Friday, November 12, 2010

All in a day in VA

Well....make that week in VA.

I'm having trouble convincing myself that we have actually lived here in Virginia for one full week. Time flies when your moving!

For those of you who may not know what took place with my family..... we made a decision to relocate to Virginia. Football Superstar made a decision to change careers. Amen!
His new career choice; technology. Fantastic. Now where? PA? For someone who has been in the same career for almost 21 years this would be a little challenging. But not impossible.
But pretty much impossible in Pennsylvania. Especially the tech field he was targeting. Football Superstar decides to look into the federal government. With help huge help from a friend in the human resource department, resumes and letters of interest were created.
As job postings began to surface- as well as his interest..... the location(s) were mostly pointing South. As far south as Georgia.
We discussed options. If he should land a job in DC, he could always live with his brother who works in VA. Perfect. A week later we discussed this option again. Football Superstar knew in his mind he needed to make this career change...... and if it took relocation to do so then fine....but he couldn't be separated weeks at a time from his family.
Step two: We focus on a move after the new year. He lives during the week in VA or DC. By spring of 2011 we then make the plan to move our family.
Step three. there was no step three
During this time, I decided to check out career opportunities for myself. After's been 6 years since I've worked out of the home. I was up against those young college grads with high spirits and chic career accessories. My chic career accessories where packed away in no-where-land. By convincing myself jumping back in the career field will take months...possibly a year to sign, seal and deliver I better start now. So I began typing and tweaking. with the help of our dear friend in the human service field I had the resumes of resumes!

I also decided to return to school. My goal is to teach art therapy for children in crisis.
So again, I begin to contact schools. And contact I did! I now have at least 7 different colleges contacting me bi-weekly. If not weekly. If I wouldn't know any better I would put money on it that my mother is behind the college contacts
At the same time I had two contacts from children's academy's. First Maryland. Second Virginia. Along came the third. Fourth. Now an art school called. What is going on?!
Young Rembrandt's from the Washington DC area contacted me by phone one afternoon while I was giving myself a facial. Try having an interview while your mud pack is cracking!
I wanted this position for the art teacher so badly I could taste it. Things began to sound way too good..... the salary {sweet}.....the hours {perfect} ..... paid tuition for my classes {can you say AWESOME}...... when do I begin?....... they needed me November 8th. What?!
Where do I live? What happened to spring 2011? What happened to "I'm too old to compete with chic career accessories"?

Things began to snowball from there. I was getting job hits, school offers or is that job offers and school hits(?).
My head was spinning. Football Superstar was not only supporting my offers he was looking for "housing" for me to live during the week. WHAT? Did I say that? Oh, yeah at some point I "vomited" the words; " I'll live down in DC for the week and come home on the weekends".

All this and that began to take over. We needed to have yet another talk. Discussions and prayers. Enough said. We wait until 2011.
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It happened again. I get an e-mail from two other teaching positions. One in a preschool and the other in a private academy. Football Superstar takes me for the interviews in VA.
I go with the "we'll see what happens" attitude.
An hour after my first interview I'm offered the job. I kindly turn down this particular offer.
A day later I'm offered the other position for teacher/group supervisor. I'm offered full paid tuition for my education and 1/2 price tuition for Apple Cheeks to attend the preschool.
Sweet. However I kindly turn this job offer down too. Philosophical differences
It isn't until my last interview at a Starbucks in Leesburg, VA.
This academy is new. Ground breakin' new as of July 2010. The building will not be completed/inspected until 11/22/10. So with an interview at Starbucks with the principal/director..... this is probably going to be a........ Jackpot!
I was offered a position 4 days after my interview. Talk about nerves completely frazzled.
Once again the benefits were very inviting. Like the other schools I'm offered a pretty nice package. The big incentive.....fully paid college tuition!

Life decisions came to the board table. Our family board table
Football Superstar and I made a list of pro's and con's. We reviewed not only schools but areas narrowed down to live. Where would we be able to find an apartment, condo or townhouse to rent asap? We took 15+ hours no exaggeration the eve of my job offer to narrow down each priority on our list. Did I say list..... try 5 separate list for each priority!
Long story short..... I know this post is getting longer Football Superstar and I were able to get all the above accomplished.
We are living in a beautiful apartment complex. The back view of our balcony overlooks a line of colorful mountains that run parallel with the Potomac River, which borders Maryland.
The front of our complex you can see metropolitan lights dancing east and west. In the evening it's a beautiful sight.
Our apartment is spacious and open. Bright, cheery and cozy.
A lot of planning came together smoothly. A lot of decisions we needed to make were made with not only our own career changes in mind, but our children. Schools rate high nationally. Diversity for China Doll. very important! Culture and arts.
Speaking of China Doll she has already made three decisions on her own; (1) she is returning to the sport of gymnastics (2) she wants a job at the Dulles Town Center of course she does and (3) she chose the church for us - she liked what the teen center had to offer

We also are happy to have Uncle D. living with us during the week. Uncle D. Eva's husband
works very close to where we live. Perfect for him. Now he no longer needs to "live" weekly in a one room facility.....he is able to live with family until he returns home PA to his lovely wife on Fridays.

Our first week was filled with enough stuff that our minds felt like over cooked spaghetti.
But we are surviving- getting from point A to point B pretty well. GPS, maps, notes and landmarks are working just fine. Let's hope they never remove the "WELCOME" sign that directs us into Ashburn Village. Important area- bank, Harris Teeter, Zazu's, gas station (one of a 1,000) high school

I'm sure I'll have more to post...... one day I'll even post photos. But for now I'm back to unpacking..... catching up on laundry...... and enjoying my last few days as a stay at home momma! Apple Cheeks is excited to begin preschool.
Looking forward to catching up on your blogs as well!! Missed you all!

New Life Lesson: Changes may be hard- yet we all need to make them. And now was the time.
{Our Time}


  1. I am just setting here going WOW!!! and then my spirit goes "GOD". Blessings to you all as your head continues to spin and your transition. I look so forward to continued testimonies of favor and blessings. Hugs to the kids as they adjust and with your excitement that shouldn't be hard.
    Have a wonderful week...thanks so much for the update, and I am saying "Praise the Lord, for He is good."

  2. Yes, Praise God! I know how overwhelming all of this must have been. In the past 9 years, I've re-entered the work force, gone back to school, etc....and God has shown me again and again how He works things out...and it usually isn't what I had planned! Blessings to you, and I have a fondnesses as I read, as my baby girl has her new home over the mountains in Lynchburg, VA. I may just end up there, too, someday!

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh dear Lis, this is such an unbelievable, too good to be true, real life story... and I am rejoicing with you every step of the way.

    I don't exactly remember where you moved from, but the place you describe is wonderful. I may have passed that way as you describe it, driving from DC down to Maryland, and then to Virginia... such a lovely state, Virginia that is. I have a memorable experience from my 2003 visit to my sister who lives there, near Lynchburg. Mild winters, wide open spaces. Wow
    you are in demand, aren't you!

    I would dance and jump up and down with you if we were together. There is such a joy in my heart for what God is doing in your life.

    Yes it is such a God thing.

    Looking forward to more of your posts...