As you know, Brian was laid off for several months last year. It was a very, very trying time for us. But it was also filled with many blessings from the Lord. One of them being that when this time of uncertainty struck, we really became closer as a family. It would have been hard for me to imagine that possible before, but it happened just the same.
Now that Brian is working at a great new job, we’ve had to learn to adjust to him being on 2nd shift. This job is truly awesome for him and I can’t imagine that he would ever leave it, but the chances for him to ever get on day shift are slim to none. So we make the best of it and we are still so thankful for this job. It’s been well over a year since he was laid off (17 months to be exact) and we still frequently say to each other how thankful we are that God put that obstacle in our path. I don’t know if that will ever wear off and I sure hope it doesn’t.
One of the hardest things about him being gone at night is that he isn’t here to sit at the supper table in the evenings. Before, this was our time to talk about our days with each other. We do miss him a lot at supper time. So, since he’s not here, we just carry on as if he were. Our supper time ritual is to hold hands around the table and say a prayer before eating. But now that Brian’s gone, we don’t have a complete circle. The girls are so sweet because even though he’s not sitting there, they still put their little hands out to the side as if they were holding his hand during the prayer.
It gets me every time.