It has been a crazy season of my life. Then again . . . when isn’t it crazy in my life? I like to spin the Merry-Go-Round out of control fast and just keep riding. For those of you following my fostering journey, I’ve completed all the home visits for my home study. They were nothing at all like what I expected. I imagined a hundred different scenarios, tried to practice answers as if I was prepping for an interview. None of my predictions were anywhere close to what actually happened. My home study consisted of two visits, each one about two hours long. We sat at my kitchen table, had coffee, and the home finder asked me a list of questions. A list which just so happened to coincide almost identically with the questions I answered in writing on the biography section of my application. I went through my job history again, where I’ve lived, my family relationships, etc. Then he wrote down my answers. I wanted to go print off a copy of the biography section I’d typed up to save him (and me) from all that extra time, but I thought it might come off as rude. One of my friends who works in the system said it’s to make sure I’m telling the truth. At the end of my first visit he spent no more than 90 seconds walking through my home. He wasn’t checking to see if anything was or wasn’t there. No looking for CO2 detectors, food in the pantry, or medicines laying out. He just made a diagram of the layout of my house for his files. Most of that diagram was drawn at my kitchen table. The second visit was much the same as the first, only no walk through. If only I’d known how this was going to work I could have saved myself hours of time scrubbing windowsills and base boards. At the end of the second visit he did ask a few questions that hadn’t been covered elsewhere and got a more specific list of what challenging behaviors and/or special needs I’d be wiling to take. Then he told me we were done. The next step was for him to type up his notes, send out my references (inside I was groaning realizing he still hadn’t done it), wait for them to come back, and have his supervisor sign off on approval. Then he will come back and I will sign off on the home study report. He told me I could expect to be approved by mid-January. That was December 16. I haven’t heard anything yet, but I do know several of my references didn’t receive a reference letter in the mail until last week. Hopefully I’ll be approved soon. This process is such a long one!
In other news, I thought I’d try to catch up on the blog challenge I started months and months ago. It was supposed to take 31 days. It may take me a year. Anywho, the next challenge was to write about my dream job. This is a hard one for me, because in many ways I feel like I have my dream job. I love what I do, I love the people I work with. It’s great. But I guess if I were going to describe my dream job, I might have to take into account that there are a lot of things I love doing, that I don’t get to do very often. So perhaps I need a job-rotation. Like preschool centers where you get to go from one area to another and then back again. No one has ever described me as ADD before, but writing this makes me wonder. Anyway, if I could go back and forth between all my favorite types of jobs, here’s what they would be:
My current job as a children’s pastor. I love getting to impact kids lives and help grow stronger families. I also love that in my current job I get to be more than just “the kids person.” I get to preach, teach, lead outreaches, and be a part of the team. Did I mention how great my job is?
Working with the church in the Middle East. I did this for a year and absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the people, the culture, and the awesome food. When I did this I taught a college course, worked with child sponsorship programs, taught English, led kids programs, and trained people to work with kids. All of it was amazing.
Acting. I miss this a lot. There’s not too many opportunities for me to do this anymore. I get to direct kids a lot, but I miss being on stage. I’m dying to play Jane Eyre–anyone wanna resurrect that musical and cast me? I look young for my age, I promise.
Wedding Planning. I’ve always teased that if I quit my day job this is probably what I’ll end up doing. I love the beauty and celebration of weddings, and I love planning events.
Author. Writing is a life-long passion of mine. I’ve actually written a lot, but just can’t seem to find the energy and do the work it takes to get published.
Teacher. I love teaching. I love being able to challenge people, open their minds to new ways of thinking, and help them grow.
Traveler. I’m not sure what kind of job would let me travel all the time, but I am IN LOVE with traveling to other places–whether a new place in the US I haven’t been to or somewhere across the globe.
So that’s it. What would your dream job include?