My sister came to hang out one night last weekend.
It was funny, because I had been thinking all day that it had been awhile since I'd talked to her... and usually when I do it's because I need help with childcare and I was thinking I should call and have her and BIL over just because
... and then she texted and asked to pop over.
Seems BIL, whose immediate family is all local, had out-of-town extended family around for his grandma's birthday. Some of them were staying with my sister and after a weekend of entertaining she was on overload.
She sent him out with his cousins and came to hang.
My sister and I have a funny relationship. Growing up, we didn't have much in common and were not friends. We weren't "close," because for whatever reason, my mom needed us to be close to her, the one we confided in, and we were never encouraged to develop a closeness of our own.
Now that we are grown, we've chosen similar career paths and she's always been a great aunt, even when she lived 600 miles away. We are each others only sibling, and when I needed a fresh start, it was my sister I chose to be near, so we've achieved this funny kind of closeness.
My sister sat on my couch and cried last night... which in and of itself is a big deal.
Her husband is STILL out of a job.
He HAS been looking and he cannot find anything in his field.
He has been collecting unemployment but it was discontinued several weeks ago because his former employer tried to stop paying their part, even though he is entitled to collect based on the severance agreement THEY gave him. It will be straightened out...he has done everything right... but it may take up to six more weeks. If he goes out and gets a job for the holiday season, he screws up the unemployment and will be jobless again in January. It's a vicious cycle.
They are strapped... making do on her salary... we work the same job...I know what her salary is... I know how hard it is.
What a way to start your first year of marriage.... when things are supposed to be happy and yes stressful, but happy stress...
My sister is 32 years old and her husband is 40. They should be starting a family... they planned to start a family, but that has been put on hold until he finds employment.
She should be realizing her dreams and instead she is dealing with new and different heartbreak.
My sister sat on my couch and cried last night.
My heart broke for her because I am not in a position to do any more than listen...
Please pray for the right job to come my BIL's way!