Have you ever been somewhere at the perfect time, and you just know you were meant to be there? Yesterday we were running a bit behind on our way to church. Between feeding and clothing kids, corraling dogs and managing to get ourselves dressed... it just happens, I know everyone can relate. We had been invited to the church across the street from our neighborhood by a friend, and thought we would go there since we knew we could make it on time.
The message was great and it really hit home to some things that are going on in our family right now. The preacher explained that often times, we hit plateaus in our lives, and everything seems to be at a standstill. When this happens, God comes in and stirs it up a bit to encourage us to move on, to grow, and to follow his will for our lives. He then gave this illustration. When a mother eagle builds its nest, it begins laying hard sharp items to compose the base of the nest. She then adds "feathering" so that it is soft for baby eagles. When it is time for the eagles to begin learning to fly, the mother eagle will start removing the feathering to make things uncomfortable, thus encouraging the eagles to take off and fly. He explained that God will do this in our lives. When we are stagnant and not moving forward, God will put things in our lives to get us going again and push us out of the nest. It could be related to your job, family, friends, home... whatever you are struggling with.
With that being said, the Carroll household is currently undergoing some big/ exciting changes. As of today, Brad is no longer employed at his family's bottled water business. We are taking a leap of faith and have decided to start our own water company. This came after many months of deliberating and planning and it is finally official!
Over the past few months, certain things have been aligning to make this change. Brad has been having a tugging at his heart that he wasn't where he was supposed to be career-wise. He has had the desire to start a company of his own for as long as I can remember, it just never seemed like the right time. He is an extremely hard worker, so he wants something to really benefit our family and something to eventually leave behind for our boys. One day in late spring, he was talking to my dad about an idea he had, and they both decided to make a go of it. As things laid out, I was offered a new job making better money when I returned from maternity leave. At the time we didn't put this huge step into the equation, but this is making it possible for us to walk out on this scary uncertain ledge. Brad had also been volunteering his free time to be a reserve sherrif's deputy, which turns out they offered him a full-time position while he is growing our company. God is just awesome at how he provides for us, even when we aren't aware that we need any provision!
This weekend I thought Brad would be thrilled with this big milestone, we even toasted with champagne, but instead I could tell that he was bothered. I think it all became very real, and the fear of not being able to provide for our family really sunk in. We are cutting back on a lot of things, 99% of which are superficial like cable and new clothes that I dont need. But I think it is the fear of the unknown that was getting to him. So when we walked into church on sunday and heard this message... it was as if the preacher was talking directly to us. Right place at the right time.
Have you ever had a time where you knew you were exactly where you were meant to be? I love hearing these stories so please share! Please keep our family in your prayers in the coming months. As Brad is working day and night (literally), that means more time where I will be mothering by myself and less family time. I know I will struggle with this. If anyone is interested in water filtration for their home or office... you know who to contact! =) I will share the link to our website as soon as its complete.