On Monday our long journey in the realm of the unemployed and homeless ended. It's over. God is good and has provided a job for Ryan.
I laughed. I cried. And I still can't believe that it is true. Being without our own place to call home or our own resources has been our reality for so long that it is hard to imagine life being otherwise. However, it will be, and soon.
Ryan was hired on Monday by Wilco, a large farmer's co-op as an accountant at their main headquarters in Mt. Angel. He's to start tomorrow. You read that right. He was hired on Monday and starts tomorrow, which is Wednesday. Today the friend we are staying with kindly offered to watch the kids so that we could run around like chickens with our heads cut off in an attempt to find a place to live. We're putting in an application tomorrow for a place we both like and can afford, even if it is a bit further off of the beaten path than we had originally hoped for. It is currently available, just 10 minutes from work for Ryan, and we would potentially be able to move in in a matter of days.
We are so very thankful. Trying to find a place to live in such short order is a bit stressful, but we'll take this stress any day of the week over what we've been living with for the past many months. Please pray that this home we're hoping to get into works out, and that if it doesn't, something else will come up shortly. Very shortly.
Since we began this journey we've become different people, with different perspectives on many aspects of life. Hopefully those are sanctifying changes. We will never again think that supporting a family is as easy as just toughing up and getting a job. Because often, especially during a major recession, it isn't that easy. We've learned that mercy is much more needed and effective than "tough love" in many circumstances. And we've been the recipients of much mercy (and yes, "tough love," too).
Just when things seemed utterly hopeless and we weren't sure how we could carry on much longer, God scooped us up, and we find ourselves overwhelmed by blessings.