Life keeps going, and unemployment keeps going too. My routine is pretty different with Michael home. In many ways it is nice to spend more time with him, and for him to get to be part of Maddy's growth and changes. Michael and I get more dates, and more snuggle time. All of the kids get more attention from both of us.
Other changes are more neutral. I don't get to listen to NPR as much because Michael says it puts him to sleep. I end up listening to more "Oldies" music than I ever thought I could stand. The laundry isn't done the way I like it, but I get more help doing it. We both are looking for jobs, so we can help each other with resumes, cover letters, etc. but we both are trying to fit in time to find jobs.
Money is super tight, as usual. We have a hearing this week that might reduce Michael's spousal support, or take it away completely for now. It is a blessing that there is that option, but it is stressful getting ready for it without an attorney to help. We had been told we qualified for OHP (Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's Medicaid program) and food stamps, back when Michael was first laid off. They were supposed to start on April 2nd, but when they didn't show up we went back to DHS, and found out the lady that told us we qualified no longer works there, and we don't qualify.
Over all we are mostly happy, relatively hopeful, and grateful for wonderful parents who are supportive in so many ways. We may have to move, since all the jobs that we have gotten phone interviews for are out of state, or we may get lucky and find a job here. We may have a long unemployment, we have been told a year is about average for Michael's profession, or we may be blessed to find something soon.
No matter how long it takes to find work, and no matter what challenges we face, I am so grateful for the gospel, for the knowledge that my Heavenly Father loves me, and that there is a plan greater than I can imagine. I will be grateful when I can see more of the plan, but until then, I am following in faith.