I'm in for the month.
I'm Sara, mama to Peter (2.5 yo ds), wife to Jerry.
Dh lost his job last month, and I go through cycles of feeling like things will be fine and feeling like things will very shortly come crashing down on our heads.
I am applying for food stamps, but I'm not that hopeful, since it seems like you need to be virtually destitute to get any kind of aid these days. If we didn't have cc debt, we'd be more or less fine on my salary. Alas, we are typical Americans. Sigh
Dh is applying for student loans, which I am bummed about, since before he was fired, we were paying off our debt, and now it's going to start skyrocketing.
I'm focusing on the fact that life is continually changing and things won't be the same for long. They may not necessarily get better, but at least it'll be different!
I'm also trying to enjoy this time of hardship (weird choice of words, I know) so that I can appreciate the things I have when life gets great again.
The things I am grateful for:
-My family is healthy (well, aside from dh's disability, but it's not like that's going away, so it kind of doesn't count)
-We have food, a roof, clothes
-Dh doesn't work on weekends anymore (this has been a LONG TIME coming)
-Because dh doesn't work weekends now, we were able to go to the Quaker meeting house, which was really nice.
-Dh is in school, so one day he will have a good job
-I have an education and nobody can take that from me.
-I have a secure job
-My child is happy
-The sun is still shining (always a good thing!)
Goals this month:
-Get that app for food stamps in
-Try to get student loans for myself, since I am still a student
-Support dh in getting loans and another part time job, preferably one he likes and where the people are not major UAVs (novel idea!)
-Focus on finishing the diss and getting through the teacher cert program
-love my family as best I can, regardless of my stress and fears