Wednesday, April 01, 2009

An Important Update.

Uff da, the last week has been rough. And Tuesday was particularly rough, although the clouds have brightened considerably since yesterday afternoon.

You all know the last time I posted (Monday) I was down, down, down. The discontinuation of our health insurance was looming at midnight Tuesday night. I was literally sick to my stomach whenever I thought about it, which was pretty much 24/7. I knew our options were extremely limited--we had been declined coverage by a few different providers and we had begun the process to try and get insured through the state.

Well, desperate times call for desperate measures. Although I haven't worked full time in like, 10 or more years, I knew one of the only avenues left open to my family at this juncture was for me to work full time. So it was time to approach Karen (my boss) on Tuesday morning to see I could pay in full for health insurance through the clinic. My heart was pounding, but I was determined to try and get through the initial question with Karen without blubbering like an idiot. You'll be happy to know that I did get through that initial discussion without crying. Karen told me she would meet with Dr. Tom to discuss it that morning and then get back to me later in the day. At the end of my shift, Karen called and asked me to come up to her office when I was done.

When I got upstairs, Dr. Tom and Karen were both there and they invited me into their office. I still didn't want to cry, especially with Dr. Tom there so I plugged up the tears the best I could. They asked me if I was interested in working full-time to make the benefits work--they had managed to put together enough hours for me to qualify. I managed to keep it all together until we were near the end of our discussion...the tears started coming at the point I heard Karen on the phone informing our health provider that they had a new full-time employee on staff that she needed to get signed up for benefits as soon as possible! The relief I felt was incredible, I couldn't hold back the tears at that point. We were going to be ok.

Yes, you read it right. I am the newest full-time employee at Life Wellness Center, and I am now eligible for health benefits for my family. Dr. Tom and Karen were soooo amazing. They embraced me and my family and worked so hard to make it happen for us. I will be eternally grateful for everything they have done for us, I can't even begin to convey what their support means to me. They stepped in when the chips were down and I can hardly believe my good fortune. It's not really " good fortune" though, is it? Once again, even though I have doubted him over and over, God has provided for me and my family. You can't believe the roller coaster my faith has traveled over these past few months. Believe, doubt, believe, doubt, believe, doubt. It gives me a headache, and I can only imagine what it's giving God. How he must want to wallop me upside the head sometimes! Believe, believe, believe. That's all he wants me to do. And especially since he has shown me over, and over, and over that he is a God of his word. He has not left our side for these entire 18 months, even though many times I believed he had. He has so many earthly angels caring for us it makes my head spin. They are too many to name here, but a few more names can be added to that list after yesterday.

So, in at matter of 48 hours, I have gone from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs. My poor body, the stress it has endured these past 18 months have wrecked havoc on it. I need to be really careful in this transition to full time that I give it the love and the rest it so desperately needs right now. But for the immediate future, I can rest a little easier at night knowing that my family will be protected. There is nothing more important to me than making sure my boys are ok. It is at the heart of all of us mom's and dad's. You will do anything to provide for them, and if that means that I have to work full time, then that's what I need to do. It will be hard to miss some of their events, but if doing so guarantees they'll be provided for should there be a medical emergency, I am ok with that. I'm just going to have to teach the hubby how to use my camera......

I cannot express how much your comments have lifted me up these past few days. You can rest easy tonight knowing your prayers for me and my family have been answered. I also want to thank those of you who offered useful tips on how to navigate the big, bad world of health insurance. They were invaluable to me. God's blessings!

Hugs,
Amy

32 comments:

  1. Yea! God comes thru for you again! SO Good!!

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  2. Oh Amy!! So many prayers have been answered! I'm crying tears of joy for you and your family. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. wonderful news - tears here too! Look after yourself and keep praising God - love janine

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  4. I am so happy for you and your family.

    Our God is an awesome God. When I lost my DH, the Psalm 'Be still and know that I am God." helped me over the bad times.

    God bless all of you!

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  5. Amy, what great news. I am so happy that everything worked out for you and that you can at long last relax a bit. May you have a great day.

    Chantell - South Africa

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  6. I am so glad it worked out.thats a terrible thing too have to worry about!
    Take you time and a deep breath and don't worry about the blogging world untill you have daily life sorted.Working full time and keeping a household is exhausting work so take it slowly :)

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  7. ((((((Hugs!)))))) I am SOOOOOOOO glad things worked out for you and your family!!! What a relief!!! : )

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  8. Amy - Congratulations on attaining your full-time employment status. this is the best news ever. Good things come to good people. Most importantly you took action to remedy your situation. What an accomplishment! I couldn't be happier for you.

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  9. God was and IS in control. Love ya girlfriend.

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  10. Woohoo!!! We serve an awesome God, don't we? I'm so happy things worked out so well for you. Now take a breath!

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  11. Praise God...always remember, His timing & way is PERFECT!!

    Blessings!

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  12. such GOOD NEWS, amy!!!!! i'm so happy for you and i hope the transition goes well for you and your family!

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  13. Oh Amy I am so very happy to read this! Bravo to you for taking hold of the situation and being so brave.

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  14. I have tears of joy for you, Amy. God bless you and your family. Hugs.

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  15. Ditto on the tears of joy for you...and tears or amazing relief and praise for our awesome God. Whew...wiping my tears away now. Thank you Jesus!!

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  16. I've been a lurker on your blog off and on for the last several months and have followed many of your struggles during that time. I just felt compelled to comment today, through tears of joy (as others have also written), to tell you how happy I am for you and your family. Yes, God is faithful and totally awesome and in control of things; and even though we rarely understand the
    Why of what we're going through, He will ALWAYS see us through those valleys if we choose to let Him guide our way. ~Continued blessings to you!

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  17. i'm SO thrilled at this answer to prayer, as you have been on my mind since you posted about this concern.

    listen to mitch 1066 and give yourself grace not to be superwoman! we'll be here when you have time for stamping and posting, and if you don't have time for both, just stamp and get to us when you can!

    remember that crock pot and that all day beef bbq. you're going to need some fix it and forget it recipes! congrats and PTL!

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  18. My word!!! Congratulations!!! Our Heavenly Father is always looking out for us. I know he would probably like to give us all a swift kick but he also knows that we do love him and trust him, even if we don't believe it. I am glad things have worked out and I know that you and your family will do just fine. He always provides a way.

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  19. Amy. I'm happy for you. i pray a lot yesterday when I read your post. I said you yesterday. Is something that you can imagine in Europ because it's different here.

    Lot of kiss and very very very happy for you

    Marie-Hélène à Madrid
    http./mariehelenescrap.canalblog.com

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  20. OK, once I can stop crying and see the screen, I can reach out and give you the BIGGEST hug! AMEN and AMEN! WAHOO!!!!!

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  21. Praise God for providing for your family...bless you for being willing to do whatever is needed to provide for your family...and bless those folks at work.

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  22. We're going through similar financial issues in our family: my husband's business has been tremendously impacted by the economy, two kids in college, and expenses each month that exceed my income. There are moments I don't even know how to pray, and in those times, I simply say, "Lord, I trust You" over and over again. I can feel His peace fill me up, and I hold onto His tender hand. He is El Roi, the God Who Sees. Nothing is beyond His gaze. Trust, sister, trust! :)

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  23. I'm so glad things worked out for you, Amy. Take a deep breath and enjoy your new status as a full-timer WITH benefits! You are a brave girl and deserve much happiness.

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  24. I'm so happy for you! Our God is an Awesome God!

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  25. Many congratulations to you, Amy, and all the glory to God for His amazing provision for your family and wisdom for you. I am so happy for you that God has answered your prayers (and ours for you) and encouraged many people who read your blog. What an inspiration to all who know your story.

    Praise Him!
    barb

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  26. Sometimes we have give people the opportunity to let God work through them. I am glad everything worked for you and your family.

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  27. Oh Amy,
    Your post brought tears to my eyes. You have been on my heart all week. God is soooooo Good.
    Connie

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  28. God is so good - all the time! I love hearing stories of faith like this. You made me get tears and smiles with this post. :)

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  29. Amy - I'm so glad to hear of the good news about the insurance. I can't imagine how stressful that situation would have been! Praise God for His answers to prayers!! Wonderful news!

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  30. Amy, I am so happy for you!!! Your news is just so exciting and I am overwhelmed with joy for you! One of my favorite poems is 'Footprints'. It brings me comfort in knowing that when we are unable to walk next to God in our journey here that he is there to carry us through. Bless you Amy, and sending you lots of hugs!

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  31. Amy, what a testimony!!! I love that you are honest and put everything "out there" so we can SEE God's love and provision in action. If we didn't see the lows, we couldn't celebrate the highs right along side you. PRAISE HIM for all He is and does for us. You are blessed beyond measure, Amy, but you already know that :) What wonderful employers you have.

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  32. Praise be to God! I am so happy for you!

    Good luck with your new full time hours!

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