Friday, April 26, 2013

Casual Friday :: with a cherry on top ::

Some of you may know, from being a long time reader, that my husband suffers with depression & anxiety.
Last September, after holding it together for years, he just couldn't do it anymore and had to take a leave of absence from work to focus on his physical & mental health.

September.  That's nearly 8 months ago.
I was happy that he finally sought the help & took the break he needed... BUT financially, this put a strain on our family.

I am happy to report that over the past few months, he has improved & almost seems like a whole new man.  With a fresh perspective on life, and the break he needed, he has also lost 50 lbs and is again doing the things he loves to do... AND he's finally back to work!

On Monday, he started work in the kitchen of a local organic vegetable farm and he LOVES it.
Working with food is a passion of his, but the stress of running a kitchen in a busy restaurant was just too much... so this job is perfect for him.  It pays well and it's only minutes from hom.  No weekends or evenings, so we'll have him all to ourselves again.

I've been anxious to write a  post like this... you have no idea.
The past 8 months have been filled with worry over our finances and his health... and finally, FINALLY, everything has come full circle and we are back on the right track!

Needless to say, it's been a very exciting week!

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  1. Yay!! I'm happy to read this :)

  2. That's wonderful news! Congrats to your husband on this new beginning! Good things come to good people! :)

  3. Great news! Happy to hear it.

  4. I'm glad to hear that things are going in a better direction for you & your family. :) Love those jeans too!
    Nikki at

  5. I'm so happy to hear there's some stability financially for you guys again...I def know how that feels. I've been the sole provider for a while now. But this week, my hubby was offered a PERMANENT job!!!
    Here's to happy husbands with jobs they love!

  6. Oooh good news is always good to hear, I am feeling very happy for your family!
    It's funny because my casual Friday outfit today is head-to-toe Old Navy too!

  7. Cute outfit! Yay, I'm glad your husby is doing better and enjoying his new job. That's so important.

  8. Wow Lena, that must be such a breath of fresh air in your home there! That's wonderful news - and great that he's found a healthy place/pace in life. My guy is almost *unemployed* for how part time his hours are getting.. I really want to see him back UP in life and work real soon too (sound like they'd love the same place too!) ;o)
    needle and nest

  9. I'm so glad to hear things are looking up :). And I love your old navy outfit!

    -Emma from little motley

  10. Yay for your husband!! and I have those ON pants and have a hard time styling them!! Will have to hunt for that sweater

  11. That is just awesome news! Both in his job and that he is doing so well in himself. Just wonderful for you all xo

  12. That's awesome! I remember when you posted about your husband. I have the same thing he has for about 16 years now :P I'm so glad he found something he loves doing! That helps SO MUCH. When you have a healthy dose of good self-esteem, it makes life SO much easier. I'm so happy for you guys!

  13. Lena I'm SO happy to hear this!
    I can only imagine how good it feels for things to be settling into a good and positive place for you guys.
    p.s. lookin fab as always! :)

  14. Congratulation! I understand a little because I went through something like that. I am so happy that things are looking up. His job sounds amazing. Can I have? jk.


  15. That's great!!! You both deserve to go out and celebrate, ya?! :)

  16. That's fantastic! Kitchen stress can drive anyone to stress and depression, so I'm very relieved to hear that he's got a position that caters to his passion, as opposed to feeling trapped in a frenetic environment. Yay!

  17. Such great news!! Congrats to him for doing the hard work and pulling through. He's a good man. And you're a great wife for supporting him in every way!

  18. So so happy for you! It is really tough on the whole family when you have to deal with something like this. Trying to keep it together so as to not affect your kids. I really am very happy for you & I hope it carries on this way.

    PS. love the sweater!

  19. I can't imagine how hard that has been on you guys. I'm so glad to hear things are looking up - and boy is that sweater CUTE!

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