The craziest thing happened to me last week.
Well, let me back up and tell the story from the beginning:
When I got my current job, my boss has just moved to the Atlanta area from California. He was gaining clientele on the east coast and thought moving here would make it easier for him to grow his business more effectively. He and his family moved here just before Andrew and I did, and after settling in to his new office, he realized he could use an assistant to help mainly with maintaining contact with new client, and with marketing to prospective clients.
In June, my boss approached me and explained that his wife was unhappy here, and the move was less effective than he thought it would be for his business. He had made the decision to move back to California. At this point, I thought he would be telling me my services were no longer needed; instead, he told me he would love for me to keep doing what I had been doing, and asked if I could commit to working for him for at least another year.
I said yes.
But that day when I got home from my meeting with him, I told Andrew that I was shocked he was keeping me. I was glad, but the decision did not make much sense to me. I told Andrew I was worried that my boss would eventually realize that there were smarter, more cost-efficient ways he could be getting my job accomplished… that he did not really need me.
Fast forward to Thursday.
I was still on cloud nine after hearing our baby’s heartbeat the day before. I woke up, went for a quick walk, got dressed and ready for the day, and sat down to check my work email.
The very first email I read was from my boss explaining that he just met with some of his business partners for their strategic meeting. They decided to restructure the way they are doing a lot of their marketing. And my job = a lot of their marketing, so my services will no longer be required to the extent that they have been in the past. He said that since he made a year-long commitment to me in June, he would try to give me about ten hours worth of work per week.
Well, ten hours is not much. And it feels crappy to do a job that you know is unnecessary… to know that your boss is just scrounging up work for you out of the kindness of his heart rather than because he needs you.
I felt a little panicked. I told my parents so that they could pray, and I told Andrew so that he could help me decide what to do. Then, I headed off to the chiropractor for my weekly appointment.
And here comes the crazy part:
After my adjustment, the chiropractor asked me if I was working. I laughed, and told him that yes, I work from home, but that I just found out my hours would soon be significantly reduced.
And then, he offered me a job. He offered me a job working part-time at his office. And of course, I enthusiastically agreed! I am still in awe of the timing, and how God really does work all things together for good for those who love Him! (Romans 8:28)
Since I don’t work full-time, and since Andrew is a full-time student, since we are STILL paying for fertility meds (will the shots ever stop?!?), AND since we are finally expecting a BABY, my budget for decorating our house for fall was tiny. As in, zero dollars. So, I worked with items we already had around the house, and “fallified” our mantel. A little twine, some fabric scraps, hot glue, and several pieces of scrapbook paper sure do go a long way when it comes to decorating on a small budget!
I absolutely love this time of year. The fall weather is beautiful, and I suppose because I associate it with Thanksgiving, the fall is always the time of year I am most intentional about giving thanks… in all thing, for all things.
“Give thanks to the LORD, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.”
-1 Thessalonians 5:18,
The Voice translation
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am giving away one copy of Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts devotional book. Ann is an incredibly gifted writer, a wife to a farmer, and a mother to six children. And she home-schools all of them! I’ve talked about her books before, because they are truly life changing. She calls her book a “dare to live fully… right where you are.” And she has unlocked the key to a full life: giving thanks, always…. giving thanks for the good, the bad, the ugly. For the big things and the small. During the happy times and the sad. Ann is eloquent and poetic, but also straightforward. Her books are challenging and inspiring, and so worth reading over and over again.
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The giveaway ends on November 26th! And since this is a pretty small blog, you have a good chance of winning!!!