Jun 12, 2012

Miracle on Wheels

What a relief.  Two VERY miracle-affirming things happened in our family yesterday.  I was starting to wonder- and I know I risk getting struck by lightening here - if our pleas for divine guidance and help were being ignored.  As is always the case, when you feel really, really low and then something really wonderful happens, there is this immense sense of relief and then a little guilt that you ever doubted.  With all of the hard things I've gone through in my life, I have always ended up in a better place than where I started.  So why must I forget that every.single.time. the going-gets-tough?  Well, today, for what it's worth, I am a believer again.  The rough situation we are in is not over yet, but I feel like I've been "thrown a bone" to get me through for a while.  Thank heaven (literally!).

Miracle #1:  Cory got an official letter from the United States Department of State. The letter stated that he has officially passed the medical and security clearances and is now on the foreign service officer register.  This is a very, very big deal!  From start to finish, the process took eight months and it is a toughie all around.  I am so pleased with Cory, his tenacity, smarts, and awesomeness!  Now we just wait for an assignment, which could mean up to 18 months of more waiting, but what matters now is no more tests, no more interviews, no more essays, no more FBI guys watching us with binoculars (at least as far as we know).  Phew.

Second miracle:  Way back in July, Cory's car was totaled.  A car that was paid for, was too much to repair, and one that we couldn't afford to replace due to him losing his job around the same time.  Between using Kim and Rob's scooter (thank you SO MUCH you guys) and sharing a car, we've made it through these 10 months.  But not being able to transport your kids on a scooter and/or riding to work on a scooter and arriving in a professional/timely manner is limiting.  Sharing a car is hard under the best of circumstances, and we are not in the best of circumstances.  We just needed another car.

Our funds are limited, of course.  Last week I remembered that I had some money saved away in a bank account that we don't use much.  $3000.  What kind of car can you get with $3000.  Not much, but that is what we had to work with. We looked at a few cars this weekend and any that were worth buying sold pretty quickly.  And even those cars needed more work than we were prepared - or could afford - to take on.  Pretty depressing.  But yesterday, I just happened to check KSL.com on my phone during dinner.  A car popped up that was $2500 under blue book, was below our budget, was beautiful inside and out, and was actually an older version of a car we've always dreamed of having.  Seemed too good to be true.  We raced over to see it.  Turns out the seller had another buyer who had just left to get some cash to buy it.  We offered a little more (still way under the value) and the seller basically told us he liked us more and it was ours.  I can only imagine how irrate that first buyer was when he got back, but it is clear that heaven was smiling on us and we got that break we needed.  That car is a miracle on wheels - it IS too good to be true.  Today it is ours and we've got that little shot-in-the-arm we needed. 

Bottom line moral of the "two miracles in one day:" we are not stranded on a desert island!  We are not alone. We've got some help up there.  It will all be okay.  I believe in miracles.  I am full of gratitude.  Thank thee, dear Father.