Emily looked at me this morning with a laugh and said, “We’re never doing a ‘When Your Plans Don’t Go as Planned‘ episode again!”
The last couple of weeks have indeed been filled with unusual and unexpected events here in our home and office. From exploding water heaters (plural—in our office and in our home) to a parent with major heart issues to a burst pipe in our front lawn (if your kids like playing in the mud, we have a 10 x 10 patch for them!) to our shower floor leaking (and using our extra kind next-door neighbors’ shower while ours was busted out—we love you, Jeff and Linda!) to the kids’ bedroom getting flooded and them camping with us for the next few weeks, to having to move our furniture out of the whole downstairs of the house from the water heater explosion incident… there’s more, but I think those are enough examples of unexpected incidents over the last two weeks! 🙂 We are all truly just fine, praise the Lord. God has all of this in His hands—and we are extra grateful for His blessings in it all! Camping with the kids in our bedroom has been fun and we have prayed and laughed more than usual amidst workmen and mess and flood fans.
There have certainly been more trying times in the Isaacson household in past seasons. Seasons of loss. Seasons of heartache. Seasons of pain. We have learned to turn challenges into opportunities around here. I was talking to the kids yesterday morning about Matthew 6:25-34 and it struck me, too: birds don’t grow gardens or fear if God will provide for them each day—they know He will. As He cares for the birds of the air, He always provides what’s best for us, too. It may not be in our plans or timing or without pruning, but His plans are always better than ours. (Preaching to myself in the middle of it all!)
You can likely guess where this post is heading from the title! In keeping with the “plans that didn’t go as planned” theme, we recently hired a new caregiver who isn’t able to be with us any longer. We’re excited to meet whoever will fill this very important role in our family—Lord willing quickly! (A fun side note: God changed Mackenzie’s plans and she accepted a role with Cultivate—her first day is today! This was so exciting for all of us! We are OVERJOYED to have her and, needless to say, my sweet kiddos are excited they will get to see her around with the rest of the Cultivate crew.)
We are looking for someone special to fill this important role, and perhaps that person is you! We are seeking a full-time Caregiver and House/Office Manager, starting as soon as possible—ideally by September 1, if possible, but we are open to whatever timing will be right for the best person to fill this role. Please apply if you meet ALL of the following requirements.
Who you’ll care for:
4-year-old boy (Joshua)
3-year-old girl (Sarah)
Soon-to-be-second-grader girl (Grace)
A handful of fishies and a bevy of houseplants : )
One of our kiddos has special needs. A patient and resilient spirit is a blessing to this sweet soul who needs a little extra love and care.
We’re looking for:
Hard Worker and Self Starter
Health-Oriented (non-smoker, etc.) because this job takes a ton of energy! Organized and Efficient
A Passionate Teacher and Lover of Kiddos!
We need someone who can commit to at least two years with us. We are open to a start date and hoping it can be around September 1 if at all possible. We’d love to honor your current work commitments, of course, and any time needed for moving here to Chapel Hill, if applicable! If you are applying from out-of-state (the majority of our previous caregivers did this and moved here from out-of-state for the role), you must be able to relocate to the Chapel Hill, NC, area before training begins. The ladies in my office and I will gladly help you settle in and find wonderful housing. We love this area!
Must be extremely organized, energetic (three kids will keep you on your toes!), joyful (we love to be silly), and experienced in childcare. A background in early childhood education or teaching is a plus. College graduates preferred, but we are open. Must have own transportation (although you’ll use our minivan to cart the kiddos around!), and a clean driving record. In addition to caring for our three children while I work, you will also be responsible for managing this unique building we call my home and office. There are not only three kiddos who look forward to meeting you, but lots of ladies too!
I run my business from home for the most part so I am here most days as well. I also homeschool Grace a couple of days a week. We will spend a lot of time together, loving on these children alongside each other during the day.
Our faith is a cornerstone in our home. We are seeking a caregiver who can teach and reinforce Christian principles and lead by example. We are looking for someone who has a strong faith, is calm under pressure, confident in their faith, and is willing to develop a passion for shaping our children’s hearts alongside us. More than that though, Ari and I hope to pour into the heart of whomever steps into this role.
Please pray about this position and only reply if you meet ALL of these requirements. We’ve had many wonderful caregivers over the last 7+ years, and know the qualifications fit our family well. We will be doing several interviews with potential candidates.
Please APPLY HERE. This is a full-time salaried position – Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm and a small handful of evenings if we have work events throughout the year. We will begin video interviews ASAP. Please read through this post and the application thoroughly. Your attention to detail is part of the interview. : ) We are praying for you as you apply and SO grateful for you applying! (If you’ve applied for this role before, feel free to apply again!)
P.S. If you know someone else who this would be a great fit for, please pass this post along. Thank you so much!
P.P.S. In case you need it, wherever this post meets you in your own unexpected events: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:6-7 😊