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My husband got laid off from his job the day before Thanksgiving...
but I was grateful that I budgeted to allow for one income to carry us through.

The first week my husband was laid off, our heater broke...
but I was happy to learn that the San Joaquin Valley, which has so many “no burn” days to protect the air, allows unlimited burning if that is your only source of heat. Prior to my husband’s lay off, I was grieving the loss of enjoying a toasty fire through the holidays. Now I’m not.

For two years I have tried to get an article accepted for publication in Highlights for Children magazine. The first week of my husband’s unemployment, they sent word they were accepting my kit fox article for publication. Perfect timing.

For two years, I have wanted to write a travel article for a “Day Trip” to Pasadena for Sunset Magazine: two museums and a light lunch. Three weeks into my husband’s unemployment, the food editor of Sunset Magazine called to say my idea for an article on organic farming was not what they were looking for, but suggested I contact the travel editor to pitch an idea to her given my background in travel (she saw from a published clip I sent that I had travel writing experience). Now that my husband’s not working, he has all the time in the world, as an amuteur photographer, to accompany me and take the photos for the article.

Two days ago, a weird glitch occurred in my car, an HHR. The key wouldn’t come out. It’s only a 2 year old car and, needless to say, I don’t need an added debt right now. Today I learned my car is still under warranty and everything is covered. Thank God.

My husband may not be working during the holidays, but we now get 2 full weeks together until I return to work (as a 4th grade school teacher).  

I believe that I am Divinely Guided, and when my husband lost his job—the job that he loved so much—I had to believe there were Other Plans for him, and because we‘re a team, for me, too.

So far, I still believe that.

Merry Christmas everybody!


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