My husband has been unemployed for three months now. We have been trying to rely heavily on our food storage and less on the Bishop’s Storehouse. It has pushed my kitchen creativity. I keep challenging myself to see how long I can go between Bishop’s Storehouse orders. I have found that cooking with food storage versus with the Bishop’s Storehouse orders takes more time and planning. I will admit that last night we had oatmeal for dinner at 9pm. That was not my best food storage dinner. I have been amazed on other nights at what I have been able to make with our dehydrated pantry collection. It just takes a little more thought than I have to spare at times.
What has been taking ALL my time? Well, about three months ago we took our second daughter to the MTC to start her mission. She is serving in Argentina. I love having a missionary. It is second only to the feeling I have after giving birth. I am so stinkin’ proud of her. I could shout it from the roof top all day every day. As my husband and I drove off from the MTC and tried to get control of our happy/sad goodbye tears, we both said that we needed an Argentina mission t-shirt to show our love and support of our missionary. All the way home we talked about starting a business, not necessarily a t-shirt business but just a business in general. We have had lots of business ideas for years. The entire 25+ hour drive home from the MTC we discussed and prayed about a business and felt superdaluper good about it. The energy and Spirit that we felt as we made plans was unmistakable. Time flew by as fast as our ideas flowed back and forth between us. We had just experienced a very spiritually filling experience at the Salt Lake temple and our last few days with our missionary. We were on could nine plus some.
When we reached home, the energy continued. Two days after returning home, my husband was laid off from his job. The amazing thing was that he had an impression that morning of what was going to happen and so when the news came, he was prepared. We went to the temple each day for three maybe four days after that. Each trip we received direct instructions, comfort and counsel from the Holy Ghost. We were told through the Spirit that this experience was an answer to my prayers and that God was involved. We were told that the decision to start a business was supported by Him and that He would direct my husband in what to do and many other words of comfort and direction.
It has been three months. We still do not have income but our faith has never been stronger. I have learned so many things. I would like to start sharing some of them on this blog. This experience has been beautiful, HARD but beautiful. I would relate it to giving birth. I think we are in transition right now. You know that time when you can not seem to get a breath, you just want to give up, it feels overwhelming and everything and everyone is just not right? Then right after you pass through that moment it is time to push and then you have an angel in your arms before you know it. In hindsight, you would go through that pain and emotion one thousand times just for that sweet baby.
We have spent the past three months, praying, searching, pondering, fasting, going to the temple; building and strengthening our faith. As a result we have a little baby business that we feel really good about. It has a long way to go but we feel it is the right way. I think hardly thirty minutes go by in our lives that we are not praying about what to do next. Have you been there? Have you started a business? I would love to hear about your experiences. How has unemployment or under employment blessed you? I have a lot to share and I hope to over the next few days and weeks. Let me know what your business is. I will link to it. Let us support and share with each other.
Here is our new business MoGlo Tees It is also on Pinterest and Facebook.
I look forward to hearing your stories.