Do you ever write posts in your head and later realize you never actually typed out those thoughts? Well, I guess that's the case with our upcoming transitions. I mentioned 3 months ago that we'd be moving in the spring, but apparently I never got around to explaining more about that!
So here are more details--part 1 will cover my husband's job, and part 2 will share more about the house story. Feel free to ask questions if you still have them after reading these posts! =)
My husband is finishing his 12th year working at a small Christian college and between us, we have lived on this campus for more than twenty years. Eric's job is not your typical 9-5 Monday-Friday position. As the main contact person for campus emergencies, discipline and housing issues, we regularly receive phone calls or visitors at every time of day. Though there are many perks and rewards of such a role, it is often very demanding work.
Eric's degrees are in math and business administration, and when he graduated from school, he planned to be a stockbroker. But God had other plans and led him here, to Iowa. When we were single, we each served as the live-in director of a dorm (Eric in a men's hall for 5 years; I was in a women's hall for 2), where we learned a lot about living in community. And we have continued to live in community. Our current home is in the middle of campus, so we have hundreds of neighbors!
We will be sad in many ways to leave this special place, but we're not going very far. For the past several years, Eric has desired to counsel people in an important part of their lives: their finances. Though he has casually pursued contacts in other places, God opened a door right here in this small Iowa town.
One day last year, Eric was out for a walk and noticed a new building. The sign outside indicated that it was a financial office, so Eric popped in to get some more information. What he learned greatly excited him. The advisors in this small firm are Christians, and take a unique approach to finances. Instead of just focusing on typical investments, they walk each client through a basic checklist for healthy finances. As an example: if a potential client came in wondering the best way to invest some money, this firm would sit down and consider all aspects of the family's financial situation before making any decisions. They don't charge advising fees to clients, and they don't advertise or solicit clients.
Anyway, Eric had lunch with the two advisors just to learn more about their office. It quickly become clear that there was a strong connection, and both sides begin to explore the possibility of Eric coming on board. We decided in the fall that this would be Eric's last year at the college, and that he would join the financial firm at the end of the school year. Eric has continued meeting with them regularly, and these men even wanted me to accompany Eric for a meeting to discuss details of the job, including benefits. That truly amazed me. How often does a spouse get that kind of input or invitation?!
As for timing, Eric will finish at the college in mid-May, shortly after graduation. He hopes to start his new job the first week of June. We are so thankful for the ways God has provided this new opportunity, and are also grateful for the time we've spent at the college and the relationships we've built.
Eric is conscientious, wise, and focused and his gifts have matched well with this relational position. I have no doubt he will do well in this next endeavor, and am excited to be part of it!