Monday, June 22, 2009

Our New Normal

Well, we have our first full day of thriving despite job loss under our belts. Our Father's Day was quite peaceful and relaxing. While Dave and the babies went out to get donuts for breakfast (a special treat), I spent some time outside on our back porch soaking up the warm summer sun. The breeze smelled so sweet and the warmth of the sun was like the tenderest of embraces. Dave loved the Kale & Sausage Frittata I made him for breakfast! I used this recipe but made changes according to the items I had on hand, all of which came from our lovely farmer's market. Later, we headed out to a nearby park to play with the kids. It was quiet and most importantly shady! We delighted in the swings, the slides (the twisty slide was really fast!) and explored the tree-lined paths and bridges. It also seemed fitting to me the name of the park was Optimist. Dinner was our favorite pizza buffet, followed by an evening stroll in our neighborhood. Reedy squealed with delight at the sight of the fireflies dancing across the yards. And so did I :) Later in the night, I came across the EWTN broadcast of the Holy Rosary. I prayed along with an old rosary I found buried in my nightstand. Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries - of hope, faith and perseverance.

It was a good day. Filled with a multitude of simple joys that a job loss can't take away.


Still Learning said...

Oh Mary Ellen, I just read your posts. Oh my. Coming from one who has been through it let me say how sorry I am. What an amazing attitude you have though and that will surely be a blessing to you and Dave both. I pray all will go well with the job hunt and if you ever need to vent, Lord knows I did then you can email me anytime.

Thank goodness you planned ahead.

I'm happy that despite everything you had a happy Father's Day. It sounded like a fun day.

I'll be praying for you,


Wendy P said...

Mary Ellen - I just read your last few posts. I am so sorry Dave's job loss. Thank heavens y'all have plan and had prepared yourselves (as much as you could) for it.

Please let me know if I can ever be of any help to you! I'm praying that Dave finds just what your family needs.

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Thank you both for the kind words and prayers!

Mary Ellen

Rona's Home Page said...

As one who has been homeless I just wanted to add how our Heavenly Father humbled and empowered us.
It was a good experience for our family. We learned to cutback on extras and focus on what's truly important.
We were able to find jobs that paid more and actually work together.