Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Here I am with my lovelies on my 31st birthday.  We're all decked out in our Thunder gear.  This was in more innocent times.  We were full of hope and excitement for the future. We were carefree Thunder fans riding the wave of excitement all the way to the NBA finals. 

And then Lebron James entered the picture. We won't even discuss what's happened since then. 

Back to my birthday.  It really was a great birthday.  Just two days before this, we had some life changing news come our way.   Good news! Exciting and scary news!

Let me back up.  I had been thinking for awhile that I was wanting to go back to teaching full time.  I was waiting for the right opportunity to come.  And by "right opportunity" I mean, I wanted a job at my kids' school.  That would be (in my mind) perfect.  I love the principal there.  I used to work for her so there would be no surprises and I would know what I was getting.  The school is 1/4 mile from my house.  I know several of the teachers.  Perfect. right?  Problem: No teaching openings.  It's a small school and there's not a lot of turnaround.  Some other schools had called me to interview and I really wasn't that interested.  I wanted to be with my kids, at their school or nowhere.  Then I got a phone call from the principal at the elementary school on Tinker AFB.  He had a first grade position and wanted me to interview for it.  I interviewed with the principal and the whole team.  I liked the principal.  I really liked the team.  They interviewed five people so I really didn't think much would come of it.  This was Wednesday and the principal told me he would let me know on Friday.  He called me Wednesday afternoon.  It was unanimous.  They wanted me to have to the job.  But it wasn't at my kids' school.  It wasn't what I had pictured in my mind as the "perfect scenario."  And yet, I could feel God putting the pieces together.  This was actually maybe even a better situation, for many reasons, than I had put together in my head.  I'm so thankful God knows better than us. 

So I accepted it. 

Starting in August, I'll be a full time teacher again.  I've felt like Jessie Spano for the last few weeks.



(The excited/scared part not the caffeine pills)

Cason is going to stay at his school.  His first grade teacher is a good friend of mine and she will be watching him in the morning and the afternoon for a little bit.  See?  God is working it out. 

Kendall is going to go with me.  Her pre-k class will actually be right around the corner from my room.  She'll go to a pre-k after care program at the school.  It's a great program with only a few children where they can do art, nap, play, etc.  The school I was wanting to work at doesn't offer this.  See?  God is working it out. 

This past year was an amazing year for Kendall and me.  With Cason in all day school, we had so much time to get to spend with just the two of us and I loved every minute.  I will always cherish that time I had with her...and not just because she took a 3 hour nap every day.  But, for many reasons, I was ready for a change.  Our family was ready for a change.  I'm looking forward to the next year and what great blessings God will bring us!

4 comments:

Kimberly said...

Congratulations! I am happy God has worked it all out for you!

Michelle said...

I wish I had my teaching degree just purely so I could go back to something after my kids were older! Good luck, and you look so fabulous!

OK Chick said...

Congrats to you! It's great to read how God works.

Irving said...

Gorgeous!