A Personal Update

I just started reading my blog and realized that I have not contributed a post for two years!! That went by fast! Kudos to John for (kind of) holding down the fort for that time with semi-regular postings.

So, what have I been doing?

I have been a little busy and quite distracted this last few years. In 2008, we sold our home in Richardson (Dallas area), TX and moved to Cedar Park (Austin area), TX in January 2009.

In April 2009, we were blessed with the most amazing and beautiful identical twin baby girls. We now have six children and two of them are babies who, while adorable and quite beloved, love to tag team at night instead of sleeping! :)

In August 2009, right in the midst of yet another 300 hour billable month at my law firm, my law firm informed me that it was CLOSING the Austin Office and that I no longer had a job. So there I was, in a new home in Austin, TX with six kids (two of them babies), in the worst economy known to this generation, with no job. I think the Lord was trying to teach me several important lessons.

Fortunately, I was able to line up a similar job by November, and I started working again on November 30. This job, however, required yet another move, this time to Cypress (Houston area), TX. So, since my last blog post, I have moved my family through pretty much every major city in Texas, had two new additions to my family, lost my job and found another one just in the nick of time (before my severance ran out).

I was also distracted in other ways- ways that challenged every assumption and faith tenet I have clung so tenaciously to for my entire adult life so far. Fortunately, in the end, I emerged from that struggle with a strengthened faith in the atonement of our Savior and a renewed commitment to serve faithfully in what I believe to be His church today.

With these struggles behind me and a bright, albeit busy, outlook ahead, I think I can take up my keyboard and throw in an occasional post again- the frequency of which is yet to be determined by home, work, and church life.

With that in mind, greetings again fellow bloggernacclers, friends and family! Thanks for indulging this more personal (less topical) post – usually I reserve the more personal family updates for our family blog. Talk to you soon!

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10 Responses to A Personal Update

  1. Matt W. says:

    Welcome back. When are you moving to San Antonio? (:

  2. Jordan F. says:

    We went to the temple in San Antonio!

  3. Dave says:

    Busy two years, Jordan. Good to hear things are going well despite the ups and downs.

  4. Jenna says:

    Glad to see you back on here. Looking forward to some stimulating posts in the future.

  5. RJH says:

    God bless you, young man. Good to have you back.

  6. Randy B. says:

    Welcome back. Glad to hear you’ve weathered the storm.

  7. m&m says:

    Thanks for the update. What a two years it has been! Life is quite a journey, isn’t it? Your faith comes through in your words, and as someone who has also had quite a doozy of a couple of years, it’s always inspiring to me to read of others’ faith and endurance.

  8. Sam K. says:

    As a fellow attorney (Nevada) reading your comment of another 300 hour billing month made me gulp big time. Have been practicing for some 27 years, 4 1/2 as a jag, and the most I have ever billed was perhaps 200. In fact, left one job some years ago because my eldest (who was then 9) wrote my wife a memo about how I wasn’t fun any more because I was either at work, at home working on work, or sleeping because of too much work.
    How a firm would let you go is beyond me.

    • Jordan F. says:

      Luckily, the 300 hour months were not frequent. I had several in 2008 when I was flying all over the place for discovery issues in a Section 337 Investigation (patent infringement) in front of the International Trade Commission- those are hardcore.

      Then I started having a few in a big patent case in Texas that was nearing the end of discovery and required all hands on deck all the time- but then my office closed!

      In the end, I actually ended up taking nearly 6 months off (paid!!) last year because of two months of paternity leave and then the time I was “unemployed” (with severance), so the few 300 hour months weren’t that bad. But those months remained blogless because of the stress and time involved in adapting to twins and the stress and time involved in my job search. I wish I could have enjoyed that time off a little more!

  9. jazhmel says:

    It is nice that you have overcome all the struggles and that you had come back. Congratulations for your twins.

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