Sunday, May 23, 2010
A new puppy? Hell, no.
I loved all of your suggestions and by no means meant to torture you with the anticipation, but Blake and I needed some time to process the recent events before I threw it out there on the web.
Blake was laid off from his job. It was not a complete shock, as we knew they were making significant cuts (first in the field and then corporate office) and the position he took in Kansas City was new to the company. Those are often the first to go - since they survived well enough prior to creating it.
With that in mind, I think the world of my husband.....his work ethic.....his dedication....his relentless pursuit of doing well for his family..and couldn't imagine him actually being on the list. Of 165 people. It was a sad day here in KC.
We feel no animosity towards his company. They've been extremely good to us over the years and have helped us through relocations....above and beyond what most companies would offer. The cut was inevitable. He worked for a major tax firm. When the economy isn't performing and people are struggling financially, they either do their own taxes or not pay them at all. It makes sense.
So, what now?
We rally. He got a fantastic severance package, so we're safe for a good amount of time. Benefits are the main focus at the moment, as Cobra is super expensive and not a good long term solution.
We have a lot of factors that could work in our favor:
1. I can work, too, and am more than willing. (Hello, Mr. Mom!)
2. We're relocatable.
3. Jack is slated to start Preschool here in the fall, so Lainey could certainly tag along, too, if we were both to work full time.
After nearly 10 years of marriage (the 25th!!!!!), we know our strengths and how to get through tough times. I've said it many times to many people.......this is when you figure out if your marriage is successful.
This is when you see your partner's character shine through.
For richer. For poorer.
In good times and in bad.
Through sickness and in health.
This is what it's all about, peeps!
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