Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Praise You in this Storm!

I know it has been a long time since I have done a Kline family update. In that time, we have had some major changes and challenges arise for our family. On May 13th, I was forced to resign at work. This came with no warning or explanation. I was just asked to pack my bags and not return. I am the bread winner of our family so this came with much anxiety and fear for our future. Brandon and I always thought we were in fields that made us exempt from this happening to us, but apparently this was not the case. We were not prepared for this emotionally, spiritually or financially. But God knew this! We went through this "storm" as you would a death. We were first mad at how my bossed handled the situation, then depressed/suppressed by fear of the unknown, then I blamed myself and told myself I was not capable of being a PA anymore and then hope and acceptance. Trust me it took me awhile to get to acceptance! Of course I immediately started sending out my resume to any job I could find and a week went by without a bite, then 2 weeks, then 3 weeks...well you get the picture. BUT meanwhile with help from family, friends and pastoral staff at our church, I learned that God was not doing this to me but was allowing it to happen because I needed to make some changes in my/our life. I learned for the first time in my life to truly TRUST God and his plan for me. I learned that nothing else matters in life but my family, friends and where I am spiritually. My house, my cars, my clothes, or our future vacations don't matter! My life was simplified very quickly: put food on the table, keep a shelter over our head, enjoy Garrett's laughter, love one another and PRAY!! I knew and was reminded by everyone that God had a big plan for us...but what was it?! During those weeks of searching for a new opportunity, I found an Orthopaedic job in Evansville (our hometown). Brandon and I immediately dismissed this idea, but as time went by we thought, "is this it?" We found out there were several teaching positions there as well, so we thought we would pursue this to see where God would take us. I later found out the job opportunity down there was not going to work out (bad timing), but was encouraged to call another Ortho group there instead. I met with them after Memorial Day and they were very interested. They were not actively searching for a PA, but anytime they can get an experienced PA in Evanville they'll strongly consider it. I had to wait two long weeks to meet with the actual surgeon and on Friday I accepted the position. Meanwhile, Brandon basically fell right into a teaching position at Castle High School (my Alma mater) teaching Freshman English. The principal could not even wait 6 hours before calling him to offer him the job! So we are moving!! Of course, we meet this new journey with sadness and excitement. Our hearts ache at the thought of leaving Fishers, our home, neighbors, friends and church while looking forward to moving closer to family (both Grandmas, aunt and uncle within 10 miles) and new opportunities. I am thrilled at the thought of getting back into the OR after 1.5 year hiatus and Brandon always wanted to teach high school! So our house is for sale and I am starting my new job on July 6th! We will keep you updated on the move and our status throughout. Friends, our God is good and he loves us so much. He desires us to follow Him and trust Him with an unfailing faith and he will provide for us even if it is not according to our plan, its HIS PLAN!

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."