Kearney Moving values the importance of each employee’s family. And we’d like to introduce you to one of our growing families and share their story.
Employee Josh Weinberg and wife Rachel met while working at a local grocery store, married in 2008, and were then quickly blessed with daughter Adrianna in 2010. They both grew up in fairly large families, and they desired a large family as well. After trying for another child relatively soon after Adri was born, a year later it seemed as though they had paid a small fortune in pregnancy tests to no avail and were becoming a bit discouraged. They were excited to grow their family, so they sought out other medical options and also began researching adoption.
While in high school, Rachel did some mission work at an orphanage in Haiti, and she had always hoped to one day give an orphaned child a home. In 2013, Rachel listened to a speaker at a women’s church event share her story about adopting a child from Ethiopia. This was a significant turning point for Rachel as she and Josh decided to take a huge step of faith by trusting God and following Him on an incredible journey of faith and hope.
The Journey Begins
Even though they weren’t sure that this was definitely God’s plan for their family, they knew there was a biblical mandate to care for orphans, and they desired more children. After slowly researching agencies, they finally decided on one and began the intense adoption process: paperwork, fingerprinting, counseling sessions, background checks, and hours of education, not to mention significant financial costs.
Fueled by a desire to adopt a family-less child, they worked hard to raise funds, and they saw God provide through every step. After being qualified to adopt from six different countries, they decided on the poorest country on the list: Ethiopia. After submitting their dossier, they pursued children on waiting lists, but - for whatever reason - something would always fall through. It all came to a frustrating halt when the country essentially closed its doors to international adoption. Although this process was difficult, the Weinbergs are thankful that God spared them and a child from a connection that may never have been completed.
Following this heartbreak, Josh and Rachel decided to pursue a U.S. adoption through a small Florida agency started by a woman who had experienced her own frustration when adopting her own two boys. They continued another long wait coupled with many new frustrations: extra fees, contract changes, and then actually meeting a birth mother who decided on another family. Through this all, the Weinberg family grew in their faith as their longing for a child increased their longing more after Christ. They saw how adoption is such a beautiful picture of the gospel of Christ.
God Had a Different Plan
After nearly 5 years of trying to add to their family, Josh and Rachel learned in June of ’15 that they were expecting! They rejoiced that God had given them the desire of their hearts, but in the wait God had given them something more: a desire for more of Christ and a longing to minister to orphaned and hurting children. On February 24, 2016, the Weinbergs welcomed Harper to their family. Through this journey, big sister Adriana – now 5 ½ - has developed a sensitive heart toward children who don’t have mommies and daddies. Josh and Rachel were very open with her the whole way about their struggles as they prayed and cried together many times over their desire for a baby. She is overjoyed at the arrival of her little sister and takes her role as big sister very seriously, knowing that Harper is a tangible gift from the Lord.
A Few Words from the Weinbergs
From Josh and Rachel, “The Kearney Moving family was so supportive throughout this process, always encouraging family to remain a top priority in the business. The company has graciously allowed time off for Josh for the different adoption meetings and conferences, as well as time when Harper was born. Some of the Kearney Moving family were there at our fundraisers, and the business helped sponsor our Glow Run 5K. Since having Harper, many of the employees have rejoiced with us in celebrating her life through gifts and visits. Our desire to adopt hasn't changed. We still trust God with our future whatever that may look like."
Having Fun: Keeping a Positive Attitude
As you can see, the Weinbergs have a strong faith. Josh can have a serious conversation about his faith and the importance of his family, but he can also make you laugh so hard that you cry. As an employer, it has been a joy to watch Josh work through this process and yet see his amazing attitude through all of the ups and downs. Some of Josh’s greatest attributes are his joyful spirit and positive attitude. Josh began – like most of our employees – as a crew member, then advanced to a senior crew member and now works as a foreman. He has an incredible ability to have fun while at work and has a great sense of humor, making the crew and customers laugh or smile. Our customers love Josh; he consistently ranks as one of the highest tipped employees here at Kearney Moving.
Although Josh can make nearly anyone laugh, he is a professional and does his job very well. He works hard. We trust him to manage any size crew we assign, to take an 18-wheeler anywhere in the country, and to take care of our customers at every level as he is able to sense needs and address them. Josh has experience handling high stress situations like a pro; for example, a few years ago he hit a patch of black ice and his truck slid sideways with oncoming traffic heading towards him. Thankfully he kept a cool head and was able to get the truck straightened out, keeping the crew, truck and furniture safe.
Important Team Member
We are proud to have Josh on our team. This past year he earned a special award from Atlas Van Lines for customer service, and he has won multiple awards from Kearney Moving for customer service and safe driving. Josh plays a significant role in modeling some of our company’s core values as they shape our company’s culture. More specifically, he exemplifies “have fun while you work” and “build a positive team and family culture.”
Having said that, as much as he enjoys work,
he typically can't wait to get home to be with his wife and two children!