Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My New Job!!!!

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!!!


  1. Congratulations! This is fabulous news! I'm so happy for you.

  2. Good Luck on this new adventure in your life!

  3. So happy things have worked out 'practically perfect in every way' : )

  4. How wonderful! It sounds like the perfect job -- like being a Grandma 4 days a week! And if you raised two girls, and taught little ones for 16 years, then you ARE an expert on children! Lucky little boys, and very lucky parents.

  5. I am so happy for you! God's timing is perfect! I know you had said earlier that you really needed to work to be able to help Adelaide with college things, and here we are right before college starting back up and you have a new job. A job that you love, a job that doesn't stress you out, a job that values you! I could not be happier for you! Congratulations!

  6. Congrats on the new sounds like just the right thing for you!!!!

    So happy for you!!!

  7. Oh, my friend this DOES sound like such a pleasant experience to look toward; it's an exciting new chapter that the Lord has provided for you. Yay!!! I look forward to hearing more about it in the future!


  8. See, we told you everything would work out for the best and it did! I think this job will be perfect for you. The family is so nice and the children are so well-behaved. What could be better?

    I hope you are enjoying your vacation in the mountains. Wish I could be there, too! Tell everyone hello.

    I can't believe the summer is coming to an end. Sheesh! I'm so thankful to have you to help me get prepared to move. What would I do without you?

  9. Congratulations! This sounds like the perfect job for you. Those boys are so lucky to have another grown-up such as you lovin' on them :)

  10. Oh I am so happy for you! It sounds like a perfect fit to me. God does indeed open doors that we didn't even realize were there. I know you will be a true blessing to those two little boys. What a lucky family to have found you. Have a great week and God Bless!

  11. oh, this is awesome! congratulations!

  12. I am so happy for you. You have found the perfect job. They have no idea yet how lucky they are!

  13. Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you that an even better opportunity came along. Enjoy!

  14. Hi sweet friend, remember me? I've been so bad about my blog visiting lately. Life has just been Crazy with a captial "C"! The dust is settling a bit so I'm glad to have some time to blog.

    I'm so happy for you with this new job. What a blessing. Isn't our God awesome?!


  15. Congratulations! It sounds like the perfect fit for everyone. Those boys will be blessed, you will enjoy them and their parents have got to be thrilled to find someone like you.

  16. How wonderful!! Isn't it exciting to watch God direct our paths when we will simply allow Him to....

    Your new "journey" sounds perfect for you. I was with my young nephews this week and, goodness, did I feel old! My mind simply was not in "young fun" mode..goodness. Being a nanny will certainly help keep you young!

    Praying you have a wonderful year!

  17. Hello, just wanted to stop by and leave you a comment because I've really enjoyed reading your lovely posts. Your pictures are fantastic too - thank you for sharing your writing !

  18. Hi Melinda! Soooo glad it all worked out for you!!! You are on the same 4 day schedule as me! BUT I work with children that are over 18!!! Your kids are much more of a joy!lol lol You never know how the people you meet along the way will come back into our lives when needed!!! Have Fun - Sincerely, Jeannette

  19. God worked everything out for good didn't He?
    He always does.
    I am so happy for you. This job and this family sound awesome.
    You really couldn't ask for better hours and it sounds like they will appreciate you.
    They are very fortunate to have someone so loving to watch over their children. It's not easy to find someone like you!
    Have a great week.

  20. How wonderful! It sounds like the perfect situation! The family is lucky to find someone kind and loving like you.

    You have mentioned bible study in several posts, could you list some of the books you use? We always are looking for new (to us) titles!

  21. Now isn't that just like our heavenly Father. He had went before you (having the child in your former school) and prepared the way, knowing what your future was to bring.
    I am glad you like this family but will have time for your family.
    I pray you are blessed today
    Elsie <><

  22. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to read this! This family is so lucky to have a loving, Christian woman to be with their children. How blessed they are and what a blessing to you! Our God is an awesome God indeed!

  23. Congrats. I am really thrilled for you and for the family that's going to have a wonderful time with you. Stay blessed and thanks for sharing your story with us.


  24. Sounds like the new job is a perfect fit for you! You will be able to be a big influence in those children's lives at just the right time of their lives!

    I think the parents don't know yet what a great find you were....but they will!!

    Praying it is wonderful for you and you love it!

  25. That really worked out for the best! I am glad that things are going so well with your new job!

  26. Congratulations! I am really happy for you. This new job sounds perfect.