I haven’t spent much time here in the last months. It isn’t that there haven’t been many, many blessings, but simply that my time has been taken up with so many other things.
Looking back, I see that I’ve neglected to mention that we have moved from Ohio to New Mexico. Rachael and Michael have had A Plan to move here from the time they were married. They had a beautiful house in Ohio. They loved their house and its location, but it wasn’t New Mexico. Their plan was to save their money, upgrade their house and accumulate enough money to make the move. When Rachael and Michael set their minds to something, they DO it.
Shortly after the first of the year in 2015, they decided the Time Had Come. They began putting the finishing touches on their property to make it as attractive as possible. They made a trip to NM to scope out available properties. That provided a contact with a realtor and access to a very attractive house. Things moved forward for the move
One of their problems was getting ME moved. I have a lot of junk! After a number of conversations with Notah they hatched a design to move me and some of my things first, at the end of April. I began packing my personal things and cleaning drawers, shelves and my closet. Some of the things I boxed and left for them to take their moving truck. My clothes, some of my books and my plants I took with me. My bearded dragon and Maggie were at the top of the list to go along. Moving pets was a bigger hassle than moving myself. In addition to them, I took Rachael’s turtle and her cat, Cole.
Notah was in the process of purchasing a cargo van for the moving company. He would have to pick it up at some location since it wouldn’t be shipped to them directly. He elected to pick it up in Columbus as the least expensive way to go. See how God works things out for his children? His time table is NEVER wrong.
I stayed with Notah’s family while Rachael and Michael moved forward, listing their house with a realtor and arranging their move. As soon as that was accomplished they began packing. Their house was listed in May and sold within a month! We have an amazing Lord! How often does a house sell within thirty days! Yet when God has His Hand on the timing, it happens. There was blessing after blessing but by mid-July Rachael and Michael arrived in New Mexico!! How can I help but praise the Lord?!
By this time I was living in Notah and Kerra’s ‘old house’ that they were preparing for sale. Rachael and Michael were able to store their things in the back room and live with me while they were job hunting and getting organized for a few months. But after six months of rushing and working and organizing, they took a little time to kick back and relax. Rachael wanted to show Michael her homeland. He had seen the area around Albuquerque and Gallup during the times they had visited Notah and our family in Rock Springs, but there was the whole southwest that he’d never seen. They took a week or two as a break and visited Monument Valley, Zion National Park and other.’ landmarks around the reservation before they began looking for jobs.
Now another example of how the Lord works things out for His People. When they returned and began job hunting they both had jobs within a month. Again, how amazing is that!! In a time when jobs are hard to come by, especially good jobs they found good jobs almost immediately. Michael was hired to manage an ironworks shop—the same position as he’d had in Ohio. Rachael was hired as an assistant manager in a bank! I could hardly believe it!
The next issue was finding a house. They explored the area around Albuquerque, north to Santa Fe and south to the Tijeras area. They wanted a house ‘in the mountains.’ After they had made a few rounds viewing houses, Kerra mentioned that some friends of theirs had a house for sale in Tierra Grande. I didn’t thing they would be at all interested; Tierra Grande is a wide flat plain lying in the bowl between the Sandia Mountains, the Manzanos, Los Pinos and the Ladrones. I liked and still do like, having the distant mountains watching over us, but the land could by no stretch of imagination be called ‘mountainous.’
But when Rachael and Michael looked at the house they liked it immediately, in spite of many drawbacks. The people living there were horrible housekeepers. Their could-be beautiful house was in an awful condition. They had goats and pigs and dogs running loose. Their granddaughter kept Rabbits and chinchillas in wire cages on the floor in her bedroom. The property was overgrown with well-intentioned but improperly maintained vegetation. I couldn’t believe it when Rachael and Michael began talking of buying it. Now THAT was the Lord.
At any rate, the sale finally went through and they took possession the first of December, 2015..