back in february the mckanna family took a leap! i decided to leave 13 years of government work, most of which was spent as a probation officer, to become a worship leader at The Woods. my wife left 17 years of work with the same hospital, in the same office, to join me. we decided to follow God in where he was leading us…Macomb County Michigan!
right off the bat things seemed to move at warp speed and everything was going great. kasey was able to find a new position with the Beaumont Health System. we accepted an offer on our house after only 4 days of being listed with a realtor. so we came up north and went through some homes, only one of which we really liked. that house was actually in a contract…but the contract fell through and the realtor for that property called our realtor to see if we wanted to make an offer?!? we did and in a matter of hours we were in contract to purchase the house. so we started packing and packing. we ordered the appliances that we needed and had them set to be delivered. we filled out the change of address form that was needed. we were all set!
until the week before our closing. all of the sudden there were delays and doors that seemed to have been thrown wide open…were closing. in the matter of a week, both of our housing contracts were default and in need of extensions. deliveries that were scheduled at the house had to be rescheduled. reservations for a moving truck and trailer had to be postponed. our mail just had to be stopped. all of the sudden there was this overwhelming feeling that we had absolutely no control and no clue how things were going to work out. because we didn’t!
i called the church and made sure that we had some type of housing to move into on a temporary basis. we seemed to be starting from scratch. i became very frustrated and angry, mainly with people that as far as i’m concerned weren’t doing their jobs. but i had to come to a point were i had to just trust God to take care of my family and provide for us. He wasn’t going to forget about us in the midst of this new journey.
to make a VERY LONG and frustrating story of phone calls, text messages, and e-mails a little shorter…we ended up default on both contracts for a second time. i had to push back deliveries to the last possible date and cancelled our truck rental. we got a trailer and just loaded up the bare necessities so we could still have our house staged for showings and we could move into a parsonage near the church.
but as i’m finishing loading up the trailer…the pieces start to come back together. both contracts were adjusted and back together. deliveries were back on and so were the rentals. i started unpacking the trailer to repack it for the actual move. it all worked out for us to move on the the last possible day, to not lose the appliances and add restocking fees.
with a lot of help from great friends and family, we got loaded up and headed out…once again things were going great!
until about an hour and a half into the trip. i was driving a 26 foot Uhaul truck, pulling a 6’x12′ Uhaul trailer and something just didn’t feel right. i looked in my mirror to see that trailer sideways at the back of the truck. this wouldn’t be a problem if i was backing it up somewhere. but i was in the middle of three northbound lanes on I75, going 65 mph. traffic behind me came to a halt as i gradually pulled the truck off to the side of the road and got the whole show stopped. the trailer was going ALL OVER the place, part of the time on two of its four wheels!
i got out and found that only one of the three safety chains was holding the trailer to the truck. the one that was supposed to engage the trailer’s braking system, snapped off and never engaged. but there was NO damage to either the truck or the trailer. NONE…they didn’t even touch when i brought it all to a stop! and it was in no way due to my masterful driving skills…
we ended up having the trailer towed to our house. we were 30 minutes late for the scheduled unloading…but all were there safe and sound. the deliveries were there on time and everything got unloaded. we lost four tiki torches and the front wheel of molly’s bike. but that was it, the glass top patio table didn’t even brake!
another group of great friends…and family…were there to unload “the heaviest couches in the world”, along with my 91 year old baby grand piano, and everything else that we managed to cram in.
now i’m here on the couch a week later. the boxes to unpack are much fewer. we have beds to sleep in and i’m pretty sure some of the nicest neighbors ever. people have been overly friendly and not shy about stopping in to introduce themselves. the kids have been a huge help with that. they were even invited over to swim twice this week! kasey and i have both completed our first official weeks with new employers. we’re still walking and talking…even still talking to each other. we’re even getting accustomed to the bumper to bumper traffic, blinking yellow and red traffic lights, and all of the u-turns you have to make since you can’t turn left?!?!
through it all i can honestly say this has been an amazing start to a new journey in life! i’m excited to see what God has in store for us in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead! but as for the actual move, i’m glad to say…
we are now officially residents of the great state of Michigan…GO BLUE!