Many people have tried to stay in touch with me via email and Facebook about my pending divorce and what is going on with my life. There are details I want to share, but I would also like to keep those details private and out of email and off of Facebook...so I decided to start this view-by-invitation-only blog.
It would take volumes to get you up-to-date, but I will try to be brief. Dave is holding off on finalizing the divorce until I find employment with insurance. He does not want me to be without insurance, and I am grateful for his support.
He filed for divorce last June, and I moved into an apartment in July. Finances have been tight, but God has been good. My church has helped me with some car repair bills and some medical expenses that insurance didn't cover. Some dear friends helped pay my lawyer retainer fee, my apartment security deposit and several month's rent until I could get on my feet.
I am still working 35 hours a week at our local high school, and I am paid hourly...so when school is not in session I make no money. Fortunately, I received a very large tax return this year and that, along with part-time work teaching swim lessons at the Y, have been paying the bills this summer.
All summer long I have been teaching swim lessons, networking to find work, attending workshops at a government job placement agency, rewriting my resume, interviewing for jobs, getting Stephen ready for IU-Bloomington in the fall and trying to be mom to Stephen, Amy and Heather. Needless to say, I am exhausted.
The kids and I are going to Cedar Campus in Cedarville, Michigan this month. It is a break I sorely need. Dave has graciously given me the money to pay for the kids' expenses, and the camp has given me a scholarship for my expenses....so all I have to come up with is gas and food expenses to get there and back.
There will be more to share in the days to follow. Please continue to pray for my job hunting efforts.