Posted by: Vallere | October 31, 2010

When God says “Wait”

Hubby was up in New York (yes, the city) last week for the AACAP conference. The kids and I went up to my mom’s house for the week so I wouldn’t have to be a single mom (and more importantly, do Zollie’s shots alone), and also to get to spend some time with family. My grandmother isn’t in good health, and she was so happy to see the kids. They got spoiled by Gammy and Nafe (my parents), ate out way too much, and got to go through their first tornado warning in Memaw’s basement. Fun times!

When we got home and picked daddy up from the airport, he told me he had some bad news. He had gotten an email in NYC from our contact at Global. The hospital in Toowoomba had a budget cut and pulled out of our contract. Y’all, I just about threw up right there in the car. It was the exact same light-headed-weak-in-the-knees feeling I got when we heard that Zollie needed brain surgery. Ug.

Apparently, they had  a clause in their contract that gave them a pull-out timeframe. We were afforded no such luxury, and had no idea they could do that, so we were completely caught off guard. I can’t even begin to describe all of the house of planning and emotional envestment that has gone into this trip. Connecting with a moms group and homeschool co-op to make sure the kids (and I) could plug in with new friends. Researching churches. Talking with pediatricians and endocrinologists to set up Zollie’s transfer of care and work out the details of ordering his meds over there. Looking into neighborhoods to see where we want to live. Finding someone to rent our house (and all of the upgrades and cleaning that has gone into making it renter ready). Finding a home for our dogs. Purchasing Australian insurance (we probably won’t get that $$ back). Hubby turned down a job offer and likely burned that bridge forever. The list goes on and on. We are feeling like the rug got pulled out from under us.

I can only conclude that God is telling us to wait. I don’t know why. I can’t see the big picture. I might never know why. But for some reason, He doesn’t think this is the right time, or maybe it’s not the right city in Oz, for us to go to. This is certainly going to be a lesson in faith for hubby and I. We are both planners. We’ve been waiting for so many years to have a Plan and we finally thought we had one for the next year, but nope! Back at square one!

His fellowship ends Nov 30, so he’s scrambling to find part time employment for…who knows how long…until we can get another placement in Australia. We think the best option right now is for him to find something for 3-4 days a week to pay the bills and put a bit in savings, and use the others days to study for part 2 of his board exams. Once he’s passed those, lots more options in Australia will open up. If he can get a change of venue, he could take them in LA in January. If not, he’ll take them in Atlanta in April. We are hoping to get another placement no later than June 2011. So we’re still planning to go to Oz…just not in January like we thought.

Well, enough bad news! Let’s talk about something fun!

Yesterday, some fabulous women from our homeschool co-op put on a WONDERFUL Fall Carnival for all of the kids! They all dressed in costume, there were tons of (free!) games like hoop toss, beanbag toss, football throw (do you see a theme?) where the kids won candy. They had a hay ride and facepainting, lots of yummy food like hotdogs and popcorn and cupcakes. The boys came home with buckets full of candy. Ian was Spiderman (of course) and Zollie was the cutest T-rex ever. Ceirdwyn went as a chili pepper. She was mistaken for a strawberry a few times, but she didn’t seem to mind. I was a pirate (again) because, hey, what else would an ECU alum dress as?!

In other news, today is Halloween. We will not be participating this year. I’ve been feeling rather convicted about all of the pagan influences in the holidays we celebrate over the past couple of years, and after Ian got super frightened by some decorations last year, I’m just pulling the plug. The Bible says in Phillipians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I just don’t see any of that in Halloween – a time that glorifies evil and scary things. I’m also super bothered by the druidic roots of the holiday and the practices associated with it that have morphed into the candy-fest we see today. Rod and Staff has a great tract on the topic if you’d like to read more about the history of Halloween:

http://www.rodandstaffbooks.com/item/1-3295/?list=Tracts

I don’t want to let the devil get a foothold into my children’s hearts. It is my job to guard their hearts until they are old enough to guard them themselves. I know most people – even most Christians – think that Halloween is just in fun. I would have agreed up until a couple of years ago! But the more I learn about God’s plan, the more I see that He doesn’t even want us dabbling. Not even dipping our toe into Satan’s territory. Even just for fun. We should have no association with pagan practices. I’ll save my Christmas and Easter rants for later on. 😉

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