It has been quiet on the Que Family front. We have been staying out of trouble. And it's not that we necessarily WANT to stay out of trouble. We just don't have the financial backing to get INTO said trouble. With the current state of the economy, a lot of us find ourselves standing on the dock and the ship has long since set sail. Some have been able to move on. Some are still waiting for the ship to come back. Unfortunately, that ship will not be returning for most of us.
With everything going on, I had to ask myself.... W.W.D.D. (What Would Daddy Do?) I know that's a take on What Would Jesus Do? I didn't meant to steal it. (I promise!) But I had to take a new approach to the current set of circumstances. To be honest, I'm sure I could use Jesus' principles and words to help in these times since the words are timeless. But sometimes it's a little hard to relate to someone who wasn't married, didn't have kids (especially little ones), didn't have a mortgage, never made a car payment, didn't have student loans, still lived with his mother even in his 30s, and whose father COULD have bailed him out of any financial difficulty if it had ever become necessary.
Sure, he had his own share of problems. And none of them would make me want to change positions with him. But this isn't a life comparison. It's just a statement to show that, at this moment, I'm looking for someone to get an idea from who has been "there" and done "that". I love you, Jesus. You are the savior for my soul. But right now I'm going to look up to someone else for my particular set of problems... my father.
When I was younger, my family was very poor. So my father had a lot of the been "theres" and done "thats". But there is one thing that really stands out to me. When we were going through a particularly difficult time I didn't see my father that much for a few years. It wasn't because he was a deadbeat dad. It wasn't because he left all of his responsibilities. It wasn't because he didn't want to be there for his family during the tough time. It was exactly the opposite. My father took a second job to help pull us out of the trouble we found ourselves in. He bit the bullet for a couple of years and did what he thought was best for the family. That's where I am right now.
Living in a sea of debt and not being able to swim has created more than its share of issues. So I decided to tackle this issue as my father would. Starting this week I will have two employers. Honestly, it's going to suck pretty bad! But you won't hear me complain much about it here. As bad as it is, I will still feel blessed to have two jobs when a lot of Americans don't even have one.
But even with that understanding there is a fair amount of sucky things I will have to accept for a while. This decision will mean that I will be spending less time with my wife and kids. So, I will miss all of the gymnastics meets. I will miss all of the school meetings. I will miss all of the family dinners at the table. I will miss out on seeing my kids (especially the little ones) learn new things (my wife MUST record some of those). I will miss the putting the kids to bed at night. I will miss sleep. (That one won't be too bad though. The kids don't let us sleep as it is.) And I will miss taking the kids to see the grandparents.
There are a lot of other things I will miss but I don't have the time to list them all. This sacrifice now is to help insure a better future for my family. When you are in debt you don't get to enjoy all of those things I mentioned as much anyway. It's something you are always thinking about. Money (or lack there of) always makes its way into every aspect of your life.
So, this is how I plan to take control of the situation. This is where our family starts to get some of its freedom back. With every debt gone comes another opportunity to enjoy all of the other things that make life worth living.
I would tell everyone to pray for me because this will be a tough journey. But honestly, I would much rather you pray for my wife. I may be taking another job but she is the one who is making the real sacrifice. She has spend more time with our 3 crazy kids without me as a buffer. (I really didn't do much anyway so nothing will change.)