It’s been a weird year for us.
Things were clicking along fine,we were getting through life, working hard and paying down some bills, when things changed, and suddenly were were a part of a disaster area, half our livable space was gone and we had $17,000 in damages. But we knew we could recover, we still felt blessed, it could have been worse.We had some money in savings and we figured we would just pay the minimums on some bills until we could get through it.
Then, a month later our tenant moved out of our rental. Suddenly, our own home was still in shambles and we had 2 mortgages, and an entire summer of renovations.
$20,000 later, the house was rehabbed,ready for a family, and sitting on a slow market.
I saw God working in my life during the Flooding when he sent amazing people to come help us. There was no way we could have done it on our own.
And I saw Him again when we were completely defeated and felt like we would never get through the summer.I like to call it the summer of panic attacks. I prayed for him to provide for us financially;we felt like we were drowning.
After a few e-mails, I had amazing sponsors who showed up and helped us defray some of the cost of the rehab. It was a HUGE blessing.
The house as beautiful, we rehabbed everything in it,it’s almost a new house, but it’s not selling.
And we’ve watched it sit, and sit, and sit. Not understanding why. There have been a ton of GROSS houses that were smaller in our neighborhood area that sold for higher than we were asking.
What the heck???!
We have been completely gobsmacked as to why it’s till there….As we pay 2 mortgages. It made it hard to get up in the morning.
I sat and had a chat with God.And I told Him that I was frustrated, and that I didn’t understand why that house was still not sold. And that things were hard, and I didn’t understand it. I know He has His reasons, but I just didn’t get it.And I also told Him that I felt like my life wasn’t moving a long and I felt like I was ready for something more.
Then,about a month ago, I got my answer.
It came in an e-mail.
“Hi, we found you through your blog and want to know if you would be interested in writing a book?”
Yep,I’m going to write a book!!!
Contract signed, sealed and delivered!
The most ironic thing is,since our house is still a mess, and we are in tight quarters, I have an entire basically brand new,quiet,beautiful house to go to every day and shoot all of my pictures.
Suddenly, everything was clear.
That house is there for me right now.And God knew it all along.
And I am overjoyed,overwhelmed,and awe-struck, and so nervous with butterflies that I could hurl, and I feel incredibly, incredibly blessed.
Can you believe it? I’ve come along way since my first local newspaper article 6 years ago.
I am still in a state of disbelief.
It will come out next October,it’s a project/tutorial based book.They gave me the hugest compliment when they told me they wanted me to do the photography.
It will be on Amazon,at Barnes and noble and at other major booksellers!
Isn’t that crazy?And it’s a lot of work. More than I could even imagine.I am two weeks in and totally swamped, but it’s GOOD work. You know?
I know those other things are still looming over our heads, but it gives me hope.
It makes me excited to get up in the morning. 🙂
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