an entire year without a stable job. our only source of income was completely based on unfavorable, unfulfilling, partial-pay odd jobs.
an opportunity came up with a local fire department... no word after the first round of testing... called in for more testing... no word after the second round of testing - and all this, over a 6 month time frame.
an application was filled out for UPS, you know, a "if you can jusssssst get your foot in the door" kind of thing. no word.
baby #2 is born.
on to pursue the fire department from another angle - tech school EMT degree. applied for school. got accepted. filled out fafsa. received a letter in the mail stating the school and program were over capacity and thus, were put on a waiting list.
a month before Christmas came. no work for 2 weeks. 2 weeks 'til Christmas.
how much more could we take? prayers were prayed. pride was gone - had to borrow money to pay the bills. what else???
made it to church on Sunday with baby #2 in hand. baby #2 gets hungry. mom goes to nurse. misses the sermon. makes it back for communion. asks about the service. hubby says, "it's okay. it wasn't for you anyway."
...hubby retracts his balled up fist, veins exposed - muscles stiff, down from the sky. no more anger. no more blame. no more resentment. only tears...
Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the skies. psalm 36:5
MONDAY December 7th: hubby gets a call from UPS. they no longer have openings for the original position he applied for... however... they do have openings for the holiday season to assist with package delivery on a truck. come in for interview on Tuesday.
TUESDAY December 8th: interview - realize hubby's home location is in a more difficult area to find help in. is informed that 30% of holiday workers go on to work full-time with UPS.
11PM - get home, get the mail, get a letter from tech school. hubby is informed that they have room for him to get started on his prerequisites for the EMT program. registration is DECEMBER 9th!!!!!! hubby and i discuss how ridiculous that he received his letter and info ONE DAY before registration. i get curious and look at the date on the letter... then the date on the envelope - both dated: NOVEMBER 20th. (the letter came from oakwood, we live in braselton - only a 7 minute drive. even mail coming from as far as 20 minutes away only takes 1-2 days to arrive in our mailbox. coincidence? i think not.)
WEDNESDAY December 9th: hubby goes in for registration, concerned about financial aid. his info said you could not register without paying for the semester in full, beforehand. we've heard NOTHING from financial aid. in our bank account we have
NO NEGATIVE money. he calls the financial aid office while driving to registration and they inform him, "You don't have to pay for a thing. You qualified for and received the Pell Grant which will cover your entire schooling, including all of your fees."
hubby sends me a text of the good news and states, "it's neat to see how everything is just clicking."
He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God Who does no wrong, upright and just is He. deuteronomy 32:4
even when we are, it's an understatement to say, unfaithful, His faithfulness abounds. how true. how refreshing. how perfect is His never-ending love.