We arrived in Orlando and survived the ten days that Pat was in the Middle East thanks to the help of our amazing nanny and her daughter. Honestly, I don’t know how we could have possibly done it without them! We do not even have a vehicle here big enough to fit Team Cooligan in to get around!
They left this morning bright and early to head back home to Ottawa and that was extremely difficult for me. I am sure that she turned the white lights on in the deck before she left. I also smiled at the stepping stones that she made and painted with each of the older kids.
I woke up with a pit in my stomach and cried a lot this morning. It was almost as though I was grieving a break up today. The truth is, I was supposed to return home with our nanny today! We were supposed to return together, just as we had arrived.
Last week while Pat was away in the Middle East, we received an incredible business opportunity. It is all coming together really fast, but it turns out that we will be staying in the US for an extended period of time, due to necessity.
I have spent the past few days making difficult phone calls and cancelling appointments including smaller things like our Bryson Farms home delivery service and the cleaning services. And then bigger things like putting a halt to our backyard landscaping plans and pool installation. One of the most difficult communications was with the girls’ dance studio, who are in the middle of competition season. The wonderful team at Dana Hanes Dance Company welcomed us into their dance family and always saw the best in our girls. They believed in Brooke and offered her a really fun solo dance that made her feel like the biggest superstar on Earth. We presented one of the dance groups with an enormous challenge, but we will be cheering them on in spirit.
As fun as it has been here, we are not on an extended vacation. We are facing several challenges ourselves. We don’t have our vehicle or our family pets! Pat has had to cancel several upcoming business trips and he is leaving his seven gym locations to run without his physical presence. We presently have limited access to funds and we are using blow up mattresses as furniture.
With all of that said…
Pat and I make a very determined team and we are 100% committed to remaining focussed and positive. The truth is, we do not know what the future holds. But we know first hand that building a business takes risk, commitment and extremely hard work.
We are moving forward and giving this a shot!
We have complete faith in God and He has presented us with this opportunity. We will trust in Him, work with Him, and follow Him, wherever He takes us.
All glory to God.