I can remember sitting in our rental house in Rifle thinking where are we possibly going to put a tree when we found out our house wasn’t going to be done until March. Little did I know when I thought those thoughts then, that we would be moving about four hours away to a better situation and some job security. The last year has been a blur of events. If I remember back to the day after Christmas a year ago today, I was extremely worried about my overworked husband who could barely walk who was patiently waiting for an operation that wasn’t scheduled until February. Instead of being excited for Christmas, he would put on a smile to face family and friends for holiday gatherings only to be relieved when it was all over so he could drink a little bit of that physical pain away. The stress level was high too, at every turn he thought he would be coming home without a job. That kind of stress and that kind of pain is gone today 365 days later. While Scott was dealing with all the back pain and stress, I was oblivious to what was brewing where he was working.
The reality of that answer is that it’s all in God’s timing.
It was God’s timing when Scott had that voice telling him, “no, we have to stay” the first time we tried to leave Flagstaff. It was God’s timing when we ended up in a little town on the Western Slope of Colorado that helped us serve our basic needs. What we needed at that time was a reset. Scott needed to work at a sleepy little hospital that wasn’t stressful at all and I needed perspective. I can not tell you that I was happy with moving to Colorado this second time around, but we had plans that we hoped would pan out with building a house that would make our situation better….so we thought.
Time and meeting after meeting of everything that hadn’t been done in the construction of our home…which was pretty much nothing proved to us that we could have been waiting for that house for well over a year. Not only that, we didn’t have any new contract with the new addendum or a new closing date. In fact, we saw three people working at our lot the entire summer. So when Scott was asked by a friend to consider interviewing for a position on the front range, he talked about it with me for a little bit. We put it all out on the table. Other than starting a new position at our kid’s school, we had no roots set down in Silt and our October closing date, which was pushed to the middle of November, which was pushed to January, which was pushed to March….gave us every indication it would keep getting pushed and pushed and pushed. So when Scott said he felt like this was an opportunity to explore some of his untapped potential I couldn’t say no. I mean most of our stuff was still packed up waiting for its permanent home anyway.
We drove out to the Fort Collins area. Scott interviewed for the job, we met with a realtor who showed us some very nice homes and the last one we saw that day, that wasn’t even on our list of houses to see but our realtor felt it was worth a look, was the one we ended up with. As soon as I walked through it, I knew we needed to put an offer down. I stood there in the living room going through the mental checklist in my mind of what needs the house met that the others didn’t and it met every one of them, minus my desire for a front porch. But you can’t have everything. Before we left the front range we told our realtor that we wanted to make an offer. We closed on the house in 29 days and out of the three homes we’ve owned, this home was the most hassle-free home purchase we’ve encountered.
When I look back over the year, I think wow, we’ve done so much, seen so much, been through so much, lived so much and now we are here in place we didn’t even imagine ourselves in last Christmas. With God’s help and our persistence, we changed the whole outlook on how life could have ended up. We could have been homeless in Flagstaff living with friends or relatives searching for work afraid of making a big bold move for our future. We could have stayed and rode things out to the end, but the reality is that we were on shaky ground and it would have been foolish to stay. Yes it’s sad we are away from friends and family, but who knows what else awaits our future here in Colorado. I am now open for the adventure.
So I tell you just when you think that there’s no hope, you often have to take huge steps and big risks to get to where you want to be and you must have some faith along the way. I can’t say I had faith the whole time…I definitely struggled but I have the privilege of being able to ride this whole year out and see it from its beginnings to know that this was God’s plan. My faith in God is stronger than ever now. I know He’s not done with me. I know that there’s a reason why we’re here.
I look at my surroundings one year after the last Christmas I sat staring out the window at my surroundings wondering what the year ahead holds. I would have NEVER predicted this! But look how it turned out? I just know good things are to come. Good things are appreciated with struggle. We struggled to get here, so we can appreciate this. There will always be difficult times, but having faith and persistence helps wonders. Have faith in the new year ahead of you! You have no idea what can happen in 365 days!!
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