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Pinch Me.

Well, I have completed my first week of full-time work EVER. Hurrah!!!!

I know it’s only been a week, but I love my job and feel that it’s the perfect fit. My mother-in-law emailed me earlier this week to tell me she hoped I would “continue to have a good feeling about God leading [me] to this job”. That phrase stuck in my head because that’s exactly what I believe! During the last few months, I had no idea how God was protecting and preparing me and orchestrating everything to bring me to this job. And I feel certain that He brought me to this school for a reason, and He is establishing and growing my relationships there – as well as growing me personally through this job – for a reason.

I love seeing how such a big, innovative cyber school works. I love shuffling and organizing papers, greeting families, and talking to friendly people on the phone. I love having a fast computer, two monitors, learning how to print labels, mail merge, and use Excel. I love the routine as well as the daily interactions with members of a huge staff (something I’ve never been a part of before). I love being able to be the first smile people see when they walk in the door. During my last job as an innkeeper, and continuing in my current job as a receptionist, I’m realizing that I have strong hospitality instincts. I don’t know if I necessarily have the spiritual gift of hospitality, but I love welcoming people and making sure they feel comfortable and at home.

I wanted to write this post, basically, to rave about how good God is and how unbelievable my life feels right now. I am so happy. I have never, ever felt completely content and purposeful in my career, and I finally feel like I have landed where I am supposed to be. I finally have full-time hours, benefits, responsibility, appreciation, and interaction — all in one place. I have loved my previous jobs in other ways, but I have never felt like I could actually settle in any of them. I feel like I’m home in my life – married, in a great full-time job with a wonderful staff, living in a nice apartment – and sometimes it feels a little too good to be true.

You know when you’re having a great dream where everything’s going right (you’re on a date with Johnny Depp and you’re really developing a connection, for instance), and you suddenly become aware that it’s actually a dream… so everything becomes a little less good while you’re waiting to wake up and go back to Depp-less life as you know it?

That’s kind of how I feel – like I’m smack in the middle of dinner with Johnny Depp.

But instead of waiting for the other shoe to drop, I’m going to be thankful; believing that God is incredibly gracious and loving, I’m going to fully appreciate where I am right now. Life is such that we have to appreciate the good times as we experience them because nothing is ever guaranteed. So I choose to blossom where I’m planted! And let God be glorified through my joy.

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Change.

I am in the process of adjusting to full-time work. I have to face the fact that I’m not going to be able to keep up with things like I used to – mail, magazines, books, laundry, dishes, cleaning, blogging, etc. The hardest part of it is deciding what to do with the free time I have at the end of the day when I have such limited energy.

Dayne was so impressed that I made dinner last night after a long first day of work (training) and an exceptionally long commute home, and I told him that my secret was not sitting down once I got home. If I just keep going, I’ll be able to get everything done.

Today I sat down.

My legs are sore from walking in heels all day, and my eyes feel so tired that I could just go to sleep right now.

I love my new job and I am thankful to have full-time work; it is just a process of letting things go and picking things up. Setting new bedtimes and routines (packing lunches, eating breakfast & drinking coffee before 7:30 a.m., making the bed with Dayne in the morning since we both get ready at the same time, etc.). I truly miss blogging. That is something I will have to fit in so far as I know how.

Anyways, speaking of change, we watched two good friends change their lives this weekend. It was an amazing thing to witness two people coming together and committing to loving each other and fighting for that commitment. Andy & Leah truly had a beautiful wedding ceremony filled with heartfelt worship, family support, prayer, passion, and Godly encouragement. And their reception was just gorgeous – tons of candles and Christmas lights and paper lanterns in an expansive barn. They even choreographed a waltz for their first dance.

There is something remarkably mystical and spiritual about marital love. It is so beautiful and yet so unbelievable a commitment. After having gone through the substantial adjustment of dating to marriage recently ourselves, it was so rewarding and inspiring to watch this new life unfold for another couple we care for deeply.

So today, Tuesday: cheers to Andy & Leah, to full-time work, to God creating awe-inspiring things, to change, and to the gift card Dayne and I are using for our Olive Garden dinner tonight!


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My New Job!

I didn’t plan on blogging twice today, but Dayne is working late tonight and I’ve already eaten my homemade dinner by myself, I’ve got Seinfeld on in the background, and I’m waiting for my raspberry-filled mini-brownies to cool. I think I’ll light a candle…

…Back.

I thought I’d tell you faithful readers about what transpired over the last week!

If you’ve been reading over the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I was home sick from work last week with an awful sinus infection. That gave me some time to browse some jobs on Craigslist, even though I had all but given up on my job hunt. I came across a job posting for a position that I had already heard about: a Student Services Receptionist position at a local charter school. I was surprised to see it on Craigslist because I had heard about it weeks ago, and of course, in this economy, jobs tend to fill up fast.

I had resisted applying before because I was lazy and discouraged and didn’t think I could get a job in a school without a background in education. My friend, who is one of the teachers there, had emailed me about the job opening while Dayne & I were up in the Poconos. I was intrigued, but being away definitely put a delay on things. Once we came home, I just didn’t think I would get it, so I didn’t apply.

Then I saw the job posting on Craigslist, and I had nothing pressing going on, so I emailed the supervisor with my resumé. I got a call back the very next day, and went in for my first interview when I was finally starting to feel better last Wednesday. I interviewed with my would-be supervisor, and I fell in love with the job and the school and the staff. I was suddenly nervous when I left that interview; I’m not sure I’ve ever wanted a job so badly. It was also the most thorough interview that I’ve ever been a part of, so I knew that the school, and particularly my supervisor, were on top of things, which really impressed and simultaneously intimidated me.

I only had to wait a few hours before I got a call back for a second interview with the CEO (no pressure!).

I honestly have never been more nervous for an interview in my life.

Friday afternoon rolled around, and thankfully I had been put at ease a little by a fun girls’ breakfast that morning with four women and a baby from Dayne’s family. I met the CEO and his assistant, and my would-be supervisor was there for the interview as well. I was asked some really tough questions, and I asked some questions, too. It turned out that each person in that meeting room was a Christian, which made me even more excited about the job — we talked about ministry, and the CEO gave me some great advice about life and relationships in the midst of the interview.

Then he asked me how badly I wanted the job. I had been praying for clarity in case they would offer it to me, because I really didn’t want to leave my innkeeper position; I was trying to make the best decision for Dayne & me, in which more hours and higher pay would definitely be preferred. Thankfully, at this point in the interview, I felt absolute clarity and enthusiasm for the job, and I was very upfront with him about how I felt about the position and how nervous I had been because of how badly I wanted the job. I was asked to leave the room for a few minutes, and when I came back, I was offered the job. It reminded me of when Dayne proposed, actually – this would be a major life shift for me!

The job is amazing; in fact, I already love it, and I haven’t even started yet. I can’t think of one single thing I’d rather be doing, and the benefits and pay are better than I could have asked for. I’ve discovered through the past few months that I’m created for working with and serving people; it really brings me a sense of fulfillment and purpose. I also am ridiculously on top of things and detail-oriented, which is great for an administrative position (and maybe will channel some of that energy away from Dayne ;)).

The downside is leaving my job at the inn – I’ve loved my co-workers and the staff there in a way that I haven’t experienced in any other job. I walked out of the inn very happy almost every day. I hope the same for my upcoming job.

I have a week & a half left til I start at the school, and I can’t wait.

What was really impressed on my heart over the past week is just how sovereign God is. I didn’t find a job when I was really striving for one, we didn’t get the house we wanted when we were trying really hard to get it, and I just had to learn to trust that He knew what was best and was holding out until He could give us what was best. We (I) had to be patient. And He provided. He always provides.

It reminds me of one of my favorite verses that I have a harder time living than loving:

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” – Psalm 127:1

The LORD’s plans are best, and they’re the only plans that will work. The psalm goes on to say:

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for He grants sleep to those He loves.” (Psalm 127:2)

Amen. We can rest in Him.