Let me begin this story with a little back ground information. Mike works at a Christian school that only has a ten month pay schedule. He gets a pay check from September to June and we have to save as much as we can to get us through the summer without income. The last few years, Mike had another part time job that brought in about $600 a month, plus he would try to get enough private music lesson students to cover what our savings did not cover, plus I prayed every year for a tax return that would cover one house payment out of the two months we were short. The Lord has answered that prayer for the last 4 years. Our tax return was never for fun stuff like vacations or shopping sprees. We relied on it to pay the bills and buy groceries. We have always depleted our savings paying bills through the summers, but we have always been able to save throughout the year to do it all over again. Except this year. We had Samuel and that little man sucks up more money than we counted on (who is ever 100% financially ready for a baby, anyway??) and we have only been able to save a fraction of what we usually do. On top of that Mike doesn’t have that part time job that helped us cover the summer. So, needless to say, I have been nervous to do our taxes – we need way more than one house payment worth of a return!
So, last night we started plugging the numbers into TurboTax (a huge thank you to Lauree, Mike’s mom, who did most of it and walked me through the rest!). By the time we were done, I was almost in tears. Our return is almost exactly what Mike’s income should be for the two months in the summer!!!! We will be short about $300 and we have the money in savings to cover that!!! It still brings me to tears even now thinking about it! We serve such an awesome God. I am so humbled. He did not need to provide that money; He could have had another plan, one that would have been difficult, but just as faith building. Thank you Lord for providing for us this way! It is such an undeserved miracle. All praise be to God!!!!!!!!!!