So I was thinking I would share some news with you all in a way that's sort of reminiscent of the Faith Friday posts I've done in the past...just a few days early.
So when the bar I had been working at unexpectedly closed down this last November, as you all might remember, the Hubs and I were a little blind-sided.
We had just moved into our new home, which we were only able to afford because we were a two-income family, and had decided to start trying to conceive a baby because we felt so suddenly secure and grown-up with our lives. We also were stoked and ready to take our much-anticipated, already-paid-for holiday vacation to the States.
Then suddenly I'm jobless, literally overnight, and just a week after my final shift, we get the positive results from home pregnancy tests.
Needless to say, despite how amazingly excited and blessed we felt when we found out we were expecting, the Hubs and I were truly concerned about what we would do when we came back from the States and my income would be absent...
Norway has incredible government regulated benefits for pregnant women and new mothers, but to reap the best possible benefits, mommies-to-be also need to be working 6/10 months of their pregnancy.
When I stopped working, I only had racked up half of that.
So as soon as we got home from the States this month, I hit the job trail.
Checked listings everywhere, but was very underwhelmed with what I was finding, and felt kind of sleazy about trying to wriggle my way into whatever job I could get before I was showing in my pregnancy, just so I could work for a few months before my maternity leave kicked in.
But last week, the Lord provided for us in a big, unexpected way...
The amazing company that the Hubs works for offered me a position: filling in for a woman who is actually on her maternity leave right now and will be coming back exactly when I would need to stop working myself anyway.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.