so we've been handed some of life's lemons once again. Brad is laid off for at least 50 working days or more. Living on a 1/4 of what we usually do will not be easy. The other scary part is that we used to have my mom to pitch in when we've gone through layoffs in the past. We're on our own this time. I'm applying for jobs, Brad is signing up for unemployment and lining up a few little odd jobs here and there. We've been calling our debtors with not much luck. They really don't give a crap about people. Sad....
I had a brilliant idea of cashing out some money from our life insurance to get us by. Thinking a couple of thousand would do the trick... only to find out we could only take out a much smaller amount. It will help some. We've cut off the home phone and the cable down. Keeping the heat turned down (much to skin and bones Caleb's dismay.) He's now wearing layers.
Funny how lay offs always comes in October. Our big birthday month...sigh. The kids are great and tell me not to worry, but I still feel bad. It's a good thing that the squirrel in me prompted me to stock up on some food and household items last month. It will hold us over for a few weeks.
Friday, Noah and I were happily watching a documentary about the Statue of Liberty when Brad called from work with the news. I wanted to scream "NO... put your boss on the phone!" It's funny how life can be turned upside down in a moment. We thought this layoff might be coming, only Brad's boss reassured him that it wasn't happening just two weeks ago... the dummy.
So with the stress of all of this, dealing with Brad over the weekend, he was a little less than a happy camper. I've come down with a horrible cold/flu thing. heh... whatever. I just want to hunker down in my house and suck on these lemons that life has handed us for awhile. Noah says "when life hands you lemons, you squeeze lemon juice into the eyes of life!" So I'll be holding down the fort and the family together for the next few months. I'll keep remembering there are so many people who are much worse situations than we are. I'll be grateful and thankful for what we have. We'll pull
through.... like we always do. I think I'll start blogging more...facebooking less... It's really creeping me out lately.
Blessings to all~
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