Sunday, May 20, 2012
This last week has been very busy for me. I have been out most days, and have hardly had time to spend on the Spark Site. I have been spending a lot of time with my church friends who have been scrambling to find a place to move to. They received a call last week from their landlord telling them that they would have to move immediately, as the landlord wanted to sell the house.
Rob is a truck driver, and he was on the road when the call (actually a facebook message) came in). His wife is home with 4 children, and of course she panicked and didn't know what to do.
She started to look for houses on-line, but nothing was available. I spent a lot of time talking to her on the phone, as she was very concerned. Her dh Rob was stuck in Montana for several days because his truck broke down. Of course, he is not making money while he is not trucking, so this didn't help their situation.
We had been planning a trip to Disneyworld in August, however, because of this urgent situation, we have cancelled the trip, and hope to re-schedule for next year. I have also been looking for a place in a seniors' apartment. They are very difficult to come by.
Tuesday was a birthday party for my friends' 3-year old, so I was over there again. Jaylene had been searching for houses on-line, but hadn't been able to find too much. There was a house available near our church, so she arranged to see it when her dh came home. She had also found a couple of other places and was trying to make arrangements to see them. For one reason or another, she was unable to get hold of the owners, or her computer kept cutting out.
Wednesday I had to attend a funeral for my niece's ex-husband. Her son and daughter were having a very hard time dealing with their dad's death. I had a difficult time to attend the funeral, as it was the first family funeral I had attended since my dh's passing in September of 2012.
The same day my friends went to see the house by the church, and they were able to rent it. It turns out the owner's father is the best friend of the Lead Elder of our church. He had a good relationship with the Lead Elder's son, who is a pastor at our church. He was very happy to rent the property to my friends. What a relief. At last their stress levels began to drop.
While we were in the area, we were talking about a senior block that I hadn't put my name in for yet, as the rents are a littler higher than other senior blocks. I said that I was thinking of putting my name on the waiting list for an apartment, so my friends said they would drive me there so I could do that. When I spoke to the Manager of the building, I told her I was looking for a one-bedroom apartment and I wanted to put my name on the waiting list. Guess what? There was no waiting list, and there just happened to be a one-bedroom apartment that was available for rent. I called my friends in and we were shown the apartment, and around the building. There is a seasonal pool, an exercise room, a sauna, a whirlpool, etc. There are women's exercises held 3 times a week. During the summer they have aquasize available.
There is a restaurant and a hairdresser on the site and there are washers and dryers on all the floors. There are elevators as well. The apartment I looked at is on the main floor, and I have a small patio area outside my front window. The apartments are set on 13,000 acres of land. There are going to be two large flower gardens planted right in front of my window where I can see them. I couldn't believe all this was happening so fast. The Manager told me the apartment was available June 1, but that she would let me take it effective June 15 if needed more time. She will only charge me the rent for two weeks. I filled out an application and put it in, and I should know by Tuesday if I can have the apartment or not.
I quickly contacted the leader of the Women's Ministry at my church, and asked her to pray about it. I prayed about it as well. I feel if God wants me to be there, He will make sure I do get the apartment. The next step is getting out of the lease on my present apartment. I don't know how that will work out. I hope I don't have to pay on two apartments for the next few months. I don't think I could afford that. That is something I am also leaving up to The Good Lord. I know He is taking care of me.