I’m quickly closing in on three years of Thankful Thursdays, having started them after Thanksgiving 2010. Hard to believe! If you ever wondered how it got started, you can read the first one here.
Today I’m really excited to announce that my husband was temporarily promoted to a Team Leader (TL) position at his work place. And yes, this means a pay raise! (If you ever wondered what he does, he works at an inbound call center selling life insurance. Now, instead of being on the phones, he will be supervisor over a group of other insurance salesman). The timing of this is really uncanny, or perhaps I should say divine, because it so perfectly coincides with me taking unpaid maternity leave. He starts training on Monday, and his first higher paycheck will come the week Joshua is due. *shiver*
I have not shared much about my plans for working after baby comes, and that’s because my plans aren’t set in stone. I will be taking unpaid leave, and during that time we will be able to see if we can handle living on one income with a baby. If so, I will be resigning rather than returning to work.
Though Den isn’t getting a staggering raise, it will help a lot! And since the promotion is temporary, he will be able to see if being a TL is something he could do/would want to do permanently. We’re both hoping and praying that opportunity presents itself, which it very well could from what he’s heard, because the raise would be much higher and help compensate for the income we’d be losing without me working outside the home.
When you’re waiting and hoping for something, it can be hard to appreciate God’s perfect timing. Before we got pregnant, I felt almost panicked because it felt like it was already too late and I thought maybe children weren’t part of the plan for us at all. But then my workplace announced it was closing and almost exactly a month later, I was pregnant for the first time in my life. One of my first thoughts was that with the REC closing, this was the perfect opportunity to stay home with a baby (my hearts’ desire–I want to be there for all his firsts!), if we could swing it financially. I also couldn’t help reflect on how there was never another time when things were so perfect for us to have a baby.
For one, Dennis wasn’t ready to be a father until this year. He was willing for my sake, but not ready. He told me he was ready just three months before we got pregnant. Two, we didn’t have insurance when we were younger, and our income was even more pitiful. Three, I had some health issues that didn’t completely resolve until about 2011 and would have made having a baby more complicated. This year, we both have jobs, both have insurance, both were ready (OK, so I was over-ready! lol!). Perfect timing!
But me not working is so scary. I could possibly keep my job for up to another year, and voluntarily resigning before I actually have to is a scary thing. I have the higher income, so to see it completely disappear is intimidating since we’ve relied on it for so many years. Add a baby into the mix, and it borders on the impossible. So it just really seems like a God-thing to have Dennis get a promotion right in the nick of time! And I’m just so grateful.
It can be hard to take a leap of faith, but these examples of how God provides helps a lot. I honestly feel like we’re going to make it, no matter what. Thank God for his perfect timing.