Monday, November 30, 2009

Thankful 30-#27-#30

2009 has been an interesting year for our family.

I would have never guessed last January that I would be typing this from a new home, in a new state, and with a new job. It's definitely not been the ideal situation for us, but we have been very blessed through our trials.
  • Our cars continue to function, despite the fact that we surpassed 200,000 miles on both odometers during the drives back and forth from AZ to UT this past summer.
  • We received an extension on our short sale today after many fruitless hours on the phone with the banks. It is a modern day miracle.
  • Although we never received a single unemployment check (thank you government-run programs. And people think nationalized healthcare is a good idea?!?), we still made ends meet thanks to Etsy and counsel to prepare.
  • Speaking of the counsel to prepare....we actually followed it, not thinking that we would ever have a need for food storage or emergency funds. But because of it, for the months that Zak was unemployed, we ate almost solely from food we already had in the house, which meant that the money normally spent on groceries was saved for important things like electric and water bills. The week that we moved, we finished off the last whole chicken from our freezer. I'm not sure how it lasted that long because we weren't consciously collecting food for three months, but it has since reminded me of the story in 1 Kings 17 when the prophet Elijah visits Zarephath and asks a widow woman to prepare a meal for him. When she states that she is collecting sticks to cook her last meal, he promises that if she feeds him first,
    The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth (v.14)
    Likewise, we followed the prophet and were blessed beyond understanding for our faith.
I want you to know that no matter what this blog may portray, by no means is our life perfect. Some days it is hard to count my blessings. We struggle. The adjustment to this move has been extremely difficult. I am often lonely, Jakson misses his friends, we miss the familiarity of Phoenix, our congregation, and so much more. But we are very grateful that Zak has employment in this economy and recognize that we have been very blessed in many, many ways. And it is so much easier to be grateful when we take the time to count our many blessings-even on bad days.

3 comments:

Amanda said...

Great post, Beth.

Shenna said...

We definitely miss you down here, but are glad for all the little blessings and miracles you have experienced! Can't wait to see you guys in a few weeks! Maddi is excited to see Jak.

Melissa said...

I have enjyed reading all of your thankful posts. We miss you guys! I konw Carter misses having a boy in his class at church too. We must see you when you come to visit!
And I love the halloween costumes:)

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