Let me start this post by saying that we are one of the lucky ones. I know this and try to often remember it, especially when my heart starts beating faster, I get short of breath and I can't stop my mind from speeding 100 miles an hour.
My husband works for the government. He is not getting paid right now.
I work part-time. I don't bring in very much money.
A long time ago, we decided that the best thing for our family was for me to quit my job and stay at home and raise our children. We looked at the world and decided we didn't need the stuff but we did need to be the ones raising our kids. Fortunately, hubs makes enough so that it was possible. We are lucky and blessed.
We made this decision. We chose not to drive brand new vehicles every four years and to not have the "toys" our neighbors have (their RV rocks, by the way!). We don't have someone come into our home to help us clean it and we don't do Parents' Nights Out with our friends. We spend any additional money we can earn on small vacations, doing new things with our kids, experiencing things and making memories. We chose not to have a huge savings account. This was our decision and we are very happy with it. We are blessed to have this.
The kids are older and at school so I picked up a part time job. It's a job that has me off when they are off. I am home when they are home. My son doesn't come home to an empty home and, when it rains, I can pick him up from school. My daughter always has someone to help her with math homework and to nag her to do her spelling words every night. It's perfect but doesn't pay much. It's now our only income. We are blessed to have it.
We are lucky. We are lucky because hubs is working and he will, eventually, receive back pay. At some point, we can catch up on our bills. (At some point, I will sleep without having to take a Benedryl!) It could be so much worse. We know people who were deemed non-essential and are not working. My understanding is that they will not be receiving pay for this time they were not allowed to work. I can not imagine the stress these families are going through; my heart aches for them. We are lucky. . . but it still sucks.
At some point, the powers that be will quit acting like children and think about the entire country as a whole. They will quit squabbling and act like the leaders we elected them to be. Right now, I no longer care who is "right" and who is "wrong". I do know it's wrong to make people work without pay so that the effects of the mess they created aren't felt and they are not inconvenienced.
So that, folks, is why I've been absent off my blog. We knew this was coming and we knew it was a possibility so I tried to prepare the best that I could. This past week I have had so much on my mind that I have a hard time slowing down and changing thought. I know a lot of my reading audience is my friends and family. Thank you for the prayers and happy thoughts you have been offering! Thanks for the little treats and phone calls and texts! Those of you that I've gotten to know because of this blog - thank you for sticking with me!
I do have photos and I do have projects. . . I just need to slow down, take a deep breath and post them. I will get back on my schedule soon, I promise!