Many of you know that I write my posts approximately 2-3 weeks in advance. This is due to my busy work and school schedule. I don’t like being stressed out about “Do I study for a test or do I write a blog post”. Writing posts ahead of time allows me to avoid such stress.
I keep a running list of future topics and often have two or three posts in various stages of completion going at once.
Just like the rest of my life, I like feeling prepared. In control.
A week ago a rug was pulled out from underneath our family.
I was sitting in French class taking a test. I had turned my phone off but I heard the familiar buzzing of someone leaving me a message. Once the test was over I checked to see who it was. My husband. He knows that I was in class and he would not bother me unless it was something that couldn’t wait.
Things that cannot wait are rarely good.
You may remember when I shared my feelings about living here in Phoenix. I have been praying “Let me love it, or let me leave it.”
Well, God answered.
As I mentioned on Monday the company Mr. Décor works for announced it will be shutting down its facility here in Phoenix in a few months. A very few people will be transferred. The rest will find themselves unemployed.
Many of you mentioned via comments or emails that you couldn’t get over how calm I was remaining. There are of course small moments (generally at 2 am) that I completely freak out. But overall I do have a strange sense of peace. I chalk it up to faith.
While both Mr. Décor and I are calm, we are also actively praying and making plans. As he says, “We are better prepared for this than many other people.” This is so true. While other co workers are frantically and drastically reducing their spending it’s kind of status quo in our home. We are thankful we have a few months to plan. But I think you have a sense that we always live fairly frugally.
We have just one credit card. It has a very minimal balance.
We both drive older cars that are paid for.
We shop on sale and use coupons whenever possible.
We rarely eat out.
Our cell phones are considered very outdated.
We scrape butter wrappers and squeeze the tube of toothpaste within an inch of its life.
But yes, we have made some changes.
We put the condo the Fashionista was living in while attending ASU on the market. I would like to ask my awesome prayer warriors to pray that it sells soon.
But the very first thing I did after reading that text was to go home and load up the three cabinet painting kits I had recently purchased back into my trunk. We had plans to paint the dated oak cabinets in our kitchen and bathrooms over Thanksgiving weekend. But now was not the time. The kits were returned and the $150 was credited back to our debit card.
Did I want to do that? No, I did not. I mean I am a home DIY blogger. The small, selfish part of me that is completely ridiculous wanted to dazzle my readers with an amazing kitchen makeover.
I had dreams of this:
But I knew deep down that God had answered. It seemed silly to spend a tremendous amount of time and $150 to paint perfectly good cabinets that we would soon be leaving behind. To spend money that we now need to save.
As I walked out of the home improvement store I noticed the large display of Christmas trees. When we moved over a year ago we got rid of our huge, heavy artificial tree that only had 60% of its lights still working. We had borrowed a tree last year. It turned out to be one of my family’s all time favorites.
My plan this year was to buy a new tree. But that is not going to happen now either. GASP! How can a home DIY/Design blogger not have a Christmas tree?
Well ok, we will have one small feather tree….
But not a large tree. The centerpiece. A showcase. But I have plans. Did you fear otherwise? You should know me better than that. Yes, Christmas will be on a shoestring this year, but what an opportunity to focus on what truly matters ~love! The true reason for the season.
I know in my heart Christmas miracles occur each and every day.
Unemployment in this economy is a scary thing. You can’t help but think about what could happen. I try to push those thoughts far from my mind.
After I returned the paint I came home and started back in on crafting the limited edition goodies I make for my Etsy shop every year at this time. The overall theme for 2013 was not lost on me.
Lovely little homes nestled in perfect winter wonderlands.
The houses suddenly seemed ironic given that I have no idea where I will be living next Christmas. I am ok with that. I’ve given it to God.
He in return has blessed me immeasurably. You guys with your big hearts have purchased some of those houses insuring my kids would have Christmas. I cannot begin to thank you enough for that. Tears stream down my cheeks as I type this. I thank you. I thank God.
He is bigger than everything.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” ~ Psalm 27:14
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
“Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7