It’s been nearly 4 and a half months since my last entry about our repatriation. That might provide a lot of information in and of itself.
It’s been a crazy 4 months. Two days to recover from jet lag. A funeral; nearly a week spent in Anaheim with family; our children delivering our car to us, and announcing that they took on ¾ of the cost of the car; a trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit family, especially four of our grandchildren; back to Riverside, CA and more resumes being sent out. This was all quite expected.
But then the unexpected happened. My husband had a bad transition from his Thai medicines to medicines that are available here in the States. Today marks his 26th day in hospital, with his discharge scheduled for 2 o’clock this afternoon. He still has some ways to go to be fully “back to himself,” but we know that God is able.
My job hunt has not gone well. Because I’ve been out of country and out of the school district so long, I cannot get letters of recommendation to apply for a contract position in the public school system here in California. I do have applications in at two Christian schools in the area. School opens early next month, and I’ve not heard anything. Another online teaching opportunity just fell through. However, I have a couple of kids I’m tutoring in their reading. I’m in the process of working toward certification in teaching dyslexic kids and adults to read, spell, and write well. I’d really like to have about 25 hours a week of private tutoring. That could also include EFL/ESL and even sewing and crochet lessons. I have my Cindy’s Creative Crafts shop on Facebook, and my husband will help me get the shopping cart stuff working better. I need to find a better way to market it. My book about overcoming fear is now available on Kindle via Amazon. I need to find a better way to market it too. I’ve always had a lot of different interests, and there are a few things I do well. Now they need to provide a way to provide for our financial needs. I will probably have at least a brief stint in the retail arena. Maybe as a clerk or cashier or something along those lines. Minimum wage job with no benefits, probably multiple little jobs like this. I’ve submitted at least 50, probably closer to 100, online applications to various retailers. Crickets.
I ask for your prayers in this next season of our lives. We need a little place of our own, it doesn’t need to be much. We need to stay in the Riverside area so my husband can complete his recovery here with the medical staff that is already involved in his care.
God has always taken care of us in the past, and I know He’ll continue and provide the perfect resources so we can once again serve with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.