Thursday, December 10, 2009

You have waited long enough...

Remember when I said I had some good news?  Well the time has come that I can now reveal this news.  I loved your guesses, and then started feeling bad because some of your guesses were really good, and really sweet, so hopefully you all think my news is big, important, and life changing, because it is :)


You are looking at the new Early Childhood Director at The Ridge Community Church...I know, for-real :)

Yesterday was my first official day at work.  Granted, I am only in the office 2 days a week, I will still be working a lot from home, and Sundays do count as a work day, all of you in ministry totally understand that! 

This new career has had God's hands all over it from the beginning.  I was not out looking for a job, especially since I started my private practice in counseling, I was content, we were content as a family.  I am very blessed to be able to stay home with Molls.  Although we make sacrifices for me to do so, just like many of you, I was happy to sacrifice away to be with her.  So this opportunity came with a lot of church growth, and the need to have a focus on individual groups of kids at church.  I am in charge of the birth-kindergarten, and Becky, the other Children's Pastor is in charge of all school aged kids. 

This is a huge, new transition for everyone.  Number one-Eric and I will be working "together."  I use that term loosely, since he works with Neighborhood Groups and preaching, but we still will be in the office together.  Number 2- this is a brand new position at our church, I am not taking anyone's spot, I am creating my own, in a sense.  Number 3-I have a huge passion for kids at a young age (like in the nursery) to start learning about God, and hearing the name Jesus, and love.  So I am pumped that now I can make sure that is happening, and starting these precious kids out on the right track. 

The only thing is we had to find childcare for Molly, since one day a week Eric and I are both at the office, for staff meeting, other meetings, etc.  So I put a call into a lady at church who runs her own in-home daycare, very small, and she is willing to take Molly for us.  I am so excited because this lady is so sweet, and loving. 

So that is my exciting news.  I am over-joyed to be a part of a staff that gets to serve awesome people, and be a part of God's plan for Milwaukee.  I am thrilled to give back to The Ridge, because this ministry was a life-saver for me, in more ways than one.  I am excited to see change and growth in our children's ministry, and I am so excited to serve alongside some fantastic people.  Please keep me, and this whole thing in your prayers.  Like I said earlier, this is a huge, new transition for everyone.  We need a lot of prayer to help it go smoothly. 

PS-Thanks for all of the encouragement/advice on nap time.  She is staying in her bed, and taking naps now!  Yea!  And pray for Eric, since he is watching Molly one day a week now, by himself, he needs a smooth transition too!

15 comments:

Kari @ p.s. love.love. said...

Congratulations!!!! How exciting and how fun that you are starting a new position there. You can build your own standard now and make it amazing!
I hope you enjoy this new chapter in your life!
Love the photo of you. Look at that smile.
ps...I'm playing catch up for the last two weeks.

Kendra Lee said...

Congratulations!! I can feel your excitement!!

HappyascanB said...

Oh, congrats! You sound sooo excited, and that's just awesome! Keep us posted on how it all goes! Praying God continues to be "all over it"!!!!

Holly said...

Congratulations Kate! This is very exciting and I hope that you enjoy it so much!! i have no doubt that you will be fantastic

Verna said...

Congratulations!

Barclay Kathryn said...

Great news, congrats!

Freddae' said...

This is wonderful and God is going to do great things with you! Church 'work' is hard, but, so very, very, rewarding.

A friend of mine got me a magnet once that reads, "Working for the Lord doesn't pay well, but the retirement is out of this world." I love that saying!!! May God bless all that you do.

He & Me + 3 said...

Well congrats and you are so cute with your bag over your shoulder. That is awesome news.

Kristin said...

I just couldn't help but smile so big while reading this post!! I am SO excited for you!!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how much it warms my heart to the core, when I ask Lily who she learned about at church and she tells me Jesus. I can just picture you in this position, with the little ones.....it's just so perfect!! Wow, God is amazing! He had this all planned and I just love the joy written all over your face in that picture! I will be praying that everything goes smoothly, but I already know it will! You are going to be such a blessing to so many kids and parents. I am so PROUD of you!

Yay, Kate!!

Veronica said...

So excited for you Kate! That is so awesome that the Lord literally let your gifts make room for you! That is just the coolest thing ever! I'll be praying that things go smoothely for Molly at her new daycare. Congrats!!!

3 Blessings said...

Congratulations! That is such a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord.
Blessings,
Amy

Becca said...

CONGRATS! I can tell you are so excited about this! I know you are going to be so great too!

Steph T. said...

Congrats! I worked at our preschool for 12 years! Loved it! You will be awesome at it! While I worked my husband stayed home with the little ones too one day a week. It was so good for both of them. They will enjoy their time together!! Have fun!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

How exciting! You're going to do a GREAT job! And I'll be praying that everything with Molly works out smoothly and with God's hands all over it!

Mom Putnam said...

That is so exciting and I am so happy for you and no doubt you will be very good at it. You will have God on your side, so that is a no fail right there. Very proud of you and by the way you look great in that picture, cant wait to see you.