New Season


It seems like this is all I am writing about these days, new seasons/changes and the like for our family. One thing is for sure, Michael and I have learned and experienced a lot of transitions in our time as a couple. I know this is true for most people and if life and science teaches one anything it is that in order to live, you must constantly be changing, adapting, growing. So hear I am, preparing for change yet again.

I have been feeling for awhile that I might be called back into the work force soon. Although we have made changes (i.e. selling house, living with mom) that would ease our budget constraints the fact remains that Michael’s schooling will last for two more years and he is only about to experience the reality of clinicals and all that entails. This will more than likely mean no more steady tile work, which will be a great reprieve for his achey body, but a shock to the bank account. We have applied for some “assistance” in the form of grants and also programs through the Workforce Commission that help married students with children. Please pray with us for favor that we will recieve some help from these organizations. Our goal is to get through the next two years debt free. So in order to do that, Mama had to get a job.

I went back in forth about it. I knew I could work at Starbucks or the Gap and set a pretty flexible schedule, but the reality is the pay would probably suck in comparison to the hours put on. Also, we need some benefits. Right now, we are self-insured to the tune of about $350 bucks a month and that only covers E and me and it is basically fire insurance. Yes, we have a co-pay and yes it covers well-child visits, but that is about it. I HATE INSURANCE COMPANIES! (I really, really do, but that is for another blog) Anyway, the school district in Amarillo hires certified teachers to tutor kids during the school day. Pay is really good ($20/hr) and you work part-time. That is what I had my eye on, but there are no benefits.

A few weeks ago my sister, Samantha, called me about some Reading Recovery positions available in AISD that were part-time with full benefits. HELLO! So I emailed that ladies at RR and boo, the job posting had closed and they were obligated to interview those candidates first. They said they would keep me in mind though if they didn’t fill all the positions. I figured that ship had sailed…but I was wrong!

They emailed me about 10 days ago and said they wanted to interview mw, but I needed to re-apply with the district first. I updated my info and emailed them back to let them know. I didn’t hear anything so I guessed they looked at my resume and didn’t think it was a good fit. I got a call (last) Monday morning that they wanted to interview me that day and it had to be that day. I freaked because Samantha was supposed to prep me for the interview and she was in Idaho. So basically I called everyone I knew who knew anything about RR and got ahold of Lisa (a friend of Lex’s) who prepped me. I interviewed at 2:00 and kneew the next step, if I was accepted into the program, would be to get a call from a principal to interview me for the position on his/her campus. I went to get Ephraim from my mother in laws house. left my phone in the car, and missed a call. From AISD. A principal offered me a job site unseen based on my interview. CRAZY!

It all happened in such a whirlwind that it took me a bit to process it all. I had been so torn going into the interview. I had always felt I would never go back into education. Should I even be pursuing this? Could I really be away from E, even if it is just a few hours a day? I basically laid it before the Lord and said you work this out. Boy did he. What favor. Even when I wasn’t even looking for it He is shepharding my way. Please pray that I will find someone WONDERFUL and HEAVEN SENT to keep Ephraim.

Did I mention this job is part-time, full benefits and I work with one kid at a time? Amazing!

About rachaelneagle

I am a 39 year old wife and mother.I have two children, ages 5 and 2. I am passionate about my family, God and getting healthy. I love to learn as much as I can about health and wellness and share that information with others.

2 responses »

  1. Rachael,

    I understand exactly what you are going through. I resigned from Fannin in the spring of 2006 and thought I was done with education for good. I was so burned out on the system and I knew I was being called to do something else. For my mental sanity, I resigned and said to hell with it. I had not really ever been a stay at home mom and I felt that is what I needed to do even though we could not afford it. After a while I went back and worked part time as a tutor but really did not intend to go back to the school system officially. God had led me to take a well needed break but after awhile I started to miss really being in the school system and working with kids.

    I really pored myself into the Word and prayed and prayed about what to do. My focus was to Be Still and know I am God. I did not want to be a diagnostician again, not even if they doubled my salary. I really thought about going back to the classroom and talked to a few principals. Then my husband saw that the ACE position came available and he encouraged me to apply. They wanted someone who was certified as a school counselor but during the interview process decided that I was the one they wanted. Before my interview, I prayed in my car and read Ephesians 2:10 and reflected on what it meant to me personally. God did create me to do good works, as he did everyone, and I prayed that if this would be the direction he wanted me to go, it would all fall into place and I would have peace about it. And it did! And I love it! And I make a difference in kids lives and I don’t have to send an ARD notice or fill out tons of seemingly pointless paperwork.

    I have an authentic connection with my students and I strive to be a Godly example or influence in their lives. One of my former students asked me to baptize him right before Christmas. That was a miracle in my life. Rachael, put your trust in the Lord and your life will be full of blessings! I know you and I know you will. 🙂

  2. I am praying even now for a godsend to watch E. Praying you will know that person/s when they come your way. I’m so grateful for you sharing all of this and love knowing how to pray for you.

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