Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bringing Elliot Home-Pampered Chef Fundraiser

Hello friends,

Many of you are my friends on facebook (and in real life for that matter) but I wanted to post on here too because, well, some of you are not. 

If you don't know..I sell Pampered Chef.  I have a friend that is trying to adopt from Eastern Europe.  He is a precious, precious gift from the Lord and they are working hard to raise enough funds to bring him home.  It is terribly expensive.  I have actually only known this sweet family for a short while (they are in our homeschool co-op) but already I love them so much.  They have such a heart for the Lord and for the orphans that the Lord calls us to care for. You can read her blog to learn more about their journey and also where the money is going!

Okay I feel as though this is all over the place.  What I am trying to say is that I have offered to sell Pampered Chef to help raise money for them.  We could have done a raffle but I felt like people would want to get something for their money...and who doesn't like a good-quality kitchen tool (many which have lifetime guarantees!)?  Pampered Chef does do fundraisers but because it is for a family and not an organization they won't contribute for it like it is a fundraiser. I have offered to give all of my commission.  So the more purchased-the more I make and the closer we are to bringing Elliot home. 

So if you need some new products check out the website and order!  You have to go under the host name-Jennifer Johnson.  You DO NOT have to live in Houston or Texas for that matter to purchase something.  All you have to do is place your order and let us know where to send it if you are out of town.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I feel as though I should post something.  It has been a while.  I have thought of several posts but I have scratched each one.  Not because the content wasn't important but really because it was too emotionally charged.  I have struggled over the last week or so with some strong emotions. Part of me wants to blame others the other part knows that it is me and me alone that can take the blame for the hurt feelings or anger. So I choose not to blog about it. 

We are still unsure of Troy's job situation.  It looks like he has two offers on the table by two different companies.  Now it is time to pray.  I can't imagine that God would so clearly shut doors in this process (7 months to be exact) just to give us this very difficult decision at the very end.  The thing is one job would be extremely rewarding..he would be helping those in need (much like we have been). But the pay is not that great...actually it is not good at all.  But there is a possibility that they will offer more (we will know on Monday).  The next job is much more rewarding financially.  The pay is more than he made at BAE and we would be comfortable when it came to paying bills (something that has not happened in a while).  To many this is a no-brainer, but to us it is a difficult decision.  God calls us to do things that are not the "norm" and if we are obedient then he will reward us in that. 

So that is all I've got.  At least about the Troy-job stuff. We are still schooling.  It is hard because I am done and so are the kids.  But we are going to school all summer.  I know it sounds crazy but I really want to take off November and December.  If we school this summer we should not get off schedule too much. 

I still don't have a camera, but I am working on it.  The kids are enjoying our unit study on shells (yes we are still doing it!).  Hopefully we will actually get it finished soon and get to move on.  I have a Memorial Day study that I would like to we better get crackin'! 

Until next time....Be blessed!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I am God

Last Sunday we had an awesome lesson on "doing good" (Galations 6:9-10).  I walked away feeling refreshed by the Holy Spirit. Before I got to my car someone handed me an envelope with cash and a post-it. The post-it read: "Be still and know I am God" (with a smiley face). The amount of money was substantial and I was overwhelmed with the feeling that another believer was "doing good" for us out of obedience to His Word.

Monday, Troy had a job interview.  It went really well.  He felt like he was going to get it.  They would call on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, we got a letter in the mail from the unemployment office.  We have not received benefits from them for the entire month of April and in actuality he had only been paid $20 from Lowe's in April.  So our total income for the month of April was $86 (only because I worked a couple of days at the church).  In all of that every single bill was paid on time.  We received the right amount of money from others (without asking) to pay for ALL of our bills.  That is a substantial amount let me just tell you!

Also on Tuesday, I had to go to the ER, but first went to Urgent Care.  I am fine but the total cost between the two places was the amount that was in the envelope on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Troy talked to the place he interviewed at and they said wait til Friday.

We have been receiving medical benefits for the kids (more of a safety net) while Troy has been unemployed.  (Most of our debt is due to medical bills that occurred when he was unemployed before.) We also have been receiving food stamps.  Not something that we are proud of but a necessity (especially when your mortgage is 85% of your income). On Thursday we received a letter that they were no longer going to allow us these benefits.  Why you say? Well there is no good reason...
Friday has come and gone. We still don't know about the job.  My children do not have insurance.  I really don't know how we will pay for food.  But what I do know is that I was told on Sunday to "Be still and know that I am God".  This was no coincidence.  That post-it is on my refrigerator door right now.  All week whenever I have had a conversation or the phone has rang or I have felt overwhelmed with it all, I hear the words; "Be still and know I am God". 

I wonderful lesson for me this week.  The lesson is still not over.  Who knows when it will be.  But what I do know is that He is God-Redeemer, Maker, Healer, Provider, King of kings, Lord of lords, Hosanna, Messiah, Alpha and Omega.  Without Him there would be no hope.