Moving and A New Job!

I want to give a quick update for those of you asking how things are going.  In short, they are going near perfectly.  We are moving into my husband’s grandma’s house that has been empty for four years. 

The House (front) Needs some landscaping.

Back Side. Still a little messy.

We’ve been doing some major cleaning and organizing (while doing Vacation Bible School every night this week) and now it’s time to move all the stuff in.  Tomorrow will be an all out blitz of carpet cleaning and furniture moving.  I expect me and the hubby will be dog tired tomorrow night, but at least we’ll be in our house.  I know our presence in the saint of a mother-in-law’s house has been stressful.  She’s organized and likes a clean house.  Enter 7 dispossessed slobs with all their donated clothes and stuff in boxes and bags and a few random suitcases.  It’s not pretty.  I know she’s not freaking out about it or anything, but I still feel a little guilty about it. 

The only bad thing about where we’re moving is that it’s in a different (and worse) school system.  I was really concerned about that and was racking my brains for a way to keep them in the same schools.  Lying was out.  How could a preacher and his wife sign a paper swearing to something that was not true?  Everybody in town knew the house was gone.  So.  What to do? 

I’ll tell you.  Go to church, sit down and make brown paper bag “bricks” for a well, while others turn the social hall into a market of Nazareth by hanging sheets from the ceiling, and wait.  When you least expect it, a disembodied voice from behind one of the sheets will yell out, “Get a job in the school system!”  Was it the voice of God?  Yes. He just happened to be speaking through a lovely lady known as Jackie. One of the “perks” of getting a full-time job in the school system is employees’ children being allowed to enroll in the same school system.  It was brilliant!

So, I put in my application, and I was mortified when I had to list my last three jobs.  Wendy’s, Hometown Pizza, and Valley View Day Care.  It got worse when I had to list the dates.  My last job was in the year 2000.  Yikes.  Oh well.  I had to get back in the game sometime, right?  I was nervous.  I felt stupid. And hopeful.  The perfect solution to my problem had fallen into my lap.  In church.  Things had been working out so perfectly and I guess I was afraid I’d used my allotment of good blessings.  Stupid girl.

I got a call two days later and was offered a full-time job.  No interview required.  The hours and location were perfect.  6 hours per day, between school drop-off and pick-up times and only on days when the kids are in school.  It could not be a more perfect situation.  The only piece left is to find an acceptable daycare for the Baby Girl.  Call me crazy, but I know we’ll find the perfect place.  

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

Oh, I forgot to tell you what my job is!  I applied for it specifically and I am so happy!  If you’re curious, click the link for the answer!


38 thoughts on “Moving and A New Job!

  1. That’s wonderful news! Congrats on your new job. I love how the Lord is opening doors and working things out for you. Praying for many blessings for your family. Thank you for the update.

  2. Are you going to monitor the kids at lunch? If not, disregard this post. Sorry, I misunderstood.

    If yes… I’ve done that before, substituting K-12. It wasn’t so bad but it’s noisy. The part that got me and it might not get you, was watching what the school was serving. The USDA is part of the school system, through lobbying efforts, and the teachers are actually -subtly- teaching the kids what kind of foods to eat. It may not bother you but if it does down the road, go here:

    Your new house looks nice. That’s a nice yard. How are the pets? Is the dog that ran off okay? Is your husband a preacher? Did you find everything at WalMart? You could do a WalMart commercial.

    • I’m not monitoring the kids. I’m preparing the food you are so concerned about. 😉
      The dog is with us and all the cats have new homes. My husband isn’t a preacher but he is a deacon and teaches Sunday School and RAs. We have not made the big Wal-Mart trip yet. We’re making the big list–spices, condiments, towels, pillows, socks, flat iron, soap, laundry detergent, fingernail clippers…you get the idea. We’ll have at least 2 carts full, I’m sure. I’ll definitely share the grand total after we go.

  3. Oh my God, this is so exciting for you all. I am so happy for you! And how exciting, in a Dusty Springfield way, being married to a Preacher – you are blessed! Haven’t clicked on the new link job yet, only just discovered it and will do so pronto. Dog tired is good – it helps with the sleep! Sweet dreams and all best!

    • Our song? Son of a Preacher Man. His daddy is a preacher and it’s absolutely true what they say about preachers’ kids. Back in the day, my hubby was not so…devout, as he is now. 🙂

    • I’m looking forward to the hair net or cap. They provide the uniform, including shoes, and I don’t even have to fix my hair. Yay! That is a monster relief when I think about getting five kids up, fed, and ready to go by 6:30 am. I don’t do mornings very well.

    • Thank you. I’m pretty happy myself, but I’m not the dancing type. I just break out into a grin or giggle at odd times. Things couldn’t be working out any better!

    • They’re lucky I’m in the lunchroom and not a classroom. I have very little patience for my own children, much less other people’s. Kidding. Sort of.

  4. Ahh you so make me LOL!! First off, I LOVED the link and enjoyed laughing at Adam Sandler especially since I haven’t seen the actual clip in ages! Second, it’s funny how we doubt God’s ability to supply all our needs but yet I’m still amazed by it! I’m so glad to hear how smoothly things are going with the house & move, and as a school teacher I know how important good schools are so I’m glad your kids get to stay in the “good” system!

  5. This is So wonderful! And here you were thinking you were stuck at home forever. LoL What an interesting twist! In a way its like a Jonah and the whale experience. If only the powers that be could be more subtle in giving directions for our life, eh? When ever my hubby and I pray we are always reminding God how fragile we are and to be gentle on us. heheh just for reasons like your house burnng down. 🙂

    Im so happy for you, and its a good testament too.

    Sorry for my late comment.

    • I’ve found that God can sometimes be too subtle. So subtle we don’t see any signs. Then He likes to give us a major wake-up call. Kind of like, “Hey my sweet, little, unobservant, clueless child, can you understand THIS?”

      Me: “Yes. Thank you. Message received.”

  6. Well it took me awhile to comment, but I just wanted to say I’m so happy for you and your family!! I’ll be even happier if you dance like Chris Farley’s character while you’re working. 🙂

  7. Congrats – I think you are brave, moving house and starting a new job. They are two of the most stressful things in life and you tackled them together in your stride. Very happy for you and your family 🙂

  8. Congrats! I think you are brave, moving house and starting a new job. They are two of the most stressful things in life and you tackled them together in your stride. Very happy for you and your family 🙂 God surely does wonderful things in our lives and its so great when we notice when he makes a difference.

  9. Congrats! I’m happy that everything is slowly working out for you and your family. It’s amazing how a tragedy can turn into an eye opening faith builder huh? Like I said before in the fire post, let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

    • I appreciate it, Kymlee. We’re doing more than okay now. We are still turning away offers of clothes and furniture. It’s been crazy, but I think once school starts and we get back on a schedule, things will settle down considerably. We live a little farther apart now. 🙂

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