Tuesday, March 10, 2009

OK

I got offered the pre-6th grade Director of Religious Education position. Am I glad? Yes. Am I elated? No.

The task ahead is too trouble-laden. Too many unhappy people. Too many unknowns. There will be a lot of loss....no more baptism prep, no more lector training, no more this, that, whatever, that I do now. But, more of something else, I guess.

My colleague, Joe, was also offered a job as RCIA Director. He shares my relief. We are mutually glad we'll be working together for another twenty years.

Our most able assistant did not get hired. That makes it particularly hard to either rejoice or even talk about the future. furthermore, no one likes forced change, and I'm no exception.

However, paying the heat bill will be good. Serving God will be good. As one of you dear people said, whatever happens will be God's will, so I will endeavor to step along this new path with jaunty confidence that I am doing His will.

20 comments:

Elizabeth said...

"OK" is probably a good way to describe your mixed feelings.How great that you have an answer and will be able to continue working with one of your colleagues!

Maybe you can do a post on how your new position will be different, when you have the energy. Is it a different age group? More focused tasks rather than overseeing?

Salzwedel Family said...

I'm so glad you were offered a position and I trust you will make the absolute best of it. You may end up loving this new opportunity.

The Combes Family said...

I agree with Stephanie. I do have a question. Is this "new title" part of your previous job description? I wish you all the best, Annie!

RML said...

I was waiting for an update all day Annie, I am glad you got the job, even with mixed feelings.

Good Luck!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Well congratulations on the job! Sounds like an interesting one.
Sorry to hear about the others, that is sad for them.

Elena's Mom said...

I hope your new job brings you happines.

Diana said...

At least you're not in the dark anymore and that you know you're still employed. Best wishes with the change.

Christine said...

It will be okay Annie. This is a blessing and I am sure you will see it down the road and will be so happy to share what God is doing in your life. It is a blessing to be able to pay your heat bill, just like you said. Big hugs!

Susan said...

I have worked for Kaiser Health Plan for 30 years, and got my hours changed to late shift.
I whined and moaned a bit, but then was happy to be employed.
My son and son in law both lost their jobs!!
It will be a transition:)

Nora said...

Annie, God is good ALL the time! You are wonderful and creative in teaching young people. I will say prayer for those who were not retained.

Tina in CT said...

Phew! I was sweating it along with you that you'd have a job. As you say, it'll pay the heat bill and mortgage. I'm sure you will bring a lot to the position and hopefully it will have more ups than downs.

Is it possible to also job hunt while doing this? Knowing the part of the country that you are in, I imagine the job market is not great though.

I am happy for you but know that you feel badly for co-workers that will be leaving. I've been on both sides the past 12 years.

kate said...

All kinds of new doors opening, huh? Sometimes that's just as hard as familiar doors closing.

Praying you find your adventure through that newly opened door.

Susan said...

I just saw that you commented on my daughters blog. She is moving to Russia where her husband has a new job.
It is such a small blogging world!!
We live in Vancouver, which is, as Im sure you know, just across the river from Portland.
We both have been following your blog!!

MoscowMom said...

I've been on pins and needles wanting to know! PHEW! Yes, not "Yippeee!!!!', but, still...

I hope you'll feel better about it soon.

crispy said...

Like I told you earlier this week, I have been thinking and praying about this all week. Whew. God knows what He is doing. Trust Him for the rest. =)

Rachael said...

I'm so relieved on your behalf!

Tami said...

I'm so glad you were offered the position, even if it isn't ideal. You'll do a great job of making the most of it I'm sure. ;>)

Jojo, Julz, Jules said...

I am glad you got a position. I think this is a season for growth and challenge...As if you need challenges huh?
I admire you so much, always focusing your soul on the Lord. Keeping your life honest and true.
As for Maxim. Whatever you may think, you have been a blessing in his life. God is proud of you. He wants to continue to change his heart, and has given YOU to Maxim to help in that process.
Keep your eyes on the process, and keep your heart in prayer!
Julianne

Jojo, Julz, Jules said...

Part of me secretly wanted them to NOT offer you a job so we could get our families to Russia somehow....Well, while you work your new job, you can secretly pray that He opens a different window for both of us in the future...Like someone told me, maybe not now, but soon...

katbat said...

Hi Annie - I have been enjoying your blog - I appreciate your honesty and willingness to write about your life. I hope thing work out for you with your new job!