Rick felt better enough to get dressed, and go outside for a little while. He sat in the chair under the awning - enjoying the warmer weather. He even felt like walking around a little.
I made a meatloaf and put it in the oven to bake.
About an hour into the afternoon, Rick (the manager here at Coffee Creek RV Park) came by on the golf cart. Steve and Janet had stopped and they were talking to my Rick about how nice the weather was, and just enjoying the sunshine after so many dark and dreary days lately.
They drove away. And Rick (manager) walked up to the door. Asked my Rick if we had a few minutes to talk. Sure. I stepped out on the porch. And he handed my Rick a sheet of paper.
--Our work camping is terminated. Effective immediately. Turn in any keys within 24 hours. As of February 1, 2015 - either pay the $400 a month for the lot rent, or move out.--
Talk about feeling like we had been suckered punched! We did not see that coming!
My Rick asked him why. (1) Are you no longer going to have work campers? "Oh yes, we are going to have work campers." (2) Is it because we have been here so long? "Oh no. That has nothing to do with this." (3) Why then? "We need someone that we can depend on and rely on. Someone that will carry their weight and not ask someone else to do so much for them."
In our defense, our work camping contract was for 24 hours a week work - not individually, but together. We have put in from 30-50 hours PER WEEK since we have been here! Work campers are supposed to get 2 days a week off. Rarely do we even get ONE. Once a month, we take off 3 days to go to Sulphur Springs/Paris for Rick's doctor appointment. Back in October, we were gone for 10 days because of Jimmy's heart surgery - but we had banked that many hours! Even in all of this so far this month/year - with this infection that Rick has been fighting, not one day did we NOT clean! 2 days, I cleaned by myself - but still, we met the hours required (actually more than required).
Which is exactly what I did yesterday.
I told him that we were just screwed. He wanted to know why. I told him bluntly - the TRUTH ... "if I cannot afford Rick's medications, and I cannot buy groceries - then how in this world am I going to pay $400 a month for this lot rent?"
He just looked at me. Told me to just calm down (all I was doing was crying, tears streaming down my cheeks). That "we" would work something out. Then he said not to worry about the February 1 date - that he would extend it to March 1, 2015. That would give us all 6 weeks to figure something out. ??? Asked that we not get in a hurry to leave.
Said that if he needed us, he would either knock on the door, or he would call. ???
WHAT??? He has just said that we were not dependable nor reliable - so how in the world are we dependable or reliable enough to be "on call" if he needs something???
Just makes no sense whatsoever. My Rick and I have talked about it all ... we have prayed about it ... and the only thing we know for sure to do -- is let it go, Trust in Jesus. Just Trust in Jesus.
We don't have a clue at this time.
We are praying ... Trusting in Jesus ... breathing in and breathing out.
God has a plan for our lives - Jeremiah 29:11 - and we do not believe that any one here upon this earth is greater than our God ... so therefore no one can remove us from His hands, and no one can change the plans of God for our lives.
So, for now - we will pray ... we will rest ... we will work our way thru some things that we have been putting on the back burner now for the last several months ... and we will continue to fight this infection that Rick has.
Pray for us - that God will meet our needs. Daily - medications, groceries, and fuel. And that God will direct our ways clearly - so that we will be exactly where HE wants us to be.
Thank you all ... Love you!