Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sometimes one of those forwards grips your heart and makes you speak from yours.

This was written after a forwarded email story really touched me, whether it was true or not.... God touches our lives in ways that we may not ever realize. We’ve been going through a tough time. Have been for over about two years now. Shane has developed a problem with his hip called Osteonechrosis. Minutes before we got his diagnosis, Shane received a call that he lost his job. We could have been really sour at that point. But we had faith that there was something better out there for us. As we waited for Shane to undergo surgery up at Duke, he amazed me. He enrolled in a Real Estate class, passed with flying colors, and landed a real estate job that isn’t normally giving to new agents. His persistence was untouchable. He now works for a wonderful company that is very compassionate about his health concerns. Two Mother’s Days ago, we decided we would put our house on the market and build our dream home. So in June 2007 we signed a contract to build a beautiful home that would be the perfect size for the family we wanted to have. In July 2007 we place our house on the market. Shane’s hip didn’t get better after his hip surgery up at Duke. As the closing date on our house got closer, we got scared that we wouldn’t get our house. Then the best thing happened. We DIDN’T get the new house. We took our house off the market, got our money back on the house we built, and awaited Shane’s next hip surgery in Dec 2007. There would have been no way to afford this new house with the surgery, his time off work, and slow real estate market. God once again looked out for our family and put our best interests first. Things may sometimes look like they are falling apart around you. Like you have no control over what is happening to you. That is because this isn’t YOUR plan. This is His plan. We have realized this, and are rolling with the punches. And they feel so much softer than they used to.
Shane is doing much better after this past surgery. We put our house back on the market Feb 2008 and decided to build a new "dream home". June 10, 2008 we closed on our old house. Funny to say that after 5 years, 112 Droos Way is now in the hands of a great guy and his girlfriend. They are starting out like we did when we moved into that cute little house. Several days later we closed on our new home. It will have all the space we need for now and many years to come. We’ve met our surrounding neighbors already and are excited for this next chapter in our lives. I just wanted to share how thankful we are, and thank all of you for supporting us through our roller coaster journey these past two years. Your prayers and thoughts were heard and felt.
Love always, Hannah, Shane, and Ben


Bethany said...

Great house! Congratulations you guys. This Irish Blessing seems to fit:
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Jenny said...

Hannah! The house looks great!! Love it.....hopefully we can make it down sometime to see it!!!
And you guys too :)