. He played with a wide variety of dogs and we ended up staying at the park for three hours while letting Rafiki enjoy himself at the park. When it was time to go, Rafiki was happy to jump into his cart and go home where he proceeded to sleep for four hours and then go for a walk around the lake. After church today, we ended up taking Rafiki out for a jog beside the bike and then a few hours later we took him for a walk. Just what Rafiki wanted!
We have been attending a local church called Redemption Church, which is incredibly active with the homeless population here. We have been trying to help as much as we can. We even recently started going to bible study and getting to know some of the homeless better. We are making some friends in our church community, but it is still hard to remember everyone's name. It is nice to have a great church like Redemption to go to here in Olathe, but we miss everyone at the Edgerton UMC.