Well it’s officially been four weeks since Chad quit his job with Adult Protective Services with DHS. As some of you know, it was extremely difficult for all three of us to have Chad working full-time and then coming home to farm just about full-time. Plus, it was a very difficult and emotionally draining job. No one should have to deal with the things he dealt with on a daily basis. It was wearing emotionally and physically on Chad, which was wearing on us. He hardly got to spend time with Eden during her first year of life. Chad and I cherished our hour drive to and from market each Saturday. We called them our “business meetings” because it was really the only time we actually had to sit and talk and plan.
I am a stay-at-home mom and I do not currently bring in any extra income. Yes, I do save us a lot of money by cloth diapering, nursing Eden, meal planning, and budgeting, etc. However, we still have to have money, especially for my huge college debt! And not to mention health insurance. We just aren’t brave enough to go completely without.
We’ve been talking about him quitting for months, but we just didn’t know where the money would come from. We make good money farming, but since this is only our third year of poultry and vegetable farming (we do have cattle too), we have a lot of expenses. New equipment and hand-built chicken houses are not cheap!
We knew it was going to be a HUGE leap of faith. Our spiritual life is a bit lacking I would say, but we needed to trust God more than ever if Chad was really going to quit. We had to rely on Him to provide “our daily bread.” And we knew it would be a day to day faith we would have to have.
We have both read books and listened to podcasts about life and being happy. Chad listens and reads a ton of stuff about finances. Life is so short. Why work every single day and be miserable just to pay your bills and have health insurance when you can most likely figure out how to live frugally enough and create enough income to work from home and be happy and have a happy family. Stuff and money are not the things of happiness. (Read the Radical Homemaker by Shannon Hayes if you want to learn more on the subject.)
The last four weeks have been a whirlwind. It’s been incredible having Chad home more. Before, I had to figure out how to do everything by myself with Eden. Washing eggs, cooking dinner, bathing me and her, cleaning the house, etc. If Chad has the time or just wants to spend some time with her he does because he can now. It’s glorious! But things haven’t really been normal since he quit. We’ve been playing catch up like crazy around the farm, and Eden had a huge birthday party we had to get ready for, and then on Friday I sprained my ankle so I’m needing a little extra help from him right now.
I am so thankful God provided us his job. Though we’ve always had to live frugally, we knew we would have money each month to pay our bills and buy gas and groceries, and we had good health insurance. Now we have to write ourselves a check each month out of the money we pray the farm makes for us. We have insurance through healthcare.gov with an insanely high deductible. Chad will be doing farm taxes with H&R Block during tax season and it looks like he will start doing some bookkeeping soon to bring in some extra cash. We will be researching some Christian Health Shares too to see if they are a better option than what we have now. Yes, it is stressful. No, we don’t know if we will make it. But we do know that we made the right decision for our family right now. We will live one day at a time and pray for our daily bread. Hopefully I can get some of our lovely produce preserved for this winter (once my ankle is better, of course!). Now that Chad is here I might actually get to preserve some things without Miss Eden getting into trouble!
Eden’s Bible Story the other morning was about the Tower of Babel and it greatly spoke to our current circumstances. Here’s what it said, “It was a grand tower, but something was wrong. The people were working only for themselves. God had to show them they would always need His help to succeed.” We can’t farm for ourselves. Our business must glorify God. Even the mundane tasks of cooking dinner and washing diapers are for God. That is the attitude we must have. I don’t consider myself to be a super churchy person, but her Bible Story greatly spoke to me that morning. We can’t keep growing our business with us only in mind. We must rely on God and not our own strength.
With all that said, I am excited about our family being home together a little more. Chad is happier, baby is happier, and most importantly momma is happier (ha ha!). I am so incredible proud of Chad. He is one of the most passionate and hard-working men I know. I know our little farming business will now be able to grow even more with him having more time, and our little family will have time to grow closer too!