I figured it is about time for an update – even more so given the events of the past couple of weeks.
For quite awhile now (years), I have looked for a job outside of the home to fill in the gaps. Our cost of living, like so many others, has risen considerable in the past five years due to a myriad of reasons. We had just enough to pay the bills, put food on the table and get us to where we needed to go, but that was it. My girls were old enough that I figured a job wouldn’t/shouldn’t impact them much, either. Go back to 2010/2011 and I just couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting a job, even in a lean market. Then, my dad got sick, and it all made sense. It was a precious gift, I believe, that enabled me to go to Montana to spend time with him before he went to be with the Lord.
As most of you know, losing my dad has been the most difficult thing, to date, to walk through. The first year was shaky, and the second year I felt I could begin to breathe a bit. We have passed the two year mark, and the sting is certainly still there and the tears still come, but I can talk about him most of the time without choking up. So, I once again picked up the task of finding a job outside the home.
There finally was a position in December that opened up – I thought it would be the perfect fit. I could work from home, it was going to be 30 hours a week, yada yada. Well, it quickly became obvious it wasn’t a long term job, so on a fluke, I looked in the paper, and saw a position that I felt I was qualified for. At first, I almost backed off from applying, but figured I didn’t have anything to lose.
A week later, I was called for an interview.
I went in Monday morning for the interview and employment testing. The interviewers indicated that by the end of the week I should know something. I walked out of the interview thinking I did alright, but didn’t necessarily feel like I “nailed it” so, I settled in to wait to get the polite “you are qualified, but we chose someone else” letter.
Wednesday, I received a call offering me the job. *jaw drop*
The job offer was way beyond what I could have even hoped for, holy moly, did God blow my socks off!
Thursday I had to get the physical and drug test done, Monday I started.
It is a Payroll & Records Coordinator position at the headquarters of a power cooperative, and so far, I couldn’t be happier. This past week has been exhausting, and challenging, and satisfying at the same time. My girls aren’t affected too much by all of this, and everyone has pulled together to get the things done that I am no longer home to do during the day.
When we get back from celebrating my mom’s 70th birthday in Missouri, it is my goal to get us a little more organized with chores, and meals, and the like, but I know we can do this.
God has seen us through so much, and I am humbled by the grace and mercy that He continues to show us.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.