Wow, I’ve been gone for a while, huh? I’m sorry. Life’s been a little rough. But don’t feel too slighted, I’ve not spent much of any time on any of my normal haunts either. I’ve just been too anxious to spend much time on the computer and haven’t really been in the correct mindset to be able to explain to anyone my problem. I guess I’m ready to try now.
Most of you all know that Ron’s job will be dissapearing in a few short months. December will be the absolute last month he can be employed there. So, we’ve been actively searching for a new job for him. That’s not nearly as fun as it sounds.
Here’s the problem. What Ron makes would be ok if we were a two income family and I was making the same. We’d be lower middle class or upper lower class that way. However, I don’t make anything, so we’re just lower class. But, he makes enough that getting an entry level position somewhere would mean a pay cut of at least 3 or 4 dollars an hour. Since we are barely making ends meet now, there’s no way that we could take that kind of cut. Not and eat too. And that’s more upsetting that you’d think because Ron’s been going to school for the past two years to become an AC/heating technician and we’ve found that the starting pay for that is also lower than what he’s making now. Plus, with the economy the way it is, he’d probably just get hired on as seasonal help for the Summer and then let go once the weather cools down. So, we’d be in the same boat as we are now, only poorer.
It’s been frustrating, to say the least. Every where we looked, we found jobs that payed too little, jobs with no garaunteed future, or no jobs available at all. And, as the months went by, we’ve gotten more and more worried about our immediate future.
But, we kept praying, knowing that God has a plan for us and he will provide. And, just a few weeks ago, during the final of Ron’s latest class, a recruter came in and spoke. He said that his company had just gotten the contracts to do all the maintenance work for all the county buildings in ours and the neighboring counties. And he needed to hired all new people to take those positions.
Now, I should tell you that Ron and I have been praying for a better job for him for years, basically every since T was born and I quit mine to care for her. We’ve asked for specific things in that better job that we feel are needed in our life. We knew that God would give us what we really need and not what we thought we’d need, but it couldn’t hurt to ask anyway, right? Well, some of the things we asked for were these: It needed to be a job Ron could be proud of, he needed to be home enough to be able to be a part of his daughter’s lives, it needed to have good enough insurance to cover all of D’s health issues without a bunch of out of pocket expense for us, he needed Sundays off to go to church, and he needed to make enough money so that we could afford to pay all the bills, fix house and cars when needed, be able to have savings, and have a little left over for some fun every now and again…oh and get off WIC, I’d really like to stop relying on the government for milk.
I don’t think any of our requests are too much or selfish. And, even though things in Ron’s job area have gotten better since T was born in 2004,(aside from his plant closing, of course) we still don’t make enough to make it, we’re on WIC, he works all kinds of overtime and misses out on things with the girls, and his company has done things that keep him form being able to be proud of his job.
Now, let’s go back to the recruiter. He needs a decent amount of people to fill the positions. Even though Ron would be hired by this guy’s company, he’d get all the benefits of being a county employee. That means no overtime and no weekends, he’d be off by 5pm every day. Also, he’d get all the county paid holidays, which is a lot, and a decent vacation time. And, he’d get county medical benefits, which would be enough for all of D’s issues. And, perhaps the best part, he’d get prevailing wage. That means he’d get paid at the top of the pay scale for the work, instead of the bottom like most companies.
Now, there are two types of positions available, a generic worker and a site supervisor. The generic worker position’s pay starts at $4 an hour more than what Ron is making now. That would really help. It would mean no more WIC, for sure. You know how good it’ll feel to make too much to qualify for WIC?
But, here’s he thing. The supervisor position, which is basically what Ron does now on a smaller scale, pays double what Ron is making now. Can you imagine just doubling your income in one day?
Even though we’ve tried not to get emotionally tied to this job, we’ve had to wait for weeks for the process to get started. Ron has sent in his resume about two weeks ago, and should get a call some time this week or early next about an interview. That means that for the past few weeks, we’ve had nothing to do but think about all the stuff we could do with that extra money. If he got the supervisor position, we could finally get all that work done on the cars that we’ve had to put off forever. We’d be able to fix up all that problems that we have in our house. When there is virtually nothing left after the bills are paid, house improvements get set aside for a long, long time. In fact, there is a decent size hole in my bathroom wall from when Ron had to work on the pipes that has been there for about 3 years. It’s covered with a white plastic garbage bag that does nothing to make it more asthetically pleasing, let me assure you.
And, not only that, we’d be able to get some of the fun things that we never get. Ron would love a new guitar. The ones he has are alright, but he’d love a quality one. I’d love to be able to get a sweater’s worth of yarn for once. That’s one of the reasons I knit socks so much. I can get the yarn so much cheaper, especially since I only buy it on sale. And, we’d be able to take the girls for a day out when we wanted to, not after we’d scrimped and saved for months.
So, we’d like to think that this job is a God send and that it’s God’s answer to all our prayers over the years. But, what if it isn’t and we are just rationalizing it to be? I’m trying to prepare myself for Ron not geting the job, and the closer we get to him finding out, the more anxiety I get. If he doesn’t get this job, what other options are there?
So, pray for us, if you would. That Ron might get this job or, if not, that another opportunity would open itself to us.
Oh, and in case you were worried, I’ve been knitting even if I haven’t been blogging. In fact, I have at least three FO posts that I hope to get out this week for you. I’m going to try to get back into the blogging thing. I’ve missed you guys and am looking forward to sharing the stuff I’ve been working on.
Talk at you later!