Today marks one year of us living in the D.C. Metro. So hard to believe! I wanted to share some more details about why we moved to the Washington DC area for those of you who have not yet heard the story.
It was around the middle of May last year. I peed on a stick and there it was; Two little lines telling me I was expecting! I called my doctor immediately to get a second opinion. Two hours later, the doctor and I were jumping up and down. This was real; This was really happening.
I knew I wanted to share the news with my husband immediately, but I wanted it to be special for him. So, I decided I would fill our bedroom with pink and blue balloons, put a sign out that read, “Hey Dad, can’t wait meet you!” And wait until he got home from work.
I hear the garage opening, run to go hide so I could record every second of it, and wait for his reaction. As he enters the room, I watch him stand in shock through the video camera. All that comes out of his mouth is, “Holy Crap!” As I come out from hiding, we laugh and embrace. We are going to be parents!
Now we just have to manage this excitement in public until I am 12 weeks before we tell anyone. We’d rather not go through everything publicly if something should happen. Pregnancy, after all, has always been the greatest fear of my life.
The second day reality set in and Josh started going over finances. Being a stay at home mother meant cutting back and sticking to a strict budget. Josh for some reason kept coming back to the thought, “Imagine if we didn’t have to pay a mortgage/rent…we could live like we normally do, no problem, and Shell could stay home and raise our child.” He prayed that it would happen somehow. Of course, we never believed living rent free could actually be possible.
Later that evening, we received a curious phone call. My sister Shanna and her family, who live in the DC metro, had just welcomed a new baby to the family and now have three kids. As we talked, we learned that daycare is so expensive in the DC area that it would be cheaper if they offered us to live in their second home, if I’d watch the kids while they were at work. I then told Shanna our exciting news, that we were pregnant and looking for a way for me to be a stay at home mother. We told them we’d consider it but of course we’d have to be able to sell our house and Josh would have to find a teaching job. They completely understood. But, it’s looking like God answered Josh’s most ridiculous, impossible prayer in less than 24 hours, we’re not going to have a mortgage.
Selling our house as quickly as we wanted to, would be nearly impossible. Our relator nearly laughed in our face when we told her we are hoping to sell the house and move as soon as school let out so Josh could start the job hunt. We knew it was another impossible prayer, asking for our house to sell right away while there were foreclosures all around us.
The day we put our house up for sale, I had to go out of town to shoot a wedding. Josh came along with me and every-chance he had, I would catch him sitting and praying to God that the first person to see our home would fall in-love with it and make a good offer. During the reception, I see Josh answering a phone call. We got an offer! An older couple came to see the house and they just fell in love with it. They gave us great offer, and wanted to close on the house just as fast as we did. God answered another ridiculous, impossible prayer in less than 24 hours, our house was sold.
Now, Josh needed to find a job. We were pretty confident that God wanted us to move, but we still wanted clarification if we were doing the right thing. The idea of picking up and moving with your pregnant wife across the country was scary for Josh. It was definitely a leap of faith. The couple days after the house sold, Josh and I went to church. Before walking in we said a quick prayer, “God, we need to hear from you today. We have to know if we are doing the right thing.”
Johnny Jernigan was preaching that day at Copper Pointe and his sermon was titled “Get Out of a Rut and Redefine Your Future.” At several points throughout the message, we felt like God was speaking directly to us. We needed to move. But, what happened latter was even more of a direct answer from God. Service ended, and as we were walking out with a crowd of 600-800 people, someone ran up and grabbed my arm. “Excuse me, excuse me” the man said. We turned and it was Pastor Johnny Jernigan who chased us down. We hadn’t said a word when he started telling us, “The whole time I was preaching, I felt like God was telling me that I was talking to you two. He wants you to know that He’s got everything under control. He’s going to take care of you. He has something great for you.” Then he turned directly to Josh and said after a short pause “Especially you. God has something special for you.” Johnny’s voice trailed off and he told us he just felt like he needed to tell us that. Of course, we thanked him. And then we quickly filled him in on what was going on, to confirm that he was indeed hearing from God and to encourage him to keep doing so as God speaks to him. We were just blown away by the whole thing. God spoke to us, answering what some people might think is a ridiculous prayer from just an hour and a half earlier, we were ready to move.
A couple days later we announced to our family and friends. We are pregnant! And….we are moving in two weeks!
In the next couple weeks, we packed, loaded the truck, closed on the house, and moved to the DC metro area. Josh still needed to find a job. As soon as we unloaded the truck, Josh was headed out the door in search of that job. The day he went to pass out resumes to potential employers, he coincidentally walked into a school that was doing an interview for the position he wanted. 24 hours later, he had an interview, followed shortly after by a call where he was offered the job.
So, that’s how we ended up here. Not because we are anything special, but, because we decided to follow where God lead us. We sold our house faster than anyone could have imagined, for more than we thought we could get. We now live in a super nice area that we would not have been able to otherwise afford, Josh is working for one of the nation’s top schools, and now we are raising our little girl here. God lead us through our greatest fears, has answered the most outlandish of prayers, and showed us the most undeserved grace.
Be encouraged. Be faithful. Be brave. And God will do outlandish things for you!
Thank you so much for reading!