Just call me Mary Poppins!!! I am so thrilled to say that God closed one door for me, but opened another door that was even better than I could have imagined. For those of you who are new to my blog, I have been a 3 year old pre-school teacher for the past 16 years and I lost my job at the end of the school year. It was so devastating to me, because I loved the children and the special friends I had made at our school.
We had a new director at my pre-school and the past year had been very stressful, so it really ended up being a blessing that my job was abolished and I was able to get a much better job with a wonderful family!
I am going to be a NANNY for 2 sweet young boys!! They both have birthdays this fall and one will be 3 and the other will be 7 years old. The oldest child will be in private school, so I will mostly have the younger little boy. They are both precious! The parents are both doctors. I will work a full day Monday through Wednesday and on Thursday I will get off at 3pm. I will not work on Fridays. That will be great for me to have a long weekend. If I want to leave after work on Thursday, I can drive to be with either of my girls for a long weekend!
It is amazing to me how God works things out in our lives. The oldest child in this family had attended our pre-school in the past, but was not in my class. Instead, I had him in an after school cooking class that I taught. The mother heard that I had lost my job and she contacted me to see if I would be interested in being their nanny.
I remembered the family as being so nice!!! When I went and met with them and was introduced to the younger little boy, I knew that this was the perfect job for me. We worked out all the details and things just fell into place.
My biggest reservation about working full-time was that I had been in a Bible Study with a group of amazing ladies on Monday mornings. I hated to give that up. As it turns out, I am not going to have to do that. The family wanted me so bad, that they said they would work things out so that I could still be in my Bible study. The little boy will stay with the housekeeper while I am gone on Monday mornings to Bible study. Isn't that great? These ladies have been such a wonderful support to me during some hard times in my life and I hated to give that up.
Another "God thing" is that my Bible study leader's house is about a minutes drive from the home where I will be working. How about that? In a city as big as mine, that is pretty amazing!
I started my job on August 3rd and the first week went very well. It was so refreshing to drive to work and not be stressed out about the day. My 4 day work week went by real fast, the housekeeper was so sweet to me, and the children could not have been better. The parents told me at the end of the week how much the children loved me and how happy they were with me!! I was so thrilled. It will be so refreshing to be in a position where I am appreciated for a change!
Although I will miss teaching pre-school, it will be nice to just have these children, instead of a whole classroom full of children. I can love on them and enjoy my time with just them. When school starts, I will mostly just have the younger little boy. I won't have to do lesson plans, I won't have to cut out craft projects at night, I won't have to spend hours on the phone with parents, etc.
Since my own children are away from home, I will love spending time with my "new children" during the week. This family enjoys traveling and takes a lot of time off during the year, so that will be nice. I will get at least 2 weeks off during the summer, a week off at Christmas, time off at Thanksgiving, time off for fall and spring break, etc. Plus, they told me if I needed to take additional time off to do things myself, to just let them know.
I had interviewed at another pre-school, but the director there called me and said that she just did not have enough children enrolled to hire any new teachers. With the economy, there are just not any extra teaching jobs in our area. I was thrilled to get this opportunity to be a nanny for this family and to have a job!!! I still like to help with things for my girls and not be totally dependent on my husband for everything.
I am not an expert on children, but I have taught for 16 years and I have raised 2 pretty amazing young ladies (if I do say so myself). I am very proud of them!!!! God has blessed me with a great family and I hope I can be a blessing to the family that I will be working for.
I worked the week of August 3rd, but then have been off the week of August 10th, since they had already planned a beach vacation. That was fine with me, because it has given me a chance to spend the week with my sister and my parents in the mountains of North Carolina. My husband and my married daughter and her husband were up over the weekend, but now I am just here visiting by myself. My youngest daughter is at the beach with the family that she babysits for in the summer.
Next week I have to help get Adelaide packed up and bring her back to college for the fall. It has been a great summer, but the time has gone so fast. I have loved every minute of my time with her. I am already dreading the time when she has to leave. My nest will be empty again, but I will have my 2 sweet, little boys to love on!!!
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