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Giving Thanks and Being Blessed

Calvin’s looking cuter than ever these days.  At least, that’s what his biased parents think.  We’ve been living out of suitcases for over a year now . . . but it’s gonna get a little less nomadic soon.  We’re moving to Virginia (God-willing) on Wednesday.  Yes, our car is still in the shop, but the last part arrives today (we’ve already replaced 3-4 others that were shoddy).  If that last part does the trick, we’ll be on the road early Wednesday morning in time to meet up with the person from whom we’re going to sublet (get the key, contract, all that good stuff).

The plan is to live there for the 7 weeks of the sublease while we find the best option for us for a 1-year rental contract. . . and while Steve secures a job.  He’s interviewing to be a city firefighter next weekend.  He’s also applied to be a contract scheduler, housekeeper, maintenance person, secondary school faculty member.  Yes, his job applications have spanned almost everything.  He’s got a master’s degree in Biblical studies, a B.S. in Exercise Physiology, and he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force . . . but sometimes all that good stuff doesn’t mean jack when you need a decent job and you need it yesterday.

So, if he can secure a job, then we can afford to move into another place longer term, and then we can (hopefully) qualify for a bank loan for a business.

As tough as it’s been for us this past year, we can be happy that we don’t have creditors knocking on our door threatening to take everything away.  Because, THAT would suck.  We’ve been living out of suitcases (in light of the recent heatwave and no A/C in the bedroom at night, it’s felt more like camping . . . in Florida in the summertime).  We have a roof over our heads, running water, hot stove and cold fridge.  For that, we’re grateful.

Gotta quit living in the past and relishing how good we had it when we were both making decent paychecks as military officers, owned our own house, and went out to eat at restaurants twice a month.  We’re blessed to have been able to travel around the world while in grad school. We’re blessed with a beautiful and healthy baby boy, and we’re surrounded by people (across the globe) who love us.  These bountiful blessings mean so much more than material things, although some days, it’s hard for me to remember that.

One day soon, I’ll be able to get to the buried boxes which are housing my pre-pregnant workout clothes, chiropractic textbooks, and favorite cooking doo-dads.  One day, Calvin will grow up the rest of his youth in the same home instead of constantly reorienting the location of his crib.  Until then, I must be content that home is where Steve and Calvin presently reside with me.

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