We have been living and working in Raleigh since we were married 11 years ago. Two years ago, our son was born and we adopted him and brought him home when he was 9 days old. In the summer of 2007, I returned to work on a part-time basis. In October 2008, Andy lost his job when 18 people were laid off from the firm where he was working. He immediately started his own business. We decided to invest in this business for 6 months and reevaluate in April. Since October, Andy has had steady work and continues to pursue more projects. We are thankful for the clients he has and the work he has been able to do. It is not yet enough for him to be able to pay himself a full salary. The last few months have been good in that Andy has been realizing his goal of starting his own business and we have had really good time together as a family. Month to month, finding money to pay bills has been a struggle, but we have seen God provide for our needs. We have been able to keep our son enrolled in his preschool, which he really enjoys. I have been able to remain in my part-time work schedule and enjoy lots of time at home with our son. ~Kristen Osterlund
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