Things Are Changing- Life Update

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

Things Are Changing- Life Update: Career changes and new seasons are upon us! We are really excited for the adventure that lies ahead.

This post is way overdue but a lot of things had to fall in to place for me be able to share freely! Since August of last year Ben has been process to get accepted into the Sacramento PD.  Originally he had a applied to the Sheriffs department.  He made it all the way through to an alternate.  There were over 1000 applicants and he was 1 of 17 alternates called in to be a part of the academy in the event that someone decided not to participate.  Others made it in but Ben didn’t make it past being an alternate. Everything happens for a reason.  Had he made it in we would have had to pay for the police academy out of pocket, no salary after and no guarantee of a job once he completed the training.

Ben is not a quitter.  Let me back up a few steps here and say that Ben has wanted to be a part of law enforcement or the military since I can remember.  In fact, way before we were married. A few things out of his control prevented him from joining the military as a teen even so, law enforcement has always been on his heart.  When we moved to CA from CT about 5 years ago, he applied to be a part of corrections.  He made it to a final interview where they discovered he was not a citizen (he has his citizenship now).  He had no idea that was a requirement and 6 months into the process we would have hoped that someone would have let him know earlier.  As a result he did not get into corrections, but again, everything happens for a reason.

Fast forward to shortly after being declined entry into the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.  Much to Ben’s advantage he had applied to the Sacramento City PD at the same time as the Sheriff’s Department. He started the process of being accepted into their department immediately after. Several interviews, physical and mental exams, lots of stress and questioning the unknown, he made it in! Ben has been hired by the Sacramento City Police department and starts pre-academy employment and training THIS WEEK! The official academy starts in July and it will be a journey!! I am SO HAPPY for him! It has been a long process.

Now you might be wondering how I am doing with all of this.  I am TRULY excited but also anxious to see what this is all entails for our family.  From the academy to probation to being on his own on the job we don’t know fully what to expect. We have been trying to “prepare” ourselves as a family.  We watch Live PD all weekend long, we also have been watching a YouTube series called “The Academy” where we literally see the step by step process of the Austin PD academy.  Ben listens to all the police podcasts etc. but we all know there is nothing like actually experiencing the job.  I am concerned about his safety and different situations he may be in, but like anything, I have to trust that God will protect him and I have to keep my prayers going day in and day out! How’s Ben doing? He is doing good.  He has a week off so he is getting some last minute errands done and prepping his study area here at the house for during the academy! I honestly think he is just so ready to get started!

Prior to this Ben worked at Dignity Health for the past 4 years as a Mental Health Coordinator.  He assisted with placing mental health patients from the local emergency departments into facilities for treatment.  He got the job shortly after we moved here from CT and it has been such an answer to prayer and blessing for our family.  We are so incredibly grateful.  He said goodbye this week and it was a little surreal.  I work in the same building as him.  In fact our departments are steps away from one another.  I can throw a penny at him and hit him.  I will miss working near him 3 days a week but this new chapter is going to be so exciting and fulfilling for him! Thank you guys for reading this post! It was a long one!! I will be writing updates throughout the academy process! It should be interesting!! Thank you as always for stopping by the blog!!

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All Photos By: Kassandra Thomsen Photography

  • Comments ( 52 )

  • avatar
    StePh

    What an amazing accomplishment! The world needs more police officers!

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    Anna enGlish

    What an exciting time for you and your family!

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    Danielle

    Such an exciting time filled with so many GOOD changes!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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    Lee

    Congratulations! PERSISTENCE is key, if you don’t get in then keep trying. God has a plan.

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    angie

    sounds awesome , always great to hear good news thanks for sharing

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    Mindy Thompson

    Wow! This is such an exciting time for your family. these changes sound so amazing!

    Xo Mindy
    amixofmin.com

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    McKenna BASS TRAHAN

    So excited for you all! What big changes but I know you all will rock this! 🙂 Congrats!

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    Sarah Lennon

    SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR HUSBAND NOT GETTING IN! SOUNDS LIKE OTHER GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR YALL THOUGH!

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    Cathy

    Congrats on the new job! That sounds amazing and such a reward for his hard work! Your family is beautiful!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    What an amazing journey for all of you! Congrats to Ben! Can’t wait to hear more about this new adventure for you all!

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    Ashley Stephenson

    Congrats to your husband! I know you are so proud! I watch live pd all the time!!

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    Kristi McAllister

    Congrats to ben! my cousin is a police officer and i’ve gotta tell ya, they don’t get paid nearly what they should be! it’s a job that requires a lot of loyalty and i think ben is going to make an awesome officer!

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    Anvita Bhatnagar Mistry

    Congratulations to ben. way to go. The world needs more people like him.

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    Danielle Fox

    Changing careers are so exciting and get a tad scary too. I love your happy outlook and POSITIVE attitude

  • avatar
    Trina

    You have such a beautiful family! these pictures are priceless! Also congrats on the job change and the exciting changes in the future.

  • avatar
    Rita

    This is so exciting for you and your family. Congratulations! Beautiful pictures!
    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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    Geraline Batarra

    This is such a nice post and i enjoy reading what other people feeling about something and their experience. you have a great family and it is so amazing that ben was able to get the job and i am so excited to read more about it but maybe soon!

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    Kenya Neabar

    Congrats, God IS faithful and May GOD continue to blow your mind with his unfailing love for you all, so EXCITED TO hear ABOUT all your awesome blessings from above!!!

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    Kathleen Cabe

    I’m so happy for all of your family! As I was reading this I was thinking of Ben’s work with DH and how that will benefit everyone in his new career. I cannot think of a better man for this job. COngrats!

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    Sheila Rhodes

    Praise the Lord for Answered Prayer! Wow! I’m sure it will be an adjustment, but God will get you through! Thank you to ben for having a heart to want to help , serve and protect others. May the lord Bless You in every way…every day and keep you in the shelter of his wing!

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    Sydney power

    Ruthie!!! I am so happy for your family and ben that is so wonderful!! I was born and raised in a police family! My dad will be with the RCMP 30 years this january and i must say yes even now i still get some nerves of hiM coming home safe and there are stressful times, but if anything i can say having an amazing family for him to come home to will be the biggest SUPPORT he could ask for and helP him THROUGH trying times. I am so haPpy for your family the pride i feel everyday seeing my dads work is undescribable and i know you will, and already feel that sense of pride. CONGRATULATIONS ben i am thrilled that tou are living your dream !!

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    Karin Usipuik

    Congratulations on the big changes and hard work that lead you there! Best wishes for the future!

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    Gladys parker

    I love the beautiful pictures! Congratulations to the entire family on this new adventure especially Ben as he has wanted it for so long. I’d be so controlling, due to my anxiety worrying about his safety although, the other side of that is great opportunity!

  • avatar
    Maria

    Congratulation for the good changing! You have a very amazing life, your photos tell me so.

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    Jennifer L

    What beautiful family photos! Congrats to ben for entering the sacramento PD! What an amazing journey you all are embarking.

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    Evelyn, PathofPresence

    Congratulations! This is so exciting. It sounds like a long-standing dream coming together. Can’t wait to see what it is like working in such close proximity👍🏼

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    heather

    Awww, congratulations to Ben and to your entire family! What an amazing accomplishment, and what an exciting journey ahead! God is good indeed… His timing is always perfect and I cannot wait to see/hear more through this new life chapter!
    xo,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

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    Holly

    Congrats to your husband! It sounds like his hard work really paid off. And I totally agree, things always happen for a reason and the right thing will fall into place!

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    Jessica

    OMG This is such big news! Congratulations! And we will definitely be thinking about you guys!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Cindy Ingalls

    Everything does happen for a reason, even if we don’t understand the why. Sounds like your husband’s patience and effort has finally paid off. Wishing him and your family much success in the new venture.

  • avatar
    Emily Wilkinson

    Such an exciting time for your family! will be thinking positive thoughts during this transition!

  • avatar
    Chelsea Pearl

    Wow, this is so exciting for your family! Also these photos are making me want to take a trip to santa cruz.

  • avatar
    Christine kong

    Awww this is all amazing news and i am so happy foR ben and your family. Change can be scary but also great especially when gettinf that much closer to your goals. Congrats to your family! Xoxo, christinE
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

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    Corinne

    Congrats to your husband, that’s fantastic news! Everything happens in God’s timing, that’s for sure 🙂

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    Stephanie

    Wow! This is a HUGE life change! But I’m sure you’re handling it with the grace that Only God can provide you! I can’t wait to see how this will continue to benefit your family. I know there’s something awesome in store! I will keep Ben and all of you in my prayers as you make this transition!

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    Erika

    What an exciting and challenging time for your family. Congratulations to Ben, on getting his citizenship and on his acceptance to the police department.

  • avatar
    Kate

    What an EXCITING next step for your family! Beat of luck on the transition!

  • avatar
    Kate Andrews

    What a beautiful family you have. Congratulations on all of these exciting developments.

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    Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

    Isn’t it funny how life turns out sometimes? I’m glad everything fell into place for your husband and family!

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    Oyinkan Ogunleye

    OMG your kids are wayyyyyy too adorbs. this family time looks amazing and so much fun!

  • avatar
    Wendy Polisi

    As long as change leads to growth then I embrace it! Your kids are really sprouting up too!

  • avatar
    Ada

    These beach pictures look so fun! Looks like you and your family are enjoying every part of the summer!

  • avatar
    Rosey

    I hope I have training to go through this week too. 😉 I Have job interviews this week and next, and i’m hoping not to teach next year! Good luck to you with everything!

  • avatar
    the southernthing

    What an exciting time for you and your family!

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    LaToyia Dennis

    Wow great post. Those pics are amazing. I want to visit that beach.

  • avatar
    swathi

    Great post, Glad finally Ben got what he wanted. Congrats to you and family for the new chapter of the life.

  • avatar
    LavandaMichelle

    What an interesting post! I’m always a bit HESITANT towards change. But I think you HANDLED it well! Thanks for SHARING! 🙂

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    Terryn Winfield

    So exciting for you! Your kids are adorable! Looks like they love the beach!

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    Blair villanueva

    It seems the things are doing well now in your hands and that’s awesome. We are happy for your beautiful family.

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    Sam

    Wow congratulations! What an exciting time in your lives!! Enjoy every minute!

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    Angelle Marix

    So excited for Ben and your fAmily!! God Knows the desires of our heart and hears our prayers. He’s so fauthful.

    Love You!!

    xoxo,
    angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  • avatar
    Claudia Gomez

    Such a new and exciting chapter you guys are embarking!

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