‘Ya sure, You betcha!’

The past couple of months have been a whirlwind to say the least…

Poppy and Crosby are absolutely smitten with their new baby sister! It is the sweetest thing! They are constantly wanting to hug and kiss on her. Crosby will come up to her and say, ” Hi Maggy, this is your big brother Crosby..when life is scary, God is good,” and sing sweet made up songs about how he won’t let anything ever hurt her, and if Maggy starts crying, Poppy will go over to her and gently rock her chair, giving her kisses- it is the sweetest..I love how they love her..Magnolia is doing great! Eating, sleeping, and growing like a champ, and we couldn’t feel more grateful. These ‘normal’ things of eating, sleeping, and growing are truly a gift, and we are truly humbled by the incredible gift that it is.

We actually have some big news to share..news of how the Lord has made His will for our lives obvious, and unlike anything we had ever dreamed…

Brad accepted a teaching position in Rochester, MN. The story is so Divinely orchestrated, it gives me goosebumps…

Brad had applied well over a year ago, thinking that it could be a nice option in the future given the accessibility to medical care as well as the affordable cost of living. He had turned down an interview last year, as he had already signed his teaching contract for his current school, but said they were welcome to keep his application on file.

In late April, they called him on a Monday (the Monday after we were in Seattle for Poppy’s cath), and asked him if he could come the following Friday for an interview. Looking at his school schedule, he actually had that Thursday and Friday off for some weird school calendar scheduling. Brad hadn’t even applied this year…and they had plenty of applicants..calling for an interview on a day he already had off? We really felt like we should step out in faith and check it out. The last thing I wanted to do was to even entertain the idea of transferring care..even though I was out of my comfort zone, I knew deep down that we had to just see, and He had provided a way to get there…we would always wonder if we didn’t at least check it out.

We LOVE Montana, it’s our home, but it’s certainly challenging trying to get all of Poppy’s needs met in such a rural state. Everything is very far away, and access even to her medications is fairly limited in the hospital setting. It was just seeming like we are constantly in the car on our way to some sort of appointment (mostly therapies) at least 30minutes + away from the house. We’ve put on over 100k miles on our van in the last 2 years..The kids and I spend more time in the car than we do at home. On many days of the week, 2 out of 3 meals are eaten in the car from the lunch box I would pack for all of us each morning. In no way do I mean to complain, because it’s honestly my pleasure to get to do all I can for her and her siblings, but looking at the big picture, it sure seemed like we were doing it the ‘hard’ way.

Philippians 4:4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ESV

We’d been praying for a better way to do it all and aim for quality family life on top of it, all the while being able to afford it and be able to live in a safe neighborhood. It just seemed like the Lord may be making it obvious…so stepped out in faith and decided to check it out.

We all jumped the car and drove to Rochester. The entire trip had this sense of peace about it. We listened to a lot of Chuck Swindoll’s “Adventuring with God” sermon series 😉 The kids were hardly phased by the 17hr trip..they are so used to being in the car!! After Brad’s interview, we were able to set up a tour at Mayo of the pediatric specialty clinic areas, to kind of get a sense of how it all works there and what it ‘might’ be like if he were to get the job and we were to move there. Overall, the pediatrics seems smaller than SCH, but obviously has all the specialties Poppy currently sees.

On our way to another part of the hospital (the peds is kind of scattered throughout Mayo, not really a specific ‘children’s hospital’), we decided to take a bathroom break off to the side in this random hallway. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a doctor I recognize who took care of Poppy when she was super sick, prior to transplant- he had been doing his fellowship at SCH at the time she was sick. I totally had goosebumps!! He was obviously on his way somewhere, so I didn’t run over to say hi, but I was so relieved to see him!! I remember hearing that he had taken a position at Mayo in the PICU.

Anyway, I take my turn, and come out of the restroom, and there he is with his family standing in this side hallway!!!! I’m thinking..what?! I can’t even believe this is happening?!?!? I got to see him out of the corner of my eye..and that would have been enough Lord, but here he is, like standing steps away?!!! I say “hey, how are you doing?!” And ask him if he remembers Poppy, and he totally did!! Everyone, even the tour guide had goosebumps! He and his wife were so warm and kind. The Lord knew I needed to ‘run’ into him, to even entertain the possibility of moving…There are just no odds of ‘running’ in to anyone at Mayo, let alone him?! Mayo is huge, and peds is spread out everywhere..He visited with us about the area and the care at Mayo..he was so reassuring..

We prayed. Deep down we knew…we’d been praying for a long time for the Lord to make His will obvious, and He did..over and over again…to not trust Him..to not step out in faith would be utter disobedience. I can think of at least a billion things I would rather do than to transfer care from Montana and Seattle providers and a hospital who have not only poured their hearts and souls into caring for our daughter, but who have loved on our family since day one. The Lord has surrounded us with such incredible care, to transfer is honestly heart breaking. Not to mention leaving the closeness of family and dear friends…I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to think about it without some tears…it’s beyond words and explanation..
We really feel like the Lord is literally taking us by the hand, revealing His will for us. We realize nothing is without challenges, but are stepping out in faith that He has some great things in store for our family with moving to Rochester.

The area is nice and to be able to have ALL of Poppy’s care at our fingertips is so appealing, and would overall be such a huge blessing to our family as a whole. I’m honestly excited to see what less time commuting will do for Poppy’s growth and development- I really think time in the car probably isn’t helping her progress, even though she is progressing and doing well…it just makes me wonder…Not to mention the time it will free up for Crosby to be involved in various activities. I’m super excited to see what kinds of opportunities the Lord has in store for him as well.
Once school got out for Brad, things moved quickly. We had Magnolia, and a few weeks later…we moved. It’s been crazy and exciting and heart breaking all at the same time..and continues to be. We are truly on an adventure, and the Lord has guided and provided every step of the way.

After a few emotionally challenging days, everywhere..and I mean EVERYWHERE I turned was Joshua 1:9, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God’s faithfulness is truly overwhelming..I can’t even begin to explain it…I could literally go on and on about the many ways the Lord has shown up just in the past couple of months, paving the way for our move..we are continually blown away…

So that’s the latest…I so apologize to all we left without saying a proper goodbye..I hope you can forgive us and know we will do our very best to see you when we visit. We so appreciate your continued prayers ❤