Here We Go Again…

Well, it’s happened again.

It’s beginning to not even phase us anymore. This is the fourth time in the past two years.

Jerry was laid off this past Friday.

I don’t think I told you about the last couple of jobs he’s lost. I hate to be like, “He lost his job.” “He found a job!” “He lost a job.” “Oh, he found a job again!”

It seems like the companies hiring him just can’t seem to keep enough work to justify his position for very long. At one point he was working three part-time jobs just to keep us afloat. I hope it doesn’t come to that again.

The poor guy. He’s always the last one hired, first let go.

It’s incredibly frustrating having nothing financially solid to stand on. And realizing that everything could be pulled out from under us at a moment’s notice.

We know that there is a reason why this keeps happening to us. What is YHWH’s plan? We’ve really been praying about becoming self-employed, so that Jerry can be home more to help around the homestead. Is this the motivation we need to start getting creative?

I really think it is.

Once again, I ask that you pray for our feet to be guided. There are a lot of things up in the air for us right now. A lot that we have been praying about. We just want to make sure that we are in YHWH’s will.

Don’t you worry. Something good will come from this. And as soon as I figure it out I’ll be sure to let you know! *smile*

25 thoughts on “Here We Go Again…”

  1. Just curious what the status is on all of this? My husband and I are blessed with good full time jobs…but we frequently talk about starting our own business. Though we are having a very difficult time coming up with anything that we feel will work for us. Ours needs to be something our oldest son who has down syndrome could participate in…hes only 6 now so we are still uncertain of his abilities if course.

  2. Oooooh! I would love to buy your book- are you going to make it an EBook version? I’m guessing that would keep costs way down. I hope you can finish it soon- like I said, I really admire your way of life, and would love to learn how you do it. Are there any updates on Miss Addy or Butterberry farm? Is she and her family well?

  3. So sorry to hear about your hubby’s job situation again. I’m curious about something, and I hope you don’t mind me asking, but how do you folks survive when he gets laid off? I’m guessing he doesn’t qualify for unemployment benefits if he hasn’t worked at his job long? I am also guessing you guys don’t accept any type of government aid (SNAP, WIC, medicaid for the kids, etc)? So do you get any income from your blog, or support from your church, or family? I hope you don’t mind me asking, if this is a subject you don’t feel ok answering, I understand. I just feel like my own family is not too far away from the same situation, and you seem to really have your head screwed on right, and I’ve always admired your tenacity. My husband frequently hears rumors of lay offs at his workplace, and I always imagine the difficulty we would have paying the mortgage, van payment,my daughter’s meds, my meds, etc. I will keep your family in my heart and prayers 🙂

    • Hi Brandie,

      I don’t mind you asking me these things at all 🙂 ACTUALLY, the book I’m working on writing right now is a Money Saving book, which pretty much lays out exactly how we make it on so little. NO, we absolutely do not accept government assistance. We have very strong convictions about this. No, we aren’t receiving any unemployment, and no, I really don’t make much from my blog, lol! Honestly, sometimes I look at our situation and can’t figure out on paper exactly how we make it. But we do. The Lord always provides, one way or another. When things get really tight, we sell what we can, pick up odd jobs, and really tighten our belts. There are a ton of ways which I save the family money, which can be just as good as having an income at times. I’ve been working hard on this book, trying my best to get it done so that others can put these money saving strategies to good use in these hard times. HOPEFULLY it won’t take me too much longer to finish! Though it’s incredibly hard to find time to write 🙂 Thank you for your prayers. I sure do hope your family doesn’t have to deal with a layoff as well. It’s definitely no fun.

  4. Kendra, I’m so sorry to hear that this keeps happening! I know what it’s like to live for years on a very low income without a break, but I’ve not had to deal with unemployment several times in a row. I agree with paroadie that you need to be sure any business you start will be in demand, and with the economy the way it is, everyone is cutting back and less likely to spend money on anything that is not a necessity. I’m sure you’ve already thought of most if not all of this, but a couple of thoughts run through my mind…

    • consider starting a business with little or no overhead. I’m blown away by what my daughter makes caring for people’s animals. I got the idea from a Dave Ramsey show where a woman had to quit her full time job just to keep up with her growing animal care business – she made around $53,000 a year just driving to people’s homes, letting their dog out for a bit, feeding, etc. My daughter isn’t making this kind of money, but then again, we’ve done zero advertising and just do it by word of mouth. Now that she’s getting older, we are considering putting out an ad which should grow her business. Even if Jerry doesn’t want to do this kind of thing forever, it might fill the gap while he’s looking for another job in his area of expertise.

    • I recently read an article somewhere that mentioned Americans won’t do the blue-collar job such as welding, plumbing, electrical, etc. I don’t know what trade Jerry is in now, but the article went on to say that these jobs would be in high demand in the future (If I were you I’d do some research to be sure).

    Praying for God’s path to shine clear for you to see the next step! He WILL provide!

    • Thank you, Amy! Actually, I’ll share here that Jerry is considering building caskets, just as a side job for now. It’s something we figure even the Recession can’t touch!! I know he won’t have enough business to pay the bills, but it might bring in a little extra. He already has the tools, he’d just have to buy the lumber whenever an order is placed. So, no overhead 🙂

      The pet care business is a great idea. I wonder what the demand for that would be here? Something to check into for sure. I know the Lord will provide… He always does. It’s just incredibly frustrating at times knowing that there isn’t much more we can do to scrimp and save to pay the bills. We’re just about as tight as we can get!! Unless, we turn the power off, of course. But good grief, I’m not ready for off-grid living yet!! Thank you for your sweet prayers. We definitely need them.

  5. This is a tough time in our country. After 23 years on my own I am technically still in business but a business with few clients is hardly a business. My wife has been carrying the load the last couple of years along with my retirement funds. I thank the spirit for that. Don’t want to discourage you in any way but be careful spending any money in a new business unless you are sure there is an absolute necessary need for the service. Money spent in a business venture can be a weight around the neck weighing you down also. I am truly amazed how far we have fallen and how little money people have to spend. It is frightening.

    I am reminded of the old song “Brother can you Loan me a Dime”. Find a path that can sustain you somehow through the economic storm that we are just entering. It will be a long time coming back.

    Take it one day at a time. We have never had so little and enjoyed it so much! Good luck to you and yours.

  6. PRAYING! God I pray you will bless Jerry with work that will bring you all praise and glory. Bless the work of his hands, thank you in advance for your abundant provision. Oh how we love you God and praise your Holy Name! In Jesus’ most precious name, amen! I will continue to pray and I can’t wait to hear what God has in store for Jerry and your family.

  7. I agree that this is more of a blessing even in the midst of something negative, like loosing his job. Praying for your family to clearly see Yaweh’s, Yeshua’s will and for strength in the meantime for you all.

    God Bless You and Yours

  8. Sorry to here your news. Have you heard of the prudent homemaker?

    She is mormon, so I disregard the spiritual parts, but she has a lot to say as they lived a long time living off her food storage while her husband was 10 months or more without income. She has lots of great stuff to say about frugality and doing with what we have. You may already do pretty well with this, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

    Can’t wait to see what God does with this part of your journey!

  9. Kendra, our family has been praying for yours through the last two years. My husband was also laid off in May 2009. We registered a family business in January and have been self-employed ever since. Our year to date profit (after expenses is $9600. Not a ton, and we are behind on bills, but we are successfully running a family business. The benefits have been huge to our family. Espcially my husband’s ability to be here with us to lead regular family devotions!! We pray you hear His voice clearly and follow obediently.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying God will lead you to where He wants you to be. Be assured that God will supply all your needs.

  11. I do hope something will come your way soon. My husband lost his job about 3 years ago for the second time. While he was out everyday looking for work I decided to take matters into my own hands and got a work at home job. I have worked with ACD Direct for 3 years now and love it. I will never leave this company. Thankfully he found a job a few weeks later and my job helped give us spending money.

  12. God Bless Y’all !!! It is difficult. My husband lost his job last August and proceeded to get his Real Estate License. I am truly amazed at how we have made it on so little money this past year. We have been through job losses over the past 16 years of marriage, and God pulls us through each and every time. It is definitely a faith building walk to take. I will be praying that a door is opened for employment for Jerry.

  13. My friend told me once, when a window closes, a door then opens. Everything happens for a reason. Hope you find what it is you need to do.

  14. I always try to recommend folks think back on Job – for everything he went through he got back 3 fold because he did not loose faith. Things can get bad, really bad, but eventually they’ll get better and until they do I know you’ve got support online and off to see you through.

  15. You have my prayers. I, too, have walked this road with my husband many times. God has proven His faithfulness to us time and time again. (((HUGS)))

  16. Sweetie, I feel for you and for Jerry! We’ve had similar for the last three years and it is frustrating, but, you are absolutely right, God has a perfect plan in all of this for you and for us. Keeping you, Jerry and your family in my prayers. {{hugs}}

  17. This IS Gods way of telling you that you need to take a less traditional route. Or at least that’s what I believe he was telling us when this happened 2 years ago. My husband(then fiance)and I were smack dab in the middle of planning our wedding, we had half the deposits down for our church, food etc. when he came home early one Friday and told me he lost his job. I thought we were going to have to cancel our wedding. At the time, he was a hobby blacksmith… to make a long story short, he started forging more and more with his extra time home, got a couple of large clients and now has a VERY profitable side business that never would have come about had it not been for the lay off. He was out of work for a year, almost exactly, but it was the blacksmithing that got us by. The best part is that it’s work that he enjoys. I truly feel that one day he will be able to quit his now, 9 to 5 and be a full time smithy. Keep your chin up, I will pray for you and your husband. Look at your skills and take this time to develop them. This unexpected “time off” can be a blessing too. We were able to spend more time together planning our wedding and enjoying each others company. We also took a longer but simpler honeymoon, and had the reception at the home of my childhood, instead of a hall. It helped us put what’s important as priority. Be brave, God will be there for you.
    Blessings, Jen


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