Here we go... It was the first day of Vacation Bible School at our church, in the middle of June, and I was co-teaching a classroom. Hubby got off work about 5pm as usual and hesitantly came down the hallway toward Braeden's room. He's always quoting movies he likes and this time he came in saying: "The arrangement is changing, has changed. As a matter of fact there is no arrangement." (From Ocean's 13) I just rolled my eyes and smiled, but there was a sad look on his face when I looked up. He said, "I lost my job". I thought he was kidding, but then he started crying. It broke his heart that he was able to provide for us anymore like he had been. That was the worst: his clearly broken heart as he stood there before me. Honestly, it was a shock. I didn't know what to say. I quietly finished changing Braeden and then fell into hubby's arms and started crying too. That whole evening was very hard. More and more things kept coming into my mind once I started understanding what losing his job really meant. No more income, no insurance, no way to provide for Braeden, where would we live, how would we be able to afford our dogs anymore, what if we got sick, etc. Thankfully, hubby has a great head on his shoulders and said we wouldn't make any decisions that evening until we had time to talk about everything. We talked and cried and prayed. My main fear was that we wouldn't be able to finalize Braeden's adoption without an income. That was less than a month away and I was gripped with fear. God provided for that right away and it didn't effect the adoption at all!
I wasn't sure if I should continue going to VBS cause it was 30miles away and we should save money, not spend it on gas. But hubby told me I needed to go, it would help me. And it honestly did. I got to talk to many Godly women and they helped me a lot throughout the rest of the week.
Over the next few days, hubby and I decided that we would move north since we had talked about it since we got married 4 years ago. The only thing that was ever holding us back (besides my family) was hubby's good job. Without the job, there wasn't really a good reason not to move and be where we ultimately wanted to live. We then got a call from our lawyer that the court date for Braeden's adoption was set for July 10th. We made plans to move starting on the next day, July 11th. Hubby's parents and brother were coming down for the adoption finalization already, so we figured it would be easier to move then when they could help us! And we did it. Moved the day after Braeden's Gotcha Day!
It was tough to pack and leave my family. Looking back though, I see God's hand in it all and it was really for the best that we don't have that job and that we were able to move. Hubby is still looking for a job, but we are doing alright and getting by.
From Braeden's Gotcha Day:
"Grandma, I'm fully adopted now!"
It's official! Braeden is ours!!
Braeden and his friend, Lili
Braeden and his girls!
Lili and awesome DS buddies: Amireah and Braeden
Love this one!
All the girls love Braeden
Daddy, momma and Braeden at Gotcha party
Gotcha Day cake!
Aren't I the cutest?!
Braeden and Amireah, awesome buddies!
It was kinda hot this day, can you tell? Love that smile though!!
More stories and pictures to come! :-)