Yes, yes, it has finally happened! Josh has a teaching job! He will be teaching Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus, as well as coaching the speech team at Scecina Memorial High School in Indianapolis! Scecina is a private Catholic high school. Weird that they hired on a Mormon huh? But, we’re super excited about testing out the private school, and religious school setting. We have signed the contract and turned in all the paper work. Josh will begin teaching mid August.
We have our deposit in on an apartment too! It’s a 2 floor, 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhouse in south Indianapolis, complete with dishwasher and washer/dryer hook-ups (so we just need to pick up some cheap ones and then it’s no more trips to the laundry mat!). We’ll be moving August 2. We’re very excited, and also interested in seeing how we like big city living.
Did you know that Indianapolis is the 14 largest city in the country? The United States Census estimated the city’s population, excluding the included towns, at 807,584 in 2009, making it the third largest city in the Midwest behind Chicago and Detroit, and the second most populous state capital after Phoenix! The population of the metropolitan statistical area is estimated at 1,715,459, making it the 33rd-largest in the U.S. Crazy! We’re going to be living in a BIG city.
So, while we are so excited about this new job, we have been on quite the ride to get to this point. Josh actually received a different job offer for a high school math position in Winchester, Virginia before this job. And it seemed like the perfect job, at least on paper. Great starting salary, pretty good benefits, located about an hour out of DC and Baltimore, decently priced housing, etc. But, we never felt good about it. We prayed about it a lot, in fact we went to the Columbus temple, fasting, in hopes of added inspiration on the subject. But, as much as we prayed about it, we never got a YES. We definitely felt like we could take this job, and make it work, but it would push us and stretch us a lot. You might wonder how it would.
Well, the biggest difficulty we faced was the logistics of moving there in the first place. We are dirt poor right now, getting money from the government for food, health insurance, and cash assistance. But, we still are paying monthly payments on credit cards, and don’t have an income, so you do the math there. We’re poor. And while this job would offer great things once we got there, we had to get there, which meant renting another trailer, or a truck, and driving out there. But, we don’t have money to rent a trailer or a truck or pay for the gas. We played with the idea of Josh going out ahead of time, living with an Aunt and Uncle of his that live literally half an hour away in West Virginia for a while. But, that “while” seemed like it could stretch on for a while because Josh wouldn’t receive his first paycheck until the end of September. They offered an advance for new employees, but all of it would go to renting a trailer and gas, leaving us with nothing towards an apartment, food, more gas, etc.
But, setting that big hurdle aside, we told ourselves that if this was the right job we would figure it out and make it work, sacrificing what was necessary. So, we felt like we very well could have taken the job, but that we didn’t have to. (Thank goodness! I can’t imagine being away from Josh for even a night! We’ve never been apart since being married!) So, we came up with a different plan. We turned down the job, despite disapproval from family members. And no sooner than Josh made the call, he received two other phone calls that day for interviews, granted one was for a job in Utah, the other in Virginia, but it was a sign, an omen, nonetheless.
He began applying for jobs in Indiana, and received a call to interview at Scecina. They offered him the job and we prayed about it. We felt so much better about this job than the other. The beautiful thing about moving to Indianapolis is that it’s only an hour away from Josh’s parents, making the move very easy, letting us take multiple trips over multiple weeks if needed. Also, we can remain on some government assistance, like Medicaid for the girls and I. Though we don’t want to mooch off the government, for the time being it helps. We have a lot of debt we need to pay off, and the less we have to pay for things right now, the more we can put towards paying off our debt.
So, through this whole process, we learned a lot about prayer. We kept praying that Josh would get a job, and he did get a job. Luckily, it was a teaching job. The Lord may have given us what we asked for, but it didn’t mean it was what we needed, or what was right. So after we received the contract for the Winchester job, and really searched out if this job was right, we reevaluated how we should have been praying. The Lord answers our prayers, and sometimes he gives us exactly what we ask for, but when you turn your will into his, that is when things work out for the very best.
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