M was on Spring Break this week– although it was not what you would generally call a break.
On Monday, we drove down to Georgia to return a borrowed truck to M’s mom, and attend a funeral for the father of M’s brother’s wife, H. We are all very sorry for her and her family.
After the funeral we continued on to Alabama, where M will intern this summer, in an effort to make plans for a place to live. We were not sure how this was all going to come together… it seemed we had many hurdles to overcome. We needed something cheap (we will be paying for our apartment here also), that would do a 3 month lease, and take pets. We also had to figure out where we were going to borrow or rent furniture, and kitchen supplies, etc. And there was also the issue of utilities being hooked up and then disconnected for such a short stay.
There were some very nice (but pricey) apartments that were recommended to us, but they had so many fees and deposits that it would have set us back a lot. We did not have much “luck” in our search for the first day and a half, and we were getting very discouraged.
While we were back at the hotel room getting ready to attend oral argument at the court where M will be working, I kept wondering to myself how God would work this one out– I certainly was at a loss for ideas. After the arguments, we got to meet the judge M will work for and he asked about our search for a place to live. After we told him that it was not seeming very encouraging, he told us to wait, and he disappeared behind a door for a few minutes.
Long story short. His chief of staff put in many phone calls to many people and places (churches, universities, etc.) and a few hours later, we had news of a professor who would be needing someone to rent his fully furnished home for the summer! The dates coincided perfectly to his and our needs!
I know that God is in control of every detail of every person’s life. Some days it’s just more obvious than others.
We are back home now, and little Mr. Oliver survived being alone for four days straight (two litter boxes and a massive bowl of food and water). He’s such a good kitty! M starts up school again on Monday, and will keep chugging away until May, and then it’s off to “Sweet Home Alabama!” … or as R says, “Sweet home Awabama! Where the sky is so nice and blue!”