This week is packed to the brim with home study appointments and preparation for our fundraising garage sale. We have back to back appointments with our case worker from Bethany Christian Services Monday through Wednesday.
I have to admit that I’m a little nervous for our home study appointments. I’m not really sure why. I think it’s just the unknown that has my mind racing along in high gear. I’m somewhat of a private person and a bit introverted at times. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LIVE FOR hosting guests and getting to know others. I love talking to new friends about their lives and passions. Building relationships is important to me, and I’m of a firm belief that it takes a real commitment to truly get to know someone. It’s hard for me to imagine that in three days, or ten hours really, someone will know me so deeply that they can adequately document my life in a report as significant as this one. Does that make sense? I don’t want to talk too much, but I don’t want to leave anything out or forget something either. There is peace knowing that God will lead the conversation, and our case worker is a pro at this.
Monday will be our home walk through, where our case worker goes through each room and area of our property. Tuesday will be our one on one appointments in which our case worker will meet for a couple hours with each of us separately. Wednesday she’ll interview us together.
I’ve read numerous blogs discussing how to prepare for home studies, but at the end of the day I’m trying to remind myself that all we need to do is trust God and be ourselves. Our home is always ready to receive guests at any moment, so there’s no need to fuss over our house. My husband and I have been married for nine years, and relationship is strong. Most importantly, I trust the Lord wholeheartedly with my past, present, and future—after all, everything I have is His.
I decided to take leave time from my eight to five on Thursday and Friday to prepare for our fundraising garage sale. We have a LOT to get done very quickly. A few weeks ago we posted this flyer on a variety of social media sites, and we couldn’t believe the response we received.
We have been blessed abundantly with an outpouring of love by way of encouragement, prayer, tables to set everything on, prep work, donated items to sell (stacked to the top of our garage), food to sell, and a team of friends and family who are available on the big day for set up, sale, and tear down. It’s overwhelming in the most AWESOME way!! God is good.
Stay tuned for updates!! I’m excited to share as our process continues.