This is a true story, with a happy ending.
A bit over a year ago one of my favorite families had to accept the sad news that they had lost their home. After the dad lost his job a few years back, and they fell behind on payments, this was the outcome in the end. Far from the only ones these days. He was working when they lost it, but the bank was not willing to negotiate.
This family had 11 kids at the time, and the hard task of finding a new place for them was on their "to do list".
It's not easy to tell a potential landlord that 13 people in your rental will not wreck it!
The months went by, and for Christmas gift they found out that God was again blessing their family with another child. This incradible mom felt new strength from this, feeling that in this dark time of heavy trial, they had a light to look forward to.
Another month or so went by, and they finally found a rental place that seemed like a good place for them. In March they were moved in, and things seemed OK, but sad news came around this time, the dad lost his job, again...
With a 12th child on the way, and living in a rental home that unfortunately turned out to NOT be a good one, losing his job felt like a terrible blow.
This mom who never complains, felt that this finally got the better of her.
Many, many friends prayed for them, and she got her strength back.
At the end of the school year, her parents opened their doors for them, and the 13 of them moved in to their house. Still no work lined up, although the dad worked hard on finding one.
Summer break came, but before it's end, the dad lost his own dad. His dad had been sick for quite some time, but it's never easy to say farewell to one of your parents.
Finally on the 1st day of September a beautiful baby girl was added to the bunch. The family was extatic, and the mom felt that this is what life is all about. A new baby reminded her to stay focused on the things that really matter.
About a year had gone by since they found out about losing their house, and God saw that it was time to end this trial. At the end of September the dad got a great job offer, and now this wonderful family can start looking for a place to call their own.
These are the kind of people I look up to. Who don't despair in the darkest hour, but keep their heads high and keep trying, and who let God guide the their lives in a humble way.
Good luck dear friends, you are not forgotten, and God will always be with you.