Archive for January, 2010

“So Where Do You Want to Move to?”

OK, so we are losing our house. We don’t know when but we are. Our next court date is February 17th. Since we are losing our home, the most obvious next question is where are you going to move to?

 I have been asked this way too many times. Honestly, I have no idea! Also, people ask if we have any leads as to where to move to. The answer is NO! 

Since this blog is for you, maybe it would help all of you who have asked me these questions. 

We are now a family of ten people. Because of our size where we move becomes much more complicated then for the family of four or five. Here in Ohio as well as many other states, they have a law that restricts the number of people per bedroom. It is 2 per bedroom. So for our family we would have to rent a 5 bedroom (which is something we would love since we have been rather cramped in our 3 bedroom home for a while now). But how many apartments have 5 bedrooms? None. So we would have to rent a house. How many houses rent for less than $600 and have 5 bedrooms? None that I would care to rent! So where do we go? We can’t buy due to the really bad credit score after filing for bankruptcy and lack of funds.

 Many people have suggested government programs for housing. My family has some strong opinions on government assistance. We believe that we should not be dependent on the gov’t. Now it has been hard for us to keep out of the government’s pockets. We have had to accept Food Stamps and Medicaid. It was and is very hard for us to accept either, but I am truly grateful that we have had both. But we want to get off of assistance…not get more! It is a vicious cycle. This is not a pride issue. We would gladly receive private help (Hint, hint…Anybody have a large home they want to rent cheaply?…could be anywhere in the country), but we just don’t think it is in anybody’s best interest to have bureaucrats telling them how they should live. Now if we are at the risk of being homeless, we will pursue the government housing issue. Until that point comes though, please don’t tell me about government programs we qualify for because we just aren’t interested.

 So working off of what we have available to us, we have come up with a possible solution. We could (if we save enough money) buy an RV and have our own space at a price we could afford. Since we would own the RV (we won’t take a loan for one), space rent would be our main living cost. That can range from $200 – $600 or more a month depending on the season and where it is, and possibly free if we were boondocking. While living in an RV would be a tight squeeze for our family, if we made good choices we could save a lot of money and find a nice place to move to down the road. No, an RV is not a forever option for us, but it is an awesome option for the short term.

 The next question that comes to mind then is, “Where do we park the RV?” I have no answer to this question. One of the perks of an RV is the mobility. I think there are many opportunities to be had for my children if we were able to travel and see the country. Like visit my aunt and uncle in Washington, D.C. and tour the nation’s capitol. Or visit my husband’s many cousins, aunts and uncles throughout the Pacific Northwest. Or go help clean up after a devastating hurricane. Or help with preserving our national forests. Or work on a Christmas tree farm for a season. Or go to a low income neighborhood and put on a VBS and free music. Or show my children the ocean for the first time in their lives. Or run a fireworks stand. Who knows? I sure don’t. The possibilities are quite endless and only limited by our imaginations.

 So in answer to the question “Where do you want to move to?” The answer is to an RV… 

…at least for now.

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Be Encouraged

Dear Friends, 

In the Bible it says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”[1] Now, please know, I love God! Therefore He has promised me “the crown of life”. But I must persevere in this life in order to pass the final exam. And that is what this blog is about…my perseverance (or at least trying) in the trials that God places in my life. 

It is not just for eternal life that I persevere. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”[2] I desire to lack nothing. This may seem selfish or weak, but it is the truth. How often do we grumble about what we lack? I am probably the worst at this. No, I want to be content, no not content, joyful over what I have. And I want to be mature and complete. While I am far more mature than the 15 year old I was when I accepted Christ as my Savior, I am humbled and in awe of the mature saints around me. In some ways, I do feel complete, yet there is still so much brokenness in me.

 It is my desire that at the end of the Day, God would be pleased with me and the vessel He has made me to be. “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back I will not be pleased with him.”[3]

 I don’t want to shrink back. No, that is not true. I do want to shrink back. It is hard for me to start this blog, but just like I don’t want to exercise – I must! I must live by faith. I must not shrink back. So here I am writing this blog, not to show God my faith (because He knows my heart better than I do) but to show you my faith. It is my hope that you find value in my writings, in my life, and that this calls you to a closer walk with God. So that God will be pleased with you too. It says in Hebrews, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”[4] My hope is that by reading of my trials you will be spurred on toward love and good deeds.

 Although this is a blog about the tests and trials that God puts in my life, it is really a blog for you. Be encouraged my friend…

[1] James 1:12

[2] James 1:2-4

[3] Hebrews 10:37-38

[4] Hebrews 10:24

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