it's friday:

February 19, 2010

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nicholas lost his job on tuesday. so today is not so happy. he was really bummed out about it. my initial reaction: total excitement! now we get to spend lots and lots of time together! ;) i really feel a peace about it though. we're trying not to worry about our finances, we're both excited that life (aka jesus) has given nick some 'lemons' -- he is going to work on his portfolio and apply for new jobs. maybe we'll move... seattle! portland! england! (okay, im just listing my favorite cities that i'd love to live in, hehe) it's open! and we're just trusting.

anyway, i am sure many of you are familiar with this situation whether it was you or someone you know. and it's encouraging to see so many friends who have overcome what has unfortunately become an all too common thing. hope you all have a most wonderful weekend, dear friends. xo.

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  1. Oh Im sorry to hear about Nicholas. You seem to be in great spirits about it. He'll need to freshen up his resume & portfolio & just put himself as much as he can out there! Who knows the possibilites! I hope this weekend you find some time to relax about it all. Have a good one!

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  2. i'm so sorry to hear this, danni! i trust that he'll find a new & fabulous job and you guys will end up in just the right place! sending luck & good vibes!

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  3. Absolutely, put your trust in Jesus and everything will work out and you'll both wind up where you're supposed to be. The opposite of fear is faith! :)

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  4. Oh, my dear. I'm so sorry. But you're right to look at it as an opportunity. Our lives take the strangest paths and you just never know what is going to open up next.

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  5. What a bummer! At least your looking at it in a postive light, that can only help. Actually sounds like it may have been a blessing in disguise if your really looking at moving?!

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  6. Losing my job ten years ago led me to what I am doing today. In the moment, I was scared, excited, worried, all the emotions that come into play when life throws you a curveball. But it really did give me a chance to reinvent myself and to figure out what my big dreams were and to go for them.

    I wish you well and I hope that the moments of worry are outweighed by the excitement of the adventure and opportunities that await. Blessings to you both.

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  7. Sorry to hear this. As you are a wonderful, generous person, I'm sure good karma will be heading your way.

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  8. So sorry to hear that. You'll both definitely be in my prayers. It's so wonderful that we have a God who provides!

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  9. i'm so sorry to hear about nicholas' job. it's really scary, but i've always believed that doors open when one closes. he just needs to be true to himself and what he loves and somehow things always work out. have a lovely weekend -- use it to make a game plan together and relax together.

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  10. reading your optimism is fantastic. it is unfortunate but you're absolutely right. . . the "maybes" may be a chance to find a new kind of "happy."

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  11. Oh no, I'm sorry! I know firsthand how this feels, but it's just a door that opens into something so much better! Hope you can relax and have a great weekend together! xo

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  12. So sorry to hear that. My husband lost his job at this time last year. The loss turned into an opportunity for him so just think positive as you already are and everything be ok!

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  13. hello, danni! i'm sorry to hear about nicholas' job loss. in times like these, i love finding comfort in God's word. Revelation 3:7-8 provides me with a lot of strength and wanted to pass along some divine encouragement.

    7)...What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open. 8) I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me."

    will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

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  14. so sorry to hear that--i'm sure that's tough with wedding plans too. glad to see you're trusting in Him who provides all things. :]

    btw, what industry is nicholas in?

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  15. I know exactly how you are feeling. My husband lost his job one year ago. He finally has a new job starting in a week and we are preparing for a big move. It is exciting but tinged with anxiousness. God is good - in the hard times as well as the good.

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  16. I am so sorry to hear about nicholas losing his job. I lost mine around this time last year and honestly, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. It was very much a closing one door, opening another... and another and another. I am now doing what I love and am happier than I ever was in my old job. I am sure he will find that this just opens him to a world of new opportunities. Keep up the optimism!

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  17. I'm so sorry to hear about that.
    It's great that you're staying positive. I lost my job a few years ago and although it was a bumpy road, it wound up being one of the best things to ever happen to me.
    Sending positive thoughts your way.

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  18. I felt that SAME WAY when my hub had to leave his job! PARTY TIME!!! And so far everything's working out. So keep on trusting that it will, and it will!

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  19. I love the pictures and design you post here. I really do. But what keeps me coming back is your sweet, awesome, trusting spirit. Thank you for being so open about your faith! It's so beautiful and encouraging to instantly feel that connection with you.

    Will be praying for your situation--and excited for the possibilities it may bring you!

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  20. So sorry. Not too uncommon here in Michigan. God has a plan, keep trusting and we'll all be praying. Blessings!

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  21. So sorry to hear your news. You are very positive though and I am sure that will help you seek the courage and strength you will need going forward.
    xx

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  22. Oh my dear. You and he should watch the documentary called Lemonade. Its about employees of an ad agency who were laid off telling about what they ended up doing. It is quite inspiring. I think you can find it on hulu.com.

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  23. Kudos to you for keeping a positive attitude. Hang in there!

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  24. I like the positive outlook; here is a link to something you may like -

    http://www.lemonademovie.com/

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  25. I like the positive outlook; here is a link to something you may like -

    http://www.lemonademovie.com/

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  26. I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, some of them as a learning experience, some as a positive experience.

    I hope this brings you both positive experiences and new adventures!

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  27. It could be the beguining of a new (and better) life!!
    Good luck and wishes!!

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  28. sometimes life just throws some crazy curves our way, huh? sounds like you guys have a really positive attitude and the ability to lean on one another. sending positive vibes your way:)

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  29. Sorry to hear that, I know how it feels... all the best really xoxo

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  30. oh no. your amazing attitude will carry you both through this and i bet there's something so much better waiting for him (job wise) . sending warm thoughts your way.

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  31. so sorry to hear about his job, danni. it's so great that you are keeping such a positive attitude. we went through the same thing last year and our lesson learned was to live in the moment. enjoy it together. best of luck to him finding a job.

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  32. dear friend!

    i'm so encouraged by your evident faith in the Lord amidst this trial. i am praying for nick and you. praise God all things work together for good (rom 8:28) and we have a faithful God who hears our prayers (phil 4:6-8). i'm excited to see how God shall work in this. miss you mucho mucho. hope to see you soooooon!

    love ya
    helen

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  33. Yes come to Seattle! Lol it'll be a blessing in disguise. I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason, and change can be great!!!

    Keep us posted, and try to have a great weekend!

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  34. So sorry to hear about that tough situation. We've been there, and though it's hard at the time, we usually look back and realize that it was a blessing in disguise. Good luck with all the exciting potential for the future!

    (P.S. Go see "Up in the Air" if you haven't seen it yet - it's the PERFECT movie for someone who just lost their job)

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  35. Dani, so sorry to hear that nicholas lost his job. i lost mine about 2 years ago and it turned out to be the best thing for me at the time. i took the 4 months between jobs to really evaluate what was important to me and where i wanted my life & career to go. after a lot of praying i feel i'm in the best place right now. i hope he finds something soon!
    Leslie

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  36. I am sorry to read about that. You have a good attitude and a wonderful person looking out for you both(Jesus!) hehe. May good things come soon.

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  37. sorry to hear the news, but love how you describe your feeling of peace. lemonade from lemons is the sweetest kind.

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  38. Hi Danni -- So sorry to read this but glad to see you are looking up! I lost my job recently and have been taking things in stride (interviewing but still doing my own thing). Since then my friend (Jackie aka 'jack') and I have launched our own Etsy shop and have been enjoying everything that has come with that. Stay positive and things will work out, everything happens for a reason. Lots of luck. xo. [jenn]

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  39. danni, you're ever the most positive partner. as bad as the news is, i agree, look at the endless possibilities.
    i'm sending good luck vibes to you guys, to have this transition to be as stressfree as it can be.

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  40. I love that you're so positive :)
    Remember..everything happens for a reason!

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  41. I'm so sorry for Nicholas...I'm in the same situation and I understand him a lot! you are so positive I wish Iwas the same sometimes!

    Have a great weekend!

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  42. So sorry to hear about that! But I'm glad you have such a great attitude. I felt the exact same way last year when Ben lost his job. It was scary at first...then we realized how wonderful it would be for us to be able to spend more time together AND for him to decide what more he wanted to do in life.

    Since then, I left my job at a non-profit and am interviewing for full-time teaching jobs. We have relocated from Virginia to Pennsylvania and Ben is now pursuing a path which will {hopefully} end up with him having his own business!

    You really never know that God has in store for you ~ but know that it is always better than you could ever image!

    You'll both be in my prayers :)

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  43. the blogger community in seattle would welcome you with open arms! but, no matter what happens, jesus will provide :) good luck with everything!

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  44. oh no! sorry to hear! and yes. i have been there (as you know). and losing my job, despite the lack of financial difficulties and relocation, has allowed me to put more energy into all the things i've always wanted to do... like building up my etsy! and participating in more shows! :D. have a wonderful weekend. and i'm certain that great things are soon to come for you and nicholas!

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  45. sorry to hear your news. praying all is well for you all. i tend to think positive like you and it helps so much. 5 years ago my husband lost his job after 15 years, we ended up losing our home. but, i never once after the first feeling of sickness in my stomach in the start, ever got depressed. we packed up and moved near my family and my husband got a wonderful new job that is way better than he had and paid more and better all around. finally, near my family after 15 years and my son loves every minute with them. I never looked back or felt any sadness. Good luck!

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  46. Yes life (Jesus) always finds a BETTER way :)

    I am praying for you guys! Happy Friday!

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  47. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
    Romans 8:28

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  48. My husband was out of a job for a year. We looked at the bright side ....we got to spend alot of quality time that we wouldn't have been able to other wise. Things always have a way of working out for the best. Keep your spirits up and things will work out.

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  49. wishing you both the best, Danni! LOVE your positive outlook (and your openness to travel - I am with you on that!).

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  50. You know, like so many other comments I've just read, my husband lost his job over a year ago. It's been an amazing/challenging/growing/discovering/healing/frustrating/and sometimes great year.

    We're still looking for the next step, but we know God has a plan.

    And looking back already, we wouldn't trade this year for ANYTHING.

    God Bless!!

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  51. SO inspired by your positive attitude! Thank you!!

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  52. It is so HARD to lose the things we KNOW. In a recent loss of my own, I realized in those moments, He draws closer and more recently I've come to see- those losses make way for things we could never anticipate. It all comes full circle to His plan. I am saying a little prayer for you both right now that you surrender the fear, make room for TRUST, and are able to SEE where He's leading you through prayer & confirmation!

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  53. i lost my job a few months ago and though it has been tough, i have more time to do things i love. aka photography, blogging, etc..
    hang in there. something positive and even better is just around the corner. sending you good thoughts.

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  54. So hoping your weekend is going better than expected. Said a little prayer for you and your hunny. Jesus is good. You'll be just fine...actually better than fine. This IS the opportunity you've both been waiting for to grow and blossom outside of the box. Blessings to you...and strength to be the encourager Jesus wants you to be for your man. Hang in there! :o)

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  55. Sorry to hear that Danni :( Things happen for a reason so who knows what exciting things will happen for him and you too! miss you xo

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  56. I enjoyed looking over your blog.
    You 're blog title is what caught my eye.

    You are more than welcome to visit my blog.
    http://ronjoewhite.blogspot.com

    God Bless You, Ron

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  57. having a positive attitude is the key to this situation and it seems like you have that under control! we just went through this same thing and it really is fun to be together without the stress of a job for awhile. a lot of memories will come out of this time!
    love your blog! thanks for sharing!

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  58. I'm so sorry Nicholas lost his job, but we know God will open another door. Every disappointment is followed by a new beginning! Hang there!! hugs- b

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  59. i saw yesterday UP IN THE AIR. H. ope the best for you... don't forget: "you are loved"!!!

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  60. ohh sorry to hear that, I see not only me had a hard week.

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  61. I heart your positivity! Best wishes during this transition to you and Nicholas!

    impressedinc.com

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  62. so sorry to hear about nicholas' job! but, it sounds like you all have the right attitude. for us, layoffs meant opportunity! and i'm sure brighter things are ahead. isn't it exciting to feel like you can move ANYWHERE?!
    -ellie @ mint

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  63. Wishing you both blue skies ahead...
    xoxo Laura

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  64. I'm so sorry to hear that Nicholas lost his job...you are in our thoughts & prayers for a quick job recovery!

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  65. so sorry about ur love's job loss, but i'm loving your positive attitude. You never know, this might be the start of a new adventure for you and Nicholas. My prayers go out to you :)

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  66. hope things start looking up soon. sounds like you have a great, positive attitude. keep it up. ( :

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  67. Sweet Danni! So sorry to hear about Nicholas losing his job! I love your outlook on all of this though, such a great time to take life and do whatever your heart desires! When I lost my job a little over a year ago, I felt lost for about a day and then realized, all the opportunities that were out there for the taking!

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  68. Sorry to hear about the job loss . . . but as life goes, it's just on to another opportunity! When I recently lost my job, I finally found my way into blogging and have gained so much support and inspiration from blogs like yours and the community, and have found something that makes me truly happy. So best of luck to Nicholas! Keep up the positivity.

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  69. I'm also sorry to hear about Nicholas's job, but it really does open a world of opportunities! I haven't found employment since I graduated in May, but I'm taking this time to reassess what I want to be doing and enjoy all the things I can when I'm working. The world is at your fingertips! Lemonade is the best thing you can make.

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  70. Hi Danni,

    So sorry to hear of Nicholas' job loss...my husband lost his in July and we're still searching. We are trusting that God has not revealed the right opportunity for him yet and have also learned our patience needs to be refined a bit yet ;) Tell him to keep his head up and trust the path God has for him. When one door closes, another one opens...remember God will never lead you to anything He thinks you cannot handle.

    I will add you to my prayer list and hope that the right opportunity comes your way soon! We've learned what we can live without and have become much more frugal...a lesson we needed and are happy with the adjustment. God works in funny ways sometimes...best of luck and blessings to you and Nicholas!

    Enjoying our lemonade in WI,
    catherine s.

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  71. you'll both wind up where you're supposed to be. The opposite of fear is faith!

    Work from home India

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  72. my husband just got laid off this week too. boo! dang recession.

    but ya trusting that God has something better out there for sure. :) sometimes losing a job can be the best thing that will happen to a person... pushes them to do something they wouldn't have normally done?

    wishing you both the best! i'm sure this will only bring you closer. :)

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