I wanted you guys to be the first to know about our HUGE and unplanned move. My husband and I live in small town USA where everybody knows everybody, which means at times the truth doesn’t always get told. Now, we love this little town of ours, but small towns just work that way.
I am going to take this story back… way back… to 2006.
At that time, I was living in Memphis, Tennessee working at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I actually worked for their business side, which is called ALSAC. My job was called the Fulfillment Coordinator. In a nutshell, my department was in charge of sending out fundraising kits, letters, and information. I loved working for St. Jude! I met a lot of amazing people. Some of them I am still blessed to communicate with today thanks to Facebook.
On April 2, 2006, a tornado swept through my hometown (Caruthersville, Missouri) completely demolishing a lot it, including my high school.
I still get emotional watching that video. After going home to see the damage, I decided to quit my job and move back home (I moved in September of 2006). I felt like my hometown needed me. I worked as a sub at Caruthersville School District and went back to school to get my teaching certification. My original degree is in Business Administration.
Nathan and I got married that following July (2007) and I started working at a neighboring town because Caruthersville didn’t have a job available for me. Caruthersville was where Nathan was working. I stayed there until May 2010 and at that point, I applied and took a job at Caruthersville. And, that is where I have been since 2010.
Now, here is where it gets real…
Nathan and I have not been looking to leave our hometown. We have been asked many times in the past if we planned on living here forever. And, my answer has always been, “If God feels we need to be somewhere else, he will let us know.” I have lived by that saying.
Last February (2013), right after Derrick was born, we had a chance to move, but it just didn’t feel right to me. I am not sure if it was because I had just popped out a baby or what, but I just didn’t feel like it was THE ONE.
Fast forward to June 2014…
A dear friend of ours called and told us a head football coaching job was open at Greene County Tech in Paragould, Arkansas. He had already talked to several people about Nathan and thought he needed to apply. So, I told him to apply and see what happens. Paragould is only 45 minutes from my hometown.
We went on the interview (I went with him and sat outside) and waited to see where things went from there. Wonderful community, wonderful school, wonderful people… You get my drift? Everything was pretty wonderful!
We called family members and anticipated the call, which ended up being a, “we are sorry, but we are going with someone else.”After that, my mom reminded me that when one door closes another one opens. I gave her the ole, “Yeah, you are right mom.” But, in my mind, I was thinking, “WHATEVER!”
So, we went about our normal lives. Then, my husband got a call from the new head coach at Greene County Tech on July 3rd. Nathan was thinking he wanted to talk to him about doing a contact camp with their team, but when he got off the phone, he informed me that he wanted him to come to Greene County Tech and be an assistant football coach.
Long story short…
We didn’t think it was the right move, so he called and turned it down. Three phone calls later, we determined that this could be God throwing the rock at our head telling us it is our time to move.
Remember my comment…
“If God feels we need to be somewhere else, he will let us know.”
So, we decided to take the job.
Oh, I almost forgot. You are probably wondering about me.
Well, being a household with two teachers, we knew it was going to have to be the perfect situation for us to move anywhere. And, what are the odds of both of us finding a job in the same school district teaching in our subject areas. Very hard! Until now…
They not only had a position for Nathan, but had a middle school business position for me. You don’t find that very often.
So, we felt that was another sign from God!
After contacting every family member and getting their opinions, our close friends’ opinions, and weighing the pros and cons, we decided to take the jobs.
This type of situation may not ever cross our plate again, so we felt it was our time to move.
I write this with emotions running over. I am nervous about moving, selling our house, and what lies ahead. I am also nervous about the negative comments and shuns that we could receive. The people-pleaser in me hates to disappoint anyone. But, at the end of the day, my concern is my family! And, we feel this is the best move for our little family.
I am excited about the new life ahead of us and the adventure we are about to take on. I am trying to look at the positive side instead of the fear that I hold so dear.
I love my hometown and always will, but I am trying to let God lead us to where he thinks we need to be.
Love me, hate me, congratulate me, look down upon me, be happy for me, but know that this decision has been an extremely tough one and one that we have not looked at lightly.
Thank you to every single person that has read this blog and supported me through the good times and the bad. This little place of mine is my sense of peace in a hectic and unknown world. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
So, where does this leave my blog?
This blog is not going anywhere! I love this space and every single person that interacts with it. I am excited about the direction this move will lead my blog. New posts, new situations to talk to y’all about, and a whole new path! I am excited and I hope each and every one of you decide to continue on this journey with me.