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.”
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!