>The year started out innocently enough. I had purchased some tickets and planned a vacation for Kim and I. I had decided to take a trip to Disneyland and wanted to do something special for our tenth anniversary. This trip would be our first vacation since we married in 1997. During the first few months of the year, my first idea was to quite my job in May to become a full time real estate agent. I put my resignation in at work and began to prepare to become a full commission professional.

In the meantime, Kimberly graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University. She managed to graduate Magna Cum Laude while working the night shift at Sam’s Club and raising a family during the day. She was amazing in this achievement and as always, blows my mind everyday.

In the spring, Kimberly found out that her sister was battling cancer and went headed over to Idaho Falls to see her for a few days. During the course of her visit, she began to feel that perhaps she would be able to get a job over in Eastern Idaho.

So after some soul searching I asked her if this is what she really wanted. We agreed that the move would happen and we jumped head on into making it a reality.

We went on our vacation and had a wonderful time. The kids stayed with the relatives in Eastern Idaho whilst mom and dad tromps around California. I’ll write more about that later.

We came back from our vacation and began to get our house ready for sale. In July Kim moved to Idaho Falls and continued to look for a job that so far had eluded her. She transferred her job from Sam’s in Nampa to Idaho Falls.

In September the house was ready to be put on the market. By the end of August I had moved to Idaho Falls and found a job at Sam’s as well. it wasn’t exactly how we would have liked it, but it was what had to be done in the interim.

We enrolled our two oldest kids in Idaho Virtual Academy. The burden mostly fell on me to teach the kids. This has been incredibly difficult to work full time at night teach the two oldest ones during the day and make sure the two youngest don’t completely destroy the small apartment house we are living in.

In October, the house was sold and we settled for much less than we originally had asked for.

Finally in December, Kimberly was given a chance at Sofa Mart as an assistant manager trainee. She has to open herself up to transfer, so the likely hood of us staying in Idaho Falls for very long is rather slim. Kim is scared to death because of the sales nature of the job. But I know her well and know that once she gets her feet wet, she will jump in all the way. Kim never starts something without giving it her best. She will not only do well, she will succeed.

The future is open and full of mystery. The one thing that we have to learn to rely on is that God has us exactly where he wants us. He likes it when we have nothing left to rely on but him. I want to jump in and cling to that scarlet thread which is God’s grace. I am tired of trying and wanting to do things on my own.

My prayer for 2008 is to become more sensitive to God’s voice. To become reliant on him and his sustenance.