I GOT A JOB!!!
My news was not nearly as exciting as Angie's when she found out she was pregnant, but I still didn't want to be on my blog because I didn't want to spill the beans about what was going on in case it didn't work out in my favor, ya know?
SO much has happened this week. I feel like there were a lot of little steps that all happened very fast. I don't want to bore you with all of the details, but I will say that I felt all kinds of weird sneaking into a bathroom at Burger King on my lunch break Monday so I could change clothes to go to an official interview, and I also can't remember the last time I was more scared than I was on Thursday when I had to give my boss my two weeks notice. I have been at this job for 7 years. I spent my twenties there. And I've never really been on an interview before. I thought I was coming to an interview at my design job, but I realized when I got there that I was already hired, she just wanted to show me around. I was a fellow student of my boss's daughter in college and her daughter told her to hire me for the summer, so that was that.
So. New job. It's not a teaching job, but it is at a school. I applied for a teaching position at the private school that my niece went to for a few years. She LOVED this school. And I have always known about this school because when I was in the youth group, they used to come to the Vacation Bible Schools at our church every summer. Madi was a student there for three years, and she still talks about it. And my sister loved her experiences dealing with the school. So I've always been a supporter of this particular place, but it REALLY made an impression on me a year ago when I went to Madi's kindergarten graduation. It was amazing to see how much they learned and I loved that there was a spiritual aspect to it all too.
So a month or so ago I decided to apply there. I emailed, and then mailed after I didn't hear from them for a few days, my resume and a letter of interest, and the owner called me to come fill out an application. I met her that day and then was pleased to run into her a week later when my chicas and I went to see SATC, but also a little discouraged because she told me that she has never had so many applications. That is definitely the theme this year. It's what they said at all of the job fairs. More people than ever applying because so many people are out of jobs, and fewer positions available than ever because teachers are waiting longer to retire. But I didn't worry. I knew that God already had a spot picked out for me somewhere, and He would lead me there when the time was right.
Well then the owner called a couple of my references, and they were both really positive. Thank you so much, Jenina and John, for thinking so much of me. Or at least pretending to ;-). After she talked to them, she called me and said that they didn't have any teaching positions open, but she wanted to talk to me about being a part of the management team that ran the school. I can tell you this much... I still don't know exactly what the position will entail, but it is definitely a bigger job than I have ever had before. I will be one of the administrators who keeps things going. It is a two person team, and the second of the two on the current team is leaving to pursue her masters degree at seminary.
I am nervous. I am excited. And most of all, I am thankful. He said at the interview that I will be the person at the school who knows every student there. I am the person that will make parents feel good about leaving their children in our care. I have a lot to learn, but I can't wait to get started!!!
And I know that I just said "he said" after lots of "she said"s, but that is because the school is owned by a husband and wife. They are probably in their early forties and have owned the school for thirteen years. They seem like really amazing people and I am eager to get to know them.
I was so nervous about giving notice at my current job that it was hard to be excited before I did. But I prayed all day that God would give me the words to say, and the conversation couldn't have gone better. I know that I complain about my job sometimes, and it's true that some days there are really bad. But in the seven years that I have been there, there have been plenty of good days too. I told her how thankful I am for everything that I have learned and I mentioned a few specific times that they really took care of me. I want to let go of the bad and remember the good. It is what it is, and it's time to move on.
I just wanted to get that out there! Sorry I have been gone, but I am back now =-) I have no idea what the next two weeks will bring, but I start the new job on the last Monday of this month, and I am very excited! Thanks for all of the encouragement you've given me. I appreciate it immensely!