Bad News: My Husband Lost His Job


When my husband came home today and pulled me into a private room, away from the playing kids, I had no idea what he was about to tell me.

Once behind closed doors, I looked at Jerry questioningly. He hesitated for a moment, and then tears filled his eyes as he quietly said, “They let me go today at work.”

Fired.

Immediately my heart was filled with compassion for my husband, and I hugged him tight and kissed him several times. He said, “I was fine until I saw you!”

I asked, “What reason did they give?” He said, “Staff reduction. They let two other guys go too.”

Deep breath. Wow. Okay. Lord, you can handle this.

We are fortunate that my husband still has his part time job. He got on the phone to call his supervisor to see if he could pick up some extra time with this side job. He said they are only allowed to work a part-time employee 28 hrs/wk, but that they would try to work him as close to that as they could.

If he works the full time allowed for part timers he’ll make about $1100/mo. That is if they have that much work for him to do.

More than half of that would go to pay our mortgage. Drat that stupid mortgage!

Another deep breath.

But you know… we’re okay. I’m not worried.

I just wish I knew what was ahead. Is this just a bump in the road? Or should I buckle up for an off-roading adventure? Is it time to break into our food storage, or should we continue to save that for even harder times?

So, this is the game plan: Monday morning I’m going to start making phone calls to cancel bills and services… including internet. Which obviously means that I won’t be blogging as much.

I know. It’s a big bummer. We just can’t afford to keep the internet knowing that we may need that money to keep a roof over our heads. We have family who have internet though, so maybe once a week we can hop on their computers and do what we need to do.

Cell phones will be turned off. We may have to cancel the home phone too, but it’s only like $13/mo, so we’ll keep that for as long as we can, for emergencies.

I’m gonna start asking around to see if anybody has a mini fridge that we can borrow. I’m thinking that if we only keep a few items that need to be cold, then we can unplug the main fridge/freezer and save on our power bill. We’ll probably be taking drastic measures to cut our power bill in other ways as well.

Pray that our garden grows well this year!

We bought an incubator today so that we can begin increasing our chicken flock size for meat and eggs. We figured, well, you know the saying, “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime,” something like that anyways. Well, in our case it’s, “Teach a man to use an incubator, he’ll eat for a lifetime.” *smiles*

It’s funny, really. Over the past week Jerry and I have been talking about whether or not we could afford for him to quit his part time job so that he could be home more to help me with working the land and the animals. After looking over our already very tight budget, we decided that we just could not afford to do so. Last night, we prayed that the Lord would lead us in the way we should go.

We can only take this as an answer to our prayers. But, wow, we totally didn’t mean for him to lose his main job!

Whatever is to come, we take comfort in knowing that the Lord is faithful. He will provide. He has a reason for this, and it will only be for our good. So, what is there to fear? What is there to worry about? He provides for the birds and the flowers… how much more does He love us? I praise the Lord for answering our prayer, even if it was not in a way that we would understand.

I am hoping that I will be able to keep the blog up, and posting on Facebook. I’ve really enjoyed meeting you guys on a more personal level. But if it’s only once a week for a while, hang in there with me!! I have a feeling that our adventures are just beginning!


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

76 Comments

  1. Kendra, I know how you feel. I had just gone back to work for my 1st maternity leave and was pregnant with my second the day my husband came home and said that the company he worked for was shutting down the plant that he worked at. I had no idea what we were going to do. I only was able to work for 6 months then be back on maternity leave again.Most of our bills were still behind from me being off the first time let alone now when my husbands salary would be non exhistant. Luckly he was able to get on at another plant for the same company but it sure scared me think of where we would be if he hadn’t been able to get back on with the same company.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this~ I have been in those shoes. My hubby was let go of a job too and we had to scramble. Please keep your chin up and remember that you are not alone in this. Keep the Faith and all the rest will fall in place~

  3. I’m so sorry! You are doing the right thing. Many people try to hang on to the extras in the budget thinking surely a job will come up quickly. You are smart to cut to bare bones immediately. It will benefit you in the long run. Good luck!

  4. Wow, such an outpouring of prayer and wishes for you. I know you feel blessed. I pray that your husband will find enough work to cover expenses. I know God has something great in store for you. He is able to keep you through this hard time.

    We will miss your blog, hope you will write occasionally when you have access to the internet.

    God Bless,
    Mrs. D

  5. I think God is sending you into a new direction. Keep the faith. I love this blog so much it has given me many a good laugh. You are so straight forward and honest I love that. Things will work out and I will be praying for you and your family. Please let me know when you will post again and I will follow you still. I need my morning fix. God Bless-He is still God of the whole universe. He created the heavens and the earth I think your in good hands.

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about the job loss, BUT the Lord DOES work in mysterious ways. We don’t always understand it, and it and may not for a long time, but He does have a plan for you and your family. Maybe it IS for your hubby to be home more to be able to help with the farm and gardening… Sometimes we just have to trust that He knows the best, and not try to try to figure it out. God will bless your faithfulness.

    You can actually do something really big here. You can show others who are having financial hardships, how to live and LIVE WELL (there are MANY out there struggling!)! You can be a great example! That can be one of your goals as a blogger. You are obviously already on your way to being prepared.

    And also on blogging, you can just be prepared BEFORE you go to the Internet hot spot… have blog posts already written down or saved on your computer. Then you can space them out with your “post options”, having one come up on Monday, the next on Tuesday, the next on Thursday… There are ways around this.

    Obviously there are people praying for you, and we will continue! You can do this! It’s going to be alright! 🙂

  7. Kendra,
    So sorry to hear about this but you must be feeling good knowing you’ve been spending time and energy year round to make your family more self sufficient. You’re holding so many of the tools to get you through this tough time. Good for you for planning your move to a homesteading lifestyle and while you may not be there fully yet, your family will surely benefit from all that you’ve done so far.

    Trust in God and know he has been giving you what you need to get through this tough time!

    Be well.

  8. Kendra, My husband and I are going through the same thing. He was laid off on Friday. My God will provide, but ya’ll are in my thoughts and prayers as well.

    • Becky C-

      I am so sorry to hear that. I know SO many people are struggling with this same situation, and despite what they want us to believe, it is going to get much worse. I feel sorry for those who do not know the Lord, for they don’t have the hope that we do. You guys are in our prayers as well.

  9. Oh, wow, what a shock! It does sound like God is leading you through this, though, and you’re handling it better than I would! I also think monetizing your blog is a great idea, and I would encourage you to enjoy the time with your husband as much as you can. When my husband was unexpectedly fired last year, he was a BEAR to live with for two months even though he already had another job lined up. I wish we’d been able to enjoy the time we had together a little more, so make the most of it if you can! Anyway, we’ll be praying for you, and I’m glad you’re going to keep blogging! 🙂

  10. Hi Kendra,
    I’m so sorry that this has happened to you and your husband. I’ll keep you in my prayers along with all the others around us who have lost their jobs. Keep the faith, God will provide.

  11. thank God that you live in a country where you can get assistance if you need it. You have children to consider before you pride.

  12. Brenda,

    I’ve always enjoyed reading about you and your family, and I’m very sorry to hear about this difficulty. I can only say, if it helps, that I know other people who have been through the same and wondered how they would get by, and yet they always found a way.

    We’ll be thinking of you and yours. Good luck.

    Brian

  13. I am so sorry. 🙁 I saw the headline and just knew what you were going to say. We were *so* floored when it unexpectedly happened to us, too.

    Making a game plan is definitely good. See if he can file for unemployment, or whether you guys would qualify (since he’s got the part time job). If one/both of you have had jobs over the years, you have paid into all those gov’t programs, and are fully entitled to take advantage of them if/when you need to (I’m more of one of those ‘God helps those that help themselves’ kind of mentality). You’ve got the trimming your budget to bare bones down, so you’re good there.

    My next thought was what about that job offer you had at the church for childcare a while ago? Might be worth it to see whether they filled the position or not at this point…

    And on the bright side? You’ve been stockpiling food. Now is the time to see where your gaps/holes are. Trust me, btdt. Think of it as a dry run for if/when things get worse economy-wise (my outlook isn’t so stellar on things, at least for the next decade or so).

  14. Kendra,

    Here are a few blogs ad pages:

    http://www.keeperofthehome.org/advertise

    This is one of my other blogs:

    You may try a special intro rate for sponsors. A buy one month, get one month free, or do a giveaway post for every new sponsor…just something to add extra value and incentive for a new sponsor.

    Here are some good tips for how much to charge for your ads based on your traffic:
    http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/03/27/how-much-should-i-charge-for-my-advertising-space/

    You can announce that you are starting to have private sponsors on a blog post and also create a tab for potential sponsors to look at.

    Some people will find you, but you can also contact other businesses that you think your readers will like and see if they would be interested in becoming partners with you.

    If you have anymore questions I’ll be glad to try to help. You can reach me at [email protected]

  15. Hey,
    My husband and I just went through this about six months ago. It is really hard, but it was the best thing for us. The big prayer that I had for everyone, was not that my husband got a job, but that we would make it through this stronger than before; that we would be united in all of our decisions. God is bigger than this, and you will make it through this!

  16. I’m sorry to hear this news. Your plans to cancel “extra” services and save wherever possible sound wise. God will provide, though not always in the way we expect!

    I’m praying for you and your family.

  17. I am so sorry your family is facing this right now, but you right GOD is in control and he only he knows what is best for us.

    I hope things turn out for the better for you guys!!

    Glad you will be trying to post from family’s homes, we would really miss you!!!

    Take care and don’t lose hope it will all work out!!

    Dana

  18. 1. Hang dry all laundry. Stop using your dryer. Unplug it from the wall to avoid drawing power even though it is off. (You might be very surprised how much you will save by doing this!)

    2. For heaven’s sake, there is nothing wrong with WIC and food stamps. Sometimes the Lord provides for us through the missions of others (even the government’s missions).

    3. Do you cloth diaper? It really is not bad at all. I cloth diaper and use warm wet washcloths instead of baby wipes, and even factoring in the cost of washing cloth diapers and “baby wipe washcloths” about three times per week, we still save around $30 per week for our two in diapers. And they look so adorable in their little cloth diapers and nylon diaper pants!

    4. Keep with what you already know, that the Lord will provide for your every need. Some of the best times we have ever had were when my husband would come home and say, “I’ve been down-sized again.” We love being at home as much as possible.

    5. Take comfort in knowing that many of us here, including myself, will be praying for you! You are precious, and I love reading your trial-and-error-and-then-success stories. You remind me so much of myself! LOL

    Amy

  19. Oh Kendra, I’m so sorry this is happening but good for you in the way you are looking at the situation. Your husband needs your awesome outlook right now. Its very hard for a man to lose his job and then face his family. My family has been there before when my hours were drastically cut to the point I wasn’t getting any hours and we were living off just my husbands low income at the time. We learned and managed and the Lord got us through but it is hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and I will look forward to the once a week posts! 😉 Good luck!

  20. Wow! Look at all these people practically begging to help a fellow man. That is so encouraging to me. This is what we are meant to do. Be there and help each other when one of us in need.

    I don’t know if you remember me but I was in email contact with you over a 9/11 Tea Party photo several months ago. I know the internet actually needs people like you. You have style, grace and the utmost integrity. True integrity that you don’t find much of on the net.

    You are embarking a new season and you’ll have experiences and knowledge others will need. You’ve helped us and now it’s time to allow people to shine and come through not only for you but for everyone that reads you..

  21. Kendra- i have been there! when my dh lost his job he supported all 9 of us on $16,000 a year for 2 years . it is a bump, a major one, but a bump none the less. God provided our every need!
    if you have any qs please email me- i’d be more than happy to help if i can.
    keep the house phone! emergencies happen.
    don’t use the dryer – you knew that already!
    praying for you 🙂
    oh print coupons- really- i can tell ya where to get truly good ones.

  22. We never had good success with inexpensive incubators. It was less expensive overall to purchase meat chicks (I suggest Moyer in PA) and raise them. Though if saving money is your primary goal, on sale from the grocery may be cheaper still. Chicken feed is expensive these days and they need 2lbs for every 1lb of gain- or more if you are using dual purpose birds. Figure your cost per lb of chicken before you head too far into that project.
    After holiday turkeys (Easter) can be had here for as low as .30/lb, you can’t grow poultry for that. Can the meat if you are turning off your freezers. You process it for 90 min so you can it from raw, it is pretty easy to prepare actually.

    God Bless,
    Caroline

  23. I hope that your husband will find another job soon. So many in this country are going through this same situation (including myself).

    Here are my few suggestions
    1) considering watching a couple kids in your home. You could charge a little less than the going daycare rate in your area and you would just let them participate in your homeschool lessons just like your own kids. It’d be cash money and wouldn’t cause you to change your daily routine too much.
    2) if needed, apply for food stamps. I’m a strong believer in only applying when necessary. But when you are in this type of position, I see no shame at all in getting assistance.
    3) be very supportive to your husband. It’s a hard thing for a man to lose a job, especially when it drags on. He’ll need lots of loving support.

  24. I will keep you in my prayers. God works in mysterious ways. I just know that he will provide for you. I look forward to reading about it when you have a chance.

  25. I’m so sorry to hear this. They are words that we all dread. I am glad you can take comfort in knowing that God is providing for your family, and that He will never leave your needs unmet.

    As far as earning money through your blog, perhaps you could offer something for a small price – such as a compilation of homesteading ideas or an e-book of favorite recipes that you’ve discovered? (For example, one of my favorite blogs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, just recently started offering a download of her ABC curriculum for a $10 Paypal donation.)

    That way you’re not just asking for donations…although I’d gladly donate even without getting anything in return, as a thank-you for your hard work on this site.

  26. Your attitude toward this is half the battle..and you have already WON!! Financial trouble is hard…my husband and I are just now coming out of, slowly, a rough two years in our business. It’s been really hard…but God has been SO faithful and has taken good care of us…and has taught us invaluable lessons along the way. You WILL come out of this better than before…xox

  27. Kendra, so sorry that you are experiencing this loss of income but thankful that you know the One that can meet all of your needs. I am not sure how you feel about WIC and food stamps. It is something to consider. That would meet a big need in your budget. Even WIC would provide a lot of food. I am a Pastors wife and do believe that God can use these programs in our times of need. Also I would find out about food pantrys in your area. Also maybe call about what kind of state medical insurance programs there are and if you would qualify.Thank God for all the preparations that you have been making and new skills that you have learned. I will look forward to your post and keep you in prayer. Barbara

    • Barbara-

      Thanks for the suggestion. But we are very much against depending on the government to help us. We have strong convictions against leaning on welfare instead of the Lord. I know these programs are good for others, but for us, it would be a very last option out of sheer desperation! And I have faith that the Lord himself will supply all of our needs. 🙂

  28. I am so sorry this happened. Maybe you could write your blog in Word and either copy it over when you are able, or do batch updates.

    But as for the really important stuff… your family, your home. God will take care of you. No doubt about that. You may be entering a season that really tests you beyond what you think you can handle, but you can do it.

    Have you considered becoming part of Blog Her? If you’re not a member, I know that they do offer an ad service, as well. It seems the blogs I read that are part of Blog Her have lots of “bigger name” ads.

    Good luck and I’ll be thinking of and praying for your family today.

    Blessings,

    Aimee

  29. Dear Kendra….I am so sorry about your husband losing his job. My husband lost his job about 6 years ago, got into another one that he hated, that actually opened the door to his current one that he loves. If you believe God is running your life, and if you let Him run your life, He will take care of you and guide you. One door closes, and another opens. We both felt devestated when he came home that day. He immediatly got a resume going, and started looking. It is such an awful feeling to lose your job. (I’ve been there myself) In my husband’s case, the younger employee, that my husband trained, was kept and elevated to his position (my husband worked 15 years at this company). I will pray that your husband finds work soon that he will enjoy, and that will sustain you and your family. You are such a bright lady and have prepared for the unexpected. You have inspired me in so many ways. This is a storm to be weathered, and I know you both will come through it…Your family is in my prayers.

  30. Hi Kendra, just wanted to say we’ll pray for you and your family. It is interesting how the Lord will answer our prayers sometimes, even the ones we don’t know we’re sending up 🙂 I often wonder where He’s leading us when things come out so oddly haha!

  31. Kendra – My husband was laid off last week too. I know the ups and downs of this period all too well and all too recent. We too are believers and have a lot of faith about this time period. You will be in our prayers. Please take a look at moneysavingmom.com. She has a great website and has tasteful advertising space included. I thought she blogged about making money at home including through blogging, but I just looked over there and I can’t find that post. Anyhow, you have a really good blog, you write well and are very thoughtful about your posts. You could generate income from your sight through advertising space as Laryssa mentioned. Don’t worry, we won’t mind if you share your space! 🙂

  32. Kendra!
    This is such terrible news! But I don’t think I can live without your postings! They keep me going and I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading about all your happenings on the homestead.

    I would be happy to sponsor your internet bill! Your blog has a lot of value to a lot of people. You can ask for sponsorship and not necessarily advertising or donations from your readers. I’ll bet you’d get a lot of response. It’s not asking for a handout like you said you couldn’t do but think of it as a way to market your blog in this tough time.

    Think about it. A paypal button for your internet bill. A paypal button for your phone bill…etc. You’ve worked too hard…and I so need to know what is happening with the pig, the goats, and the dog. It is soooooo worth it!

    You guys rock!

    Cathy

  33. Kendra,
    My heart breaks as I read your post this morning. I have been following you for about three years when you first posted on Addy at the farmer’s market. You do not know me, but I feel as if your family is my family. I live in Danielsville, Ga. I feel led to bless you but I know it is too much to ask for your address with the way the world is. But I ask that you sincerly pray about giving me your mailing address, my email address is [email protected]. I have a ten year old daughter and a three year old boy. My husband and I minister at different churches as God leads and we help families from time to time. Would you please consider doing this and allowing God’s people to reach out to you? God bless and keep you. Lona Pritchett.

    • Laryssa-

      I’ve thought about it, but haven’t really looked into it more. Would I just put a page up on my blog for those who want to contact me to purchase ad space? Or do I contact certain companies and ask if they’d be interested in paying for a spot? I’d love to do something like this, just not sure how to go about it.

  34. I’m so sorry. I think you need to apply for his unemployment benefits right away – just so you don’t experience any delays. I assume that he can get those benefits even though he has a part-time job? I’m not sure, but I would tackle that Monday morning. That would help you know how much you will have to go on. I have been so impressed by the way you guys have tackled problems and worked toward your dreams. I know that you will find a way to grow through this as well. I’m praying for your peace and that you would know God is near you in good times and bad. Lean on Him and look to Him.

  35. Kendra,

    There is nothing wrong with getting paid for what you do. Remember the scripture, “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for lifetime” You were taught to fish (write), this is the way you could eat for a lifetime, or at least pay the internet bill.

    I have a cousin who operates the Trinity Dental Clinic in Liberia. They keep their clinic open and live off of what people who read about them send in. That is their way of fishing, too. You do (fish) what you do best. Just look at the posts you’ve gotten today. These people read what you write. For everyone one person that writes, I bet there are a dozen more who read you, but don’t write.

    Like you said, if they want to contribute they can, if they don’t they don’t have to. But if you never let them, how can they.

  36. Kendra,

    I didn’t read what everyone else wrote but I too wanted to offer my encouragement….my husband (a pastor) has been out of work (without unemployment checks) for over 9 months and yet God has provided for us in more ways than one. I’m continually amazed and in awe of how God has taken care of us. I’m cleaning houses now and take my kids with me so that I can school them while I clean. While challenging, and I wish I could quit tomorrow, it’s been an answer to prayer. For us, it’s been the off-road adventure you described even though I thought it was only going to be some bumps in the road last summer. God is calling us to do HARD THINGS but I’m glad He sees us worthy of that call. I think you are worthy too! You are one of the “super-women” that I admire. Not many women have what it takes to live the way you and I do. Press on my friend and if you feel like giving up or crying, email me. I’m here. Oh, and I won’t be going anywhere…I love your blog so I’ll keep checking no matter how far in-between you post.

    to Him that is able,
    Jen

    http://www.whatscooking4us.blogspot.com
    http://www.hopechestofwisdom.blogspot.com

  37. Your d0 not have to call it a donation if it makes you uncomfortable, But by providing a means you are allowing people to pay you for a service you provide them. Writers get paid for their work all of the time. Call it an internet fund if it makes you feel better. Once your hubby gets another job you can always take it off if you don’t like it. But have you ever considered that your writing is the important work that God has for you? And, if you allow this bumb in the road to keep you from sharing with your readers, that maybe it is a bigger loss than your hubby’s job?

    I know that where there is a will, there is a way. You just have to look for the hole and fill it. Your hole for the blog is the internet, the way to fill it is by allowing people to pay if they like what you do. That is nothing more than the American way. Which I believe you’re doing pretty good at attempting to live.

    • Jennifer-

      Thank you for your encouragement. Maybe I’ll consider doing something like that. I guess if people don’t want to donate they sure don’t have to. It would allow me to write more often. Hmmmm…. something to pray on. 🙂

      I guess I kinda feel like it would be the blogging equivalent of standing on a street corner holding a “will work for food” sign.

      I don’t know, maybe it’s not.

  38. I’m so sorry to hear that your husband lost his job. But, “I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, or his seed begging for bread.” It’s a blessing you’ve been learning what you have and moving toward self-sufficiency. I’m sure that will reassure you and come in handy. Know that you and your family will be in my prayers.

  39. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and I’ve shared it with several friends. Why don’t you get a paypal account and set up a donations tab. I bet you’d generate enough from your readers to at least keep the internet paid. Your writing is good and your message is inspirational which is more than I can say about most of what I read on the net or any of the newspapers that I actually pay to read.

    I frequently read another blogger who tracks real estate articles about the housing crisis. He’s got one and he averages around $50 or so a month. Your blog is better and I’m sure has a wider audience, worth a try if you ask me. I’ll sure send in my dues.

    Thanks and I hope you can keep it up.

  40. I know a company that let the entire office go yesterday. I thought things were evening out a bit?

    You are going to be fine. I am going to miss you terribly. I love, love, love your blog. You provide (me, anyway) with wonderful information) and I am praying for your family.

    Can you put up more adds or something? I don’t know how this stuff works but I hear a lot of folks say the make enough to pay the internet bill. Tell me what I can do to help you. This is not the time to be shy.

    I hope you can get a lot of land work done while hubs is home. With so many people pulling/praying for you guys he won’t have much time before he goes back to work.

    • Shelli-

      Somehow profiting from my blog has still eluded me! I put up ads, but make probably $10/mo. Ugh. I’m going to try to research how to better monetize my site though. I’ve been more focused on my posts and design layout, I haven’t put too much effort into making money from it yet. I’d LOVE for it to pay for itself! And I’d really like to get Google Ads off of my site, but really that’s the only one paying anything right now! It’s a shame that I’ve let it go this long. I have a great reader base, traffic is high; I need to do something with it!

  41. My husband lost his job 2 years ago. At the time I thought the world had ended. It turned out to be the best thing that happened to us. He got a better job closer to home and he is able to be with us more.

  42. Kendra, I am so very sorry for this difficult time. I can only imagine how scary that must feel. I pray everything will work out for you and your family to be even better than they were before. Take care. (((hugs))) Penny

  43. We have been through this ourselves.. fortunately my hubby was called back to work within 3 months.
    I don’t have as many mouths to feed as you do but it was tight.
    You can get 10 free hours of internet through juno and 10 more free hours through net zero. They are dial up so.. it will be slow but, you can still have internet as long as you keep the phone.
    I am so sorry to hear the news and you & your family will be in our prayers. You never know the direction that the lord is going to lead you.. for us it involved moving but it was good because we went from living in a city where it was getting worse & worse every day to moving out in a country setting with real land.
    God will use you wherever He put’s you and know that this is HIS plan for you. I don’t like change.. most people don’t but.. looking back now at what we went through I wish I would have had more faith and trust in the Lord. He knew what He was doing and He gave us a better life. He knew we needed to move and we just didn’t want to change. OH my stubborn flesh!
    You are in my prayers and as you can.. please keep me updated on how you are doing.
    Merry Patriot

  44. I am sorry to hear your news. To me, this is one of the scariest things that could happen. I do echo the sentiments of your other readers though – God provided for us each time and we came through fine.

    Who knows? Maybe your husband’s part-time job will become something full-time for the short-term.

    Please keep blogging – I enjoy reading your posts.

  45. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of his main job 🙁 I hope and pray for better things to come your way. Where there is a will, there is a way. What you have done is wonderful and inspiring to me. Keep your heads up and follow your heart:)

  46. Oh we have so been there and done that. Good luck to you, and remember that everything happens for a reason. Chances are he will find a better job that suits him or something will happen and it will all make sense.

  47. Kendra,
    I’m so impressed by your attitude in the midst of a difficult situation. I just wanted to share with you a verse that has always been an encouragement to me in times of worry. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yahweh, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:3-4) We will be praying for God’s blessing on your family and that your trust in Him will only grow stronger!

  48. We are praying for your family, Kendra. We have been through this 3 times in our 16 years of marriage. God pulled us through each and every time. It is a true test of faith, but it will make your faith and trust in our Lord, even stronger !! I remember one time my husband lost his job in July and did not have another full time job until January of the next year. We actually made more money that year than if he had been still at his job. God opened the doors to let our part time job bring in what was needed to cover our bills. Our God is an Awesome God !!!

  49. I’m so sorry to hear about the job loss. My wife and I have really enjoyed reading about your adventures on your homestead. We hope you do have opportunities to share with us your new adventures as you trust in God to provide for your family’s needs.

  50. It’s so encouraging to see the trust you have in the Ultimate Provider. Just wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you and your family.

  51. I’m sorry to hear that happened to you. I have been in a similar situation. Back a few years ago my husband was self-employed and we had to buy our own health insurance. We didn’t carry maternity insurance since our son is now 16, and we had one baby die halfway through the pregnancy, and no kids after. We didn’t think we would have any other kids and maternity insurance is expensive. That’s when I got pregnant with my daughter (surprise) (who is now 3) by c-section. Shortly after I had to have my gallbladder out, hysterectomy, and numerous visits to the doctor because of low thyroid and anemia. Due to mounting medical bills I got a full-time job to help pay for them. Last year I was laid off due to the economy, along with another girl at work, since we were the last 2 hired. The job market is not good here and with a 3 year old I really don’t want to travel to Milwaukee (about an hour away). It has been a struggle but God is in control. I admire your faith and know that will help get you through this tough time. We got rid of our expensive car payment and borrowed cash from my parents to buy a 9 year old used car for me. We have tried to cut bills wherever we could. The last bill I am considering is our house because our payment is a struggle every month. We would like to stay in our house but I sometimes think we should sell it to have the peace of mind of being debt free. It has really changed my thinking about money and I have learned to become very good at grocery shopping with double coupons. You seem very resourceful and I know God will take care of you. You are in my prayers.

  52. I know your situation well. My husband is a part-time teacher and part-time pastor. He has been part time teaching for almost two years now. The church he was at before was a place we thought we’d be forever. Unfortunately, though, things changed. Other pastors left, people left, and they just didn’t have the money to pay him. So last summer we had no income…steady income, anyway. He worked at a friend’s house doing construction as much as he could. He didn’t get a paycheck from school because we needed a larger check during the school year the year before (they let you choose to spread it out over the whole calendar year or over the 9 months of school). It was tough. But, you know what? The Lord really provided for us! We got several anonymous envelopes with money, and gift cards. A few people even brought us groceries. Lots of prayer and hard work. I had even more of a push to do well with the garden. Things are a bit better financially, he works at the school still, and he has a new part time pastoral position. All that to say…I know how you feel. Keep praying, eat light, don’t dip into your savings (food or money) unless you absolutely have to. We’ll all be praying for you and we’ll be waiting right here when you are ready to get back into the swing of things! Hugs and Prayers!

  53. It’s a very sick feeling you get in the pit of your stomach, isn’t it? Hugs. God will get you through. Tim’s come home saying that so many times. Just after our 1 year anniversary in 1991, Right after Kendra turned 4, in 2000, again Nov. 2001, June 2002 (actually, that guy was so paranoid that he didn’t even TELL Tim!), March 2008, April 2009, and the latest was last month. Most of those were just “last one hired, first one fired” – politics. We’ve never starved or gone naked. We don’t have much, but our needs are met. Tim’s job is computers, so he chose to beef up our internet to allow him to take online classes and research jobs from home.

    You will be in our prayers.

  54. Kendra – just had to take a moment to tell you that I am praying for you and will be including you in my prayers though my women’s group at church. I am glad that you are continuing to be prayerful and follow God’s lead even if it is not in the direction you had expected. I will miss terribly your blogs if you have to slow them but will be thankful for the ones that we do read. May the lord watch over you and your family.

    Heather

  55. Phil 4:6-7
    We will be praying for you. Selfishly, I will miss your blog, but I know what the hard times feel like. And there is nothing that is a surprise to God. We just have to hold on to see how he will use our lives to provide a great testimony for him. *Hugs*

  56. Kendra, I’m so sorry to hear that. But you’re absolutely right… God is in control and what is ahead will indeed be an adventure. We are beginning one of our own as well. We felt God clearly impressed upon us to put our home up for sale in November so that we could be mortgage free even sooner. It went on the market in Dec. and in early February, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. So, God knew all along and we just needed to obey. Our ride may be off-road too, but I’m excited to see where God leads.

    Blessings to your family. I’ll pray for you and hope to hear from you on your blog as often as you can!
    Amy

  57. Oh Kendra, I’m so sorry to hear this. 🙁 But you are so right, God is faithful and He will provide.

    Praying for you and your family! ((hugs))

  58. Kendra,

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 🙂 I’m sorry that this happened to y’all. You can always come over here and use internet. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you- my phone number is on your Bethlehem phone sheet! 🙂

  59. I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s job! At least he still has the part time one. I am sure y’all will figure out a way to make it. My husband doesn’t make much more than 1100 a month. On good months he does, but not on bad months. You are great at tightening and saving, so I know this will only make you stronger! I will say a prayer for y’all!

  60. Hi Kendra
    I will be praying for you guys. You are certainly going through a challenging time. Trust God – He will always care for His people. We will miss your regular blog updates – but I’m sure you’ll find a way to update your blog – I read a few blogs that don’t have the internet in their home – it does work very well.
    May God watch over you throughout this time.
    Renata

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