Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's the final countdown

Thirteen days left.

That's how many more days Superman will be employed.

That's how many more days until he gets switched from his insurance to mine, upping our monthly insurance bill from about $260 to $450.

That's how many more days there are until our new budget for the university rolls around, and since I work in Louisiana and Bobby Jindal doesn't look like he's budging on helping us out, I'm probably going to have to take a 5% pay cut.

And we have to pay for medical bills...food...mortgage...electricity...gas...and everything else inbetween...

*breathes rapidly in a paper bag*

This is the right decision. I'm not even saying "I think" with that statement. I KNOW this is the right decision. We've been praying about this for a year, and we are fully confident that we are following God's will in this situation. We would not be able to do this without His support.

I tease Superman about having to start eating Ramen and biking to the grocery store, but we're not at that stage...yet. ;) We thankfully have been saving money for the past year and hording it away into a savings account, which will undoubtedly help.

I am worried, though. I know I'm not supposed to be because, like I said before, this is the right path, but I'm working on becoming an Olympic competitor in the sport of worry. And sometimes I even feel a little selfish, because with so many people in this country losing their jobs and worrying about them, here we are willing to give one up.

Don't get me wrong, though. Superman will be working on several things. First and foremost, he's starting a university sports magazine. How amazingly cool is that? We're really hoping that takes off and he can work soley on that, but this economy does stink. We'll find out soon, though, if that has the potential to actually work.

He's also driving me to Super Duper University every week so I can sleep in the car on the way home and be halfway tolerable at work the next day. He's also pursuing his master's degree in counseling. And going to be working to get our book (and other projects -- stay tuned for details) published. And going to be on the radio (and get paid -- yippee!!). And freelance for area papers (Pays little, but we'll take it!). And work with the media relations department at games (Show me the money!). Oh, and did I tell you that he's also going to grocery shop and cook me lunch and dinner (He's the cooker in this relationship, seriously. You should taste his chicken verona. Come over and visit, and I'll tell him to make it!) so I never have to go to that dreaded place again.

He's gonna be one busy little bee.

So keep us in your prayers in the following days, weeks, and months. This has not been an easy decision, but we do have a peace about it that only comes from God. We know it's going to be rough...but, hey, we were po' college students once. We'll weather through this storm.

And see what God has in store for us.

11 comments:

Beth@playinwiththepaulsens! said...

well, I always dive into the Psalms in days like this! hang in there! God may be about to do amazing things for you! He does love to give good gifts to His children!!!!

Sarah M. said...

Sounds like loads going on! Praying for you both. Neat quote on the radio yesterday," A vertical perspective defeats horizontal panic." I needed it, and it sounds like a good reminder for you too :-)

Brooke said...

sounds like you'll be joining me in the world of no a/c.

yeah right - you'd probably have heat stroke in your neck of the woods!

Sara@i.Sass said...

ooh I love life changes.
I could be some fierce competition for the gold in worrying. :)
Can't wait to see His hand in this.
Love and blessings, love and blessings.

Growin' with it! said...

well, i'll say it first hand these days girl...when it's God's will and the mountains seem impossible...He'll move them!

Rachelle said...

Praying that God will provide for you in mighty ways.

"Rachel" said...

Sounds like both our hubbies are going to be crunched thanks to the economy.

I have a feeling good things are going to happen for Superman and his mag. Recession or not, Tiny Hometown is fanatical about their sports (and putting their ads in things that support local sports). We'll be praying for you guys.

septembermom said...

I'll pray for you guys! Everything will work out. Keep going strong:)

MInTheGap said...

Sounds like he'll be very busy, and that you have a plan.

I'm still out of work, not by choice, and wondering if the Lord wants me to take a job at 1/3rd of my salary. Man, I really need clear direction here!

Glad to see you have one!

Colleen said...

I'll definitely keep you all in my prayers! What great things to come! I'm excited to read about all the fantastic things God has in store for you!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I'd be breathing in a paper bag too :) In my own life, it's the times that seem the "scariest" that God's presence is so powerful it makes it all worth it.