Thursday, December 4, 2008

In All Things....Give Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving....a week late! Sorry for the delay but after you read this post you will understand. Start from the beginning. Back in August, Chip decided to stop farming after 25 years of hard, honest work. With the economy the way it is, we are not selling the hay like we need to, to continue to make ends meet. The farm we live on now is leased and so is our house. We thought (were told in somewhat) that we wouldn't have to get off the place until later. We thought we could sublease it out (to our cousin)for 2009 and give us time to move our cows (100+ head) horses(3) dog (1) and chickens (19 hens and 1 rooster) and 12 years of toys, etc. We also have years of farm equipment and several hundred rolls of hay. The owner of the farm decided he wanted to go ahead and get someone on the place, instead of letting us stay for another year and try to move things at a steadier pace. We were informend that everything had to be off EVERYTHING by December 31st. (it hasn't been all nice, IYKWIM) So here we sit with all this "stuff" and nowhere to go with it.

Well, we have been looking for a rental home in the local area so we could stay and keep Jacob in school for the rest of this school year. He has worked so hard and don't want to pull him out in the middle of the year. We have discussed moving back to Alabama to help his Dad and Uncle farm again. We were having trouble finding a place to rent. See, when we leave the farm that includes his job, my job and the only home my children have ever known. We both, sorry to say, have been down and out, but knew that God would reveal in His time, where we needed to be and that a place to rent and we could afford would come. Well, last week we found out about a place in the nearby town where we attend church and Jacob's school. It is only 3 minutes from school, church and WalMart! WOOHOO! Praise God. Chip kept telling me to just Be still and Listen. We are hoping to be in the new place this weekend and after 6 months we will decide if we are staying or moving somewhere else.

God is still in control of our and all situations. Sometimes you just have to Be quiet and let Him do His best work. We are getting phone calls from people we have never sold hay before buying round rolls by the hundreds. Praise God for this, because He is why it is getting done. Our friends at church and in our Sunday School class have been wonderful to us during this trial time.

We are still praying that I go back to teaching in the fall of 2009 at Jacob's school(where I was before we went to China). Joleigh will be of age and will be able to attend the K3 program. We are praying now that Chip will find a job. This will definitely be something different for him as he has always farmed with his family or himself. Please be in prayer that we have all our stuff (junk) off the place before the "big guys" come in a take over. Thank you and we are thankful for our new place. We have to hurry so we can get our Christmas tree up! Joleigh is asking everyday about it. So much to do and time is running out! So, if I am not around for awhile, you know we are okay and just settling in. This week has been long and the weekend will be longer!

9 comments:

Jen said...

Oh my gosh Mendy - you certainly have had a lot on your plate. I will pray that Chip gets work and that you get settled into your new home and get ready for a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Saviour - the one that knows better than we do!
love
Jen, Graham and Ebony
Australia

Kristi said...

While our situations are different, I too know the frustration of packing and relocating quickly when just weeks before moving wasn't even on the radar...
Glad to see God has provided some temporary answers. Your family will be in my prayers!

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

WOW~ A lot going on! Keep your chin up!

prechrswife said...

Goodness, you do have a lot going on! Praying that all is settled quickly and smoothly.

Anita said...

I know that the Lord is working in all the details of your move. Praying that you'll have some time to get that tree up and enjoy your family this Christmas!!

Sherri & Todd said...

My goodness Mendy, that's a lot of stuff to be dealing with all at once. I pray that things go well and that Chip finds work. I'm sorry I haven't been visiting but we're going through somethings as well and we're hoping by the new year there all worked out. Our world is not a easy one right now and God is the one in control. If I don't see you on line, have a Wonderful and Bless Merry Christmas, you and your family.
Love,
Sherri in Florida

Bailey said...

Lots and lots of prayers coming out to your family. Good luck with all of your hopes and wishes. Just know that we are here thinking and praying for you.
Hugs, Bailey :o)

Nicole said...

Mendy! I'm so sorry that you all have been under such stress! I will pray that things will transition smoothly. We missed you at the Christmas gathering. I have to be reminded to bet go and let God quite often lately. Hang in there...

Lisa~~ said...

I'm just catching up on reading some blogs as I'm about 10 weeks behind. I'm so happy to hear that you found a place and that things are moving along for you. I'm sending lots of good thoughts your way. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope that 2009 brings many wonderful things your way.

 

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