You know when you read a book or watch a movie and the plot just doesn’t go the way you anticipated? It’s maddening. You want to talk with the author about it and ask, “WHY?” In fact, you even want to give suggestions for a better writing of it–one that goes the way you envisioned. It makes you rather unhappy, too, because you had no power to change it.
It’s that way with our own life stories, as well. It has been with mine the past two years, and especially the past several months–both really good and really hard things have been happening. A lot of wonderful, terrible things have been at play in our home. Let me give you a list, minus the editorial comments, to do a quick catch up (I haven’t written here, since October; though if you follow me on Facebook, you might have gleaned a bit of it!).
- Noah got into A&M! But they sent him to Galveston for a year, as a pilot for the new engineering expansion program.
- We had a couple of run ins with lice last winter–our first time ever to experience it.
- Our Suburban got backed into in our neighborhood last May on Noah’s graduation day, as he was going to the final luncheon at school, but the people challenged and blamed Noah–so we’d have to call the police. Noah hadn’t switched from Colorado to his Texas drivers’ license, yet (he has it now)–and he was very upset. So we “ate” it. We are driving a very obvious, wrecked vehicle.
- Kylie has been working hard at school & Chick-fil-A and is very involved with her Bible study group, keeping Chris and me on the go for drop offs and pick ups.
- Our cat Jeeves ran away, and we have not been able to find her.
- Tabor is reading all the time–and loving the challenges of STEM and National Junior Honor Society.
- We moved into a new house that we bought, thanks to the help of our fabulous Realtor and a loan for buying outside the city limits that required no down payment.
- However, we are tied into a rental lease through the end of May, so we are paying over $10,000 for an empty rental and the utilities to run in it.
- Sydney is growing, by leaps and bounds–both physically and mentally. Dyslexia still challenges her, but she is improving.
- Our dryer caught fire at the outlet this past week. We have a home warranty, but they are making it difficult to get it fixed.
- Chris is loving the people, with whom he serves and works; but the job is outside of his natural gifting of engineering design, which makes for a challenge sometimes.
- I have been working many jobs for many hours (about 50 hours a week) with hardly a break to help us make ends meet.
- The Lord is repairing–slowly, but surely–the relationship with my family.
- Chris’ parents have both had some frightening health scares, but they are recovering quite well!
- We have struggled with flu, strep, bronchitis and other various viruses.
- I got a spin bike to try to keep moving, during all this computer-work time.
- My work sent me to San Diego for a social media conference!
- Half of our belongings are STILL in my cousin’s barn in Colorado.
- My brother was shot twice on Saturday, trying to stop a robbery, but he is alive–in a lot of pain, though.
- Another cat, Gandalf, ran away this past Saturday. We thought she was gone, too. But she showed up, meowing at our back door, a couple of days later.
- We are part of a core group for a new church plant to reach the unreached here in College Station. Our house is actually the physical address of the church right now. More on this soon!
All of this and more have been going on–the stuff of life. And while it is not the way I would have written it–I mean, most people just move from one place to another with a smoother transition than this, it almost makes me jealous to read how the movers are picking up their stuff and dropping off their stuff…and they had a job when they got there and all that–it is precisely how the LORD has written our story. It looks really bad on the outside sometimes. I mean, I feel like we are, who we look like sometimes…I don’t know if that resonates with you. But it really has looked bad that we moved without a job. We landed in an overpriced rental. No job meant no house, so we were stuck paying too high rent, well after the jobs finally happened. Our oldest struggled so much his senior year and really had some sad things happen, like the wreck–which were no fault of his own. It just has made very little sense. Financially tight. Trying to still move our things here. Feeling like somehow we really messed up. All the while, it has been all hands and the cook, while we stretch it out month by month. It has been painful and frustrating and tiresome.
BUT…and you know me well enough to know that I’m going to take you here…the LORD has been SO FAITHFUL to provide for us, to lead us, to protect us and yes, to allow the hard stuff to chisel in us some new things. We have grown through this–and together, we have. It has been hard, but as a family, we have gotten back to back and made it this far!
I would not have written my story this way, but even now, as I look to the clock and see that I need to begin another work day, I know that the Lord has made it possible for us to walk this journey out. And we have been humbled. And we have been blessed. His story over our family is something that will mark future generations, because we said YES to His Way and His How.
And He has been generous in going before us, so that even this morning I felt it…a new song was rising up in my soul. A song of Praise to my God! I am reminded that Jesus wanted the cup to be removed, too. If it had, where would I be today? Without hope. But as it is, our Father said NO to His precious, only Son. And God’s No meant for our salvation.
Got a NO from God today? Well, take heart! He has salvation coming.
Missed you all! Forgive the lack of editing today…gotta go and work.