My Chris and our kids quote movie lines, like I can recite nursery rhymes. They are quick to the draw about it, too. Me? Well, not so much. But some movie lines are brilliant, like today’s title from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have interspersed a few more applicable lines from that movie in today’s post. They are relevant to our current journey, reflecting the deep places into which we are delving.
So, you moved here for your husband’s job?
…A question we have been asked a lot, since we have arrived. It is an awkward question to me, because they are asking a question they are sure about–and we have to make it unsure, as we say what they don’t expect. “No.” Oh, so you have family here? Again, it makes sense! Again, “no.” Then there is the silence, as I decide how much to share…and as they wonder why we’d leave beautiful Colorado.
It’s like going into that hallway in Willy Wonka, where the door is very tiny or Wonka is very big. But which is it? And how it is possible? Is it worth the trip?
For some reason, and we trust it is a GOOD one, we are walking this journey in a backwards and upside-down way. And yet, it was made possible. No job. Rental home. Provision through the middle of October…and even medical coverage! God has done it all.
We are unsure of every single part, but we are sure and certain that this is where God wants us to be!
And in His time, He will make a way.
“Little surprises are around every corner, but nothing dangerous. So don’t be alarmed.” Willy Wonka
So here’s a update of where we are…I share the details, because God is in the details…and I don’t want you to miss Him!
I left off with the lay off at Chris’ job, where he was not laid off. Then he talked with his boss and took the lay off. One guy, whose job was affected, chose to take the lay off. Another guy, Chris’ good friend, got Chris’ position. For that we were so very glad and thankful! We pray for the company to recover and rebuild–such a great place and such good people there.
AFTER the lay off, Chris worked two more weeks. We will be provided for through mid-October with medical coverage, too. SUCH A BLESSING!!
Then there’s our house in Colorado…
We got an offer on August 5th in the evening. It was a very low offer, which was super discouraging to our hearts. But thankfully, our realtor (and my cousin by marriage!) was there to help us through and talk us through how to respond. It’s a game–one we do not play very well. God was good to send someone near and dear to us to help us navigate through and discern what all the language meant.
So we countered.
Before we received their acceptance, we made an offer on a house here in College Station. FIVE MINUTES LATER, the buyers for our house accepted our terms. It was several days more before we would receive a NO from the sellers of the house we want. However, they added, when we get a job here, they would gladly take over our rental (if the landlords agree) and then we may purchase their house. So I have prayed for God to hold the house, if that is the one He wants us in. So far, He has. I believe that is a miracle in and of itself, because the house should have sold by now. They have even dropped the price by $5,000! So we are saving some! Again, we do not “play the game” well. We either pay what they ask, if we think it’s worth it or we don’t make an offer. Thankfully, we have a wise agent here, who is helping us navigate this side of it, as well. (We go look at it in person for the first time today!)
So, at this point, it is Monday the 10th and we are leaving Saturday the 15th…and we have no place to land in College Station.
There was a rental right next door to the house we wanted, but they wouldn’t allow us to move in until August 31st. That would leave us in a extended stay hotel and our animals boarded somewhere for ten days. So we chose a smaller rental, about 1540 square feet for our family of six. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths…but we are together AND we could move in on the 18th, which was perfect. This detail did not fall into place securely and completely until the 17th–the evening before we traveled down here. Shew-ee, that was close! Thanks be to God and our awesome realtor here.
So now we are here in College Station with our most needed supplies. We still have much to tackle…
“So much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.” Willy Wonka
We had a week to pack our “staged” home and do the final arrangements (unenrolling kids from school, getting a u-haul, holding mail to forward when we finally had a rental house address to give them and saying goodbye to all the loved ones we could) to make the jump here.
The drive from Colorado with our load was 19 hours to Chris’ parents–to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary and his dad’s 88th birthday on Sunday. We were beat! And the drive itself was quite a challenge, as we drove three vehicles…and two of us were getting sleepy behind the wheel. The LORD kept us from danger. We stayed a couple of days, enjoying family and friends.
We arrived here with our basic load on Tuesday, and I immediately had to begin the enrollment for all the kids. We basically have bounced from school to school, then home for some unpacking and calling to set up utilities, then driving around to see old haunts and finally, taking the kids to some of our favorite places to eat, while we had no gas to cook with in our stove.
It has been quite busy, and yet, we are beginning to relax and rest a bit. We feel like we are in a hotel…not quite home. But we are SO VERY THANKFUL. For God has provided for us in abundant ways. He has been faithful. And He will continue to be!
Our next three big pieces are these: a job for Chris (he has a second interview/lunch being scheduled soon at the job he wants), closing on our house back in Colorado and moving the rest of our stuff here at the end of September and then hopefully buying the house we are about to go see.
We covet your prayers for us.
Jesus is making an impossible way, possible–HIS SPECIALTY!
Hitting publish today with a prayer for you all…friends, family and even strangers,who have been walking this journey with us.