I am going to guess that this week's posts will mainly be about unemployment. It is kind of the big elephant in our room/house right now, so a lot of my thoughts are geared toward it. Unfortunately. :)
When my DH (dear hubby) first told me about his "unhiring"
(the term his bosses used...guess that softens the blow???), I was in a
state of shock. Actually, in some ways, I still am. We all are.
One of the first things I said was, "I am still going to the beach!"
If you know me at all, you know I spend my whole year looking forward to the next beach vacation.
And this year's is already planned.
Hubby reassured me that yes, we were still going.
not wise financially. But it may just be my last hurrah. I am aware
that DH may not get a job for a while. Or it may be a lower paying job.
My beach days may end this year. I am going to enjoy each and every
moment there. We may not be eating out as much. And dolphin tours
(rather pricey for six kids) are probably out. But we will be going.
in my true conservative nature, I immediately starting rattling off
things in my mind. What can we cut out? Where can we scale back? How
can we save a little money?
In the spending
department, I am right in the middle. I am not excessively frugal. I
don't use coupons nearly enough (that takes a lot of time and
planning). I also don't splurge often. I shop "middle of the road"
stores. I buy generic for some things, name brands for other things
(there is ONLY one Mtn.
Dew out there :). We occasionally treat ourselves to eating out but I
cook much of the time to save a few bucks. I ask for favorites for
birthdays/ Christmas (favorite Bath and Bodyworks soaps, pistachios, Ghirardelli chocolates) so I don't have to buy them as much. :)
So while I am thankful for most of the time being a
sensible spender, I also realize that doesn't give me as much leeway in
So all of these thoughts are swirling around in my head. We have some expenses we will just have to face. Braces. Readoption
(to officially change Joshua's name). We have some expenses we can
scale back on. Groceries (especially the more expensive meals).
Clothing. Extracurricular activities. And some expenses may just have
to become a thing of the past. I am still working on those things in my
I don't know what the future holds. I know God
will provide our needs, though I am not naive. I know there are many
followers of Christ out there who are in dire circumstances too. My
needs may not be the needs He sees as needing to be met. I may have to
give up some things I have held dear to me.
And that won't be fun.
But I also know this is a temporary home. (Earth, not my own home)
And one day I will be standing on streets of gold without a care in the world, standing before my Jesus.
That is all that truly matters.
Even more than trips to the beach.