And They Lived Happily Ever After

..... Or at least until my next blog post. A girl can dream, right?! This is worth your read if you can hang....

Oh, the places you will go. Oh, the places we have been.

To re-cap our 8 years in a few short lines:

2004-2006. Newly weds. On staff w/ Campus Outreach at University of Georgia. Athens. Bought first home, renovated cosmetically. Pregnant w/ David

2006-2010. Moved to Canton for Tim's season in Sales. Lived in a new construction home. Several jobs, but same industry. 2 Sales companies went under, over 4 years he learned this industry wasn't for him. David born in 06. Mackenzie born in 08.

2010-2012. All hell broke loose. Sold our home we had our babies in 13 days after it was on the market. The week of closing, Tim was laid off his final sales job with God telling him to get out. Miscarriages out the wazoo, moved in with Tims parents, the buyer that was supposed to buy Nellie Mae walked out so the door opened for us. We bought her, fully renovated her, and are going to own her soon. Tim desired to pick up a "trade", found HVAC, and then a full scholarship was funded for him. A random stranger gave us a playground. I started a house cleaning business that became way more popular than I ever intended- 13 homes at the peak, now I have 1 sweet family I can only handle. Tim had an awesome job offer mid-school with a man that was able to pour into him and teach him everything he knew. And so the story continues...

2012-???? And here we are my friends. Are you ready for this bomb to drop? Because we weren't.
The week of Christmas there was no work for Tim. The week after Christmas there was no work for Tim. The first week of the new year there was no work for Tim. After long conversations, Tim quickly learned that things weren't going oh-so-hot with the company. To leave out details that don't help anyone, there was going to be no more work for Tim. Only enough work to sustain the owner.... and not any employees. Once this information was learned, we had to act quick.
After a day of panicking, we both had to snap out of it and get a plan. We are so thankful for Dave Ramsey in our life, because at these moments, all your financial crap matters. No debt. No car payments. No credit cards. Just food and lights. We could handle this storm. We went into it as confident as possible.
Tim quickly put his resume together- which by the way- looks freaking amazing. Along with his 4 year degree from college, he has a 2 year Heating and Air degree and an Associates in Applied Sciences, along with 2 years residential/light commercial experience. (all come May- hallelujah)
For 9 days, every door slammed shut. Every rug got pulled out from under us. Nothing. nothing. We were going on 4 weeks of no income.
Tim was contacting only the people that were in this industry and family that could pray. Our small group at church prayed over us with prayers that could move mountains. I didnt tell many of our other friends in fear that they would run- run far from the couple that seems to have so much drama! The Lord was truly holding us all together b/c honestly.... a numbness had set in on me. I just couldn't even come to grip with any sort of emotion. Just numb.
I just knew God had to show up. Had we really sacrificed EVERYTHING to get NOWHERE? I really did have it out with God. It was so out of Tim's control that it was blatantly God picking us up and choosing to put us elsewhere. Its like when you pick up a toddler against their will. They dont like it so much, right?! Was he going to lead us down this road, drop us off, and bail out?? Where was he? Why in the world did he leave us??? ...... so I thought.

On Thursday, we solemnly made a plan. We would not give up. We would continue to fight when we did not see God or get answers from him. Thursday Tim went and applied to deliver pizzas. He was going to be doing SOMETHING when he was called for an interview. To show he works his tail off no matter what. I was trying to line up a nanny job/another house cleaning/ something-anything that you could do with 2 little ones not in school. (which by the way, there isn't a lot out there for that- just so ya know.) Our plan was sucky, but we were a team.

Thursday night the phone rings. Long time friends of ours, Cody and Kristen, had set Tim up with and awesome connection a few weeks ago. Cody went to school with a now CEO of a Commercial HVAC company and set a lunch up with Tim. Tim had met with him, before any crap was hitting the fan, just to talk about his HVAC future and how to break into the commercial field. Its super stable and a whole different ballgame professionally. Anyway, Tim had emailed him and let him know what had transpired since the new year. This man had some great connections. Well, our phone rang Thursday night and it was for a commercial interview the very next morning.

I can't even begin to express the way God moved so quick, powerfully, and how He orchestrated one of the most merciful acts I have experienced. Its like he literally picked us up from the temporary pit of hell we were living in and placed us on top of a mountain. A safe place. The storm was over.

So many details, but Tim got the Commercial Job. It was his dream job when he entered this industry. It is the top of the diagnostic level of which he has studied. His interview was 4 hours and full of tests which he aced and he signed with them today. It is the best job he has ever had. Mainly b/c he is living out his God-given talents. Instead of residential houses, his clients are hotels, large companies, restaurants, ect.

We are filled with joy, humility, and an awe-ness of God. However, a few weeks ago we were just living life and had NO idea the crazy train that was about to pick us up. We are still experiencing a numbness, but looked at eachother today, just smiled, and Tim said to me, "it was worth it. Every sacrifice we made for the past 2 years paid off today. I could have never done it without you by my side, cleaning houses at the low points, and staying at home with our kids"

It is in these deep moments of joy, our marriage is cemented together. We are SO in this together. Tim and I met when we were 18. No life circumstance, job, house, miscarriage, child, car, career path, or whatever the heck will hit us next is going to take us down.

So, here is to a new chapter. Tim achieved his goal. We are here. Will it be happily ever after? I'd like to think so. We have been able to follow out the dreams we had together.

I have these closing things to say about the past 2 weeks and 2 years as a whole.

Cor 4:17-18
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

It is the daily strivings that count, not the momentary heights- God Calling, John Hunt

Lastly, I picked Mackenzie up from her sunday school class at church. She kept rocking herself back and forth. Back and forth. Being a new 3 year old, I ignored it. She continued in the car and all the way home. Finally at lunch, I began to get annoyed and sputtered, "Mackenzie, what are you doing?! Stop it!" (My nerves have also been just SHOT, okay?)
Mackenzie replied, "The boat is rocking mommy, the boat is rocking."
Me- "What boat honey? What are you talking about?"
Mackenzie- "My teacher said the boat was rocking b/c of the storm. And we rocked in the boat in class."
Quickly, I realized my sweet child telling me about her lesson I failed to ask about that day.
Mackenzie- "Mommy, the boat is rocking b/c of the storm, but Jesus came and he say, STOP! and the boat stopped mommy. Jesus made the storm go away."

"Yes He did honey, yes He did."

Wow, He didn't have to. And we don't deserve it, but He did.


Dupree Family said...

Wow. God is so faithful! It's awesome to see Him work in yalls lives! Love reading about your family testimony :)

Dupree Family said...

Wow. It's so awesome to see God work in your family! He is so faithful, even when the storm is strong. Your faith and trust in Him is amazing! I love reading your family testimony. We'll be praying for y'all, but praise Jesus for placing you on a mountain :)

Sara Price said...

Jen you seriously are amazing! I was telling Chris last night that when I grow up I want to be like you! Your faith is transparent and you and Tim hold a special place in our hearts! I will continue to pray for you guys during this transition and I just know God has amazing things for your family and I can't wait to see it all unfold!
Love, your biggest fan;)

Ashley said...

Every time I read your blog, I find myself in tears. You guys are so incredibly strong, and I am constantly amazed at your faith. God is so amazing, and I love your constant reminders of how is love is enduring. I am so proud of you guys, and I wish you nothing but the best from this point forward. I know you will be rewarded...you already are! Thanks for the encouragement!

Cecilia said...

Hurray!!! I'm so happy for y'all!

Jill said...

Such good encouragement to read! I look up to you and Tim so much! Praying you are overwhelmed with blessings this year!

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