I try not to fill my posts with me, me, me stuff. I’m sure the everyday things that happen in my life aren’t as interesting to you as they are to me. Unless of course you live vicariously through the blogs you read: laughing with them, crying with them, and eating up the fact that you aren’t the only whole food, homeschooling weirdo out there. But maybe that’s just me. 🙂
You’ve all become such sweet friends, and there are some major changes going on for us, that I felt I needed to confess something. . .I haven’t been totally honest with you.
I mean, I haven’t outright lied. . .but I’ve kinda avoided telling you the whole truth: my husband works for the enemy.
The Truth of the Matter
LOL. I make it sound like he’s a spy or something! Okay, before you go calling the FBI, let me explain:
I might have mentioned over the past year or so that Travis works in research, but I neglected to tell you what he researches. Corn. As in corn development. As in he works for seed corn companies.
In case the light hasn’t dawned yet, let me put it to you this way. One of the ugliest words to us real foodies, WAPF followers, and traditional foodists, etc. is the name MONSANTO – the GMO-creating, population-controlling, arch enemy of real, nourishing food, safe & healthy living, basic decency and integrity. . . you get the picture.
Travis doesn’t work for Monsanto, but for all practical purposes he could be. For the last fifteen years he’s worked for seed companies like Monsanto (just without the horns and tail). Companies that develop different corn hybrids. . . and yes, GMO’s.
At one point in life I had no idea what GMO’s were. At one point neither of us would have link his health issues to what we ate. But as we’ve learned more about health and food over the years, the more we’ve realized that you are what you eat. We became distinctly aware that Travis’s job helps create the very thing we wanted to avoid.
Sigh. So here I am, blogging about the importance of eating non-GMO, non-processed food created as God intended – and there Travis is, helping research and develop it. Honestly, I felt like a hypocrite. We felt like hypocrites.
The problem: he LOVES his job. I mean really loves it. He gets to be a farmer in the spring during planting, summer field work, and fall harvesting – and in the winter he helps collect all the data they’ve gathered through the year and send it on to someone further up the ladder. He loves the variety, getting out in the fields, and man, oh, man does he love driving tractor. 🙂 He’s really just an ol’ farm boy at heart.
So what’s a farm boy and his family supposed to do with a four year degree and 15 years experience in corn research that we don’t agree with anymore? Financially there was no way he could find another job that would enable me to stay-at-home and homeschool the kids – and not doing so wasn’t an option. Okay, yes, where there’s a will, there’s a way. But honestly, he didn’t really want to do anything else. Because. . .he loves his job. . .
We felt stuck.
That’s when the plans God had already put in place started coming together right before our eyes. Sometimes He works in ways we don’t even recognize – but the timing of what’s taken place over the last several weeks is nothing less than Him.
I could literally write a book! I’ll try to make it a bit shorter, but there are no guarantees.
God’s Amazing Timing
In the first part of February, while Travis was in Hawaii for their winter nursery, he was told that the company he worked for was ‘restructuring’ and the research station he worked for would close at the end of March.
Fact #1 – As soon as Travis arrived back home we got busy job-hunting, resume-writing, and creating cover letters. We were knee-deep in interviews when Travis got a phone call from a company he didn’t even know was hiring. His boss had referred him – and they wanted an interview.
God’s Amazing Timing #1 – I still can’t get over this! This company develops non-GMO corn for organic farmers! Did you hear me?! I’m going to say it again just because it still amazes me – non-GMO corn for organic farmers. Travis went down for the interview and a week and a half later they offered him the job.
Fact #2 – We currently live about 45 min. from the church we’ve been going to for nearly fifteen years. Now when I say church I don’t just mean a brick building on the corner. I mean, Biblical-preaching with soul-searching sermons that help you discover who God is and how to glorify Him, plus friends and fellowship that are just as dear to us as family. We’ve been willing to drive the distance, but that also meant we weren’t as involved as we’d like to be.
God’s Amazing Timing #2 – The company wants Travis to set up and start a research facility for them in southern Minnesota – Any. Where. He. Wants. He suggested the town our church is located, and they gave him the green light. How cool is that! We are soooo doing the happy dance right now!
Fact #3 – As soon as we knew we were serious about the opportunity, we started looking for housing in that area. The company told us that if we found a house with a home office and machine sheds to store equipment, Travis could work from home. This would be a dream come true for us.
God’s Amazing Timing #3 – Guess how many houses are available with this exact description in that exact area? One. Yep, just one. We’re closing in nine days.
And do I even need to tell you how many more kisses I’m going to get a day!!! SQUEAL!
God’s Amazing Timing #4 – One of the men from our church teased, “hire me!” The funny part is, after they really started talking about it Travis realized how perfect he was for the job, and this man realized what a great opportunity it would be for him. We’re getting the paperwork done this week!
Honestly I could go on and on. . .God has been so amazing!
So all this to say, even though I might not have shared the full truth of Travis’s job, I wasn’t trying to be deceitful. I’m glad, however, that I can share what’s been happening this last month with you – in total honesty.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned in all this is that even when the desires of our hearts aren’t spoken openly, God already knows them. His answers might be no, they might be yes, and He might make you wait fifteen years. . . 🙂 His timing is perfect – not ours.
What’s To Come
We’ve already had some changes take place. We quickly realized that our new place doesn’t have a shelter or fencing for our newest family members – the goats. Since this first year is going to be quite time consuming for Travis, I’ve decided to gracefully accept his suggestion that we sell them with the plan to start fresh in a year or so. I mean, I can be a non-helpful help-meet drinking fresh goat milk, or I can be a help-meet to a less-stressed husband. 🙂
Happily, the chicken coop we worked so hard on is portable, so if we can figure out how to get it onto a trailer without bodily harm, we’ll be moving that with us. As I’m not sure that’s possible, I haven’t packed the first aid kit yet.
And as you may have guessed, I’m going to be pretty busy. I don’t know if it’s just us or not – but we have A. Lot. Of. Stuff. I’m taking this golden opportunity to purge our house of the un-necessary, the unwanted, and frankly the things I just don’t care to dust any more. 😉
So while I’m debating how high the leaning tower of boxes can go, you’re going to be seeing a wide variety of guest posts and several giveaways until I get back into the swing of things. You don’t mind reading excellent content from like-minded
weirdos bloggers and the chance to win great giveaways, do you? I didn’t think so.