Friday, April 5, 2013

On my heart lately....

I'm still here believe it or not.

The past month has been a very difficult one. One that knocked me down and left me breathless at times.

A couple weeks ago my parents came over to watch the boys while I had a 7 am root canal. Which by the way was EXACTLY like the horror stories you hear about. I'm not sure how many shots I had, I lost count after the eleventh. I do know that three of them were directly into the root of my tooth. Oh and I had an ear infection at the time.

When I finally drug myself up our front stairs at almost 10 am I was shocked to see my husband inside. He was supposed to be working all day (which was why my parents were watching the boys). He was talking to my Mom, I could see her smiling through the window. I wondered why he was home but everything seemed fine. When I got inside though I could tell everything was not fine.

He had been suspended indefinitely, without pay. They would let him know within two weeks whether they were going to actually fire him or 'find something else' within the company for him. The last two or three managers in his position had the same thing happen and were eventually fired. It didn't look good. (*I don't want to get into details or bash the company at all but this was pretty unwarranted.)

At the time, for some reason I thought this was slightly humorous, comical even.

I blame the novocaine.

My hubby didn't think it was funny at all. I don't blame him. He is the sole source of income for our family but more than that he is a dedicated and extremely hard worker. His work ethic is one of the things I most admire and love about him. He would flip burgers and scrub toilets for 18 hours a day if that's what he had to do.....and he would do it with a smile on his face. He had worked his butt off, given more than I EVER would have to this job for almost three years. Worked almost every holiday and all of our birthdays, worked so many open to closes (12+ hours) when people would call in that I lost count. He was devastated.

He had almost a week 'off' before they fired him. We made the most of the time we had and it was actually a really nice vacation! We painted our bedroom finally, cleaned out the garage, set up the boys' new swing set.

He got a new (old-he worked there before) job and started this week. He'll have to work part time a few nights a week to make up for the pay cut but things are good, God is good! Looking back I'm amazed at how everything fell into place. We complained about getting our tax return a month later than expected but it got us through the four weeks of no paychecks. I had the bulk of my costly dental work done while we still had insurance. My husband and I had almost three weeks together, the most 'vacation' we've had in almost nine years of marriage. We stood and knelt together in faith, knowing that God had a plan for our family, that He would see us through and provide for us. There were days when I worried,  I mean if things got bad enough we could lose our house. I still worry some days but I know I don't need to.

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11



I'll be back next week with some room tours!! :)

16 comments:

Leah said...

i am so sorry to hear this happened and i'm glad to hear he found another job quickly. i really admire your faith and positive attitude! wishing you and your family the best!

Katie Waddell said...

Leah, thank you so much!!

Erin @ His and Hers said...

Oh gosh Katie, what a tough time! I'm glad everything has worked out okay. The Lord's timing IS perfect--sometimes that's easy to forget when everything seems to be going down the tubes. But He's got everything in control!

Katie Waddell said...

Thanks Erin, so very glad that He does! :)

Elyse | Peonies and Brass said...

So glad to hear that things are looking up Katie!

Katie Waddell said...

Thank you Elyse!

Megan Poletti said...

Funny -- when I had my wisdom teeth out as a teenager, I woke up to find my dad in the waiting room. I thought the same thing. What the heck was he doing there, wasn't he supposed to be at work? Turns out he got laid off that day. That was years ago and everything turned out fine. I'm glad your husband found another job!

Something about dental surgery and job security, I don't know what it is... :)

Katie Waddell said...

Oh great now I'll be freaked out to go to the dentist, who will be there when I'm done!? And I thought I was crazy about dental hygiene before!! ;)
Glad everything worked out fine in the end!

kati @ sohappyhome.com said...

I'm so sorry you've been going through so much. I'm glad to hear that things are turning around for you. I had major dental stuff throughout the winter, and I know how oppressive that is - I can't imagine adding financial strain to that, too! Sending you some invisible internet support your way. xoxo

Leah said...

I had a very similiar situation happen about 2 years ago this month. It was financially difficult and emotionally devastating to our family. I quoted that scripture verse so many times and eventually made myself BELIEVE it. It's so easy to know God is in control but I have been amazed at how he has PROVED it to us! Keep your chin up and keep believing!
By the way, I found your blog through the living room update over at Young House Love. Such big changes...love the modern touches!

Katie Waddell said...

Kati, thank you so much!!

Katie Waddell said...

Thank you so much for your words of encouragement Leah!!

Valerie said...

Katie, I am new to your blog(discovered it today via younghouselove) and just wanted to say: God bless you! Hang in there! Life is a roller coaster and we've been through our share of:'how is this going to work? This is never going to work! this is not working! HAAAAAA! Oh, wait, what just happened? This is so much better than before.' I don't know if what I am saying makes much sense now but I just wanted to tell you that, when you trust in him, he takes care of things better than we could ever do on our own.

Katie Waddell said...

Oh Valerie, thank you so much!!! :)

Tobe | BIA said...

this would for sure rock me, too. glad things are going to work out...almost for the better with that new schedule, it sounds like! God always knows exactly what we need, even if we don't. ox

Katie Waddell said...

Thanks Tobe, it's definitely better with his schedule! I'm glad God does know better because even if I think I do, I don't! :)