Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Almost ready...

Hey guys, so this is going to be more about the move. I know that has been pretty much all that I've been talking about lately, but there isn't much else going on. The move is so big, that if there was anything else going on, then I would be going crazy. So first the good news :) We have a place! Housing has reserved a place for us, and I feel so relieved. With that out of the way, we can worry about everything else. There is so much to do, and I just hope we get it all done in time.

I've been cleaning a lot lately (and you guys all know how much I love cleaning) :P. I had to get the house "show ready", for potential renters. The cleaning really isn't that hard, it's just we have to keep it clean, and that isn't always easy, because of the 4 wonderful kids we have. We are also going to be moving into a smaller place, so we are planning a really big yard sale. There are just some things we won't have room for anymore, so they have to go. I'm kind of glad though, de-cluttering is nice, and I like the thought of getting rid of things we don't need. I also think that since our new place is smaller, it will discourage us from buying anything we don't need (I'm really just trying to look on the bright side of things, so don't rain on my parade).

So here we go again planning a cross country move (our 3rd). Three years ago (almost exactly), we were doing the same thing (from CA to MD), and just two years before that (almost exactly) the same thing (from VA to CA). You think I'd be a pro at this by now. I'm just trying to take it one step at a time, and trying to look at the bright side, and take deep breaths. Needless to say, I'll be feeling so much better once we get there, and it's all over. Do you ever feel that way? Do you ever say to yourself "I'll be so happy when this is all over with." I'm sure you do, so I'm sure you can understand, and I am so there with you.

So I haven't really shared much of this yet, but I'm a little disappointed that we aren't going back to San Diego. I know I haven't really said anything yet, but it's true. I still have friends there (and a best friend there), and you really can't beat the weather, but it just didn't happen that way. Washington was the only thing available. That tells me, that God wants us to go there. He sometimes does things like this to me, because given my own choice, I most likely wouldn't ask Him what I should do, I would just pick, and only pick what I wanted. So since this was the only choice I feel like God was saying "You need to go here this time, not back to San Diego." So maybe God has something to teach me in Washington, or maybe He has some people He really wants me to meet, or something wonderful He really wants me to see, but since it is His choice I'm sure He has something wonderful planned. Maybe someday He'll let us go back to San Diego. I have to trust Him on this though, because given the choice I wouldn't have moved to San Diego in the first place (it was just to far away from home), but see that's just one of the ways God has changed me, and He could do it all over again if He wanted to.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lost your faith? You need to read this!

If you haven't read the "Frustration grrrrr..." post, then you may want to read that before reading this :)

So I want to first thank any and everyone who has been praying for our housing situation. I didn't ask anyone to pray for us, but because of what happened 2 days ago, I'm convinced someone(s) has(have), so thank you so much. So what happened? Where does this all come from? Can we start at the beginning? Yes we can.

So 2 days ago (on Tuesday), I was online bored and just looking at google maps, right over Kitsap county. I was really worried about our housing situation. We had been looking into renting and possibly buying, but the things in our price range just weren't very nice or livable, or in a good neighborhood. I felt like living in Washington was going to be like what we had to go through in Virginia (I'll explain). In Virginia we rented this really old brick house that didn't seen so bad... until... the raccoon moved in, and the mice. Not to mention we were right next to the ghetto and heard a lot of gun shots, and this poor house was also on the verge on being swallowed by the vegetation (the left side of the house was covered in vines). Yeah I felt like we were about to go through all of that again.

So yeah I was really worried, and looking at google maps, and of course I was looking at the military houses. I wanted to live there, and not in crazy ghetto house. It was about at this time, that I felt like God was trying to tell me something. He reminded me that I had prayed for a military house, that way back when this all started (in October), I prayed that military housing would be able to provide us with a place, one that would fill our needs. I was very faithful with this prayer... until 3 weeks ago... then I gave up because of our number, and because of what I was told, and I started to look else where right after getting off of the phone. Loss of faith on my part, and I really shouldn't have done that. So I felt like God was telling me that I need to call them. That had me thinking... "what am I going to say? I'm number 96 (as of last week we moved up 2 spots), they can't change that just because I ask them to, their are other people that need a house too." I still felt like God was pushing me to call them. That's when I remember something... I was on the Kitsap Naval Base website the other day, and on that web site they actually tell you how long the waiting list is, and the list for the 3 bedroom was shorter. Okay now I do have something to say to her. All of the rentals and houses that were in our price range were 3 bedrooms, so why not put us on the 3 bedroom list with housing as well? There wouldn't really be a difference, well except the neighborhood would be better. So yeah lets do that.

Okay I called and it went something like this... "Hello Military housing Kitsap."  "Hi I have some questions for you if you have some time to answer them?"  "Of course, what can I do for you?"  "We are on the waiting list for a 4 bedroom, and we are number 96, and we are moving in may, and I'm just really worried. I was wondering if it's possible and if the waiting list is shorter, if we could also be put on the list for a 3 bedroom." "Yeah, of course. Let me check to see where you would be if we did that."  "Thank you." (she took my information)... "Well it's not much better, you would be number 94. Oh the bright side we do get the 3 bedroom ones back sooner, so you would move through the list faster."  "But most likely not fast enough I'm guessing?"  "Yeah I don't think so, but have you considered our housing community located off of base?"  "What, you have one of those? I didn't even know about it. Is it close to the base?"  "Yeah it's only a few miles away. They are older units, but very well kept."  "Well I'm not picky! How long is that list?"  "Give me a second and I'll check... ... ... Well it looks like we have a few 4 bedroom units available now."  "Really?"  "Now we can only hold a unit for 30 days, so call back in April and as long as we have something available then we can put your name by it and hold it for you."  "Wow thank you, you have made my day."

So I was on cloud nine after this phone call, and I had to immediately call Jeremy right after, and tell him the good news.

God is faithful even when were not. I prayed for a Military house, and He wanted to give it to me, but the second things seemed impossible I lost faith and believed we would never be able to live in one. I have some verse for you, and maybe if I had went to my Bible in my time of need, and read these verse, I wouldn't have lost faith.

Matthew 6:26
     Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly         Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 7:11
     If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.

God is awesome, and He will provide for your needs.