And not just for Matt and me! I wish we could just pack up and move to a self-sustaining farm somewhere, but I know that's not possible. So, we stay. We deal with the stresses as they come and trust God we'll make it through. What else can we do? We're dealing with out own issues, but beyond that, we're seeing the effects of the money stress all over the place!
I was informed last week that our YMCA will be closing. My beloved Y. Where I've spent over 500 hours in the last year. (Wow, that's a lot of hours!) But it's more than a place to exercise, it's a place to make friends. And no one dresses skimpy to exercise there. And the childcare workers are AMAZING with my boys. They care about them (or fake it REALLY well). Some of my favorite daily interactions are at the Y. And with the doors closing on April 24th, I will lose a piece of my life.
I've already transfered our membership to another branch, but it won't be the same. Nothing will be the same as the "family" at the Y. We all know each other...
Beyond the Y, and the raising gas prices, I've had two friends in the last week tell me their husbands are out of a job, one more telling me her husband only has 3 months max left at his job and a few more are terrified of what they next wave of "cut backs" mean for their families.
The stress is being felt. All over Roseville, Michigan, the US and probably a good part of the world. I hope it makes a turn around soon.