I am not returning to work next year. I have submitted my letter of resignation and feel really good about it. Although I loved my job as a school counselor, loved my coworkers, loved the students, loved being a part of things in the workforce...I love my kids. I feel so very blessed that it is possible for me to stay home with them and I am choosing to invest as much as possible into these early years. Although there are days that are extremely difficult and days when I miss my job, I know that this is where God has called me to be. Marcus and I have spent much time in prayer and discussion and know this is where God is leading us. Although we have had to make many financial sacrifices (and will continue to do so), it is an opportunity we cannot pass up.
I know that it is not the right choice for everyone and that what works for me might not work for others. I also know from experience that being a working mom is extremely difficult and I have so much respect for those of you who accomplish raising your children as well as working a full-time job and do it so effortlessly.
Here's the exciting part- I went in a few weeks ago to tell my boss that I wasn't going to be returning and that I might look for some part-time work at some point in the future. Right there on the spot she offered me a position working as a tutor with kids that are struggling academically. The hours are flexible and she's allowing me to design my own schedule. The pay is great and it will offer me an opportunity to work with students that are in need of a little extra help and love. I feel like the whole thing was God ordained from the very beginning. I went in there just expecting to be saying goodbye to co-workers and closing that chapter in my life, and yet God opened up a whole new chapter. I am so thankful that He is constantly working things out for our good and His glory!
Also- I had posted several times last week asking for prayer for my friend Jenna. Please continue to pray for her and for her mother Julie. They have taken her Dad off of life support and unless God intervenes in a mighty way, it looks like it is just a matter of time. She is heartbroken as you can imagine. Please pray specifically and intentionally for her, her mother, and the entire family.
Love to you all!