So it’s been awhile…
And a lot of change has happened since I posted in May.
We moved from Colorado to Indiana over the summer. This was something we had been planning since earlier this year, but to say that it came out of nowhere would have some truth to it. We love Colorado and had no intentions on ever moving. But only God can change your heart and mind and give you a legitimate excuse to pack up your life and move across the country, like “You know, we love it here but its getting too expensive and crowded. We will probably start a family soon so that makes it’s a little unreasonable to stay. And well, we both aren’t that happy at our current jobs so a change is needed in that area.” But we also know that God is up to something moving us here and we are fully trusting that He will reveal His plan to us in His time.
I spent the first month in Indy as a “trophy wife” or “stay at home mom to our fur children.” I got to know my new home and got to travel with the hubby to Chicago and play tourist while he worked! When I wasn’t having fun, I was studying. I decided to change careers and become a teacher. This wasn’t something that came up in the midst of the move. I had decided on this at the end of last year. So I went from studying architecture to become a licensed architect, to studying most people’s least favorite subject in school…math. Yep, when the idea of teaching popped in my head, I knew right away that I wanted to teach math. Its straightforward, there is only one answer (usually) and its not based on anybody’s theory or opinion. So now my free time revolves revisiting math concepts that I haven’t done or even thought about since high school so I can pass the required test to go back to school to get my teacher certificate. I’m sure you wondering why the career switch…well I still love architecture. While I was in Chicago, I was in heaven looking at all the architecture I had studied during school. But being an architect and working in the office wasn’t appealing to me anymore. The deadlines and overtime were taking toil on me. I felt like there were times where I had to choose between my family and friends and my job. Plus, I wasn’t being fulfilled in my job. I felt like I slaved away to make my clients happy only for them to realize they didn’t have enough money to make their building what they wanted or needed to be. So I would slave away again to make the necessary changes to work within their ever-changing budget. They weren’t completely happy with what they got and neither was I. So being a teacher where I could actually make a difference in people’s lives, knowing I would be challenged everyday to find new and creative ways to teach math, and having a schedule that worked with raising a family sounded way too appealing to pass on. Plus Indiana has a teacher shortage.
So far it’s been a good and smooth transition. We have found a church and have begun to make friends and have a sense of community there. I got a job at one of the best high schools in the state as a teaching assistant in a special education resource room. I get to help the kids with their math homework and sit in on their math classes to take notes. It’s been a blast so far and making me even more excited to become a teacher. The hubby grew up in Indy so many of his friends are still here. So he has had fun showing me his old stomping grounds and I have had fun finding new places for us to explore. We found an apartment that is close to everything and have started looking at areas of town where we would like to buy a house.
But I would be lying if I said it has been perfect. There are those days where we miss Colorado, our friends there, and our church there like crazy. There has been a few days that we wondered if we made the right decision. There have been days where we feel extremely lonely. Days where I ask myself if going back to school and changing careers at this point in my life is a smart decision.
But God always comes through with his quiet and gentle whispers. He reminds me that its not I that is in control, its not I who can predict the future, and its not I that knows the full reason of why we moved here. Yes, this is scary and unnerving. But at the same time its floods me with peace knowing that God’s sovereignty will prevail and that trusting Him to take care of all of this is the only thing He needs me to do. I don’t have to have it figured out and worrying about things won’t make this big life change any easier. Its this daily reminder that He knows the plan for me that allows me to sit back and enjoy the adventure He has for me.