Unexpected Blessings

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Over the years life has taken some unexpected twists and turns. And while the journey has been bumpy at times, there have been some unexpected blessings at the end of every twist, many of which have been chronicled here in this itty bitty corner of the web.

Care to walk with me down memory lane?

Climbing Out of the Hole

I never thought I would find myself “in the hole.” But, I did. About $16,000 deep, plus fees.

Three years ago, we were in the throes of fighting our debt. You all were such an encouragement to me in that journey. Thank you! Today we are debt free. We couldn’t have done it without God’s grace and the encouragement of friends.

We haven’t “arrived” in terms of finances. But, then again, we don’t have any debts, either. So, there is much for me to be grateful for.

Six Kids?!

I never thought I would have six children. In fact, there was a time, when it looked like we really would only have one. And though he is a handsome, helpful one, we are so glad that he has brothers and sisters to walk through life with.

When this blog was born, I was pregnant with our sixth baby. And, yes, I think I’ve met my match. Thank you for your prayers and suggestions over the years. FishBaby is now approaching 3 — and what a joy she is!

Back in Cali

I never thought we’d get to move back home, but by God’s grace, FishPapa got a great job in Southern California, enabling us to move back to our home state. While there were many benefits to living in Kansas, I’ve found that there is no place like home.

When I hit “publish” on that first post, I was at a Panera in Overland Park, KS. Today I have the privilege of writing from (mostly) sunny California. And you all read along as we decided to take a big leap in moving cross-country and changing our lives just as the market was starting to plummet. We love living in San Diego and have fallen in love with “America’s Finest City.”

Writing a Cookbook

I never thought I would get to write a book, though it has been a lifelong dream. And yet, here I am crafting a new volume in a fantastic series of cookbooks.

When I first shared about freezer cooking here, I never dreamed it would someday lead to such a fun adventure. Thanks for walking with me. Keep praying for me in the coming weeks. Deadline day approaches!

Teaching High School – again

I never thought I would be a high school teacher again when I “retired early” upon the birth of my first child. That first child is now 14 and starting high school coursework in a few months. And as his primary teacher, I have the privilege of teaching him high school — from home. What a joy it’s been to teach my children!

Thanks for walking this path with me! If you’re just tuning in, welcome! I can’t wait to see where we go in the coming months and years.

What’s a unexpected blessing that you’ve received?

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  1. Up until a week ago, we were living in a too big house. It was in a nice neighborhood, lots of kids. Then our lease was pulled out from under us. With the help of a realtor friend, we found a new house. It’s perfect. I am now in a sea of boxes- but this too shall pass. What a blessing we have received!

  2. What a fantastic post! I’ve found that almost my entire life is a series of unexpected blessings, from meeting my husband at an airport to getting a great job to relocate to colorado, being laid off from said job, 3 amazing children and the chance to pursue a dream. I am blessed!

  3. Just a quick note about unexpected blessings…About 2 years ago I was fired form my job for a good reason…I was totally burned out and made a big mistake…but that isn’t the point…I was devastated…but and here is the blessing part…my oldest college grad daughter was trying to find her way in the world, and my youngest daughter was reeling from a very difficult first year of college…..don’t worry, I’m getting to the blessing….and it just so happened that we got a chance to spend the summer together and get to know each other as adults…and see how we all coped with our tough times. We learned so much from each other, and I had the chance to see what wonderful women my husband and I raised. What looked like it was going to be awful turned into the start of knowing my daughters as wonderful friends. We have all reached levels of happiness we couldn’t imagine two years ago…thanks to the support we gave each other!

  4. wow, we have a lot in common. You know I love to freezer cook AND I was a high school teacher too before my first child. I have four now with the fourth being a super unexpected blessing from the Lord after my hubby’s surgery:) I have a dream to write a missionary cookbook for moms. I’m attending She speaks this summer to pitch my idea-i’d love your prayers as well. Blessings, friend

  5. I live in Overland Park, KS! My sister, who lives in San Diego (as well), gave me the greatest blessing of all. She was the surrogate for our twin boys (now 4 years old). Doesn’t get much better than that. I feel like I have won the lottery every single day with my twins.

  6. It is amazing how often we look back on the trials in our lives and see not the trial, but the blessings that came as a result of the trial.

    The trial of unnemployment lead me to discovering the world of couponing, freezer cooking, and a lot of inspiring blogs (including this one).

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. I too have been blessed with 6 children and never thought I would be. As you know, a large family is alot of work, but do count myself lucky to be a momma to 6… A big loud, happy house!!!