12 Days Left of Advent: And “It’s a Wonderful Life” after all!
In less than two months my Lancelot Knight and I will be celebrating 30-years married. It is a big number for us, with a lot of years traveled. And I’ve suddenly begun to wonder what my life would have been like without him in it. I have well imagined possible scenarios, and the outcome is never a happy one—no, not with the destructive path I was once headed on. And just like George Bailey, from the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I, too, once wished I’d never been born.
This Christmas I am reminded of all my husband and I have faced in the past nineteen years. Silicon Valley began spiraling down and companies began quarterly lay-offs. We were affected. We managed to hold on to our home for a little while, but we were too far in the hole to hold on to it. Since losing our job and home the first time, we’ve seen more job losses and moved a number of times. For a time there, I had to give my children over to friends and family for sake of shelter, while hubby and I lived away from them. Yes, we’ve been homeless over the years. I feel I’ve missed a lot with my children, and for a time believed we’d never have a home again to bring us all under one roof.
Our many years of struggles has taken two-thirds of our married life; and that’s a lot of years to worry and fear. Sigh! You should see the grays and wrinkles that quickly become a permanent fixture. Oy!
Life challenges and changes never come easy; and growing up is even harder. But today I (we) have my family together, and I (we) am blessed with grandchildren, and new additions to the family (by way of marriage). So my heart is full to overflowing! Through it all I’ve learned a deeper trust in God the Father, because I’ve learned to walk by Faith. And my marriage has survived and been made stronger where many others have failed.
It’s a wonderful life after all!
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