For me, patience is a learned thing. I wasn’t born with it, but as life moves on I learn to have it. It’s God’s time. A time when you learn to pray and love and trust.
I left off my story in March 2016. We had decided that we would think about building a cabin. Lots of people thought we were crazy. I did too. Dino had a very stressful job. Every 3 months his contract was supposed to be up, but then the company would extend it for 3 more months. You never knew when it really was going to be up. This had been going on for 2 years and Dino had lots of gray hairs to show for it. He was hardly ever home, and when he was, his phone was always ringing from work.
We decided to wait and see what was going to happen with his job before we continued on with this crazy little idea. In the meantime, spring had come. Working in the garden and getting ready for my friend’s spring show was keeping me busy. Dino and I still dreamed about that cabin in the woods. We took drives to see companies that had prefabricated sheds and cabins. We traveled from mid-Pennsylvania to mid-Ohio and north to Erie. All around a 2-hour radiance from us, but found nothing that seemed right.
By now it was mid-April and Dino’s contract was due to be up in June. He had been thinking about looking for another job, but at his age it was tough. He had been with this other company for over 20 years. Then, I remember this clearly, one Thursday evening something popped up on the computer that fit his job description. It seemed perfect. It was a local company that had been in the Pittsburgh area for over 100 years. He sent in his resume.
During that time, we would spend Sundays at our little woods sitting around the fire. There is a lake a mile away and would hike around there too. It was fun! One of those Sundays, Dino decided to go a different way home. Not more than 3 miles away up the road on a small hill stood 5 or 6 little prefab sheds. I was hesitant to stop because of the others we had looked at, but Dino drove right up there. Because it was a Sunday, no one was there. We were able to go through all of the models and really liked how well built they were. Inside one was an office with catalogs and prices. Right in the center of the catalog was a small A-Frame Cabin with a large front porch. It was exactly what we were looking for.
In the meantime, it seemed like it took forever for someone to get back to Dino about his resume, but I don’t think it was more than a week when he received a phone message from their HR department He was scheduled for an interview the following week. We decided if this job came through, we would build that tiny cabin with no loans and slowly work on it to finish as we could afford to do.
He did go on that interview, and then a second one, and then he got the call and started this new job on May 16. Right away you could see a change in all of us as a family, but especially Dino. He was less tense and so much happier. It was a blessing!
The following weekend I called that place on the hill and made an appointment to talk about building our little cabin.
And here we go again. Patience.