February 16, 2009

Seminary/Move Update

Posted in Seminary at 5:41 pm by timin525

Well, as most of you already know, we are still here! Our house did not sell the first time on the market, so we decdied to take a break for a few months. Meanwhile, Tim has been busy doing side jobs and filling out job applications. Anything to make a few bucks to keep us afloat. The Lord is graciously providing and teaching us a few things about trust, faith, humilty, needs vs wants, etc. along the way.

The plan right now is to try to get the house back on the market by the end of March or first part of April. As I am typing this, I am realizing that Easter and Aubrey’s birthday are the first few weeks in April, so we may be better off waiting until those two weekends are out of the way. That way we don’t have to worry about having a showing during a birthday party. We will also most likely list the house with Johnson Reality. They only charge 1/3 of 1% commission and $500 to list it on the MLS. They do the paperwork, we do the rest. With the cheaper commission, we will be able to have a lower asking price and more wiggle room for negotiations.

Since we are pretty much guaranteed to be here until summer, I have also started attending the local homeschool group. It is called ARCHE, Arnold Regional Christian Home Educators. The girls, Aubrey and Norah, both take classes on Thursdays to supplement what I am doing with them at home. I really think they enjoy the social interaction and new experiences, though they both have some anxiety at the start of each class simply because they are not used to leaving mommy. While they are in class, Clara and I walk the track and visit with other homeschool moms with their little ones. So far I am enjoying the social interaction as well! I always like hearing about what other families are doing in their homeschools.

So for now, we are planted here because this is where we are. The hardest part about having our house on the market last fall was simply not knowing. I opted out of activities because I really thought that we would be moving. But now that we are still here, we are getting re-invloved. We cannot live in limbo. The Lord obviosuly wants us here right now, so we are doing our best to live out our calling where we are.

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December 9, 2008

Too Small, Too Small, Too Small!!

Posted in Seminary tagged at 3:36 pm by timin525

So our house is on the market. We all know the housing market is bad. We have had 6 or so people look at the house, mostly young couples and single moms. The answer everyone gives to whether or not they like the house is always: Too Small! Now I know our house isn’t huge, but it has three bedrooms, 2 full baths, a walk out basement and sits on 1/2 acre. The basement can be finished and there is plenty of yard space to add on if desired. I may be biased, but I think this house is a good buy. And I think that too many people are wanting more for less. Since when do I have to give away my house just because someone thinks it is priced too high for its size?! I guess I am just frustrated. Sometimes the smaller house is all a person can afford. That’s why we bought it. It was the best house for the money and it was in our budget! And I am not going to keep dropping the price just so someone who wants more for less can get what they can’t afford in the first place!

October 28, 2008

Update on Seminary

Posted in Seminary tagged at 10:35 pm by timin525

Tim was accepted to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary last week. Thursday, October 23 to be exact. We are excited. He has jumped one of the many hurdles.

The house has been on the market for three weeks now. We have had 5 Open Houses and only one person has come through. We try not to get our hopes up, but are always disappointed when our agent calls to tell us no one came.

We also have not had any showings. We had a potential showing tonight. The agent called at 5PM(!!) while I was preparing dinner to say that they wanted to be here at 5:30pm!! First of all, I wasn’t sure I heard him correctly and secondly, I was so excited that I could hardly speak. We actually had a showing scheduled. Someone wanted to see our house after 3 weeks of SILENCE. We rushed around to get things ready, took dinner out of the oven and then took everything over to Tim’s parents’ house – all by 5:30. When we returned home at 7:30pm we had a message on our machine saying that they needed to cancel the showing because it was too dark! I wanted to scream! I may have, actually. I wanted to give that agent a lesson in home showing etiquette. I have since calmed down, but am still disappointed. Hopefully the people will come through the Open House tomorrow. If they get here at 5p, it will still be light outside!

We are trying to be patient and calm, but it gets tiring/trying. I cannot imagine doing this for a full year. But, we will do what we need to do to get Tim where he needs to be. We just don’t know when that will happen.

October 9, 2008

When the nudge becomes a shove

Posted in Seminary tagged at 5:08 pm by timin525

I have been wanting to write about the events that have taken place over the last few weeks for, well, the last few weeks, but I have been struggling with how to write it and finding the time to write it. We have been busy.

2 weeks ago tomorrow (Friday), Tim lost his job. He came home from work and said, “Babe, I am sorry, but I don’t have a job. But, it is going to be okay! God told me this week that I would lose my job today, and we are going to be okay.”

I didn’t respond like most probably would. If I remember correctly, I struggled not to laugh. I think I even chuckled a little. We knew it was coming. Business has been slow, and we just did not see how his boss could pay him much longer to screw in lightbulbs and sweep the floors. My thoughts were basically, “well, I guess we had better get a move on.”

Both Tim and I firmly believe that the loss of his job is all part of God’s plan to move us to Memphis. Tim’s desire is to be in seminary, not in a workshop building doors or onsite refinishing doors. And we needed to take the steps to accomplish this, evidently faster than what we were already doing. We spent Tim’s first week “off” working on getting the house ready to sell. This is something that otherwise would have taken over a month to complete. Tuesday of this week we listed our house with CB Gundaker. http://www.cbgundaker.com/search/advanced/detail.jsp?mls_num=80059797&type=res

Now that the majority of the big work is done around the house, Tim is doing some side jobs. Thankfully God has blessed Tim with skills that allow him to bring in some money on his own. This is something Tim does not greatly appreciate, but he is good at it and it does pay well. He will do whatever he needs to do in order to support his family. Even if it involves paint and doors!

Through all of this, I have to keep reminding myself that I need to trust in the Lord, no matter what. A week ago I was saying that I was confident the house would sell fast. Today I am saying that I am confident that the Lord is in control. The housing market is not dependable. People lose their jobs. Money comes and goes. But God never changes. He is the only constant in this ever-changing world. So we are putting our faith in God’s plans for our move, seminary, the sale of the house and our income. We know where He wants us to be, but still are uncertain when and how we will get there.

We are excited to see how everything plays out, but all the hubbub getting the house on the market has been slightly unsettling to the girls. The girls’ world has not changed much, but they know something is different. We appreciate all your prayers during this time!

Keep checking back to this blog for updates. We have an Open House on Sunday, October 12 from 1-3p. Feel free to pass the blogsite or house listing on to anyone who may be interested. It is a nice house for a good price and we only need one buyer. They just have to see it first!

September 11, 2008

My husband is wonderful

Posted in Seminary at 1:05 am by timin525

We are trying to make our home look appealing to a buyer, so I suggested to Tim that we (he) paint the kitchen. The walls were a drab, off-white color that neither of us particularly cared for, so he was game. 5 coats of paint and 3 colors later, we are (he is) finally finished! The first color was green. I was going for light, limey and fresh. We got blue-ish green and dark. Then we chose yellow with the intention of letting some sunlight in on our old dark cabinets. Since I told Tim to go yellow, he decided to give it two coats even though I was not home to give my nod of approval. When I saw it, I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. He had just re-painted the kitchen because I did not like the first color. But the look of disgust on my face gave me away. In my defense, Tim did not like it either; although, he said it was better than the green. Too orange-ish and dark. So tonight, we (he) got it right. It is yellow, but light and creamy. Not exactly bright and fresh, but I probably wouldn’t have liked that either! Anyway, he is good to me. Thanks, Tim! You are a good husband and a good painter!

p.s. I forgot to mention that he had to paint the bathroom twice, too! But we (he) got the dining room right on the first try.

August 19, 2008

Many are the plans…

Posted in Seminary tagged , , , at 2:14 pm by timin525

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

When I was eight years old a missionary family from the International Mission Board came to our church to speak to us about international missions (it was called foreign missions back then). They were serving in Brazil. I don’t remember much of what they said, but I do remember having an overwhelming sense of God telling me that I would do that some day. In my mind (I like to plan everything out well in advance, you see) I would marry the missionaries’ son and we would be missionaries together. But I was only eight and I never saw little Dan Hall again. But I also never forgot what God did in my heart that day.

As the verse above says, “many are the plans of a man’s heart.” As time went on, I made my own plans. I figured I could work God’s call to missions/ministry around my life and plans. I would marry, have a family, make a home, volunteer in the church, etc. All honorable things. And I have done that. I am married to a godly man, have three beautiful little girls, have a nice home with 1/2 acre near family, and work in the church.

“But it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” I have the things that I want, planned and worked for, but they are not enough. I have a sense of wanting more, not because what I have is not good, but because God has a bigger plan for my life. The call He placed on my life as a child cannot be buried and forgotten.

Strangely enough (but not really strange, because it is the Lord at work), Tim has been sensing God’s call on his life as well. In fact, he is ready to leave his job, sell our home and move to another state in order to pursue God’s call on his life to ministry. And I am ready to follow. Tim telling me that he felt a call to ministry was like opening a door to a whole new world of possibilities. I was not/am not unhappy living my life the way I have planned. We have it pretty good, actually. But I know that following God’s call on our life will be so much more satisfying than following our own desires, even if some of our temporal satisfactions are removed.

Isn’t it neat?! That is a Tim expression. We work sooooo hard to make things happen. And we even succeed sometimes. But if it is not the will of God, he will make those “good” things we have achieved unsatisfaying. The things the world loves to consume will leave a bad taste in our mouths.

I have said all of this to say, Tim and I are preparing to follow God’s call on our life. We are in the process of getting our house on the market. We are moving to Cordova, TN so that Tim can attend Mid-America Baptist Teological Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity. We are excited. So many things have to come together that the hand of God will have to be in it for it to happen. It will be “neat” to see God at work in our lives. I don’t want to do it any other way. If it is not the Lord’s will, I don’t want it. I have tried to make my own plans, and I am ready for the Lord to take over. I want His purpose to prevail in our life!