Sunday, April 13, 2008

Change of Plans...

The past few weeks have been full of exciting things for us. Exciting, but yet very busy!! A few weeks ago we decided to start seriously looking into purchasing a home. Renting has it's benefits, but we are ready to spread out a little, and be able to put our own personal touch on our space, which renting limits. Due to the huge investment this is, we are in no rush to get into something, and have tentatively set a goal of buying by December. This week we did tour one home, which I may highlight in another post.

In addition to house hunting, I have been busy working long days at school. It is that "fun" time of year when the state test has to be administered!! My responsibility is to assist in providing accommodations to students on IEPs; which include scribing, reading portions aloud, testing students one on one, or in small groups. This makes my days very busy, because we are in a time crunch to get every student tested. The last few weeks, I have stayed after school to get paperwork and other responsibilities completed, although typically I have time during the school day to complete those things.

George has been busy with various things as well. On Wednesday he interviewed for a promotion within his company in the training department. The interview included a 15 minute presentation with PowerPoint followed by a two hour long interview with three superiors. He spent many hours preparing for this interview, and it is our hope and prayer that it would be the Lord's will that he would be accepted for the position. If it's not His will, George said, "At least it was a great way to get more interview practice." Please be in prayer as we wait to hear the outcome.

Needless to say, we have both been stressed and tense this week. Each morning we awoke saying, "How many days until Saturday?" or "What are we doing Saturday?" just to anxiously reply, "NOTHING!!" We were looking forward to a lazy day at home together to get some things done around the house and enjoy that the week was over. Of course...we should know that we may have our plans, but the Lord has His too. Friday afternoon, George got word that he was being called out to assess some of the storm damage in Arkansas. Thankfully, contrary to what they first thought, he was to leave Saturday morning, NOT Friday evening. We celebrated his birthday, did laundry, and got him packed for the weeks to come Friday evening, and he left first thing Saturday morning. So much for our lazy day together at home. At this time, they anticipate he will be gone until May 2nd, three full weeks. Please pray for him as he is gone, I am sure he would appreciate it.


strem said...

It is so exciting to hear of your house plans, and I look forward to hearing of your house hunting adventures. I'll definitely be praying for George - both about this wonderful work possibility and about his trip. We miss both of you very very much.

Kelly Spezzano said...

Many prayers for you both! House hunting can be fun, but stressful at times too. Jim and I were living about an hour away from the church and we both had the desire to get closer. Everytime we went and looked at a house, it was one disappointment after another. I burst into tears one day becuase I couldn't understand why we weren't fining anything. (My thought was that we were looking to be better servants in the church, why wasn't the Lord blessing us). Everytime we looked at a house, Jim would feel sick and he said, "I think we need to wait" So we stopped looking, and just went about our business. About 8 months later, we revisited the idea. We were financially better off than before and the housing market had hit a serious high in our neighborhood (we already owned a home) All that to say, we looked at maybe four houses and our realtors took us to a house that wasn't in our price range but the sellers were negotiable and it was THE HOUSE! I fell in love with it, Jim felt the same way!! We made an offer (much lower than the asking price) and the seller took the offer (No Negotiations at all) The Lord blessed us abundantly above what we even thought we could afford.

Long story best advice is to wait on the Lord (if you feel any hesitation, or any resistance, let the Lord guide you in it!)