You've probably noticed things have been a little quiet here on the blog for a while and before I get any further I want to say, I'm sorry. I never intended to take a one month break from writing, but looking back it was a much needed decision that I'm glad I did.
As from the title you can probably tell what this blog is going to be about- yup, we moved! We completely packed up our home in three weeks and found another place that we are just now settling into. I loved our old home, such amazing memories were built there but sometimes the Lord moves not on your timing and this month I really learned how to trust God more than I ever have. So glad that his plan is good and everything worked out! We love our new place! I wanted to share this story as more as a testimony of God's faithfulness in not just my life but in yours too; and so for those who have been curious - here's what happened:
At the beginning of June we got word that our rental home was going to be sold by the owner. My husband and I work very hard, but we didn't have a bunch of money saved up to just move all of a sudden. We had anticipation in the air as we sat and waited on news on if we would have to go or not. About a week later it was confirmed that at the end of the month we needed to be gone. My first reaction was fear. I was extremely nervous, anxious and stressed. I had a billion what if's and cried a lot because I couldn't say for sure if we would have a roof over our heads at the end of it. Last month in particular, was such a significant time to be going through something like this because it just so happened to be a month where we received an additional pay check from Shawn's job that was so vital in helping us quickly stack something up to prepare to leave. Talk about divine timing! On top of all of this, my son was going through a wild sleep regression where he would wake constantly through the night and I was having to get up to soothe him, only to do it all over again the next hour. I tried my best to be as strong as I could but I definitely had moments where I felt like life was just going crazy and I was just standing there trying to make since of it all.
The week we found out the news- my husband and I went to work in trying to find a home that met our needs and were accepting new residents FAST. Thankfully my mom is a real estate agent and was our personal spokes women. She had a big part in helping my husband and I narrow down our searches. She made phone calls and really was our advocate in making sure we could find the best place in such a short amount of time. We decided an apartment was the best bet for us, and the moment I toured our now current place, I absolutely fell in LOVE! It was in a stunning neighborhood and I could see not only me, but Isaiah really thriving here. We went ahead and put the application in for it and did everything we could to scrape together the deposit money. At this point I was truly a ball of nerves because if this failed we had nothing else. If we got denied for our apartment- it was going to be game over. Before Shawn and I were married, he went through a season of homelessness and told me stories on how he had to sleep in his car and shower at the local gym- I couldn't help but think was that going to be our reality together. Though we had support from family- living with them wasn't an option so this really had to work. The waiting process seemed to have been forever to her news. At this point I started to have a change of heart and prayed like my life depended on it. I knew the Lord was taking me through this season for a reason, and it was a trial that I wanted to trust in God through. As crazy as it sounds the moment I gave my fears over to him- I felt a peace that was like no other. I rejoiced because he reminded me that God takes care of his children and he has never left my family.
So we get the call back and it turned out we've been approved but our complex needed a higher deposit from us. I felt crushed. They asked for an additional $700 by the end of the week or we couldn't move in. I once more begin to believe in a miracle that something was going to turn around for us. I remember driving back home from work, crying out and believing that if I had enough faith, God would meet me where I felt weakest. Friends, he is so faithful! I met up with my husband that day and he had told me the best news I've heard that month. The apartment staff called us back. Turns out the management company for the property was giving out $1000 in credit to go towards a free month of rent for new residents, our rep told us we could use that money to cover the extra deposit and our pro rated fee that will end up leaving us paying- wait for it... $32.00 in total for us to pick up our keys!
I've never felt such relief in knowing that we were going to be ok. I'm so grateful that we're here now in our blessed home- enjoying it! I wanted to encourage you mamas out there and say that miracles do happen and that if you abide in the Lord that he is sure to see you through to victory. Also, if you have something going on in your life- don't be afraid to be vocal in saying you need a moment to regroup. I felt so horrible announcing that I needed a break to work through everything because I was known as the "mom boss"; the one who can do it all. But y'all I couldn't! I made a decision that was right for ME and I'm so glad I did. I encourage you mamas to do the same. If you're feeling overwhelmed. Step back and take a break. I figured it would be much better doing this than putting out sloppy work for my readers. My family means so much to me, and this situation needed my full attention. Now that I'm back, I've never felt so much focus and drive to create content!
Thank you to everyone who has sent such kind words and messages during my absence. I'm still trying to catch up but I'll be back to my usual writing schedule of MON, WED and FRI postings soon enough. Again, I'm so grateful for you ladies.
Here's to new beginnings...