I am finally getting around to writing about Thanksgiving, a week later.  In years past, when I write a Thanksgiving recap, I usually just include a bunch of pictures and say we had a lovely day.  But I know Thanksgiving 2014 will stand out in my memory years down the road.

Derek was let go from his job last week.

It was a shock to both of us, and I feel like a lot of the week we were either totally stressed out, or in a daze.  This job hasn't been a good situation for our family.  Although I didn't write about it a lot on here, the last couple years have been pretty miserable for me, just having Derek away from us so much.  For about 8 months out of each year, he has been traveling 3-5 days a week.  It was lonely, Derek and I were both stressed, and the kids missed him.  It was far from ideal, but we both tried to remind ourselves to be thankful that he at least had a job.  And then all of a sudden, he doesn't.

The day we found out, we were driving home from dropping off Derek's work equipment at his boss's house, and I saw the clouds turning orange as the sun was setting.  Then it hit me that I had spent most of the day with my head down, lost in thought, looking at the floor.  After that, I told myself that I was going to try to keep my head up.  Problems don't seem so overwhelming when you look up at the sky and see this gorgeous sunset.  Somehow I know the Lord was trying to tell me to trust Him.  He keeps everything in the world running, and paints sunsets in the margins. He cares about the little things.  This is big to me.  It is so tiny in comparison to everything else going on in the world.  But God still cares about it, because He cares about me.  That is comforting.

This was the first Thanksgiving, except maybe the year of 2008, when something in our lives was actually going wrong during the holiday.  But I found that though I wish last week hadn't happened the way it did, it was still easy to find plenty to be thankful for.  God has been good to us.  He has given us each other, He has given us our health.  He has let us live in the best place in the world to be unemployed.  And if everything we have on earth were taken away, no one could take away our salvation through Jesus's death and resurrection.

I'm still stressed out.  But Derek has a couple job interviews (one today, so please pray for us!), and I was able to pick up a couple extra days at work.  Even in these very early days, I see the Lord already starting to provide for us.  We are praying He'll provide a new (better) job, we are casting our cares on Him.  And we'll be okay.

Prayers are so appreciated!


P.S. I am also up for a contest that Firmoo is holding with people who wrote a review for them this year - and if I win first place, I could win $100!  Which would be nice while we are waiting for the Lord to provide Derek a new job.  So can you vote for me?  Thank you!  
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~Momma to Twin Girls~ said...

As a mom of twin girls who has gone through being let go twice because of downsizing, I can tell you that God has bigger and better plans for Derek and the family. Although it's not the ideal situation, it will be such a blessing when he finds the perfect place.
Saying a prayer for you and your family today. HUGS!

Amy said...

My hubby lost his job Last year at Christmas. Like you, his job had been super stressful. It was definitely a tough thing to process, but the Lord came through-- just as he always does. I love that even in this crummy situation, you were able to find so much to be thankful and acknowledge Gods presence! Praying for great interviews and a new job that is a better fit for your family!!

"B" said...

I am so sorry Derrick lost his job, prayers for a new job opportunity to come along quickly and better for your family!

Tania said...

I am so sorry for what your family are going through right now but hopefully better things are just around the corner! I voted for you - hope you win! Xx

Hannah said...

Sorry to hear this news, praying for new, better opportunities for your family and for peace while you wait. I voted for you in the contest, good luck! :-)

Lyndsey said...

So sorry y'all are going through this but I will be praying for a better, less stressful job to be offered to Derek, and soon! I hope he feels good about his interview today!

Melanie said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Callie. I know it's rough (you know we have been there I can relate to how your feeling!)..but God does provide. Sometimes in small ways and in big ways too. Will be praying for the RIGHT job to fall into Derek's lap! And in the meantime, if you need someone to talk to feel free to drop me a line!

Jessica said...

Oh I'm so sorry Callie! We have been in your shoes several times and although it's so hard and sometimes hard to look past the hurt we can look back now and see that everything is truly part of a bigger plan. Praying for you and Derek and hope his interviews go well!

blessingsandlilacs said...

Praying for you guys and knowing God will shine through your family during this time.

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