Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I'm in quite a bit of shock today. Last night we were over at Jeff's parents for a cookout, and I was outside grilling. Jeff came over from work, and told me that he lost his job due to cutbacks. So as of yesterday, my husband is now unemployed. We were both completely blown away with shock. He didn't see it coming at all. He is updating his resume today. We are just trusting that God is going to help him find a really good job soon. I'm trying to stay calm and not freak out. I had been praying that he would be able to work from home (because his job was looking like it was going to take that direction), but this isn't exactly what I had in mind! It is really nice having him home, I will say that. God has always taken care of us, and I know He will continue to do so.


Daisy said...

Oh (((Jen))), this IS a big shock! You will be in my prayers and yes I'm going to believe along with you that the Lord will open the right door for you guys.


April said...

I'm so sorry to hear this, Jen. I've gone through three layoffs during my lifetime (when it was just me and my son), and somehow, some way, things always worked out. Even when Mike and I have had some bumpy financial times, it seems as though just at the right time money or something to help us would come our way. I've always had a lot of faith and maybe that has helped; I don't know - but I have a feeling things will work out for your family as well.

But it is scary.

I feel for you - and particularly Jeff, because he is probably wondering what he "did" and why he was let go. It's a terrible feeling and really batters the ego and self esteem; I've been there. But I hope he understands it's the economic times and a lot of companies are just letting people go. Where I work, a company who has never had a layoff in its almost 100-year history, laid off 20% of the employees here in January! I had several work friends get laid off.

I will think good thoughts and send some prayers your way. Stay positive as much as you can - and take care of each other. This will sound trite, I know, but sometimes these things happen in order to open another door of opportunity. I know it's hard to see it that way right now, but looking back, I can see that my layoffs (and other things) pushed me to better places and experiences that improved my life - and also, oddly enough, strengthend my spiritual faith.

Liliana said...

Your post stopped my heart. I'm so sorry. I am praying for you and I pray that just like Noah floated above the flood that the Lord will lift you and carry you through these challenging times. I pray the Lord will open the floodgates of heaven to get you through this time of recession. I will pray like you say to pray.

SchnauzerMom said...

I'm sorry to hear this but I will pray that Jeff finds a good job soon. The Lord is in control and will take care of you.

Jennifer said...

Hi, I just started following your blog and I wanted to let you know my heart and prayers go out for you and your family. We were out of work last summer for two months, just after bringing home our adopted daughter from Kazakhstan. It was a surprise and a little scary, even though we "knew" we didn't need to be scared. Praying that God will let you know He's there and that He's got it.-Jen at

Jules said...

Oh Jen I'm so sorry. What a shock for you. It's hard when you see it coming but must be even harder when it's totally out of the blue. As April said, Jeff mustn't blame himself. It's happening to people everywhere and no one seems to be exempt. It doesn't matter what you do or how much you earn, you can still lose your job. I'm just sorry that you have to go through this because it is scary. Many years ago when I was at home fulltime with five little ones we experienced this and what we found is: God is Faithful. He will provide and often in amazing ways. Hold on to Him and don't let the enemy fill your mind with doubts. Praying for you, Jules

Jen said...

Daisy - Thank you for your prayers, and for believing along with me that God will provide!

April - Thank you for your encouraging words, and for sharing your story with me. We know that God is going to do great things through this. I like your advice about taking care of each other. I didn't think that was trite at all. I know that he needs my support right now, and I need his.

Lil - Thank you for your prayers! They mean so much!!

SM - Thank you also for your prayers! I am so thankful to have you all praying for me!

Jennifer - Thank you for commenting on my blog! I checked out yours, and what a beautiful family you have! My dd is also adopted (domestically), so I really enjoyed reading your adoption story. Thank you for your your prayers!

Jules - Jeff is more upset about it today than he was yesterday. He is more sad about it. Thank you for your encouragement and prayers! We believe God is going to do something amazing in this!

Kelly said...

Oh Jen I'm sorry. You and Jeff are in my prayers, but I know that you will be fine. God sometimes let's this stuff happen so that he can move you into a new and different direction. Perhaps a direction you may not have normally chosen.
My hubby and I were in the same position a few years ago, and ultimately, after six weeks of looking he ended up in a better job that he had ever had before.

You will find that your hubby may be more and more upset as time goes on, mine was, and as a wife you may find that you really have to step up and take care of him more. I had to stay positive and keep up the encouragement in addition to finding ways to cut out expenses ASAP. FYI this happened to us back when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. So needless to say I was sitting there cutting expenses as much as I could when I realized I was pregnant and had a really BIG expense coming my way.

You and Jeff, and Evie, will be fine.

Jen said...

Thank you Kelly. We are trying to stay positive. We believe God has great plans for us! Thank you for your encouragement!