It was one of those big corporate lay-offs; pretty much Jim's whole department was cut. We knew there was this risk in taking a job with a big company; they promised him that he was being hired on a long-term basis, but when their big project was over they just didn't get anymore work and a lot of people were let go.
There is so much grace here.
I wanted to protect him because it's humiliating and devastating to be laid off- but truly we are not devastated and he has no reason to feel bad. We are grateful for innumerable graces through this time- large and small- from his boss and co-workers, his parents being in at the time that it happened, my parents, our friends and our three girls who have kept us from taking life too seriously through it all.
The good news is that Jim had two good job offers, both which allow us to stay in Cleveland. He accepted one and starts later this week.
Despite circumstances we would not have chosen, these weeks have been so rich. I don't remember a time when we enjoyed each other and our family so much. We have never laughed more or been so relaxed.
Jim determined at the beginning that this would be time for me to write, and he made sure I got it. He packed lunches, cleaned up the kitchen, spent quality time with Annie, made coffee runs; while I exclaimed fifty times a day that this is the way life is meant to be! I am so grateful- his gift of time is the best thing he could ever give me.
We all walked to school together in the mornings and afternoons to pick Sam up. I let the house go. We ate dinner at four o'clock and spent long evenings with books and magazines and newspapers. I painted.
Of course this is not reality and we cannot sustain this. We are grateful that Jim has a job to go to this week.
Life can be unpredictable and disappointing and hard. I realize that this was resolved so quickly and looking back will be hardly a blip on our radar. But sometimes along the way when we least expect it God really does make us lie down in green pastures. This is what we will remember. I am so grateful for God's unexpected gifts.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
See Josie happily coloring with Dad.
See dad go to answer his phone.
See Josie on the table with scissors.
See Josie play with scissors.