i'm about to go for a walk with my husband.
he left the house this morning with a job,
but came home before lunch without one.
if you have been following my blog,
you know i have been out of work
since the first of april.
we have both been laid off
within just over three months.

as we walk, conversations may sound a lot like
the thoughts that have been running through my mind
for a couple of hours now.
what will we do?
where will we go?
how will we make it?
what's going to happen to us?
it was already getting scary without my income.
i'm just so glad we don't have the burden of
how we will care for our children––
as we don't have any.

i will not lie.
i am afraid.
i'm desperately clinging to this verse right now.

“...'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' ”
~hebrews 13:5

it is a cloudless perfect day of 80 degrees.
a nice walk in the woods and sun is in order.
i may be a little bit absent around here
for a week or two.
a blogging friend just encouraged me
to blog about this.
she knew that it would only
rally up much needed support.
i do not write this to have you feel sorry for me.
i write this to explain,
and because you have all become my friends.
i'm sorry for what may seem like a choppy post.
my mind is going in a million directions.

i hope to be back soon.
lot's of figuring-things-out to do.
signing out for a bit.
hoping for your prayers.


Anonymous said...

very shocked to read this.. i was just popping back to comment on your beautiful macro picture which i saw earlier today.
life can be so tough sometimes... in my thoughts and prayers, ginny x

Meri said...

And you have them in abundance during this difficult time. Keep the faith.

Meri said...

I thought of one more thing as I glanced at your photo once again. The very winds that buffet and bend the grasses are the very thing that spreads their seeds around, guaranteeing their survival. Maybe this will be fertile ground for both of you. Cherish each other.

Char said...

you are in my prayers...I know this has to be such a scary time but you have to just tie a knot in the leaking bag and hold on. much love and warm thoughts.

Cabbage Babble said...

I'm sorry you're dealing with this. Let me know if I can help in any way. Maybe it's time to move to Nashville... ;)

beth said...

oh georgia...
once again, because we have spent a day together in person, I feel this news hits me even harder then it would have before.

Is there anything I can do ? seriously !

I know your head is spinning right now along with thoughts and emotions that are all getting bunched together and making a cobweb of sorts in you mind....

before john took his new job in colorado, he was home for 6 months, looking, and it was a life changing time for us then, as it now with him not here...

take a deep breath...one of many... and always remember that you have a huge support group here ready to jump in when we can !!

I'm sending a huge hug to you and if you both want to get away for a few days...I've got just the place for you....I'll even get the hot water turned on for you :)

Sandy K. said...

Georgia - my heart aches for you and your husband. I think Char had a wonderful thought for you: tie a knot in the leaking bag and hold on. It's a wonderful visual. You might also find peace in Romans 5:3- We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us they help us learn to endure."
and Proverbs 16:9 - We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
There may be a new door about to open - be ready. Take care, my friend.

Maisy said...

Oh no Georgia! I'm so sorry for you both. I hope things will work out, and for the better.
In my last life, my ex and I were both laid off at the same time, and I understand how stressful it is. I really hope something works out for you soon.

Claire said...

i sit in stunned silence as i read your blog post and your comment on mine.

i hurt for you. i hurt with you. i ache for brac.

g, i am not just saying this because i want to fill up space. i really do mean it when i say, please let me know if there is anything that i can do.

you have had my prayers even before you requested them and they will not cease. but more than that, you have God on your side even though tonight seems like a never ending darkness. He is "your way, your truth and your life".

remember that He cares infinitely more for you than He does for the sparrows and they are fed and clothed every day.

i love you g and i care deeply for you.

Jamie said...

Arrggghhh!! That is such crushing news... I hate hearing all my friends losing their jobs and I'll be right their with you in just one month. It's times like these that we need eachother - our community - to make it through each day. I can tell from the numerous comments here, left by friends so shortly after you shared the news, that you've got a huge cheerleading squad on your side. I wish I could have you over for dinner and help you forget the day over a bottle of wine. Know that you're both in my thoughts and that I'm here if you need anything. HUGS!!

apriliniowa said...

The thing about a house of cards is that it can always be put back together again. Only, with glue next time around. Keep your chin up, Georgia. Thinking of you...

Toni Brockliss said...

I am so sorry for you and your husband. I wish I could make your worries go away.
You are so positive though - you took a walk with your husband. That is why you are going to be ok. You walked and talked. You are a team and when you face hard times with a united front, things work out.
Thank you for sharing.

Liss said...

I'm sorry to hear your bad news. We in Australia are just starting to be hit be large retrenchments. People at my work are going at an alarming rate and there is more to come for. Although I might have a job today you never know what tomorrow holds.

It is a very scary time and easy for me to say but try and look upon it as a new opportunity. I wish you and your husband find job soon.

Anonymous said...

hi georgia, i'm so sorry to hear about what had happened. however i'm very sure that the Lord has even better plans for the both of you. :) keep praying huns, and i'll be praying for you too.

hang in there!

jeremiah 29:11 :)


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry, Georgia. It's something that can happen in an instant to anyone now, sadly. I can imagine how scary it is as I think about it daily.

You're so talented, I hope it's a very short time until everything turns around for you and your husband.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

shilvia said...

not one good news to hear...do keep the faith!!! believe that as one door closes...a few more will open :) hang in there georgia!!!

HLiza said...

wish i can hug you guys..the world is getting uglier.

alissa said...

im sorry. i wish i knew the right thing to say.
your attitude is beautiful and you're looking to the right place.

Oliag said...

Hugs all around...this truly stinks!

Angie said...

You are in my prayers. I know that with your positive attitude and incredible talent everything will be OK soon.

Anonymous said...

oh georgia, i feel for you and your man. dont lose faith. and it will see you through this.


Elaina M. Avalos said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I am in this position as well. It is scary. But you've picked the perfect verse to cling to. Hang in there.

~Hurricane B~ said...

I am sure that walk helped you and your husband make some plans, when one falls down it is only a good thing once you pick yourself up again. I send you strength, patient understanding and hope to help you get through this time. Good luck.

Steve Gravano said...

My prayers and thoughts are with both of you during these times. I don't know you at all except through blogging, yet I a feel for you and your husband as if you are old friends. Let faith and your love for each other get you through this.

elk said...

so sorry ...please rally around those you love ...throw the seeds of change to the wind (much like the ones in the photo above)and know that HE will care for you wherever the seeds land...

Anonymous said...

Oh sweetie I am sorry. Hang in there. If you need to take a "time out" people do understand. God does have a plan for us, even if we don't get it sometimes.
Please remember if you need to go to the park and play we are always here. :) Sending hugs your way.ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Thinking of you,
Julie and the little Girls

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Oh no Georgia!! I am so sorry to hear this. Yes, like others have said...hang in there and keep the faith. Some paths are bumpier than others but you might be happily surprised at where it takes you, even if it doesn't seem like it right now. You are in my prayers!!

Anonymous said...

Call me if you feel up to it. LOVE you. ~D.

Rochelle said...

oh sweet, lovely Georgia. how much it broke my heart for you, and brought tears to my eyes in reading this. i am seeking after the Lord in prayer for you. i know it is really scary but i pray that you will trust fully on the Lord and his grace to get you through. remember he is there with you, keep relying fully on him as he is the only one able to carry you through. i know that isn't always easy as i'm often being taught that each & every day... let your tears fail, cling to the Lord, call out his name, and rest beneath the cross at his feet. he is there. he is able.

i'm so very sorry, friend. i am here whenever you need to talk. i weep for you. i love you. i'm praying for you.

Kristin said...

I'm so so sorry. I truly hope things turn around for you and the hubs very soon. Please let me know if there is anything I can do! If you get that Etsy shop up and running I'll promote the heck out of it!

Alicia said...

Georgia, my heart dropped when I read this the other day... It seems so unreal, impossible for it to happen to both of you now. I cannot much offer advice, but I am sending great thoughts for you and your husband out into the universe and I hope that you somehow find a solution to what has been thrown into the mix of your life. I went back and read your post about the lemons (linked on the other blog) and I hope you still plan to go back to school... It truly seems that that is what is meant to be!

Also, congrats on the etsy shop! I cannot wait to see what treasures you post to share. I'm especially excited about your photography!

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

I am so sorry to hear this! My prayers go out to you and your family. Please know if there is anything I can do. And please keep us posted. My heart feels your pain and I am sad to hear your scary news. I am praying for amazing opportunities better than before to come out of this scary change, and pray that it will be one of those things you look back on as a blessing in disguise.
Sending lots of love, hugs and prayers.
PS I don't know how I missed this post yesterday, but I am so sorry I did. I was reading the new one today and wasn't sure what had happened. I feel bad for commenting on a different post yesterday and not this one.

Hi Kooky said...

Georgia - I must have missed this post! Oh my goodness, you guys are troopers. This layoff business is scary stuff indeed. Some friends are in the same situation - both are out of jobs. Hang in there, say your prayers, and in the moments where it's possible, let yourself be excited by the possibilities. And during the times that's not possible, just be kind with yourself and know there are many people who care - and that your situation will change.

I'm so sorry! I'll say a prayer. Kudos to you for keeping a positive attitude. Remember Romans 8:28! Hugs to you.

EnnythingGoes said...

here is how that verse reads in the greek...i'm not a greek scholar but this comes from someone who is...

Robert Strand, in his book, Especially for the Hurting Heart, has a wonderful discussion of Hebrews 13:5 in which we read these encouraging words: “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you!’”

Strand asks, “What ever does never mean?” And he notes that in the original language “never” is really a compounding of five negatives. Not that each negative is added to another. Rather, each negative is multiplied by the other. According to Strand, it really should read, “I will never, no, not ever, no never leave you or forsake you!” It is a synergistic compounding negative. It’s a forever never which has no exceptions! Then he asks, “What does ‘leave’ mean?” He says that in the original Greek it means “to leave behind, to abandon, to give up on, to send back.” Well then, so far our verse will read: “I will never, no not ever, no never leave you behind, abandon you, give up on you, or send you back!”

Finally he asks, “What does ‘forsake’ mean?” In the Greek it means, “to leave one in a helpless state, to disregard.” It also can be further expanded to include “not relaxing my watchfulness over you.” To this point, then, says Strand, our verse, in the full, amplified version reads: “I will never, no not ever, no never give up on you, abandon you, leave you behind, cause you not to survive, leave you helpless, nor shall I ever relax concerning keeping my presence with you!” In other words, we can relax. God will always be there for us.

I find that exceedingly comforting. Don’t you? See you Sunday!

georgia b. said...

mama, that is awesome. thanks.

Journeying Five said...

thinking of you! we were there several years ago. know that God is there and is taking care of you, even when it is seems you are alone