Thursday, April 17, 2014

Change is in the Air

First off...

Can I just say a hardy thank you to all of you lovely peeps who lifted our job sitch to the good Lord.  We are so thankful for the body of Christ who supports and prays for each other.

And that little intro leads me toooo...

Jason received a new teaching position!

So here is the background for those who may not know...
Jason graduated with his M.A. in English (teaching English as a Second Language).  He got an internship teaching through SF State University...which rolled over into an actual position.  It was  a great place to gain some experience and have a lot of coaching.  It was never intended to be a permanent position.  It was actually a fine position when I was working but with me just working part time after having Jack it was a little tough financially.  ALSO...there are extensive breaks where he wasn't paid that just about killed us financially.  It became evident that it was time to move on from his beloved job (really, he loved it and the people there).

Last January we started turning in resumes.  Have you ever tried to get a teaching position at a university/community college?  Holy smokes'd think you were applying for the CIA.  The application process is craaaazy.  Anyways, we turned in maybe 15 apps...all over the U.S.A...and the world for that matter.  Someone gave him a tip that U.C. Berkeley might be hiring.  He didn't think much of it, shot his resume over and a short bio through email aaaaaaaand....?

The head of the program contacted him.  He was interviewed and basically offered the position on the spot.

That was 3 or 4 weeks ago.

He told them he needed to think about it and talk it over with me (of course haha).

He observed some classes.

And he accepted the offer.

Overall we are very happy with the position.  From the beginning everyone has told us how difficult it is to get a full time position in the Bay Area.  We were actually totally open to moving on if need be...but the Lord is keeping us here for a bit longer.  It will be a lot more challenging then his current position...but he will do great!

And THAT leads me to telling you that...

I gave my notice at work.  Jason's new position allows me to stay home full time.  I don't think it's really set in.  I've been working since I was 16.  And now I'm not...

Honestly I was a little sad giving my notice.  My job has been a HUGE blessing.  I have truly enjoyed working there.  It also makes me...well...nervous because my job has always been a bit of a safety net.  If things didn't work out for Jason...he didn't get enough classes to teach...then I could work more.  Now I really can't work and give Jason the time he needs to plan for this new challenging position.  So there you have it.

Our little family update.

Thanks friends!


  1. Congrats!!!! I'm going to have to get you the name of an amazing cheese store in Berkeley (and pizza right next door.) are you moving to the East Bay?
    Ps: more time to sew!

  2. What a blessing to be able to stay home with Jack. I was so glad I could be a stay-at-home mom. Enjoy that time. hugs to you and Jason. Oh, and congrats to him on his new position.