Today marks the one year anniversary of my first day at this job. It has been quite a ride!
The move from Michigan was rough. Financially. Emotionally. Socially. Rough.
But here we are, one year later, and God has seen us through!
When we filed our taxes, our tax preparer asked how we managed to survive financially!
Yeah, we had to forego the luxury of vegemeat everyday (that stuff’s bad for you anyway) and experiment with different types of dried beans…
So we couldn’t eat out and had to shop once a week with a very specific budget (and would hi-5 each other at the cash register when we came in significantly under budget because then we could afford a luxury the next week)…
We couldn’t buy any new toys for the kids and gifts became a little more practical (like suspenders instead of legos – my son loves both by the way)…
And trips out had to be better planned and strategic…
But the intentional living we were forced into was a blessing in and of itself!
Moreover, we never went without food on the table.
We never froze though our house wasn’t the tropics.
Never missed a payment on essential bills.
Managed to bring my sister from Zim to visit.
And even safely welcomed a baby into our home.
Not once did I feel poor in this past year despite the story our finances tell.
Looking back at this whirlwind of a transition year, I cannot but praise the Lord. He did it again. He brought us safely through. He sent His servants to bless us at critical moments (like our Christian neighbors who gave us rice and cooking oil just before we ran out). Without God, we never would have made it. With Him, everyday is a thrilling adventure!
2017 has been jam-packed with miracles for my family so far! I can’t be exhaustive in this post but God deserves praise for all He has been doing for us so I must, at least, list some of the great things He has been doing.
Baby Incoming: We begun this year with the good news of another addition to our family! I feel so blessed to be able to bear children and so privileged to experience motherhood with more than one child. It has been a much easier pregnancy than the first and I’m so grateful for that because of the other blessings God has bestowed on us.
New Job: We’d begun the application process last year but it was also confirmed at the beginning of this year that I was switching jobs. I loved my work with public campus ministry. In fact, one of the draws of this new job was that my ministry would still be geared towards the same demographic. But now I get to explore an area of interest I’ve been developing over the years – Editing! So in February I started a new job as editorial assistant for the young adult division of the Sabbath School Department at the General Conference.
Relocating: We were apprehensive about the move for many reasons. How would we afford a house in Maryland? We didn’t want to be surrounded by the sound of traffic and sirens all the time. What would happen with our house in Michigan? Well…the condensed version is that God has and is working it all out in our favor! Hallelujah!
Childcare: Most recently, God answered another one of our prayers for help with child care when my maternity leave is over. With miraculous flair, He has provided the visa and travel costs for my sister to come and help us out!
There’s so much more I could say about the, oh, so many ways God has been unfairly kind to us! I’m so undeserving of such goodness and yet He just keeps on blessing! Praise His holy Name!
The very next day, he arrived! That is, our son, Leonardo Ittai Hlatywayo Daco, was born on February 1st. He’s 4 weeks old today at 7.02pm.
Maybe it’s because I carried him in my womb for roughly 40 weeks before he entered the world, but I feel like he’s always been a part of my life 🙂
God has been so very gracious to our family! We’ve had our fair share of baby woes…I’ve made many mistakes already (oy)…but he’s a healthy little boy – precisely what we prayed for.
They say the first month-6weeks is the hardest time of adjusting; so I’m thanking God for seeing us through this first part of our journey! And praying that He will guide us as we introduce our son to this sinful world and his loving Savior!