~ We visited a new church last Sunday – and again today – and I am optimistic that we have found a new church home.
~ Jonathan and I saw Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, and it was very entertaining.
~ We finished math and language arts, and so are mostly done with homeschooling for the summer.
~ A friend of ours who has been having some major health problems is doing much, much better.
And one big low:
~ On Monday, we found out that as of July 1st, Kevin will be unemployed.
We knew that the company Kevin works for would eventually be gone, as the owner is in his late 60s and companies that sell nutritional supplements don’t really do well during an economic downturn. We did think, though, that it would be at least another year before we were facing this. Kevin has worked for this company for 14 years, and has been their computer department – yes, pretty much the whole department – for the past four or five. He does their catalog and brochure layouts, designed and manages their web store – including programming a shopping cart designed specifically for them, and is their network administrator and go-to guy for all things technical.
So, Kevin is working on polishing up his resume – a resume he hasn’t needed in 14 years! – and looking for another job. Our rural area has the highest unemployment rate in Washington State, and we are much higher than the national average. We don’t want to move, so a new job here that provides enough for me to continue homeschooling the kids will have to be a God-thing. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.
Last summer, the week we finished homeschooling, Natalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, and we embarked on what we affectionately call, “The Summer of the Hospital.” I was hoping for a relaxing, stress-free summer in comparison. Of course, I would rather deal with unemployment and financial difficulties than Natalie being sick again, so I am trying to be grateful for the blessings and trust God for the rest.
When things get stressful, I tend to gravitate toward the books I consider my comfort reads – books that either are gentle and uplifting in their tone, or that are so good I can get completely lost in the pages and forget the tensions of real life for a little while. Here are some of the series I have returned to for comfort in the past:
~ The Mitford series by Jan Karon
~ The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
~ The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
~ The Irish Country series by Patrick Taylor
~ The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
I just finished An Irish Country Christmas, which I was reading before we got the news, and I am ready to dive into the next one in the series, An Irish Country Courtship sometime next week, as soon as I finish my two current reads: Across the Universe by Beth Revis and Ashes of the Earth by Eliot Pattison.
I’m also in the middle of The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma, but it’s a chunkster, so I won’t be finishing it for another week or so.
Do you have specific books you go to when you’re in need of comfort?