I've been planning an update or rather non-update for about a week now. But as things turned out, I get to share a real update with you all. God answered another one of those questions for us this week. If you'll remember, I was rather stressed when I found out right before the move that we might have to move again this year. It all depended on where a General Manager position became available. About a week and a half ago one of the GMs in this area turned in his notice. Rumor spread quickly that the position would go to The Man. On Monday of this week he was offered the position. He started there today. We get to stay in Florida! Did you hear that sigh of relief? I know there are no guarantees that we'll always get to live here but it really does feel like we're finally to a place where we can settle. I have felt at home here since the day we arrived. I really do love living here and look forward to continuing to live here.
The girls are getting settled into their schools. There was a huge gap between what they were learning in Kentucky and what they are learning here. One issue we've had to deal with is that these schools were just ahead of the Kentucky schools in some areas. Another issue we've had is that these schools simply take a very different approach to teaching than the Kentucky schools did. This has required extra work on our part to catch up but the girls are making good progress.
Our house in Kentucky is still on the market. It's been over 6 months now. At this point we've started referring to it as our vacation home. It's certainly the only place we could afford to vacation at this point. ;) The weather in Kentucky has been rather dreadful this winter which has done nothing to encourage people to get out and look for a home. We're hoping the arrival of Spring will bring more traffic and an offer. God has been so faithful in providing extra income for us over the last couple of months. Paying for two households is quite taxing on our income and there have been a lot of extras that go along with moving like car tags(which are outrageous in Florida the first time you get them), drivers licenses, renters insurance, restocking the food supply as well as car repairs and school related fees. But the money has been there for every one of those things and has often come from unexpected sources. Every time I pay our bills I give thanks for His provision and am reminded of His promise to take care of us.
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
It's so humbling to be given such love from the Father.