Sunday, January 1, 2012
Sunday, January First, Two Thousand and Twelve..........
Good morning dear readers and blog friends! I've been waiting on this post for a couple weeks now. How fitting that it should begin assembling itself in my mind on the first day of a new year!
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If you are a faithful friend then I'm sure you are sayin'.....yadda, yadda, blahhh, get on with it sister!! So I will!
When last I reported to you the goings on in our lives The Man was working at a factory in Bowling Green, KY and God had led me to sell my goats. We were beginning to feel nudges about putting The Youngun back in school, and although I wasn't really feelin' that in B.G., we wanted to mind The Lord.
Now I'm usually not a good one for remembering dates, but these are cemented in my mind. On Tuesday, November 15, 2011 The Man came home from his second shift at the factory miserable. Well he'd been coming home miserable for about a week now, but especially miserable on that day. He really didn't like working at the factory. He didn't mind the actual work, but the work ethic and the mindset of the folks he was working with were really getting to him. He also wasn't enjoying being cooped up in that building for 10-12 hours a day. As always, we'd been praying without ceasing for God to show us the way. For Him to show us what He'd have us to do.
I began telling The Man about this lovely lady and her family. Mountain Mama and her family strive to live for God and to have the courage and faith to go wherever He leads them. At one point, He led them to manage a lodge in the mountains. As I was telling The Man about this, he didn't really say too much and I just let it go, praying all the while for His direction.
The next morning when we got up he asked me if I thought I could find us a job like that. I said I don't know but I can try! We all three marched back to the computer and I stared googling jobs for couples. It took me to a site called working couples dot com and I started searching the jobs there. There were several jobs on there, jobs in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. I asked The Man if any of those sounded interesting to him and he said the one in Montana sounded pretty good. There was a name, and address, and a phone number, or you could apply online through the site. I told him to call the number.........he took a deep breath........I said, do you feel like God is telling you to do it but you are scared to death?? He said.......Oh yeah!! I said, then call! So he did......
The job said no experience necessary and while The Man had a little bit of experience doing this type of work, he didn't have a great deal, but he had faith and he called. After speaking to the lady, she told him to send her 5 references and a resume. She wanted 3 references of people he'd worked with in the past, and 2 of people he was currently working with at the factory. He went to work that afternoon, Wednesday November 16, 2011 and asked two fellas if he could use them as a reference. They said yes so when he got home from working second shift, at around midnight we sent the resume and the references. By the time he got to work the afternoon of Thursday the 17th, she'd called both of those references, as well as two of the others. She couldn't get ahold of the last one because he was up a tree. It was deer season in IL ya know.....
K.........hate to do this to you, but I got to take a break. I will leave you with another picture though, and promise to continue this story next week!
Till next time...........God Bless........
Ok, so anyway, she couldn't get ahold of Brandon and she was determined to talk to all of his references. We didn't hear anything from her and The Man continued to go to work at the factory. We continued to pray for His guidance and He was really telling us this was going to happen. We went to IL for Thanksgiving, leaving on Thanksgiving day and coming home Saturday the 26th. While we were in IL, we visited with my family, telling them we'd applied for a job in Montana, and doing the same with his family. My family was very supportive as they always are. His family didn't believe us.........
We got back home to KY on Saturday and got up Sunday morning the 27th to go to church. We loved our little church in Barren County KY and really hated to leave it! During a church service a few weeks prior our preacher opened up the church doors for membership, but we didn't go forward. A couple Sunday's after that we told the congregation that we didn't come forward because we didn't know how long God was going to leave us here and we didn't want anything holding us back from going where He led us, including church membership......After church The Man called to follow up on the job. The lady told him she'd filled the job, but the guy hadn't shown up yet and if he didn't get there quick she was going to call us.
We knew were were destined for Montana, so we began craigslisting everything we didn't want to take with us on a 1600 mile move.........
On Monday November 28th she called The Man to tell him he was her pick but she wanted us to talk it over and be sure we wanted it as a family. She also had to talk to her dad and her husband about us......meanwhile, while The Man was on the phone with the lady, Missy (Brandon of the deer stand)'s wife was frantically calling us to tell us she'd finally called and talked to Brandon!
Tuesday, November 29th The Man told the factory he was done. What??? Without knowing for sure he had the job??? Yup.......FAITH.......
We began listing stuff on craigslist in earnest and going through stuff again. I don't even know how much stuff we sold, but we unloaded lots more "stuff" that was weighing us down. It all sold almost as soon as we listed it. More of God telling us this was going to happen.
I called my dear friend Jennifer of Our Little Farm (remember she bought Tulip and Star?) and asked her if she'd take my 6 laying hens. She said she would, and we kept selling stuff, my trio of Muscovy ducks included.
We told my folks we were leaving for Montana on the 9th of December and they planned to come down and visit us the weekend of the 3rd and 4th. Now mind you we still hadn't gotten the confirmation call that we'd gotten the job. Going on faith here folks, which is a heady and glorious feeling!!
Saturday morning, the 3rd of December the lady (who I'll from here on out be referring to as Mouse) gave us the call and said, well if you think you want to do this, then come on! We told her we had to take The Youngun to the orthodontist in IL on December 8, and then we'd be on the road the 9th.
We went to our little church one last time and told them where God was leading us and with some tearful goodbyes we were that much closer to being ready.
We took Ellie and Ginger in to get spayed on the 7th, made a trip to IL to the orthodontist on the 8th, and spent all day on the 9th getting packed up and loaded, with help from The Man's family in KY.
We intended to get on the road by noon on the 9th of December, but that didn't happen. The first uhaul we got was too small, and of course we didn't realize that until we had it loaded! Back to Bowling Green and a bigger uhaul. Brought it home, unloaded the first one into the second one, loaded more stuff into the second one, took the first one back to Bowling Green while The Man and The Uncle finished loading the second one......whew! We didn't think we'd ever get on the road!
With the three dogs, we had to pre book our hotels to make sure we were in a dog friendly one, so we had to go ahead and leave to stay on schedule. We stopped in Columbia MO the first night but it was around 3 am before we got there! Then on to Chamberlain SD the second night, then to Laurel MT the third night and on December 12 at around 11 AM mountain time, The Man, the goodwife, The Youngun, the three dogs and the cat arrived at our new home!
Now I really am going to make you wait to tell you what job The Man is doing, and tie up some more loose ends you may be wondering about but that's ok cuz suspense is the spice of life right???
Till next time..........God Bless............