Until yesterday everything that I owned was either in my van or in storage. My family was homeless, unemployed and I’m four months pregnant! Seriously…but I don’t feel stressed and am totally at peace.
When we moved to Atlanta, GA last year it was for one year of training with my husbands new company, Medtronic. We had just switched from active duty Army into the Army reserves. Aside from the fact that Dave, my husband was working (training) out-of-town a lot, we loved our new Peachtree City life. We had a great time making new friends, enjoying all of the parks & nature trials, and of course…GOLF CARTING!!
When we took this job we knew that I would only see my husband for less than 48hrs/week 3-times/month. However, we were willing to make the sacrifice because once the training was over and we were placed in a territory, we would be able to spend a lot of time together as a family. He would have been able to work from home a lot and do very little traveling.
Well, in May the home that we rented was sold by the owner and we had to move out. Knowing that the end of our training was at hand, we decided to live with family so that we could up and move when we were placed with a new territory for Medtronic. It could have happened very quickly and we did not want to be tied down to a lease. Thanks to my sister and my parents, we lived in my sisters townhouse while my sister lived in my parent’s basement apartment. We did this arrangement for about eight weeks.
The next thing that we knew, summer was here and Dave was working in L.A. for three weeks. We were on the verge of moving to Tulsa, OK so I decided to take the boys on the road and to say good-bye to a lot of my southern friends and to my grandmother. This is how we became homeless. We had no permanent place of residence and were at the mercy of our beloved friends and family members. During the second week of this trip, I was at my grandmother’s house when I received the call.
Dave had been laid off! So, in a matter of two weeks we went from days away from being placed in a new territory to being homeless, unemployed with three small boys and I’m pregnant! Can you say stress over load? Well, Dave was literally in surgery when we found out that his entire training program had been cut. We were one of hundreds who lost their job that day. Dave left surgery and went straight to the airport. The layoff was effective immediately. I left my grandmother’s, drove to Atlanta to picked up Dave from the airport and we headed for Chicago.
Thankfully Dave’s brother opened his home to us so that we could figure out our next plan of action. We had to decide where we wanted to live while we conduced this new job search. Dave and I felt like we should live in Utah years ago. The Medtronic job didn’t take us there but now that we are laid off, we kept coming back the this feeling. We prayed about it and we both felt at peace with moving across the county to “set up shop” in UT. We don’t know if we will find a job here but we know that for the next few month’s this is where our family should be. We are totally peace with this decision and when we signed the short-term lease to our new condo, everything felt right! So, as of yesterday, we are no longer homeless but we are still unemployed. We are confidant and prayerful that Dave will find a job soon. The Lord is in control and we are leaning on the Holy Ghost for guidance every step of the way. I am at peace and am still smiling.