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I hope everyone has had a wonderful Father’s Day.  It’s been a bit of a bittersweet one around our house this year.  My husband, the most wonderful, supportive, amazing man I’ve ever known lost his job on Friday.  It was unexpected and very painful for him and all of us.  At first, it felt strange thinking about writing a post about this, but I’m not sure what the future holds and I feel sure that my uncertainty will be apparent in this blog.  I believe it may help me to write about this process of finding our footing again.  I know it will happen.  We will get through this just as we have all of the other struggles in our life.  We are not alone either.  Our family, friends and God are on our side.  I believe that we are meant to learn something from this, even if we don’t know what it is at this moment.

Friday also brought some unexpected good news to our family.  I received news that I have been chosen by HGTV to appear in a new show called Design Wars that will air this fall.  How crazy is that?  So, while grieving the loss of one part of our lives, we were celebrating new beginnings as well.

So, the next couple of weeks will be spent preparing for the HGTV shoot.  It will be a huge blessing to have Eric here to help me with the girls.  Who knows what the future holds?  We’ll take it one day at a time, side by side.


17 Responses

  1. Hi Lori, I know great things for your family will come from all of this! It was really wonderful meeting you this weekend! Take care friend! Caroline

  2. Lori… I am so sorry to hear about this. I know firsthand how hard and scary that can be at first.. but I also know it can lead to an exciting new adventure. I know Eric well and I would bet anything something new and exciting is just around the corner.

    I also want to say Congratulations on your HGTV show! That is amazing and so impressive. You have such a talent in that area and I love to see how you are starting to really take off with this new career.

    I know good things are right around the corner for your family. Please give Eric and the girls our love and I am sure Russ will call Eric this week.

  3. Hi!! This was such a bittersweet post. Everything happens for a reason and with your positive attitude- everything will be just fine. Congratulations on the show! So happy for you. I’m here for you if you ever need anything!

  4. so sorry to hear of your family’s job situation, lori! i can imagine that it’s hard enough having to deal with it with some forewarning, but to have it come out of the blue must’ve been quite shocking. i’m praying that your husband finds another position (that he loves!) soon & know that i’m here for support in the meantime! also, congrats on getting design wars–it’s quite exciting & i’m sure it will help take your mind off of everything else. let me know if you need to borrow anything!

  5. Hi, Lori, I’m so very sad to hear this news! I can imagine the anxiety that must be going on, since I’ve gone through some traumatic months myself this year. But God is in control and that is what you cling to.
    So excited about the HGTV thing! I definitely want to hear more about that, I haven’t heard of this before, so I want to know the scoop! Talk to you soon, let’s get together.

  6. lori – sorry to hear about the loss of your husband’s job! i’m sure it’s very stressful, but you are right – lessons will be learned, and he will figure something out in time. congratulations on the show, though! that is awesome, and you will do great. so cool!

  7. Lori, you know that your daddy and I are with you and Eric and the girls 100%! We love all of you very much, and know that something wonderful will come out of the ups and downs you are all going through right now.

  8. Oh my gosh. Please give all our virtual support to your husband. I am sure he is a great guy and will find something. It may take a while, the economy is bad. But at the same time, congratulations on your new opportunity! That is so wonderful! You are going to be just great. You are so pretty, so engaging and warm, so companionable, I bet you will come across really well on television. Remember, I have had the perfect opportunity to assess the first impression you make, and I came away liking you very much and wanting to see you do well.

    And my best to your girls. Having a dad home for a while just may turn out to be a wonderful gift all around.

  9. Lori, I am SO sorry to hear your news. I know your husband will need you so much now as he goes through this. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Also congrats on getting picked to be on the show. I KNOW you will be fabulous and I can’t wait to see you on TV! Please call me if you need anything for that also.

  10. Lori- Sorry to hear about your family’s situation but be confident in the knowledge that you guys will get through it! A big CONGRATS on the HGTV show! That is awesome! I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  11. Wow everyone, thank you so much for all of your thoughtful comments. They have really made my day. I know that everything is going to be great for us. Eric had a really good day today, so it’s only going to get better from here.

    Thanks again, friends!

  12. Lori,
    Sorry to hear about Eric’s unexpected news. I agree, everything happens for a reason. Eric is your best friend and a wonderful father. It will be comforting to have this support from home as you explore new beginnings. Cliche’…every cloud has a silver lining. Stay positive my friend.

    I look forward to following your journey and will definitely be glued into HGTV (even more than I am now..LOL). You are creative with impeccable taste. I am sure you will do extremely well on the show. Aferall, you are already a SUPER STAR to so many. I am so happy for you! Blessings to you and your family, Paula (AKA..your cheerleader 🙂

  13. hi Lori, sorry to hear about your unexpected news, but know things will work out for you and your family. i will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. on a brighter note congratulations on the show. that’s pretty exciting news.

  14. Looks like God may be blessing your family with a new venture. I’m an HGTV fanatic. Can’t wait to see you on the new show. A network like that can open HUGE doors for you. What a Blessing. 🙂

  15. I’m just catching up with everyone now so I’m a little late here. I’m very sorry to hear this news but it sounds like you have the best attitude about it all. The timing of the HGTV show also sounds like it came at just the right time. I think it’s all a sign that everything will work out for the best. Congratulations!

  16. Oh Lori:(

    I don’t know what to say. My husband almost lost his job a few years ago and I was so scared so I can only imagine what you are feeling. Just remember what matters at all times …Your family! As long as you keep that together and each other happy, everything else will fall into place. I really hate hearing this. I know a lot of people say this, but I mean it: If you need anything…ANYTHING, just let me know (please?).

    Congrats on the show for HGTV! I was too scared to respond to them when they emailed me! I’m such a dork. I’ll just live through you my dear:)

    Take care! and remember ANYTHING! well, except a limb. I’ll need those:)

  17. Hi Lori,
    I happened upon your blog from a post at Southern Hospitality and when I read your post I felt the need to send a prayer for you. I’m sure that this is a difficult thing for you and your family. Be certain that although difficult, this will open doors for you. The HGTV opportunity is a blessing and everything happens for a reason! Best of luck to you and your family. I’ll be waiting to see the HGTV Design Wars premier!