Thursday, April 9, 2009

Plans

I am a planner.

I love to make plans.

Vacation plans, house plans, gardening plans...I love 'em all. Making lists, gathering supplies, getting organized; I am in my happy place when I am in charge of planning.

Having kids made planning an essential part of my everyday life. There's so much to plan each and every morning: meals, school projects, volunteering, after-school activities...the list goes on and on. I love it; truly, I do.

When I'm making these little plans, I usually don't involve God. I feel like He's probably way too busy to concern Himself with whether Isabel should take another art class, or I should volunteer to drive Gabe's preschool class to the zoo. Seriously, I think I can handle the small stuff.

It's when the big stuff comes up that I turn to Him. Last summer, when I had decided to try for a new position at work, I totally put the plans in His hands. I can't say I wasn't disappointed when His plan involved me NOT getting the job, but I did trust His decision (after a few minutes of discussing it with Him...)

Turns out I was right to trust Him. I stayed in the SICU, I helped certain patients that I think I was meant to help, and I have landed a dream job.

On Tuesday morning, the nurse recruiter at my hospital called me with good news. I was chosen to be the new nursing supervisor, helping to replace one of the current supervisors who is retiring.

What does this mean for me?

More money. Same hours (20/week). Back to evening/night shifts, which I love. No more poop clean-up. No more lifting 500-plus pound patients, breaking my back and who knows what else. Did I mention more money? Oh, and a bit more responsibility. To be chosen for this job is a dream come true; please excuse me while I float on cloud nine for a few minutes...

Okay, I'm back.

Tonight, Joe took me out to dinner to celebrate while Kay watched the kids. We had a great date, and it felt so nice to bask in the pride that Joe feels for me. I graduated nursing school fifteen years ago, and this feels like a culmination of all the experience I have gained over that time. I've been so content to be the one cheering for everyone else's accomplishments in my family...it's fun to be the one being cheered on, even it's just for a moment.

God proves Himself to be a loving, faithful god over and over again. Maybe I will start giving over my daily plans to Him; clearly, He's good at His job :)

(Don't worry, Michelle; you'll have a new source of gross hospital stories soon...right, Danielle?)

18 comments:

Tiffany said...

Congrats to you girl. You know I am so inspired by what you do and you will be a great supervisor.

Amen to no more poop.

And for the egg dying record- the 4 in pic is all he got to do.. so don't beat yourself up too much.. plastic eggs will be all over the R Family house.

ChicagoLady said...

Congratulations on your new job!

Lauren W said...

WooHoo! Congrats on the new job :D
That's so great!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

CONGRATULATIONS, HEATHER!!!!!

Whoop! I'm so very happy for you! More money!!! YAY!

Thank you for the job you do! Nurses don't get enough credit....it is YOU who make the patients feel loved and safe during a hospital stay!

Rebecca Jo said...

That's fantastic news!!!

Oh - if we would just let God handle all the plans!!!

cklenk said...

To say that I am proud of you says the least. You can do anything you set your mind on with God's help. I love you. Mom

heathersister said...

You go girl. I have been telling all my friends about my wonderful sister! I am very proud of you too. You deserve it. Now your job is to keep encourging Danielle. She will listen to you more than me.

gaffergirls.com said...

hi Heather..
congrats on your promotion..

great great blog...
mona & the girls
have a hippity hop weekend..

Jen said...

Sometimes things just work out. Congrats on the job that is so cool. I held a supervisor position once and still would if I didn't have the triplets. It was a really good thing. Again, congrats to you!
Have a great Easter.

HiHoOhio said...

Oh Heather, this is awesome news! I am so proud of you. You are a hard working, God loving woman and I am proud to say we are friends! GO GIRL!

Honorary Indian said...

A big ole' congrats from Texas. That is so tremendously awesome. YOU GO GIRL!

April Greer said...

Congratulations! I love good news. You sound like you love your work (err at least most of it)! God Bless, :-) and Happy Easter.

Katy said...

Thats awesome news glad to here you are so happy, hope you and the family are having a wonderful Easter.

Shannon said...

Congratulations!

And let me repeat Tiffany's words:

Amen to no more poop.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Go Chicka! YOU Rock. Can I officially call you Nurse Ratchett now????

Lula! said...

I cannot even comment--'cause I'm picking up the phone to call you NOW!!!!

Ashley said...

So exciting!!! Congratulations!!!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I am a little late but still so happy for you. What a great accomplishment for you. I know they will miss you in the ICU but you will do so much more good in your new adventure. Way to go!!!!