with a call from the front desk telling you you need to move out, is bound to be a hard day. ::snort::
At a Parish picnic yesterday we heard two comments that lead us to believe our waiver will be denied. Both from commanders. OK - here's the scoop....the BASE says that 4 bdr is INADEQUATE for us. THEN they turn down our exception saying that off base 4 bdr (same square footage) IS adequate. We've not heard for sure that it will be turned down...it has one more desk to go through to reach us...but I think both men were warning their chaplain what to expect. ::sigh::
Mike talked to housing again today. He was told that the minimum rooms we can occupy are FIVE...therefore, we need A WAIVER before they can offer us a 4 bdr. Hmmmm...we were TOLD before we came we'd be offered a 4 bdr. Last week we were told that the problem was there is no FGO housing. THIS week - 3 weeks after putting in the exception package they told us to submit....we are told that to even be offered the minimum 4 bdr we need ANOTHER exception. If they had told us this the FIRST WEEK we were here we would have put in THAT waiver....but our time in TLF has run out. They've extended us for 10 days. We will not hear back from the base on a new exception in 10 days...that means we have only one option...find something off base......and therein lies the problem.
I have found 3 houses being built...2000 SF that will be ready in Oct/November....and we can't stay in TLF that long. There are two others that we saw today....all the same size as base housing that may work....however, the one is in BAD shape. The current tennant won't be out until 26 Aug and they'll need to repair it. That's most likely too late for us. That leaves ONE house...at least the choice is easy. We are supposed to see inside Wed at 1030. We hope to see a 4bdr base house tomorrow to decide if we should pursue another exception waiver...though the one commander over housing did say that they are no longer approving exceptions. We're confused.
Mike and I were discouraged last night. We prayed. This a.m. I read Jn 14. Totally OUT OF CONTEXT but it spoke to me..."Do not let your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in Me. .... I've gone to prepare a place for you."
We ALWAYS pray that God would prepare a place for us to live, ministry for us to walk in, friends for us to enjoy, people to impact our lives and lives for us to impact, BEFORE we move.
God reminded me that it will take an act of WILL not to let my heart be troubled and fearful. I need to CHOOSE to be a believing one. I need to CHOOSE joy. He also reminded me that He will answer our prayers and has a place for us to live.
Of course, after seeing the available houses, after calling all the agents, visiting housing again...I dissolved in tears. Poor Mike. I don't do this often. In fact this is the first time that I've not hid it from the kids or Mike during the PCS. I try to be the strong Air Force spouse...but I'm getting discouraged and worn out. We need a house. At this point, our criteria for WHAT we accept is basically that it be available before our TLA and TLF run out. ::snort::
Please pray for our hearts. When Mom gets discouraged, all start to feel it....and so again...I refocus. I choose not to be ruled by fear. I choose to find the humor in the situation.
Seriously, the one house left is at the side of a rice paddy. ::snort:: It has no front door...it really does look like a box....didn't I say about a month ago that God was my home....whether I lived in base housing, off base housing or in a box at the side of a rice paddy? ::snort:: Now it's time for me to walk it out...a bit further. ::snort::
~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...