Well, I finally got in on a desktop computer, so I'll give a little fill in.
About 18 months - 2 years ago, my business went down with the economy. What had taken years to build took weeks to destroy. So, I have been getting kicked from pillar to post since then. Needless to say, it has been an incredibly hard journey.
I have been doing whatever I can to provide for my family, most days falling very short and feeling the hammerblows of guilt and depression.
I am working steady now, although only part time, with an old business friend. My wife is also working.
She is part timing it in a school kitchen. Unbelieveably, they allow the kitchen staff to take leftovers home. They still toss an incredible amount in the dumpster though. So, we have been blessed to the point of having decent food on the table, and for all this I am very thankful.
The garden I had high hopes for was a bust. First drowning in deluge after deluge, then high heat....then locusts (grasshoppers) lol. There's always next year.
I have been scrapping metals for months now, as a way to keep busy and also buy essentials. It's been pretty good for us, and has helped me to lose over 70#, which I needed to do.
Through all of this, I have certainly gotten very close to God. He has seen us through every time. I just wish I would learn to remember this and stop worrying. I'm constantly mindful of Job in the bible, and all he went through. I'm no Job, but nevertheless, still believe that everything will turn out as it should.
I have thought long about what I would write to you all here, and these things are what I decided to post.
There is so much more, but negativity will eat us alive, if we allow it.
On brighter notes, my wife and family and I are all healthy and still bound by immoveable love......and that is really the most important mortal thing.
We understand that tough times don't endure, but tough people do. We try to live by that every day, and fight the battles which present themselves as they come.
Post by mightyspuds on Oct 1, 2010 10:24:34 GMT -8
Gosh Mark,thats one heck of a time youve been having.
Glad to hear you are staying afloat,so sorry to hear of all the trouble.Its so easy to NOT put a human face on this depression.Thank you for telling youre story and reminding us to count our blessings every day.
Gee, metal scraping might be something we should look at doing. Never thought about it...
So glad to hear you are coming through it, I love the way that things worked out with the part time jobs...a pay check and meals, not a bad deal. Maybe you could get a couple of pigs for all the other stuff that gets tossed?
"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."