Friday, May 26, 2017

Perspective = Staycation

I'm baaaack! Nice to see you here again.

So, let's just get right to it: the "staycation"; it was great! It is also still kind of in-progress, too.

You see, in the middle of May, my husband got laid off from work. Being that my husband is the sole earner for our household, the news came as a shock to us both. For the most part though, we have found his layoff to be a big blessing in disguise. Dealing with this layoff well, as with most things in life, has been all about finding the right perspective.

Thankfully, Nick was laid off from work right at the perfect time. With most of Nick's jobs coming to an end, work was starting to get slow and the weather was starting to get nice; because of that, we were actually just talking about taking a vacation the day before he was laid off.

Nick hasn't taken a single vacation day in about three years and, if it were up to us, he likely wouldn't have taken any time off this time around, either. It's just so hard to willingly pass up the money right now but, then he got laid off and so, we figured it was meant to be! My husband got a little "staycation" with Piper and I, after all.

Nick was so blessed to have been laid off right when the weather started to get nice. Now that the weather is so nice, just stepping outside in the warm sun feels like a vacation in itself.

With Nick being home, I can't tell you how quickly it felt like we were on vacation in our own very backyard. We have spent these past couple weeks trying to maintain a good balance between making fun new family memories and getting a little (read: a lot of) yard work done.

I remember times before where Nick and I have stressed ourselves, wondering if and when he would ever get laid off from work and, worrying about what we would ever do if that happened. Now that it has happened, I feel like a weight is lifted from my shoulders. This experience reminds me of one of my favorite bible verses:

Matthew 6:25-34 
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
By putting all of my trust in God, I have felt very much at peace with our current situation. I've been able to set all of my fear aside and really enjoy these past couple weeks to the fullest by sending it all to the Lord. After all, how often will we get two weeks where Nick and I both get to enjoy raising Piper together all day, every day while she's at this age of two years old? The answer: once. Just this once in a lifetime will we get this opportunity. We are so blessed to be together, all day every day, right now, just as we are. I am going to miss this when he goes back to work!

These past couple weeks have been filled with blessings for our family. We have gotten two full weeks of family time, here at our home. Because Nick has been home, he has been able to experience how much of a blessing it truly is for me to stay at home with Piper. It has been so good for him to see first-hand the goodness he provides for our family when he goes away to work for us every day.


With Nick being home, he has gotten to see how great it is to just pick up and go to the zoo on a random Tuesday morning and, how quiet the park is on a Wednesday when everyone is at work. The world slows down a bit during the work-week hours when everyone is at work and if you're blessed enough to be at home during that time. It's something I've tried to explain to Nick before but, I've come to find it's just something you couldn't fully understand or appreciate without experiencing it for yourself. I'm so glad he's been here with us.

With all that being said, our routines have been a little thrown off for the past couple weeks. Today, for instance, is Nick's first work day in two weeks and then, we have to wait and see if there will be more work for next week or if he'll be home with us again. The lack of routine is kind of tough but, it's also kind of nice, too.

I am going to try to start posting more frequently again next week, and even more so when we know Nick is fully back to work. Thanks for sticking around! I will be sharing more with you soon!