I haven’t updated since last Friday and even before then, it’s been hit and miss for a while. This might be a bit random and stream-of-consciousness, but here goes…
Bryan’s job has been interesting, to say the least, over the last several months. They’re short-handed and still adding on more projects, which has made it virtually impossible for anyone on the team to meet deadlines, even when working 60 to 90 hours a week with no overtime compensation. So, we had a tough decision to make. After much prayer, seeking of counsel and deliberation, and a final discussion with his superiors, he handed in his resignation and his last day will be this Friday. In some ways, it’s scary; in another way, it’s a relief. I know it sounds crazy to leave a job in this economy and time of year without having something to fall back on, but I know he’ll work hard to do odd jobs and make ends meet. He’s definitely proven he’s a hard worker! (So, if you need odd jobs done, let us know!)
About two weeks ago, we put the house on the market and sold one of our vehicles. The one-car-household thing may be a slight challenge with Bryan looking for a job, but it should be okay. We praise God that we are debt-free, except for the house. This helped with our decision. We’ve limited our expenses and will be shopping at Aldi and the Farmer’s Market more regularly, and we’re committed to living simply. My long-term goal is for him to be in a job that he loves, something like photography, carpenter-type projects, or be able to learn graphic design and/or web design. So, if any of you need a photographer for your holiday card this year or hear of someone looking for a wedding photographer, let us know! Meanwhile, there are still items for sale on the Sale page of this blog! (hint hint)
I’m praying that the house sells quickly and that my job remains stable until it does, or at least until Bryan finds something else. Whatever happens, we know God is our Jehovah Jireh (the Lord will provide) and our El Shaddai (God Almighty). We’ve been studying names of God in Sunday School with our fourth graders for the past year and a half. It’s been a great study and we’re thankful for the continual reminders.
Here are some snapshots to capture the past bit:
Jan and I went to the Saturday Morning Market downtown. Check out all the beautiful peppers! And this wasn't even half of them! Who knew there were that many different types of peppers! I didn't buy any of these, but I did get a ton of mustard greens, turnips and turnip greens, beets and beet greens, butternut and yellow squash, green onions, West End Coffee Mistletoe Java blend and Great Harvest Bread! All for about $30 (and $12.50 of that was the bread)! It was Jan's first visit to the market; we'll definitely be coming back!
I had an amazing workout with Judy at the gym last night, followed by a dinner of a turkey/ham sandwich on wheat bun with lettuce and mustard, organic carrots, and a giant Fuji apple. Bryan also made apple pie, but there's none left for a picture.
I had lunch with some friends/coworkers at Sushi Murasaki downtown today. It was amazing! We had miso soup, seaweed salad, and two huge plates of sushi. My favorite is the Genji roll, but they serve a special on Tuesdays that came in a close second: all I remember is that it had the word "sexy" in the title (notice the roll that's missing a few pieces; it was warm and tasted like it had cheese on top). Everything was delicious! I even liked the BBQ Eel this time! I wish I could take pictures of food for a living! Maybe someday...along with my other million and one dreams.
Dessert was bite sized fried cheesecake (pomegranate on the left, mango on the right). Yum! And just the right size!
Tonight I made a pumpkin smoothie (aka milkshake) for dinner before our 8PM volleyball semi-finals (which we won - yeah!-so we'll be in the final game next week). The "smoothie" had 2 cups of prepared pumpkin, 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, and 1 cup milk, plus cinnamon, fresh ginger, cloves and nutmeg blended together; then I topped it with my most recent trail mix. It could have used a little more liquid and maybe a few dates for some added sweetness. I think next time I'll try fat free yogurt or a frozen banana instead of ice cream or plus the dates. The trail mix went very well with it.
Fresh Ginger in the shape of the Eiffel Tower.
There’s more going on, but I’ll spare you the details tonight. God is good all the time! And I can be calm and joyful as a result! He’s been so good to bring songs and scripture passages to mind. Isaiah 26:3 has been a good one, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Another good reminder is in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The Philippians passage has been a strong tower for me this week.
Someone said, “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.” Who holds my future? Thankfully, not me. The Creator God, who knew my goings and my comings, my thoughts and my steps, before the foundation of the world–He holds my future! And so, we wait and trust, knowing that God is our loving creator, gracious Redeemer, friend and defender, provider and keeper to the uttermost.