About a month ago, I was approached by my department manager that I was going to be recommended amongst 7 other representatives in my department for a position that he thought I would be good for. After looking at what the position was all about (and noticing the pay increase:)) I decided to apply for it. It was a job that I knew I would LOVE. I knew of many of the other representatives I was up against for the position and I said to my mom, "it will be a miracle if I get this job."
I had a phone interview and a face to face interview the next day and then a 3rd interview a few days later. I GOT THE JOB!!! I was shocked, amazed, thrilled and caught off guard. This job is truly going to change our family's plans...change our life. I won't get into all of the details of what the job is, but primarily my job will be to build relationships with our dealers by being their own personal representative, answer any questions they have regarding our financing and retain them as clients of Wells Fargo Financial. I will be working with our Health Advantage Program, dealing only with our dental offices, veterinary clinics, lasik eye surgery centers and audiologists who use our Health Advantage Program. I will be out of the call center (FINALLY!) and be in a much more layed back, less micromanaged department.
We have lately just known when Sean graduated (in April) that we were going to move to eastern Iowa...preferably to the Quad Cities. We have family over there and also dear friends. We were SO looking forward to a change of scenery and being closer to some family that we don't get to see as often. We are so blessed to be close to Chris, Brenda and Bode and spend a lot of time with them. They have recently decided to move to Florida and that just solidified the fact that we wanted to move since we would no longer have them here. So that was our plan. We were moving and we were so excited to do so!
My how things have changed. We are no longer planning to move. The only way we would is if Sean is unable to find a job at one of the hospitals here once he graduates. It would be very unwise of us to pass up this career opportunity for me, the experience, the money. We just can't go. A part of us is sad, but the thought of me actually enjoying what I do, enjoying going to work every day is HUGE. It is sickening to have to leave Tate every day to go to a job that I am not happy at. This job is right up my alley. I can't wait to start...and I don't have to wait long, I start on Monday!
With this job, came Sean quitting his job while he finishes his last 2 months of school. He needs this...he has about a 70+ hour work/school week currently and has hardly any time to sleep or study or spend time with us. He doesn't have a single day off a week....he either has work or class or both every day. This has gone on like this for 4 years...he is amazing to have done this...AMAZING! And he deserves this so much!
We never expected that our plan would change this dramatically in a matter of weeks, but it's just yet another example of the fact that we have no control over our own lives. None. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I am SO GLAD I am not in control. God's plan is unexpected sometimes, not always what we wanted or thought we wanted and surely not always the easiest plan, but it's the right one. This is what we are supposed to do. We know we are. We are trusting Him. Each time "our plan" turns into His, it's yet another reminder to us that we need to let go and let God. As much as I think that I am in control many times, these things put me right back to where I need to be...resting on Him, trusting Him, knowing that He is going to lead us right where we belong. I had a plan, I knew what we were going to do with our lives, I was resting and finding peace in that, I had it under control all by myself. Never did I think that a job opportunity like this would be literally placed into my lap. I know without a doubt that He did. I was resting and finding peace in the wrong place, in my own "control", when I was jolted into this unexpected change which helped me land right back on His path. Though I have some sadness about this change of plans, I also am excited and so happy about what this will bring to us. We are blessed to have family here too. Even though we're not a few minutes away from ALL of our nieces and nephews, we still have Sean's parents who are just a short 45 minutes away and much of Sean's extended family in the area as well. Sean's parents have always been a huge support and help to us being so close and we are so grateful for that and are happy we will continue to have them close by. And until Chris and Brenda leave, we'll be able to keep spending much of our free time with them and loving on Bode! :) It will be so hard when they leave.
So there's my novel...my news.
God's plan has once again changed all that we thought we had control of. And we are grateful for that.