Friday, October 30, 2015

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

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?


  1. That is such a cool story, Kathleen! And a God moment, too. Your hubs assistance? Don't you just love it?

  2. That is a perfect job. Especially the hours. I will need something like that. Even though kids are in school, I still am so crazy busy! Congrats!

  3. Yay you!!!!
    Soooo happy!
    And I'm singing that song in my head!!!!!

  4. Congratulations, Kathleen! Someone lined that up perfectly for you. A BIG
    Someone :)

  5. Hi Kathleen! Annie Lennox is singing in my head now!
    I'm so happy for you in your new position. You certainly are a model for the power of prayer! I think of the widow who kept bugging the judge to plead her case. Jesus says 'keep asking!' And that's what you did. Yay!

  6. That sounds like a really good schedule. I hope it is everything you wish it to be.

    :) Hope

  7. Definitely agreeing with those lessons. Holding on and praying goes a long long way.