Oh boy. So much to write about. Huge changes for our family. I don’t know why it always surprises me how involved God is in our every day lives. Someday that will sink in. It still amazes me.
These last two years have been full of change and humbling’s and learning experiences. When I was taking care of Ryan and making such good money, I never really appreciated it. We were so foolish with finances. We lived above our means and still barely made it paycheck to paycheck. I looked back at the waste and think,”wow…I was so stupid.” No food storage. No savings. No nest egg for the storms that were coming. The church is really good at teaching to be self reliant and save for the rainy days that we all get. I wish now I would’ve listened.
When I lost my job with Ryan and our income went into the toilet, our only recourse was to move to a part of town that we can actually afford. Remember that hovel we lived in? Ugh. Terrible place but we learned so much about living in our means and budgeting and being appreciative. I can’t tell you how many times Daniel and my prayers were full of kicking ourselves for not taking care of what we had stewardship over.
I’m so grateful for that year at 53rd and Ames despite the house that was falling apart and the neighbors! We’ve been so blessed to be able to see the then and now.
This past year back in Millard has been awesome! Back to where people take care of their yards and their children and you don’t hear gunshots at night and neighbors aren’t yelling profanities at each other. Cops parked in front of your house is not a normal thing anymore. Life is very good. Daniel has a job and I love cashiering at Walmart. I love the people I work with. I love my customers. I get awards at work for being friendly. Haha!
Now that we’ve been back in Millard for a year, again my thoughts and prayers are turned to how do I become self-reliant and not living paycheck to paycheck? How do I save for a rainy day? How do we pay our bills current every month and not just the past due?
The one thing that we’ve done faithfully these past two years is pay our tithing. We are promised in Malachi, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
I really believe that by being obedient to that commandment, we’ve been blessed. My car has had a broken axle for about six months. There’s no reason it shouldn’t have completely snapped by now making my car undrivable. it’s little things like that. I haven’t had to spend money just to get to work!
There’s been some bad stuff happen lately that could have really been devastating to our family had we not been striving to be close to the Savior. I know He is watching out for me and strengthening me before I even know that’s what I’m needing. I know that’s cryptic but not every story is mine to tell. You know?
So a couple weeks ago I get a job opportunity from a company I worked for about 17 years ago. My knee-jerk reaction was a hell no. I left there for very good reasons. The owner of this company has done some restructuring. I can’t believe it but it’s a perfect fit now. It’s demanding work but we have the skills and experience to do it and do it well.
The downside… This job requires Daniel and I to quit our jobs and move to a larger house right away. The Company and also the state of Nebraska have to approve the house but don’t half to help us get into it. Bottom line….If we don’t have the house, we don’t have the job.
So the last couple weeks we have been high stress trying to figure out how to pull it all together. The benefits to taking this job are incredible. The pay is incredible. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be financially secure if we do it right. Nobody gets second chances like this.
It’s all worked out now and we are going to be able to move pretty quickly. It’s amazing but we are staying in the same school district and the same ward boundaries(church congregation). That alone is a miracle because the house we need has specific requirements. We’ve looked at houses from Bellevue to Elkorn and ended up finding something two miles away!
I have an appointment with a financial advisor and the first thing we’re doing (even before our first paycheck) is getting a plan to be debt free, have a savings, and buy a house within a year. Live and LEARN and recognize blessings as they come. Right?