So 1 year ago I made a post containing things I am thankful for. Not a whole lot has changed except for 1 addition to our family.
This year I am most thankful for our new baby girl Juliet. She is 5 months old today!
Other things I am thankful for:
My Friend George Schaeffer III- About six years ago I was living in Moline Illinois and going NO WHERE fast. I was about $20,000 in debt and with no formal education and work ethic my outlook liked pretty dim for the area. The Quad City area where I was from was totally dead tech wise. If you were not working for John Deere then you had a unstable job. Being that I had been fired or laid off from almost all tech related industries in the area I had to make a move. My friend George Schaeffer III insisted that I come visit him in Des Monies, IA and check out the jobs there. George was fairly certain that I could find full time work pretty quick. George opened up his home (2 bedroom apt) to me and even let me sleep on his bed. (his girlfriend at the time (now his wife)) and son slept in his sons room and George slept on the couch. Also I was 400 LBS at the time and definitely not the ideal guest. I stayed with George in these conditions for over 1 month. I don’t know how he did it and I don’t know if I would be willing to do it for another person but that literally changed my life. I got a job with Wells Fargo Company and started for a pretty good wage doing help desk support. Being the UNIX h4x0r that I am I quickly moved up from a lvl 1 help desk position to “senior UNIX security administrator” which was a lvl 7 pay grade ;). Also in Des Monies is where I met my wife. I owe George Schaeffer III and family so much and someday I hope to repay them for there generosity. George now is Regional Manager for Loss prevention and does a super good job for his employer. His wife also has moved up the ranks at her career and they now have a beautiful home in Des Monies, IA.
My wife – J, or as she has earned Dr. J Schoemaker (no she is not a sixers fan). My wife is a practicing Cardiac Anesthesiologist who is in her first year of private practice. Like me she is extremely driven to be the best at what she does. I never thought I was going to be married but then I never thought a woman existed like her. She is extremely intelligent and very well educated (BA from St. Johns, BSA from Chicago school of business, and M.D. from UNL). She is also well traveled and volunteered for 1 year to practice medicine in Nigeria. This is quite a contrast from myself, who BARELY graduated high school and had never left the Midwest. My wife has taught me some of her structure and work ethic and it has helped me to be such a better person career wise. I love her more every day and I hope to spend many many many many many more years with her. My wife’s rock solid income has given me the ability to be the internet cowboy and go after some huge cash online 😉
My dog Baxter – Son of Mick who won Best In Show in 2003 – Baxter is awesome and I love him. He is the official curator of the squirrel sanctuary for wayward varmints here at the Schoemaker estate for wayward varmints.
And of course always thankful for friends !!