I received a contingent job offer yesterday and I accepted. It is only contingent because my references must be checked, and they will be running criminal records and a drug test. I am very happy....last month I had been going back and forth, back and forth about working part-time or full time. I just didn't think I could get a part-time job that paid a good hourly wage and we have some bills to catch up on (and, a pool!).
I'm really excited because I am only working 20 hours a week and I should be home by the time the bus pulls up (except on Wednesday when The Husband will be off work to get them). This was so important to me....I was really struggling with the money vs. being home with the kids in the afternoon. I realized that over the last 12 years we have set a standard to which our children have become accustomed to having me around much of the time. The decisions were never made over the money....we were following the Will of our Father (which by the way, is different for every family, there is no condemnation here if you don't work at all or if you work full time). And, I had always worked part-time so that I could be home to take care of them and the other aspects of my life, like PTO and church activities. I just wasn't willing to give that up for the money. And, there was a peace in that. Sure, I'd love to wipe our credit card slate clean, but this job will actually help us make ends meet on a month to month basis and I'm sure at some point we'll get those other bills (and pool) paid off. I'm asking God and believing He'll answer.
In the meantime, I am looking forward to starting on September 9th. It is for a non-profit, social services agency. I will be the administrative support for the Communications and Compliance/Legal departments. Both of the people I will be working for directly seem very nice and eager to have me come on board. They said they see me "growing this position", so therefore, they are paying more then what the job was posted for to meet my asking price. How cool is that? Thank you, Jesus and thanks to all of you who were praying for me!
A little side note is that this agency also does adoption placement and foster care....hmmmmm.....will the adoption bug bite us, too?? I can't say we haven't discussed it over the last 2 years!