Changes are coming our way...
Mike got the job! He will be an Administrator for a christian retreat center. He will be working full-time and I will get to stay home with Emily.
When Emily was born and I returned to work, Mike stayed home to take care of Emily. Since then, we have been praying that God would give Mike a job so that I could be home. In the past 3 years, Mike has sent out countless resumes and filled out more applications than we could even count. There have been a few times when we thought "this could be it", but God knew what was best for us. He has answered our prayer in His timing and in His way. I cannot tell you how thankful we are for that!
Here are some details:
The retreat center is located about 2 hours north (in the same state). We will not be far from a city that has an AMAZING Children's Hospital.
We will live in a house on the property. Emily will get to have her own room (and eventually a big bed since she really is getting too big for her crib).
My last day of work will be August 3. We will move on August 7. Mike will start work on 8/16.
We have a bunch of stuff to do before then!
We are trying to get appointments with her doctors so that will buy us some time in getting set up with new doctors there. So Emily has a few appointments in the next few weeks - just a few!
We are already working with our First Steps (Kentucky's Early Intervention program) coordinator to get all of our info moved to our new county. We already had an IFSP meeting scheduled this month. We are going to keep that meeting and set goals with the existing therapists. Then Emily's new therapist will just take over the work when we move.
Since Emily only has a few more months in First Steps, the coordinator in the new county will get the ball rolling with the school district there. We won't have a lot of time to get that all done before she starts school in October, but I trust that God will work all that out.
We are working with Emily's medical supply company to get set up with a new company there. They don't have an office in the area, but they are going to find another company for us that can provide Emily's feeding pump and g-tube supplies.
We talked to the durable medical equipment company about the stander that we are trying to order through them. They have no issue with delivering it to us when it comes in because they are planning to start working in the area where we are moving. Now if we can just get the insurance companies to cooperate, we will be doing well!
There is a lot to think about and do, but we are very excited about this opportunity! We know that there will be some challenges along the way. We know that this is going to be a big adjustment for all of us. We are very sad to leave our church family. We are also sad to leave the doctors and therapists who have worked with Emily since she was a baby. That will be hard, but we are trusting that God will provide a new church family. He will also provide the doctors and therapists that Emily needs.
There is no doubt in our minds that God has brought this about. We have been waiting for a move and He knew exactly where we needed to be and when we needed to be there.