The Blessing of Family and Friends

My husband was fired laid off 2 months ago. At the time we had a one night beach trip planned and debated going. We did. The kids had such a great time that they decided they would help us raise money so we could go again. They worked, they sold things and they gave up things so we could go. Within 2 months, we have enough to go for 4 days and 3 nights.

I was thinking last night about how much things have changed since then, and how blessed we really are. My kids have really learned to pitch in and help. Our neighbors were impressed when my kids were shoveling dirt and planting seeds to grow a small garden.

We have had to give up a lot of wants for the necessaries. The kids have adjusted and adapted with very little complaints. We haven’t had a good supply of apples in weeks, because the price was just too high, but they have eaten lettuce and tomatoes in place of those apples. Our neighbors have kept us supplied with bread! My parents pitched in for peanut butter when we ran out. A friend from church paid for 2 months of our Compassion sponsorships.

Honestly, I HATE this. Chad had a good income just long enough for us to pay off everything and catch up on everything else. We were starting to save. Within these last few months, it became necessary to use those savings. we weren’t worried about the month to month. I had really hoped that these times of financial troubles were behind us.

As much as I hate it though, I realize just how blessed we are… By our kids, our family, our friends, our neighbors. As discouraged as I can feel, I have to admit that we are pretty darn blessed. We have a house, our cars are paid for, we have no debt. It’s just hard to out balance the discouragement sometimes. It’s hard to reign in the jealousy when there’s have what we want. It’s hard to not be bitter when someone else’s life seems to be going so much better than ours.

Through the grace of God, family and friends, we have made it before and we will make it again. This is the truth I hold on to. We have never been forgotten. We have never been left behind. We are blessed, no matter how it looks, no matter how it feels.

3 thoughts on “The Blessing of Family and Friends

  1. It’s hard to understand God’s plans, but you have done a great job making the best with what you have and teaching your children some valuable lessons which will make your beach trip even sweeter. I pray that God swing some more of life’s UP’s your way this summer.

  2. I love your perspective. A heart filled with gratitude for the blessings it possess stands firm when the storms of life roll in. Your heart of gratefulness is an amazing reminder to a world who forgets to remember the small things! Praying for you.

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