Tuesday, May 31, 2016

What's Up With Miss Laurie?

Dear Readers,
It is time to have a chat. I've been partly putting this chat off because I didn't know what to say and partly because I've been too busy to think of even what to say to y'all. Forgive me for my long absence and not keeping up with some things I should have kept up with better.
Below are answers to some questions I am pretty sure y'all would ask me if we saw each other in person. So let's just chat, okay?

What's Up With Miss Laurie? Are You Alright?
The short answer is yes, I am alright. The longer answer involves a recap of the last three years.
So many of you may remember me mentioning that I was a live-in caregiver for my great-grandmother (Gram) starting back in September 2013. My dear Gram passed away in January 2016, shortly after Christmas, and after that my life was in great upheaval. Moving from NY state back to live with my parents in KY meant not only grieving for the loss of Gram but also breaking the ties with family and new friends that I have formed over that time. The rest of January and February my posting increased because I was out of work and had more time to enjoy blogging. In March I began working at Noah's Cafe inside the Creation Museum. It was lovely to be working with my dear friends again and I learned a lot but still had an unsettled feeling like God had something more for me to do. So I applied for a new job and God opened the door much wider and blessed even more than I could have ever expected.

Where Is Miss Laurie Working Now? 
When I applied for the new job I was initially told "no" but given an opportunity to work for the same place in a lower ranking position (still good just less money and responsibility). I accepted the position and decided to step out in faith and see what God had in store. Not even two weeks later I was contacted again and offered the supervisory position I had initially applied for. I accepted the position and life has been a whirlwind of craziness ever since! So you're now looking at a new Supervisor of Food & Beverage at the Ark Encounter, a full sized Noah's Ark themed attraction in Williamstown, KY opening July 7th, 2016! It's lovely and crazy at the same time because I get to help open the restaurant there at the Ark Encounter. My new position means a lot of changes in my life including a possible move to be living closer to my workplace. It also means a crazy busy summer with unfortunately very little time for posting here at Old-Fashioned Charm.

Are You Closing Old-Fashioned Charm? Will You Still Post?
No, absolutely not! OFC will remain right here as long as I can keep it open. Posting at OFC has been a lovely almost 8 year adventure! When I started I certainly wouldn't have believed all the amazing people I would "meet" and all the things God would do through this blog.
I will definitely be posting in future but I can not promise when. After this busy summer I may have more time to devote to my writing but I am unsure what the future looks like right now. Games are the easiest for me to post so hopefully you'll see some of those even during the summer and maybe film reviews.

What About The 2016 Period Drama Challenge?
The Period Drama Challenge is still going on and it is lovely to see your reviews pop up! I am hoping to post a recap post soon and at the very least I'll be posting an ending post when the Challenge ends in July. I am most disappointed with myself for not reviewing the amount of period dramas that I had set as my goal (really the amount of half written reviews in my Blogger account are many and sad). Y'all are doing amazing though, I am so proud of everyone! Please keep up the good work and keep sharing your love of period dramas!


A Candle to Read By said...

We are grateful to have any posts you have the time to make. God bless as you embark on this new adventure. Our family loves the Creation Museum family and the Christ-honoring mission of the Museum itself. I am so happy for you!

Olivia said...

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Gram. Prayers <3 I can't imagine what a blessing it was to her to have you as her caregiver.

And yay for new ventures!! Best of luck with the Ark Encounter! A full-size replica of the ark?! Sounds amazing :D

No worries, we'll all just be that much MORE excited whenever you do get the chance to post, right? :D

(Oh, and by the by, from what movie is the fourth picture in this post? It looks intriguing :)

Elisa said...

My condolences for your great-grandmother. Indeed you are blessed with her in your life, and that's something will never leave you. It's all right and understandable to step away for awhile.
Here's a quote from St. John Chrysostom that I've read: "Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.”

Congrats on your new job!

Stephen said...

Lord but that's a lot that's been happening. I'm glad to hear that you're in a job you love, and that life is developing in an interesting direction. Post when you're able - I'm certainly enjoying reading along :)

Hamlette (Rachel) said...

Oh, wow! That's so cool that you're working for the Ark Encounter and in such an important role! My parents will be there for the big opening shindig this summer. Cowboy and I donated a plank, and hope to take our kids there this fall or next spring. We actually visited the Creation Museum back in 2007, before our first baby was born, and have wanted to go back ever since. We really love Answers in Genesis and all the wonderful ways they're helping people learn about the creation and so on. I get my science curriculum from them and it's the best faith-based science curriculum I have ever found. Sorry this got kind of gushy, but I just wanted to tell you how excited I am to "know" someone who works with that ministry, even if we only know each other online :-D

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