Sometimes you just need a grilled peanut butter, banana and nutella sandwich. Don’t you think? I definitely needed one the last few months. Things have been a little bit crazy. It all started with my husband’s job…
I’ve been quite hesitant about sharing our story. First of all, who is going to care? And second, it’s always awkward and uncomfortable sharing personally life details. Especially this kind because let me tell you, I’ve learned quickly just how judgmental people can be. It is exhausting, and a little sad, but everyone has an opinion and we’ve had to learn that all that matters is we know in our hearts that we are making the right choices for ourselves and that we are good people.
My husband had lost his job a while back and unfortunately we were having the worst time finding a new job. It seemed that nothing was available. He started doing some part time work for a chiropractor. It was crappy, but we were grateful for the job and the lessons we were learning. And we were learning a lot.
First of all, there’s a lot of re-prioritizing that happens whenever you are going through a trial like this one. We found ourselves really thinking about the money we spent, what we really wanted to spend it on and how we wanted to spend once the trial was over. It’s funny how I used to want a lovely home, travel the world, give often, and build up a fantastic retirement. None of that sounds awful, but being unemployed for a year definitely made us rethink that future dream home, the shopping, clothes, groceries, and the people around us. Is it all really necessary? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I still really want a lovely backyard for my children to play in and home that we all can be comfortable in, but I also see a lot of unnecessary spending and I don’t want to find myself like that.We would have friends complain about how “broke” they were, how they totally understood our situation etc, while they had good, stable jobs and families that were always spending money on them or paying for things for them. It was almost funny to watch someone complain about their situation, but ALWAYS dressed perfectly in new clothes. Again, they just didn’t get it and it took a lot of humble pie for us to write it off and not judge them, and we weren’t always perfect. Sometimes I would get so frustrated with someone that I would have to take a breather so I could reevaluate my feelings and remember that I didn’t have the right to judge them.
Lesson learned. I would much rather go through trials and hardship that I might have empathy and a softened heart for those around me versus living in a blind world where making a certain dollar amount or not being able to buy new clothes at least once a month is a trial. I know the value of hard work. Paying for our own expenses instead of having mom and dad pay for everything has been hard at times, but completely worth it. We’ve worked hard for everything we own and know without a doubt in our minds that “stuff” DOES. NOT. MATTER. It doesn’t. It’s relationships, service, education, love, kindness, and I could go on and on, those are the things that matter. I promise.
Some of you may wonder how we survived a year without income, and while I know there’s worse going on out there I think sharing may mean something to someone… and I’m perfectly happy to share our story, but it’s going to have to be another time as I’ve gone on long enough for today. And don’t worry, the story does evolve from here…
To be continued…
I realize it may seem a little weird to post a super easy sammy recipe, but I also figure that a lot of you may not have tried this, and you should. Especially if you’re having crappy day.
Grilled Peanut Butter, Nutella and Banana Sammy
2 Slices Good Quality bread (I used Dave’s Good Seed Bread. It’s one of our favorites)
Jif Smooth, Creamy Peanut Butter
Unsalted Butter, softened
Heat a skillet to medium heat.
Spread one side of the bread with peanut butter, and the other with Nutella. Add slices of banana and close the sandwich. Butter one side of the bread and place on the heated skillet. Spread a layer of butter on the other side while the sandwich is cooking. Cook until lightly golden and flip to the other side. Cook again until golden and remove from heat. Let cool for a moment so as to not burn your mouth, and then enjoy!