Sometimes, Good Things Happen to Good People

When this whole unemployment thing started, we hunkered down for the long haul. We immediately hooked up unemployment benefits, medical insurance, and WIC. We put holds on bills that we could wait to pay and paid minimums on others. Let’s face it: This economy sucks and you just never know when you’ll be able to find a job.

Then, I was hired at my job.

Clint started a whole new adventure of stay-at-home-dad. It has been a pretty cool experience for both of us. He has seen what I do day in and day out, and understood why I was so tired at the end of the day. Likewise, I have understood what it’s like to go to work all day and come home feeling tired, but a different kind of tired.

It has definitely made us appreciate what the other does.

Something amazing happened…

Exactly one week from the day Clint was laid off, he found an ad on CraigsList for an accounting job. This wasn’t a typical post, though. The job requirements and qualifications could not have been more in-line with his expertise. The pay was equal to what he made at the last place. And, get this:

The business is located 5 minutes from our house… walking.

Immediately, Clint shot an email to the recruiter asking for more information. An hour later, they asked for his resume.

Two weeks and a day after he was laid off, he had an interview with the company.

Then, one day shy of 3 weeks of unemployment, he was offered the job.

Clint has a job.

I have been praying so hard for him to be able to work close to home. I’ve been praying for years for him to find a place that makes him feel happy. His new boss made a comment that they’ve been praying for someone like Clint. Someone who is genuine and nice and not cocky. Praying. Seriously.

Our daycare situation is completely set up and ready to go. I was able to work out a deal with one of the daycare facilities that I like the best, so we won’t be paying such insane prices. I ensured them that we’ll be “customers” for several years to come.

As if all of this weren’t cool beans-y enough?

The daycare is a stone’s throw away from Clint’s new job.
Can you say “God’s got this?”

I mean, for reals. We couldn’t have dreamed this whole situation up if we tried. If Clint hadn’t lost his job, I wouldn’t have gotten this job that I adore. If he hadn’t lost his job, we wouldn’t have seen an incredible outpouring of support from friends and family like we have:

  • There was Heather, who sent us a Starbucks card and hilarious card to boot.
  • Diana and John bought us dinners every Wednesday night at church for the month of November.
  • Jenny and Dirk mailed us a gift certificate for pizza with a note that read “While your family is going through this transition.”
  • Our church provided us with three huge boxes of food necessities.
  • Countless others have taken us to dinner, prayed for us, commiserated with us, and cheered us along.

If he hadn’t been laid off, we wouldn’t have had a chance to swap roles for a little while and gain an appreciation for what the other person goes through on a daily basis.

Things are going to be a little sticky for a while, since we have to play catch-up with the bills we put on hold and pay more balances for the things we only did a minimal payment on, but it won’t take long to get it all straightened out.

It’s all looking up for us. Sometimes, good things happen to good people.