You know what sounds ideal? I’ll paint you a picture (Facebook quizzes said I’m good at that):
Waking up in the outskirts of the city. Brewing coffee, blending up breakfast, taking a shower and hitting the road.
Arriving at work 10-15 minutes later (versus the past year of +100 miles per day) and turning on the lights to my classroom.
After school is out, heading home, unpacking the day, grabbing a snack and either hitting the track or the local gym. Killing it for a few hours, gearing up for the next race, and afterwards heading home to recover. Dinner with health benefits (aka not garbage), a quiet evening with Darco, if we didn’t have plans that night, and heading to bed at a moderate time.
May not seem like much, but after three years of chaos…it’d actually be kind of nice.
As you’re all aware of by now, Darco has been promoted within Starbucks (which causes sixth grade children to ask me for free coffee drinks on a daily basis). This is the first time in her life that she’s going from hourly to salary in the form of wages. Obviously, we’re both very excited.
However, like all good businesses there is a slight hitch with this good news. Paychecks. Due to the time of her official promotion her actual ‘real’ paycheck was pushed back a full pay period. We knew this, and it came right at the time that we knew we’d hit the pinch between my pay of my old job and my current job. It was the perfect storm by way of finances, something that we’re still learning to weather in this life.
If you factor that in with how my recent paychecks have worked out in recent weeks, it really only takes one stupid screw-up to throw an entire budget off pace. We’ve had around a dozen in the past two weeks.
The point to this story? This Friday Darco will receive her very first paycheck for her promotion. I will be able to move my payment process for my job over to electronic deposit, meaning I’ll be paid on time. After handling a brutal past month financially, we’ll be back on track. The really cool part? Between my current position (praying for positive change soon) and Darco’s new position, as a unit we’ll be bringing in the same amount of money monthly as we were before my prior job ended. Personally, I just see that as a nice way of God guiding us down the right path.
We still have the survive this remaining week, but praise God there is a very vivid light at the end of this tunnel.
Here’s a bit of a breakdown for the last month for you who are just now turning in:
-Was informed my services were no longer required at my place of employment (awkward)
-I started back as a substitute teacher in the same district I was working in this time last year, including a specific building that broke my heart to leave
-Darco was promoted in Starbucks, and will likely be transferred to the northern part of the city south of us
-Our lease is up in November on our apartment
-We’ve been meeting with a few families on Thursday evenings, praying and plotting a church plant in the same area as…
Not my photo, but the neighborhood meeting near the hopeful new church plant today was great!
…Darco is likely to transfer for work
…the school district I’m currently substitute teaching in
…we’re hoping to relocate to at the time that our lease is up
I suppose it isn’t really fair to use the phrase, “God is confusing”. In many ways He tends to explain His will, desire, and expectations pretty clearly…we also tend to get so caught up in the world around us that it muddles the communication between ourselves and Him.
I’m not country, and I’m not really urban or suburbian…I’m just…here. However, I grew up in a rural, farming community through my childhood.
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