Tap tap, is this thing on? Good gravy it’s been three weeks, ya’ll. Never in 6+ years of blogging have I taken this long of a break! And while it was completely not intentional, I will say it was nice to take a step back and really allow myself to focus on some bigger priorities. Like, oh I don’t know, A NEW JOB! In all honesty, my brain simply hasn’t been able to handle anything else at the moment. It’s been a whirlwind becoming immersed in a new environment, with new responsibilities and a new routine, not just for me but for our family too. It’s been a good change, but a BIG change, so blogging has very much had to take a backseat for a bit. I figured it was time for a little update, so here we go!
I actually wasn’t planning on changing jobs in 2019. In fact, I was actually planning on quitting and staying at home full time. My plan was to quit in August, and become a SAHM so Adeline could attend our church’s 2x/week preschool and I could keep Barrett home while she’s gone and then keep them both home on the other days. But then, we found out Barrett would be old enough to attend as well, which meant they both would be out of the house on Tuesday/Thursday. Once we learned this, we quickly decided it would be silly for me to quit and it would make much more sense for me to keep working and instead hire someone to watch the kids on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. That, in combination with things like insurance, a matched + vested 401k, and honestly just my personal preference to work in the first place, and it was an easy decision to keep working. So, we found a nanny and quickly settled into a new routine!
Fast forward about a month, and this job opportunity popped up on my radar. Literally, I came across it on Facebook. Long story short, I looked into it, then decided against it, then reconsidered, then applied, then interviewed, and now here we are! I’m not kidding when I say I think the Holy Spirit kept nudging me to apply – that, or my mom gut. HA, either way, I’m glad I finally listened to my intuition and made the leap. And now, I can’t imagine having not. Truly, a God thing all in all. It has already been the biggest blessing.
So the position is Communications Director for our church. We’re a large multi-campus church in the Fort Worth area. I wouldn’t say ‘mega church’, by pure definition, but we’re pretty big. We’re rooted in Church of Christ principles, but consider ourselves non-denominational. My position will be in charge of all things communications – social media, newsletters, bulletins, website, SEO, google ads, our google strategy in general, inter-campus communications, etc. I won’t be doing every little thing myself, of course, but will have a broad range of responsibilities and will be able to touch lots of different things. When I take a step back and really think about it, it really is a dream job. I feel like the past 6+ years have prepared me for this type of position, and I’m still just honored they would trust me with this role. I’ll be in the main office Mon/Weds/Thurs, the campus we attend on Tues, and working from home on Fri. And on Tues/Thurs afternoons I’ll work from home after preschool pickup. It’s a bit of an odd schedule, but after just two weeks I’m LOVING being back in an office with adults and being SOCIAL all day! I told Adam I feel like I’m alive again professionally, and even though I miss my babies during the day, it’s so good for my soul and my mental health.
So needless to say these last two weeks have been insane! I feel like my brain hasn’t worked this hard in years and it’s been really, really good! But so exhausting. It feels good to finally feel like I’m doing something for ME and to be in a place where I don’t feel guilty about it.
This weekend, I grabbed the kids and took them down to our favorite field to try and sneak in some sibling pictures. And honestly, other than feeling like I NEEDED to get my hands on my camera, I also just love watching them run around with each other and I knew some fresh air and sunshine was much needed after a cold and rainy week! I feel like I’ve been pretty aloof these past two weeks, and I desperately wanted to spend a little 1:2 time with them. So often I find myself only spending time with them in front of the TV, so any chance I have to get outside with them and just take them both of their little personalities in, is so special. And, if you’ve been following along for any time at all, you’ll know that buffalo plaid is my love language! It makes my heart go pitter-patter and while we still had some color in the trees, I took full advantage! Barrett, of course, won’t stand still for anything, but that’s ok. These pictures are so indicative of this current stage in life, and I’m a-ok with that.
Going through such a major life change has been so stressful, but these two little munchkins have been troopers. They’ve tolerated the routine changes, have taken to loving our new nanny, dealt with my overtired and sometimes less-than-cheerful attitude at night, and have still loved on me and been the best kiddos around. Adam of course has been a trooper too, and has leaned in in just about every way possible. Now that we’re two weeks in, I’m feeling optimistic that week 3 will feel even easier and much more like our new normal.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out and asked how things are going! I feel like I took the job, quit my old job, went out of town, started my new job, and fell off the face of the Earth, but I’M BACK! I feel like I can finally make room in my brain for blogging again, so be sure to check back soon!
PS Who else is putting up Christmas like, now?! We’ve got the Christmas music playing, Christmas movies lined up, and slowly starting to pull all our decor out of the attic. Bring.It.On.