Friday, July 25, 2014

Thoughts on a Friday...and a life update

Happy Friday, friends.

I'd like to thank those of you who commented or emailed me after my last post. Its good to know you are still there. :)

Life lately has really been the opposite of how I prefer my summer vacations. There has been a lot less lounging by the pool time than I anticipated and a lot more stress. Things are settling down now (at least until the start of the school year in a couple weeks!) As to where I've been...

Four years, four moves, five classrooms, and one little blog ago I sat heartbroken in my townhouse in Greenville, South Carolina because Corey had been offered a really great position in New Jersey. A week before I had been in total bliss. Just weeks away from completing my teaching internship, Corey had recently left a job where he wasn't happy to take a new position in Charlotte - putting him just a short forty minutes from my parents - and putting all of the people I loved the most in the same place. The icing on the cake was that I'd literally just been offered my first teaching job as a leave replacement for 1st grade starting after the holidays.

Just a few short weeks later, on the weekend of my twenty-third birthday, Corey moved to New Jersey and started an even better job. Somewhere in the nine months of long distance dating, I finished my master's degree and finished the school year with my sweet firsties, got engaged, and found myself living in Hoboken, New Jersey teaching at an innercity Newark school. A year of prayers later, I moved back to 3rd grade (the grade I student taught) in a fabulous district and found myself super happy. At the time, it was the only move I'd made for my own professional development (not Corey's) and I could see myself teaching there for the rest of my career...except for the fact that it was 700 miles away from my family.

If you've been reading for any length of time, you know what happened next. Corey was offered a new position in Charlotte. We moved back South, I accepted a job teaching 5th grade Gifted and Talented, and we started building our home. Which gets us all caught up until about six weeks ago.

My job here had been pulling at my heartstrings all year. A great position and opportunity but so, so different from my school in New Jersey where I had been so happy. Then, I was called by the district where I did that leave replacement all those years ago and asked if I would be interested in interviewing for a 3rd grade job that had come open unexpectedly. And all of a sudden I found myself coming full circle - back to my favorite grade in the district that believed in me since the beginning of my career.

On the very same day I accepted that position, I kid you not, Corey was told he was being promoted...to the Washington, D.C. territory. So here we were, facing another nine months of long distance (marriage, this time), another move, and another job search for me. Seriously, ladies...you can't even make something like this up.

More than once I was overcome with a sense of de-ja-vu. Knowing I would only have my job for one short year (and hence totally regretting my job change), that I would be seeing my husband only on weekends, and that I would be leaving good friends for the third time. Then, many sleepless nights and many prayers and exactly three weeks later, the local territory opened unexpectedly. And Corey was asked if he would be willing to take it instead since he already had relationships with many of those clients from his current position. To which, of course, he said yes.

So here we are, both with new jobs, but in the same city. And we are thankful. So, ladies, this is what I've been up to lately. Thanks a ton for your patience and support!

12 comments:

  1. Oh my gracious girl! That is all so crazy but thank goodness you can stay in your beautiful home that you've spent so much time on!

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  2. Oh my goodness.. I can't even imagine going through all of those changes! Hopefully you both can stay put for a while!

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  3. phew! As my fiance and I have now passed one year of long distance and still have 5 months to go, I don't wish it on anyone. Also, so happy you don't have to leave your new house!! Hope you can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer now.

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  4. Oh my goodness! I can't believe all y'all have been through. I'm glad you get to be in your new home and that you are both happy and successful in your new jobs!

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  5. Oh my gosh, you have been all over the place! So glad you're both now in a place you love. :)

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  6. My husband and I have been through similar (not as many) moves in the past year. It is always hard to pick up and move to a new school system not knowing what to expect. This fall, I will be working at my 3rd school system in 3 years! Hoping that this school is a good fit and I can work until I retire :)

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  7. Congratulations on the JOB!!! What a whirlwind! I'm curious to know what school you're at now? Best of luck to you...and I hope your commute is much shorter now, too! :)

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  8. Oh goodness, what a crazy job search! We are military, so I can definitely appreciate the stress of constantly moving around and having to change jobs…but I'm glad to hear that everything has seemed to work out perfectly for you in the end, and you don't have to relocate again!

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  9. WHEW! Worldwind! Glad it worke dout!

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  10. wow you have been through a stressful time! I am such a creature of routine that I get stressed at the idea of job moves.

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  11. Oh my goodness, Elizabeth! Such an emotional roller coaster you've been on. I am so happy to hear that things seem to be settling down and working out!

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  12. I"m so glad that you got to stay in Charlotte.

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