Saturday, November 14, 2009

What a Week!

I am not even sure where to start with this post.  So many feelings, so many emotions, so many changes.

Sunday, Jim was sustained and set apart as the second counselor in the Stake Presidency.  It was a very emotional and overwhelming weekend.  I know this will mean some changes and sacrifices for our family.  I was blessed with an undeniable feeling from the spirit that let me know this was a call from our Heavenly Father.  It's hard to put into words the feelings that I experienced as he was called on Saturday, as well as when he was set apart.  I know this will be a blessing for our family as we do all we can to support Jim in his new calling.  I am not sure I am ready to wrestle the kids alone each Sunday, but I am thinking it will be a bit easier than when he was Bishop and they were all so little.  Our previous stake presidency are great men, who have done a wonderful job leading our stake for the last 10 years.  They have left some big shoes to fill.

Thursday, Jim was let go from his job.  The company that he has been working for was hit hard by the changes in the economy.  His job has been hanging by a thread  for the last year...the thread broke and he and many others were let go.  He has had to personally lay off  around 80 people over the last year, and he experienced being on the other end of that this week.  It looks like the whole company will be closing their doors in a few weeks unless something drastically changes. 

I am trying not to freak out, but deep in my heart I am pretty nervous.  I know that I need to have faith, and hope and trust in God that he will provide and take care of us.  I know that we will be alright, I know that this experience will help build our faith, and teach us things that we might not learn any other way.  I know all of these things, I just need to be able to truly believe them.  I have gone from feeling that it will all be okay, to feelings of despair and gloom.  I don't know why we are experiencing this struggle at this time, or how long it will last.  I hope that whatever happens I can keep my heart soft and my mind open to whatever it is that I need to learn from this.

When Jim was being set apart I was listening very closely and praying in my heart that they would bless him that all would be okay with his job, since we knew this was a possibility that this could happen.  In his blessing he was told,  "I bless you with good employment"  I am holding on to that blessing and will try to stay positive.

I do have to tell you what an amazing son I have.  Dallas has been working full time saving for his mission.  When we let him know that Jim had lost his job he told us that he would turn over his paychecks to us and help out in anyway he could.  I was so amazed at his willingness and how his only thoughts were for his family, and not at all for himself.  I don't know what we did to deserve such amazing children, but we have been so blessed!

So as you can imagine it has been a rollercoaster of emotions this week.  I know we have much to be grateful for, and I know that as we do our part that the Lord will bless us.

Here is a picture from last Sunday.

Elder Lees is on the right, and Elder Sitati is on the left.  The new Stake President is in the middle.


Jodi said...

Jane.....Wow what an emotional week for you. Congratulations to your husband on his new calling.

We already have discussed your husband losing his job. So sorry. I am right there with you friend. If you need a listening hear or whatever I am so there for you. I will be keeping my ears open,so if I hear of job I will keep you posted. I will also keep you and your family in my prayers. Love ya!

Char said...

Janer, I saw Tina last night and she told me about Jim's job. I'm so sorry! Please holler if you need ANYTHING. You'll be in our prayers for sure.


Meags said...

The blessing for Jim had to be powerful. His employment for God is his and your families most important. God will provide... We may not like the avenue or his timing but He always pulls through. Your Faith and Trust will be your work for now.

Becca said...

I am sorry Jane! I hope that things look up very soon! I know that having Jim in the Stake Presidency will be hard, but I know he will be amazing! You both are! We will keep you in our prayers! Love you tons!

Jenny said...

I've missed you!
Your post tugs at my heart.
You are such an amazing person--always thinking of others. You are doing an incredible job of balancing the bitter with the sweet. I will pray for your family.
I love you~

velvet brick said...

Jane, I am so remiss in my visits to other blogs...I've barely even given my own some attention, let alone visit and comment on others. I am sooooo sorry for the news of Jim's job....but Jane, your husband is so dynamic, kind and amazing in so many ways. I just feel in my heart that he will rise above from this and I know you are all going to be just fine. If you ever need a place to stay or a dinner, come on over!! You know the way!! : )))

I miss you and our impromptu visits from time to time... thank you for being who you are. I love you.