Monday, September 19, 2011

first things first

Joel's first day of school!

Joel started his new job today - Adjunct English Instructor at Green River Community College. Our home is full of thankfulness and peace right now, with the timing of his job being so perfect (and so last minute! A rushed syllabus was created, a commute quickly established, and a chair at home with the cat is now empty during the day).

The transition of the seasons, with the blustery comfort of autumn just setting in, is really reflected in our life right now. Joel's new job, the baby coming soon, me settling in to the wonderful idea of a long (by American standards) maternity leave... many changes, but all such comforting and peaceful changes.
Joel found today that he likes, enjoys, appreciates his teaching position. He is fulfilled and satisfied in his role, which is such a surprising thing for the both of us after years of uncertain times in academia. None of you in the academic world will see his job as particularly spectacular, but it is exactly what we have been hoping for and needing. An entrance, an opportunity, a chance for Joel to do what he has felt has been his passion - teaching introductory level courses. And a step towards us being able to transition from relying on my salary to relying on his. That is something, however old fashioned it may seem, that we've both craved for some time.

This is a celebration, friends! Have a dram of scotch in honor of Joel today!(Other photos are from our annual trip hiking at Mt. Rainier. Oh, out of town friends, we must take you there.)

9 comments:

Justin Ehli said...

Drams of scotch have I none, but what I do have I shall drink: Gin!

Miss Elissa said...

I am SO, SO glad to hear this news! I've been praying for it since your visit and am rejoicing with you for God's provision! Congratulations, Joel! Those students don't know how lucky they are to have you!

Natalie Minnich said...

Fabulous! I raise my glass in celebration and share your joy in a praise libation!

Liz said...

Congratulations Joel! So good to hear that another new beginning is taking place, and I'm so glad it's fulfilling. Best wishes to both of you with all of your happy changes this fall!

Rebecca said...

Enjoying a strawberry mojito at home and thinking of you guys, glad to hear it went well! Hooray! :D

David T. Macknet said...

Awesome! Congratulations! As it's morning, we'll have some cranberry-orange bread instead of the scotch, but the spirit is the same. ;)

Jessie said...

Woo hoo! Congrats! :)

sheetal said...

Congratulations! Great to hear your news...I have been thinking about you and hoping everything going ok esp with the pregnancy, so it's good to hear all is well with you guys. Your life sounds pretty amazing to me. God bless. x

Christine said...

This is lovely news. God's timing is perfect!