We are the Stadlers, Louie, Linda, Lyndsay, Luke, Amber, Jody (my bonus kid), Robbie (son-in-law) and I get to be Nana to five beautiful grandkids! I LOVE being part of this family…now, on with the story.
Louis was an Army brat. His family lived in Cherry Valley when they couldn’t travel with his dad. He graduated high school in Izmir, Turkey, and then returned to the states to attend ASU. Louie was saved in 1978. He got married, had Jody and Amber, and went to work at Dupont in Jonesboro.
I was raised in the country. I went to Bay school, had a Lake City address and a Jonesboro phone number. I was raised in a christian home. We went to an Independent Baptist church. My dad was a deacon and an ordained minister. My mom was a Sunday school teacher who showed me how to be saved when I was five. I graduated from Jonesboro Christian School and in 1979 and I started to work at Dupont.
1987 was a year that changed both of our lives. In April, Louie and his wife got divored and she moved with his kids to Wyoming. Louie was devastated. In October, Dupont informed us they would be moving the plant to Puetro Rico over the next few years. In December, with no reason to stay in Jonesboro, Louie transferred with Dupont in Atlanta. Over the next year and a half, Louie would come back in town to visit his parents and would stop by the plant to see everyone. I began to really notice how cute and nice he was (of course all the older ladies pointed that out everytime he came for a visit). We talked when he came in town, then called LONG DISTANCE (no cell phones back then). In July of 1989, we were married and I took a transfer to Atlanta. It was hard leaving my family and friends to move where the only person I knew was my husband. Wow, was my life about to change!
I had lived on my own for a few years and only had to think about myself. I had come and gone when I wanted, and cooked when I wanted (and when he ate my cooking, he knew that wasn’t much). Now I lived in a place where I could only go certain places by myself. Louie and I worked together, road together, and took our breaks together. We were together 24/7 which was a great thing for us. We really got to know each other and not only loved each other but LIKED each other! Things were going great for us. We found a wonderful church to attend and a year later Lyndsay was born. Two and a half years later, we still worked for Dupont but in different areas. The same building, but sort of different companies. Louie worked for Dupont Diagnostics and I worked for Dupont Merk Pharmaceuticals. The diaganostic side sold to another company and wasn’t keeping any employees. My job was safe as far as we knew. There was a job opening with Dupont in Brevard, NC so we decided to take a trip to visit the town. Louie had an interview on a Thursday, was offered the job on Friday and had to let them know something by Monday. He accepted the job and had to be there the following Monday. Everything moved so fast. We had a house to sell and that meant Lyndsay and I would be in Atlanta until our house sold. As you remember, we were together ALL THE TIME. I was really geting nervous, but we prayed and asked God to let our house sell soon. We listed it in the paper on Friday and on Sunday, Lyndsay was sick and she and I stayed home from church. Before Louie came home, I had a phone call about the house. The first people that saw it bought it for what we were asking. Thank you Dear Lord, I knew we would be together soon! A month later, Lyndsay and I moved to North Carolina. Moving there was a big change from Atlanta. The two biggest changes were,number one, the speed limit. We went from driving 85 miles an hour on interstate 85 to driving 35 miles an hour in our new town. That almost killed Louie! Ha! Secondly, we lost my income. Again we had moved to a town where we knew no one. Now we had Lyndsay and I coundn’t stand to put her in daycare, so I was staying home with her until she was older. Now we needed a house. While I was still in Atlanta, Louie had been looking for houses and he found the perfect house for raising kids. Three acres, a few woods, a pond, a creek, and hills for sledding. Just a wonderful place. But it really wasn’t for sale yet. It had been in the owner’s late husband’s family for almost 100 years. She and her Sunday school class had been praying that if she was supposed to sell, it would be a Christian family to buy it and be her neighbor. Louie took me to meet her and we just clicked. She was the sweetest lady and she said she knew when she met us she had an answer to her prayer. God was looking out for us again. The house payment was less than our house in Atlanta, and our car insurance was cheaper. I really learned how to cook (a thank you, Lord, from Louie) and be a homemaker. You know, we never missed my income! We found a wonderul little church and began working in Awana when Lyndsay was four. When Luke was born, about a year later, I was still staying home. God had blessed Louie with extra hours to cover everything we needed.
When it was time for Lyndsay to start school, Louie was working crazy hours. He was off in the middle of the week and working on the weekends sometimes. We started checking on schools. Henersonville, NC was a great place to live but lots of things were going on we didn’t want Lyndsay exposed to so young. So we prayed about it and felt it was best for us to home school. As you have read, we are used to spending time together. Home schooling worked out great for us and for working around Louie’s hours. We were off hiking in the middle of the week, then having school on Saturday when he was at work. Life was good for us. God had blessed us so much.
Well, Dupont sold again, and so again, we were going to be jobless! But God provided another job for Louie. This time he worked nights but off weekends. This job lasted almost two year, then another layoff. When we realized he was losing his job, I started working part time. After he was laid off, the store offered me a full-time position with insurance. So, Louie was home with the kids and working part time with some men from our church. There was no full time job for him this time, but God still provided for us. Since our kids really wanted to be around their grandparents, we knew our parents were getting older and would be needing us, we prayed about what we should do. I remember Louie praying and asking God to ring a bell or something so we would really know what to do, because he was afraid if it was something suttle, we might miss it! Well, our prayer was answered. Our house sold before it ever ran in the paper. The people who bought it had passed our house for years and wanted it for their kids. So again, we packed up and moved back home with no job but we know God had a plan for us.
We lived with our family for a couple of months until Louie got a job. I started babysitting so I could still be home with the kids and home school. Then after a couple of years, Louie’s hours changed and the noise was too much for him to sleep so, I stopped. Not long afterward, I saw an ad in the paper for office work from home. I doubted this could be “for real” (like God couldn’t do that) but it turned out to be the best job for me. I was able to work, take care of Louie and the kids, and still home school. “I” could do it, which “I” did for seven and a half years. My job worked out great for us.
Well, in September 2011, God changed our lives again. As you know, when things are going well, we sometimes think “we” are the ones doing it. That was me! My dream job at Sonrise Shuttle was closing as of October 7 and I was just sick. What would I do? I still had almost two years until Luke graduated. Then, Louie went to the doctor and was told he had to have a total knee replacement on both knees! Now I really was worried…me with no job and Louie on disability. What would we do? I seem to have forgotten all the year God had provided for us. Louie had his first knee surgery on October 4th. Everything went great, as a matter of fact, they had never seen anyone recover so quickly. He was out of the hospital in two days. The pain was bad, but the pain meds helped and he was able to sleep. We were up and down every two or three hours changing ice, remembering meds, and making sure he had lots of protein to help with the healing. He had physical therapy three times a week. I never had time to miss my job and I sure couldn’t have worked and taken care of him (which is my first responsibility). God knew I couldn’t do it all! Once again God had shown Who was really in control! Louie was off for six weeks, then worked seven days and had the other knee done. This knee wasn’t so easy. The meds made him sick, and the new meds they gave him didn’t help with the pain. He couldn’t sleep day or night for more than a couple of hours. So again, we were up two or three hours changing ice, and taking pain meds. He had physical therapy three times a week, I was trying to cook meals with no sleep and it wasn’t getting better. He had missed some therapy because he was sick from meds and lack of sleep. He was depressed from the pain and being sick and I was a BEAR without sleep. His helpmeet who was used to taking care of him for all these years was having trouble remembering what it means to serve! During these past months my daily devotional has been all about tursting God, leaning on Him, and not worrying. He knows what is ahead so just trust Him, and have peace knowing He is with us. Wow, was He talking to me? All I had to do was ask and He would give me the peace and rest I needed. Maybe not sleep, but rest and the patience to do what I needed to do. I learned again to be thankful for today and not worry about tomorrow. God changed my attitude from getting irritated with Louie for needing something every time I sat down, to having a heart more willing to give, and an understanding of how hard it was for him to be totally dependent on me. God has blessed me with an amazing husband who has worked many, many long hours so I could stay home with our kids and THIS is my time to honor him with love and kindness. These past months have opened my eyes to God’s goodness, His love and just how much He wants us to depend on Him. You know what? I don’t have the time or energy to worry, because that just makes me miss God’s blessings today! We’re not sure how much longer Louie will be off work or what God has planned for me. What I do know is that God is in TOTAL control and being dependent on Him is where the blessings are!