Yes. The answer is yes. I prayed about it, I have peace about it, and I can move forward in confidence. A new season is starting. A busy one, but I believe a happy, healthy, and productive one.
Back on Tuesday I posted about a job offer I received out of the blue. My daughter's bosses, who are friends of mine, offered me an office assistant position at their tutoring school. It was so unexpected that it caught me unprepared, and I told JM and MM that I needed time to pray and be sure that this was God's will for me. That's what I've been doing, and what others have been doing for me as well.
I talked it over with my kids, breaking down the pros and cons of going back to work, even if it is part time. To be completely honest, I was having trouble coming up with cons. After all, the hours are from 3:00 - 8:15 pm, and since the school is 10 minutes from my house, I could leave at 2:45 and be there early. This would allow me to continue homeschooling my son E without any interruption. The work week is Monday - Thursday, with all school holidays off. I'd be working with my daughter and with people I've known for years and have always been close to. They are devout Christians who don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. And let's face it, a little extra money coming in always helps :-).
The cons? 1) Having to learn time management all over again. That shouldn't be a problem. Truthfully speaking, I've become very comfortable (read: lazy). I get up later and start school later because I can, not because I have to. There's no reason why I can't get my butt in gear and get organized. 2) Leaving my son E at home while I go to work for 5 hours. Okay, even I laughed at that one. I used to leave my two older kids alone when they were 13 years old and I was gone from 7:45 am to 5:20 pm. E is 15 years old, and he'd be alone for far less time: not only because I'd only be gone for 5 hours, but also his brother is here part of the time, either before he goes to work or after he comes back. And again, he's 15!! I can't treat him like a baby just because he's the youngest. We all need to get over that. This is probably the best way.
What ultimately convinced me that this was coming from God was a conversation MM had with my daughter A. She told A that for months she's been praying about needing an assistant, and each time God brought me to her mind. She started hearing people call out my name in stores and restaurants, and let's face it, Arlene is not a common name. She didn't say anything for a long time because, as she said to me, "I wanted a sign. A big bright neon sign from God telling me this was what He wanted." When she finally told her husband what she was considering and praying about, he immediately said, "Let's call her and see if she'll take the position!" I knew God wouldn't dangle a dream job in front of me, and put this so plainly in MM's heart, if He didn't mean it. He isn't going to play games with us. I felt sure that God's hands were all over this, and He gave me peace about it, so I called MM today and told her yes, I wanted to give this a go. She was so thrilled she couldn't stop talking, which is very unlike her! She kept telling me how she'd prayed and prayed and this was an answer to prayer. It brought joy to my heart.
A little while later I went to Winn Dixie to pick up some groceries, since this is grocery week. I found some great deals on meats, and was picking up some canned goods, when who do I run into but MM! I know she lives close by, but I've never, and I mean never run into her at the grocery store, even though I've lived in the neighborhood almost 15 years and they've been here even longer. When she saw me she couldn't stop laughing, and we hugged because we both felt it was confirmation from the Lord. She even looked up and said, "Okay, Lord, I get it, I hear you!" We feel so blessed, and I'm looking forward to what else God has in store for me.
Let's see, what else has been going on? Oh, this weekend Bare Escentuals has free shipping on all orders, and 25% off their Last Chance products (items that are on clearance). I took a quick look and about jumped out of my chair. A skincare set I'd been eyeing for months was on the Last Chance section: a kit containing their Purifying Facial Cleanser (which I use and is phenomenal), the Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for combination skin (also a great product that doesn't cause me to break out or itch), and what I wanted most of all, their Active Cell Renewal Night Serum. I've used this several times when I've received samples, and I could see the difference in the texture of my skin. This product is the best I've tried, but 1 ounce of it costs $50. Ouch! I had seen the skincare kit and was tempted to buy it: all three products together for $58 is an incredible deal, since the facial cleanser alone is $20 and the moisturizer is $28. I kept putting it off in favor of other deals, but today I couldn't say no anymore. With the 25% off I was getting the kit for $43.50! I'm so glad I waited and didn't pay the full price for the kit.
A few days ago I went to Target with my daughter and picked up some nail polishes that were on clearance. They're Revlon Perfumerie, and it claimed the nail polishes were scented. I sniffed one in the store; to me it just smelled like nail polish, but the colors were so pretty, and they were $3.77 each, about half the regular price, so I got 3 of them, two for myself and a deep purple one for my daughter. She did her nails the next day, and told me that once it started to dry it definitely had a really pretty scent. I went ahead and gave myself a mani-pedi today using the color Moonlit Woods. It's a purple with blue undertones, almost like a dark lavender blue. Sure enough, as I was painting my nails I started to smell the perfume. It's actually a lovely scent. If you like perfume scents. My nose doesn't. I'm so upset, because I love the color, and I really do like the smell, but it's making my nose sore. I hate that I have these stupid allergies to perfumes. It's so not fair.
Wednesday night was movie night at Awana. Pastor G brought the movie The Perfect Game, a true story set in the 1950's about racial discrimination. Pastor said the movie was an hour and 17 minutes long, which was perfect. We sat the kids down, gave them chips and Capri Suns, and sat down to watch the movie with them. We were all getting into the story (once all the adults got over the fact that Cheech Marin plays a priest in the film), when parents started coming in to pick up the kids. I was surprised; it was obvious the movie was not finishing any time soon. Then we looked at the movie sleeve: the movie length was 117 minutes, not an hour and 17 minutes! We all had a good laugh, even though we felt bad for the kids. They didn't get to see the ending. Sorry kids. Just for reference: the Mexican kids won!
I want to say that yes, I kept away from my blog for the past few days as I meditated and prayed and waited on God's answer. It was the right thing to do, but I do hope to continue updating my blog as this new adventure starts. It's gonna be hectic at first, I'm sure, but I'm really looking forward to it. And guess what? My first day is Tuesday, because Monday is President's Day which is a school holiday! It doesn't get much better than that! Good night ya'll, and God bless.