I alluded to a bittersweet blessing a couple posts back and by no means meant to be cryptic. It's not my style to be secretive, but the reason I didn't reveal what was going on was because Joe had not yet told his students what was happening.
Our blessing was a new job for Joe. It
was bittersweet because it meant leaving a great school and great
students, but it was also an answer to prayer. For the past three years
we have been monthly dipping into our savings just to survive. It's
humbling to know that every month's paycheck is still hundreds of dollars
short of your absolute necessities. I cannot tell you about many
times we were blessed beyond our expectations in how God provided for
our needs. While I would never choose to be in the situation we were in,
I learned so much through it. Above all, again and again, we were shown
just how good God is, and that when He promises He will provide, He will. But
all that to say, after much prayer, we knew we needed to start pursuing
other job opportunities.
This pursuit might mean having to move out of state to
find a teaching job or having to work somewhere outside of the field of
education. I was willing to move, but I love our church and we have an
amazing small group we attend, and I hated the thought of leaving. I
prayed and told God I was willing to leave, but if possible, could we
please stay in Salem? Then one Wednesday night, two months into the
school year, Joe got a phone call from a friend from church who told us
there was a job opening at an online school, but it closed in three
hours. So Joe jumped on the computer and finished his application just
in time. It was a shot in the dark, but what's one more job application?
The next day, Thursday, he got a call and did an interview over the
phone. He was then asked to come in for a face-to-face interview on Tuesday. The interview went great, but the new school would have to wait a minimum of two weeks before Joe could start, so that his current school could find a replacement for him. Because of this, we were unsure whether they would want to hire him. However, later that night he got a call: they wanted to hire Joe and were willing to wait the two weeks. Since it was an online school, he would be working from home, and there would be about a $10,000 a year "raise." Joe's current school was amazing and agreed that it was a God thing, and not only let Joe leave, but sent him off with many well wishes. We couldn't have asked for a better reaction.
It has been three weeks now and things are going great. Joe is still working at catching up with all the grading he inherited coming in halfway through the semester, but so far he loves his new job. I am loving that he gets to eat lunch with us, and most days is off work before 4:00. He is loving that he gets to sleep in later and has a much lighter workload.
And because what's a post without some pictures: