For the past 10 years I've been a stay-at-home mom.
I've absolutely loved it, too, by the way. I can't imagine anything else I would have preferred to spending a ton of time with my kids during their early years. I know it's not everyone's choice, and it isn't always even feasible for everyone...my goal here is not to stir up that age old debate of what a mom should or shouldn't do. I'm simply saying I chose to be at home with my kids and I would choose it again in a heartbeat.
But this fall, something new is happening. My youngest is going to Kindergarten. For the first time in a decade, I find myself child-free from 8 AM to 3 PM five days a week.
It's a big change for me. It's like a giant canyon of unknown, and I am hesitantly, carefully creeping up to edge to look. I don't know what this new stage is like, or what it will bring to my world. Therefore, I purposefully have kept my schedule very open. I decided to sit back and see what would happen. Perhaps God might lead me into something new that I had no idea was even a possibility.
And that is what happened. I got a call out of the blue last week from the director of the preschool where each of my kids went. She explained that they were needing a teacher for the Tuesday/Thursday 3's class and they thought I'd be a great fit.
I was surprised, and did not rush to a decision. I carefully weighed all the pros and cons I could think of. I talked it over with Cody and with my closest friend (Who happens to be a career counselor. She's been an amazing friend to me because I've needed a lot of counseling lately and now I have even tapped into her specialty area! Let's hope she never sends me her bill...)
I decided to take the job. And I'm really excited about it!
Now I suddenly find myself in a whirlwind of preparation that I was not expecting, but I am thankful for it. This is a great opportunity for me, for many reasons. I am looking forward to seeing the ways God uses this job to mold my heart in new ways and how he might use me to bless the lives of those I will interact with during the year.