I have absolutely needed this

Posted by Brienne Shumway on 23rd Jan 2019

I have been a user of these wonderful planners for three years now. Before this planner I was just using a little $5 planner from Walmart. And honestly, I didn't really use it because it wasn't enjoyable at all. But one year I thought, "I really need to do better at planning!" And when my cousin recommended your planner, I was hooked. I was SO excited to get it in the mail and I haven't looked back since. I love everything about it. 

But I have to say, I also wasn't using the planner to it's fullest potential until this last year. We were living in Orem Utah at the time and enjoying a very comfortable, safe and easy life. My husband and I were married in 2007 and while living in Orem we had 4 beautiful children. 

In December of 2018 we started feeling like we needed to start looking for jobs in the southern United States. We didn't know why but we followed the promptings and pretty quickly had applied in several states. My husband interviewed for two different positions: one in North Carolina and one in Tennessee. He was offered the North Carolina job and we felt so strongly that we should take it. So he put in his two weeks notice at his job of 12 years and he headed to North Carolina. I stayed behind with the kids while we were waiting for our home to sell and while we could find a home to purchase in North Carolina. That separation ended up lasting for 2 months! 

Eventually my parents helped us make the big move across the country where my husband and I were reunited and we could start our new lives there. Did I mention I was 7 months pregnant with our 5th baby during the move?!? We moved into our new home in NC in June and were blessing with our baby girl in August. And then everything went down hill from there. My husband's job was hard from the beginning, but then it got really really bad. He was tempted to just get in his truck and drive back to his old job in Utah one night! But thankfully that didn't happen. Anyway, I learned pretty quickly that a man needs a job that he enjoys. Yes, there is no such thing as the perfect job, but he must have a job that has more positives than negatives or it will effect every aspect of his life, which means it will also affect every aspect of MY life. I knew without him even saying it, that we needed to begin looking for other jobs. 

Originally we tried to find one locally but had no luck. One night he applied to 17 jobs all over the country! He interviewed with six of them and after all was said and done, he accepted the job offer in Dallas, TX. And yes, we moved again. We lived in North Carolina for a whopping 4 months. We moved in with a friend in Dallas while we were waiting for our home in NC to sell so that we could start renting something here in Texas. And finally, after 3 months of waiting, our NC home is under contract and we have found a suitable rental for our family of 7. Things are starting to look up for us!

Why do I share this story with you and what does it have to do with a planner? Well, besides my testimony and the love of my husband and children, there has been one other thing that has absolutely saved my life throughout this whole experience. And that has been my planner. 

I have absolutely needed that book. It has been critical to me when I was in the "depths of despair" from being so far away from my husband, being so pregnant and not knowing what the future holds, having to switch my kids to 3 different schools in one year, being so far away from family for the first time in my life, watching my children suffer from choices that I had made, and so many other times. 

The quotes have been life-changing. I have learned to rely on so many of them to just get me through the day and sometimes even through the afternoon. I have LOVED the ability to look back at previous months and years and remember those times in my life and remember that we felt prompted to make the choices that we did and that reminds me that there is a purpose in all of this.

I also use my planner to write down little promptings that I receive, ideas that I get for how to help my children with certain things, goals that I feel I need to make. I greatly appreciate being able to find those little gems throughout the pages and allowing the joy that comes from them to pierce my heart and remind me that everything is going to be okay. Because it is. 

We have had so many changes this past year, but one of the constants has been my amazing planner that has seen many tears, road miles, heartache, joy and so much love. I honestly don't know what I would have done without it! Thank you! Thank you!