Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Gainfully Employed

Is that a real term—gainfully employed? I’ve heard it pronounced “gangfully” employed in Memphis and from my Oklahoma days. There are many young men “gangfully” employed in Memphis, but I am not one of them. I am, however, going to start working for a paycheck starting Monday, May 21st. I am being hired by Christ Community Health Services as a part-time counselor. It is really a great fit because they don’t need me full-time yet, and I have to take my last two classes for my Master’s degree in Counseling this summer. It is amazing how God works in our lives.

We are pretty excited about this opportunity! It takes a lot of anxiety off me about looking for a job as soon as I finish school, and it takes some pressure off Monica as the sole provider for our family (I am thankful everyday for the sacrifices she’s made for me to go to school). We don’t plan to live any different, but we want to actually save money—something we have not been able to do, or tried hard enough to do, in the last few years. Anyway, the point is that I am working for real money in a place that values serving everybody in the community we’re in, and not just those who can afford it. Of course, that has its advantages and disadvantages, but for right now, this is where I need to be, and where I believe God wants me right now.

Monica’s take on all this: I couldn’t be more proud of Ben & for all the hard work he’s put into these past 3 yrs. working on his Masters! I am going to have to break him of his habit of having a book or a laptop in front of him at all times, but I’m sure he’ll always be studying something so I’d better get used to it. I’m very excited to start this new chapter in our lives & in our marriage. I plan on pursuing my career & interests as well as spending as much of our extra money traveling as Ben will let me. Click below for some fun pics from this past weekend in Missouri!

Putt Putting w/ Dinosaurs
The Fam

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