I was smiling so much my face started to hurt.
It was a sunny day in August, and I had just been offered the job I had prayed for (literally) for half a year!
Let me explain.
I had wanted to find a little job to help fill the hours of the day while the kids were at school. It had to start after 9am and finish before 3pm. I did not want to, nor have to, give up the time I had with them at home.
I had spent many hours at daily mass and time in Adoration asking God where He wanted me to be.
It was probably at the beginning of 2015 that I started asking Tommy, Ann, and Matthew, "What does Mrs. B do at the school? Shouldn't she be getting ready to retire soon?"
Now, Mrs. B has been at the elementary school for a long time. When the kids described what role she played there I said, "I can do that! I want her job."
This conversation went on weekly. During after school snacks as I sat around the table listening about their day, I would always bring up Mrs. B. "Any news on Mrs. B retiring?" "No", they'd say.
All the while I kept praying for the perfect job to show up, intermittently checking the school district website, among others, for a perfect fit.
In July I checked the website at THE most perfect time. I could not believe my eyes.
Teacher's Assistant 3 hours/day. (at our elementary school)
Upon further digging, I read that Mrs. B had resigned. I had 4 days to submit my application.
Luckily for me, my husband helped me and made my qualifications sound stellar. (are you familiar with the saying, "He can sell a screen door to a submarine skipper"? Yeah, that's Bill.) He also encouraged me to call the principal before I handed in my application, which I did. Two days later she called to offer me the job!
I ran downstairs to share the news with the kids... dancing, smiling, and woo-hooing the entire time. (Yes, they looked at me like I was crazy) To truly understand why this was such a big deal, you may want to go back and read the post I wrote HERE.
If I had to attach a moral to this story: Never give up, never settle, and pray always.
Who am I to disagree?