We had a really blessed event take place in our lives last week. Eric was promoted to sergeant, Finally! We have been waiting so long for this—three years!–that it totally took us off guard. We had a promotion ceremony and I got to "pin" Eric. I am so proud of him and happy for our family. Not only is this a significant pay raise but it also opens doors to future employment opportunities. With the promotion, Eric has earned a little more respect from fellow soldiers and that makes me really happy because he deserves it. He works really hard and has been doing the job of a higher enlisted officer without getting the pay or props.
I also got word this week that I will be getting my last unemployment pay check. So we will be taking in less money per month, but Eric’s raise is significant enough to make a difference. Of course, I have to look at the figures all over again and rework the numbers. Once again, God has blessed us just when we needed it most.