Thursday, May 2, 2013

Chris is forgiven for scaring me almost to death!

You see, I was giving Davis a bath and Chris had left for scouts.  He decided that he HAD to come home and totally surprised me in the bathroom, when he yelled, "I GOT THE JOB!!"  What job, you say?  The job in Idaho Falls!
Let me back up. . . 3 years ago, my parents went to visit the library at BYU.  At the time, we were trying to decide what Chris should get his Masters degree in.  My mom had a brilliant idea: LIBRARY SCIENCE!!  Chris found a school that did an MLS (Masters of Library Science) degree online, and was accepted to their program.
He has been graduated from Clarion University for almost a year now.  Since then, there has been A LOT going on in our lives, to say the least.  Anyway, ever since a little before he graduated, we have been looking for a job.  My friends, that is a LOT of job applications and a LOT of work.  There have been about a million cover letters, and several revisions of a resume to try and get a job.  And nothing was working.
Chris found out about a website,, which searches for any possible job on the universe (ok, in the United States), and can even sort-of-kind-of narrow it down by location.  So we came up with a plan.  I requested that the website send me updates of "Librarian" and "Instruction Librarian" jobs every morning.  I would take the ones that seemed to be in a good part of the United States, and forward the links to Chris.  He would look at them, and decide which he was interested in.  We had a working document on Google Drive that was updated, at least a couple times a week.
So our last day in Virginia, I got an email that said there was a job for an INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN (exactly what Chris wants to do) at a Stevens-Henager COLLEGE (exactly where Chris wants to work) in IDAHO FALLS (exactly where I want to live, close to a majority of my family).  WHOA!!  And the job required no experience, which is very odd for a librarian job.  Here is the thing: it is hard to get a job in librarian-ness if you have no experience, and it is hard to get experience when you don't have a job.  We were both super excited.
Almost as soon as we got home, he applied.  Then, the next day, he called and had a great conversation with someone on the hiring board.  They talked about his experience in an alternative high school, and the types of students that he deals with on a regular basis.  They just HAPPEN TO BE the same type of students that attend the college.  Weird.  So, he got a job interview where he was told to prepare a lesson.
My parents were in Virginia, visiting Colby and Maria.  So we stayed with my grandparents, who were more than happy to have us over, as long as we brought Davis with us.  I drove part of the way, so that Chris could work on his lesson and have me help him with it.  The next day, he had the interview and felt really good about how it went, and how the lesson went.
They said they would let us know in a week, but then informed Chris that they interviewed other candidates, so it would take longer than expected.  Wednesday night, when Chris went to scouts, he checked his email from his iPad, and found that there was a short email saying that he had been chosen!  We are so excited!
We will miss our friends and family in Utah a lot, but it does make it not such sorrowful parting that we will be with other family and friends in a part of the United States that we both know well!  We are excited and grateful that this long journey of job seeking has come to a close, and that a new adventure awaits!
Chris will be able to finish out the school year with Provo School District, and will be able to start his new adventure on June 17th.  In the meantime, we will be looking for a place to buy in Idaho Falls, and madly packing all of our things!  Thank heavens for family that will help a lot!


  1. Congratulations! This sounds like the Lord was watching your every move!

  2. Congratulations! That's fantastic!

  3. Congratulations! That sounds use everything worked out just right for your family! Good luck with the move!

  4. Congratulations! That sounds use everything worked out just right for your family! Good luck with the move!

  5. Wow, I am so happy for you and Chris AND SO SAD that we're losing you! Congratulations! It was meant to be :D