I walked into the unemployment office today with shaky steps. I'd been putting this visit off because I was afraid my hopes were going to be obliterated when I did. I heard rumors that if you lose your job, you can receive unemployment while going to school. I thought of all the unemployed factory workers with their G.E.D's who are searching for yet another factory job. If this rumor was true, why weren't they in school? It seemed to me like everyone would want to do this.
Today when I nervously asked the unemployment counselor about it, she sweetly informed me that yes indeed I could go back to school and still receive payments. VICTORY! This past year has been so difficult, with one challenge after the other. When I lost my job I had peace about it that irritated certain people, and I now know why.
So, come January I will be a full time student. I will go to class while my daughter is in school. I will be home when she gets off school. I will exit the nursing program at Chattanooga State or UT Chattanooga making thousands more per year than I was and it will change our lives drastically. I remember when I wrote that it wasn't really the hospital administrators or a "consultant" who were making the decisions about my future....that God was in control of my life and no one else. I can look back and say that if I had any doubts about that statement at all, I don't anymore.