So, the title for this blog is also the title of a song I am currently hooked on, sung by Britt Nicole. The song talks about how God is with us through every single things we go through and how we are never alone. I have not blogged in a while, I chose to fast from facebook and twitter for the 28 days leading up to Easter, but have been neglecting “Starry Eye” for no good reason at all! I realize that I was about to explode with joy and must blog it!!
So, It all began back in August when I decided to change my major from Early Childhood Education to Multidisciplinary Studies. Being that I knew I’d probably be getting engaged soon, I didn’t want to have 3 years left at OU when I could be done in 1! So, I decided I would get my education degree back home after I got married. Well, God started to tell me that I am not supposed to be in a classroom. All through high school, I wanted to be a counselor, but the day I enrolled as a freshman at OU, I changed my mind to education… who knows why. Anyways… So being that I was planning on going to school to be a teacher when I move back, I knew I was going to have to get a job that would allow me to do this. In November, I went to see Twilight:Breaking Dawn with my mom, fiance, and a few other friends, including our youth pastor, Chad. I interned at the church last summer, working with the youth. I admire Pastor Chad and his awesome wife, Jill. I am SOOOOOO blessed to have them, Jules, and in less than a week, Tinley, in my life! So, Pastor Chads dad, Randy, has a clinic for counseling, therapy, testing, all sorts of fun stuff. While we were in line at the movie, Randy got to talking to my mom and I about how he hires people to be Rehab Specialists and they are assigned to one school where they see the same kiddos each week. Immediately, this job sounded like something I would LOVE to do! And, the best part is that I would be able to continue getting my education degree while working for him.
Fast forward to sometime around February, I was having a very hard time at work with the large group of kiddos. I would leave work feeling stressed out and exhausted. I just felt worn out, and I wasn’t even teaching. And, this program is only from 3:00-6:00. I felt that God was starting to reveal his plan for my life, which was very different than what I had imagined. So, I decided that I was just going to try to work for Dr. Randleman and not go to school for a little while. I thought maybe if I liked that job, and it would benefit me to continue my education in that area, then I could always do that. So, at this point, my plan was: Work for Randy and not go to school.
Fast forward to March…. Not even a few weeks after I decided not to go to school, I found out that there is a Masters program through East Central University that offers a degree in School Counseling… the kicker, it is offered at the EOSC campus in McAlester!!!! So… I decided that I KNOW I will LOVE my job that I (might) have with Randy, and that it would be worth going to school for, and it is only 32 hours for the masters, and then another 28 for my LPC. So… Plan… Work for Randy (maybe)… Get Masters in Counseling!
That next Sunday after church, I stopped Randy and mentioned that he had told me about a job and asked if he would be hiring this summer. I didn’t even get to finish talking before he stopped me and told me that he was shaking because he and his wife, Jennifer, had been praying for someone to be a rehab specialist at a school named Cottonwood, and that he thought I would be great there, and that this was like an answered prayer. He said that he would take me to Jennifer to talk to her, being that she is in charge of the program at Cottonwood. We walked over to talk to her and she had this amazing smile on her face once Randy told her that he may have found a rehab specialist for Cottonwood. Me, being the crybaby that I am, knowing that this was all orchestrated by God, started crying right then and there. They asked when I could start, needless to say, I felt pretty secure that I had a job…. PRAISE GOD!! I told him about my plans to get my masters and he said that he could walk me through the program so that it would be most beneficial. He also said I could go visit the clinic and observe some testing during spring break.
So, last week, spring break, exactly a week ago from today, I drove out to the clinic and observed all morning. I was SO intrigued by everything and interested in all of the different things that they do! While I was there, I filled out my application, my W-2, my direct deposit form, and even went over a little bit of orientation! Jennifer said she would work on making plans for me to be able to go and meet the girl that I would be replacing. When I drove away from the clinic, I’m pretty sure I didn’t breathe until I hit Highway 9 (a good 3-4 minutes) I was just so amazed!!!
So, yesterday, I went out to Cottonwood, which is approximately a 45 minute drive from McAlester. I got to meet two amazing women, Lana and Jozey. I was with Jozey the whole day, being that she will soon be leaving, I was anxious to get to learn the most I could from her about what I will be doing! The kiddos that I got to meet are so great! All of the teachers that I met were phenomenal! This school is so blessed!!! They have so many amazing things for these kids to do! The most amazing part of the day was just getting to be around Jozey and meet her and get to know about her! Although I am thrilled that I get to take her place, I am rather sad that she will be moving to India for an unknown length of time! She is such an amazing person! I feel so blessed that God has placed her in my life, and I already know that it is not just for a short time! I get to go back to Cottonwood again next Monday and I CANNOT wait!!!
Now that I have gotten to see where I will be working, including my very own office that I get to decorate (yay!!) I am even more looking forward to moving home! I just have to get through the last few weeks of this semester! I feel so incredibly blessed to have these opportunities!! God is so good!!