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Monday, March 16, 2009

Where have I been?

It is has been way too long since I posted and I guess I had better explain what is going on. In November my husband got laid off from his job--he was part of the big Nascar layoff, and at 60 years of age, has been unable to find a job. We have sold our home and are now living in a campground where he is volunteering to pay for our site. He enjoys the work and the harder and heavier it is, the better he is.  I, on the other hand, am a basket case all the time. I have given all, and I mean all, of my stamping and scraping stash to our daughter. I hated to sell it because what if I can resume the hobby that I adored? So, it sits waiting for me in PA while I am here in NC.  Our plans are to move into a trailer in Florida that my mom owns, but that won't be until the end of camping season and you never know what resume will produce a job. We are without any health insurance because Cobra for us ceased to exist since the team he worked with closed its doors.  I need an epidural badly as it is difficult for me to walk and climbing the steps into the camper is downright painful.   I know that God closes one door and opens another, so I am trying to maintain a positive outlook that eventually all will be ok. It is hard to dispose of our household items as the closing is the 30th and we have had less than a month to do this. I think Habitat for Humanity will be very pleased with us as the month wears on. We are so lucky that our house sold less than a month after putting it on the market.  We didn't make any money but the drain on our budget will be done.  
Thank God for our wonderful children for helping us out. We couldn't do this without them. Jerry's ultimate goal would be to work in a campground for pay. He loves this lifestyle and if we could be paid so we could pay bills, it would be fantastic. 

If you are reading this, I would appreciate your prayers and good wishes that all will work out for us. As for sharing any of my stamping, I guess there will be none.  Not sure if I will continue this blog by heading another direction or what.  Thank you for being loyal to me and reading what I write. I appreciate it so much.


Linda Crowder said...

I can't believe what a turn your life has taken, but I have been there. I currently have my desk for sale and that leaves me just my bed that I own. and my electric wheelchair that is my transportation. But you know what, it doesn't matter. God won't let us down and supplies our NEEDS. Somehow, with pray and the help of your wonderful family, all will work itself out. Someone has to see what a truly wonderful person and hard worker your husband is, and I pray sincerely that you get the medical care you need. I understand PAIN and live with it every day. If you need to talk you know I am here. Sometimes it helps to talk to a complete non-judgmental and understanding stranger. We are sisters in Christ, however, and I am here for you. Take care and God bless you. I truly feel your pain....

Linda Crowder said...

I tried to send you an email. Have you changed your email address, as my mail came back.

Viv said...

My heart goes out to you and your husband. I wish with all my heart that things begin to improve for you both and the next door to open for you both has a rainbow hiding behind it.
Viv xxx

Angel said...

You are in my prayers. Stories like yours helps all of us realize how bad the economy is even if we aren't as close to the difficultness. Where do you live?

Sara Paschal said...

Wow, Cheryl I am very happy for you that your house sold so fast that truly was a blessing;)

Best wishes and many hugs and prayers for you and your family.

Joani said...

Oh Cheryl I was so glad to see you post a comment on my blog that I cane over right away to see your blog!

I'm so very sorry for all that you and your hubby have gone thru. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please stay strong, he only gives us what we can handle.

Take care ~

Betty said...

I have missed you so much! I was afraid you had to give up the internet and therefore your blog.
Thanks so much for updating--I have really been concerned and had even thought about trying to contact your daughter thru her SU website!
My heartfelt feelings are there for you--Gayle and I are still going thru this low valley-facing trials in every area from finance, health, to spiritual.
Please feel free to e-mail me and if you can give me your address at the campground or PO Box I would love to keep in touch.

Ali said...

Hi Cheryl, I just wanted to let you know that my family and I will be praying for you and your husband during this time of "transition" I say transition because as women of God we know our earthly standards are sooo different than what God has planned for us. You just stay strong and be blessed everytime you take a breath.



Doris said...

Yes, you have my prayer support. I stopped in at your blog from a note you left on mine ages ago. Sorry to read that you're having such a hard time, but I hope something opens up for your husband real soon. Meanwhile, I'll be praying for you.

I'd love to send you a snail mail card, so email me your address, ok?

Darlene said...

Wow you are certiantly facing some hard times. I do pray that God continues to show you that He is there for you. I pray that your honey will be able to find work that offers a good insurance program, and that God meets your needs.
Isa 41:10
hugs Darlene

GailnGA said...

I came here through another web site. I just want you to know that someone out here is praying for you. My husband is 63 years old. He was laid off Friday. I'm not sure what we will do. The initial shock hasn't set in. Maybe King O'Bama will come through on some of his promises. For now, all I see is teachers being laid off, roads being built everywhere and the richer getting richer. God bless you and your hubby.

NinaB said...

Hi, Cheryl - I'm so sorry to hear about your hubby's getting laid off. I know this post and I hope that you have found the "open" doors you are looking for. I will be praying for your DH job situation and the transition that has to take (or has taken) place.

Congrats on winnng my stamp set from GinaK. I hope you will get back to creating things. I looked through your blog and you are a talented artist.

More blessings to you and your family.