Friday, May 1, 2009

Well, We're not moving to Montana, of Indiana, or, at the moment, anywhere. It's been a long and frustrating couple of weeks while we've waited to hear on John's job prospects, and now we have answers, just not the ones we were expecting.

It's hard not to be disappointed. Ever since I was laid off, and we found out about baby #2, we've bee looking for the next step in our lives, and trusting in the Lord to show it to us. We really felt like these moves were the answer. We love DC, be we were hoping to move somewhere more... affordable. We're ready for the stability a lower costs of living will bring. But, I guess that's not the plan right now. The Lord seems to be asking us to wait yet a little longer.

This is hard. My unemployment runs out before the baby comes, and John will be on unemployment for most of June and July. As it is, his salary and my unemployment were keeping us afloat. I need another job, but no one wants to hire someone less than three months from giving birth. Hopefully I can find something shortly after the baby comes, but then there's the question of affordable child care. Too much, and my entire salary goes for that. There's also the added cost of a bigger place. I was really enjoying the thought of a 2 bedroom, with a washer and dryer, for 1/2 of what we're paying for a 1 bedroom and 4 flights of stairs to the laundry room. But not around here... =)

There is a bright spot in all of this though. As we've received our "no"s this week, we've both kept praying, and today, we both had the same thought. I picked up John from the Metro, and said "I've been thinking..." He said: "I think I should take an AutoCAD course this summer." Taking the words right out of my mouth! So many of the jobs we've seen that he hasn't been able to apply for were because he was missing this certification. I guess for now, that's what we need to do. Focus on John's continuing education and skillset, and then we can look again.

For now, we're still praying, since that doesn't really solve the immediate financial problems, but we finally feel like we have a "yes" to go with all the "no"s. Please pray as we continue our search. We'll keep you posted.