It has come to my attention (through a very insulting comment) that we may be coming across as wealthy. Which would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. So, though I owe no one an explanation, I will still try to set things straight.
We were blessed beyond anything we could've imagined when we sold our home in Arizona just before the housing market completely tanked. With that profit, and as a joint venture with Don's folks, we were able to buy our land. Our house carries a mortgage. We have not stocked our land to capacity because it would require extreme debt to do so. And so, we have just a few animals out there compared to what it can hold. Perhaps that seems like luxury to some, but it is smart planning to us. We are trying to build our herds through cash payment.
Our addition is a blessing from Don's folks. They are building onto our house because we've decided to live together as a family but our small farmhouse wouldn't hold the 8 of us. We are losing our basement to them, but they are providing us with extra first-floor area. The additional blessing to us is that our siding and roofing is being redone as a part of the remodel.
Don's 5.5 months of unemployment used up our savings. God provided him with a replacement job just in time. But, even if He had not, we would've still felt convicted that there was only one option that we had to walk in obedience. During his unemployment, we had to walk away from our adoption. I can't even write that without crying. I never thought I'd lose that. Our little girl, born in January of this year, is going home to someone else. And while I'll probably never understand that this side of heaven, I know beyond a doubt that Yahweh is good. All the time. I don't know why He chose to work all of that out in that way, and dear God, it hurts with an unbelievable pain, but the savings that we had for the adoption fed us and kept a roof over our heads during our unemployment. And so you'll forgive me, commenter, for erasing your comment and it's accusations that are, to me, so vile.
And now, I will get back to the business of life. Of schooling my kids, cooking our meals, tending our animals, and delighting in my Father. We go without many things that the world would call necessary (including an income that would put us above "poverty level"), but I assure you that I am wealthy...where it counts.