Personal Thoughts

Day Two – Giving Thanks in November

This post is part of a challenge I’ve set for myself- to blog every. single. day. during the month of November, sharing something or someone that I am thankful for each day.  Feel free to join along and/or share what you are thankful for in the comments.

Today, I am thankful for answered prayers.  During my pregnancy with Bryson, I worked in an automotive plant.  The entire time, I longed to be a stay at home mom, but thought it was financially impossible.  My co-worker, Lora, encouraged me my entire pregnancy, telling me to not to give up on that dream, and that she felt it would happen for me.

baby ultrasound

My last day of work before having Bryson was also our last day at the plant before Thanksgiving.  My husband (he worked there too) and I were blessed to work with a lot of wonderful folks and they even had a baby shower for us.  As I hugged each person, I thought I would be back to work in a few months.

The day Bryson was born, our company announced a voluntary lay-off.  I had no idea until my friend and co-worker, Anna, came to visit us and mentioned it.  Although my mom, husband, & I all worked at the plant, none of us were there for the announcement because of Bryson’s birth.  I’m sure to many folks it seemed like a coincidence, but to me- that was God.  He was opening the door wide open for me to fulfill that dream of staying home with Bryson.  Justin and I had sold our place and we were living with my parents, so after talking it over as a family, we all agreed it was meant for me to stay home.  My prayer of being a stay at home mom had been answered.

That was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  By taking the lay-off, I received my FMLA pay from my pregnancy and then our company offered a severance package on top of that.  Thankfully, Justin and I had enough sense to put most of that money away.  I paid cash for the computer that I started this blog on and still use, then we put the rest in savings.  A few months later, the money we had put in savings paid the down payment on our home.

If not for that voluntary lay off, I would have never have known the joy of being at home with my children each day.  I wouldn’t have this blog and we would not have had the money to pay a down payment on our home.  Thank God for that answered prayer.

Just in case anyone is wondering, the company I worked for has bounced back and is currently expanding. My mom still works there.

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