In July of 2008 my husband Jim, lost his very secure job when the economy in CA tanked. We figured it would be like other job change and by the next week he would be working again. However, with the economy already so bad, that wasn’t the case. In fact, we went nearly 18 months without income. Those 18 months were very trying times for us. We were raising 5 kids, in Southern California and living off our savings account and food stamps. Very humbling, terrifying and faith stretching for sure.
Over the past 9 years we have had many ups and downs. Jim has worked jobs for just over minimum wage, he has worked jobs outside his field of knowledge, he has run shops for a fraction of what he is worth and we have had other periods of unemployment. I started working from home to bring a little extra money and my kids have started small businesses to help with household expenses. We have learned how to stretch a dollar, we know the difference between needs and wants and we experienced what it feels like to lose nearly every earthly possession.
But through it all we have stayed strong. My husband has given every job his all. He is the first one there and the last one to leave. He dresses professionally even when he making just above minimum wage. He has always been respectful to his coworkers and customers. His work ethic and integrity are what I love most about him and he has shown my kids by his example what it means to work hard and be a man of your word.
It has taken 9 years of struggle but we finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, Jim opens his own shop. He has found a business owner who sees how unique Jim’s work habits are and appreciates them. He is willing to invest in the shop and our family’s future. We have struggled a lot the past several years, we went from owning a large home, a trailer, motorcycles and most everything else we could desire to living in a small 1000 sq. ft. cabin with all hand me down furniture and now renting a small place near Jim’s job. We have lived in the poverty level for 9 years and have no retirement fund. That all changes today. By the end of the year we will be out of the poverty level, we will be completely debt free and we will be working towards home ownership again.
We are so thankful for this opportunity. We don’t take lightly what has been given to us and we will ALL (since we do everything as a family) work very hard to make this shop successful. We appreciate any prayers you can spare for the success of this business.
Be sure to keep following us and our new adventure. Things will be a bit hectic for a while, as we are still dealing with our daughter’s aggressive treatment for Lyme Disease and as we prepare our son to leave for the military in the next 6 months. We are ready for the ride and hope you come along with us and see how God uses this new shop for his Glory.