Friday, April 23, 2010

We got the call!

Last week we found out our security clearance was complete and that we were ranked 25 out of 120 individuals waiting for a job offer. Only 18 people are called for each class, and offers for the next class in June were about to go out. We kept our fingers crossed but by last Friday when we hadn't heard anything I couldn't take it anymore and I sent an email inquiring about my chances. I received an auto 'out of office' reply and was told to try back Wednesday. On Wednesday I heard nothing, but kept my hopes up for a call on Thursday. When Thursday came and went I still had a (fading) hope I might get a call on Friday. By noon on Friday I couldn't take it anymore and I sent another email to Tamale asking if there was any chance I would get a call. At 2:30 MST I realized I wasn't going to get a call and I candidly asked my wife what we were going to do since I'm graduating in a couple weeks. At 2:58 I felt prompted to check my email one more time since I knew Tamale worked until 5:00 EST (3:00 MST), and I had one unread email in my inbox. I was so nervous opening my mail, and when I saw an email from Tamale my heart started pounding. I opened the email and read the following:

"Good Afternoon, Mr. Lawrence:
My colleague began extending appointment offers for the June 21st JO Class on April 15th for the career tracks that she manages. As I was on leave, appointment offers were not extended for the career tracks that I manage (Economic/Public Diplomacy). The Registrar's Office is pleased to extend an appointment offer to you for the June 21, 2010 - Junior Officer Class."

Duong will give birth three days before I leave, allowing me to be there for her and my son. The Lord has blessed us beyond what I deserve. Two more finals and I'm done with law school, and two more months and we'll be moving to DC. One more year and hopefully we'll be moving to the Middle East. =)


  1. Congrats, guys! Maybe you leaving the branch earlier was to prepare all of US for your departure! We love you and miss you, and hope al is wel and will be well. Thanks for doing a blog - YEA! DC is one of my favorite places - best mission! Could we fit in dinner or something before you go?

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's is great news! I forgot that I bookmarked your blog and I came across it today . What great timing. We are actually planning on moving to D.C. around mid June also. We'll have to get together in D.C. Good luck trying to study for finals now--and not thinking about June. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. Take care

  3. Congrats on getting the call. I have added a link to your blog to my blogroll of FS blogs at

  4. Thanks for adding the link, Digger! I've just posted a comment on your blog about why we joined the FS. Cheers!