It’s been a busy three months. I cannot believe it’s been that long since I blogged. I truly hope my friends and family who live far away aren’t too disappointed. 😉
I have some exciting news to share. I thought I would blog about it and maybe this will be the catalyst I need to get back at this thing…
So, here goes…
In March, I left my job of 15 years. I’m not gonna lie…it was a really tough decision. I loved that job. But, I really just felt like it was time to move on. I had graduated in December from Indiana Wesleyan University with a business degree and needed to see what the Lord had next for me. I knew what I wanted to do. I prayed pretty specifically about it, but kept trying to find something to do while waiting on THAT job.
Now, I cannot think of very many times in my life where I’d prayed so specifically about something. I trust the Lord. I know He’s got my best in mind. He knows what I can do. He knows what I’m capable of doing. He knows the desires of my heart. So, why not pray specifically? He’s God. He can do anything!
My prayer for a job was this…I wanted to work at the high school where my kids go & we only live about a mile away, I wanted to work a consistent job (no subbing), preferably part time but pays well, I wanted to be able to be on the same schedule as the kids, I wanted to work in the high school building, not intermediate or primary, because the Lovely daughter is a Junior so I would get to see her each day, and next year both the Lovely Daughter and the Little Man will be in that building.
After being interviewed and turned down for two different jobs at the high school, and turning down another one because it involved Algebra (math = gag), AND being interviewed at another local middle school and not getting that job, I found a job that paid well but was at least 40 hours a week and it kept me from home too much. I didn’t really enjoy it and if you know me at all, you know that my deepest heart’s desire is to be a mom, a good mom. I enjoyed working with a wonderful woman I know from church, but I was missing my kids too much. In the three and a half weeks there, I did not cook supper for my family one time. boo. I would get home in the evening and just want to crash because I had to get up early in the morning and do it all over again. Or I would get home and things were just chaotic with practices, small groups, meetings, blah…blah…blah.
The day after I started that job, I found out that there was a job opening for church secretary at a local church. It was almost exactly what I had done for those previous 15 years. In fact, it would have been the perfect fit, except…it too was 40 hours and would only get me home about an hour earlier each evening. Still not what I had prayed about, but a great job with some really great people! I was excited about the possibilities of that job.
However…the day before the interview at that church, I got a call from the Principal of our high school. He had a job for me that he thought I would be perfect for. Was I interested? Why, yes. Yes I am. But shoot, now I have this interview at church and you’re offering me this?
But literally, the decision all came down to the hours I will be at home with my kids. I took the job at the high school. I start Tuesday morning after Labor day. I’ll be learning all about it for a couple of days with the teacher who is there now, then it will be “my classroom”. I’ll be a paraprofessional at THS in the credit recovery class. It is a class time for those students who have failed a class they need in order to graduate. It’s an online class for them, I will really just be the facilitator. The principal told me that they really want someone in that classroom who will get to know the kids and let them know someone cares about whether or not they do well.
In my whole life, all I have ever wanted to be was a mom…have I mentioned that? But there have been a few times in my life when I thought I could have been a teacher, except for the actual “teaching” part!
Am I nervous? A little…but really, I’m just excited! Excited for the possiblilites. Excited for what God has for me (I’m sure this will stretch me in ways I’ve not been stretched before). Excited to be able to work in the school that my kids go to. Excited to hang out with students every day. Excited to, hopefully, be someone who can motivate them to do their best. Excited to get to know them. Excited to see if I can really do this!