So Different

by adustyframe ~ August 16th, 2012

Our lives are so different these days.

Sometimes, I find it hard to believe how completely different our life is this year.

I’ve shared a few of our stories that remind us of our scars. We will never be free of  stories like that because my husband has a record.

I’m thankful that I blogged as we were going through things because I feel like a completely different person now than I was  then.

We are working on paying off debts and saving money so that we can handle emergencies. The financial clean up will take a really long time so I try to not get discouraged! But it’s such a blessing to be able to put a little bit of money away. It’s a blessing to have a husband who is able to bring home a paycheck every week.

It’s a blessing that we can talk to him whenever we want to or that James can spend time with his daddy. That was a heartbreak so big, I could barely stand it.

We have not received food stamps at all this year.  We went from full benefits one month, to 0 the next month. I am so thankful that we don’t need them anymore, but let me tell you–the abrupt ending was quite a step! I love paying for my own groceries these days.

Because Lee’s job does not offer insurance and we have a minor, we are able to receive state insurance, but it is not free–not even close! It is less expensive than we could purchase anywhere else and so we are thankful to pay our share.

As I go through my days, I often  marvel at the fact that God pulled us through that and set us on the other side in one piece.

We are definitely scarred and will carry those with us as long as we live, but thank God our lives are completely different now.



4 Thoughts Shared to So Different

  1. Ame

    as i often say … ‘been there; done that; and have the scars to prove it.’

    some scars never do go away … but you can take great heart in knowing that God is always God … and that James has a mommy and a daddy living under the same roof. what peace and security and strength that gives to a child!

    i’m proud of you.

  2. Robin in New Jersey

    I am so happy for you. What a testimony you have been to the faithfulness of God. I am thankful that you shared your story through this blog.

  3. Janet

    I remember what a wonderful feeling it was not to have food stamps anymore…scary, but wonderful! You have scars to show where God has brought you from. They are battle scars of victory.:)

  4. Sally Martin

    I am so proud of you two and how you yield to God’s will for your life together even when it was very hard. Your life has been an inspiritation to many, Praise God.

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