Unemployed Veteran & Growing Family

In early 2014, after 13 years of dedicated Naval service, my husband, Mark decided that it was time to separate from the military in order to be more present with our family and home life.  His military time was a significant period of both heightened learning and expertise, as well as stress and work overload.  As a Russian interpreter, it was not uncommon for him to be away from the family for long stretches, during which time he might go 48 hours without sleep to accomplish his job.  The effects of this work were beginning to drain his health and our family, and we felt led for him to separate at the end of his contracted time.
       Since we had been unable to secure a job for him prior to his separation, we knew we needed to reduce expenses as much as possible, so we sold our house, lived for a time with my mom, and have now moved into a travel trailer with our six wonderful children.  We have been working very hard to keep expenses low and stretch the savings we have in order to keep us afloat until employment could be obtained.
       At this time, however, we are meeting much frustration, as my very qualified and intelligent, degree-bearing husband is being told repeatedly that he is too qualified and valuable to be "underpaid" with the desired job/position, and is then passed up.  His work ethic and job experience seem to be holding him back, rather than propelling him forward.  We are continuing to pray and seek wisdom in finding employment for our family, but this season of waiting has stretched our savings to the point of near extinction at this time.
      As a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, I have been working to grow an online presence as a Christian blogger, and Mark has been putting any and all of his various skills to work to bring in an income, but we are still coming up short as of yet.  Our monthly expenses are only about $2200, but over time, savings are depleted rapidly when there is very little coming in to offset the leak.
      We have six beautiful children, who are all homeschooled and thriving, so my goal has been to attempt to bring in money from home, which is working, but just on the low end right now (less than $100/mo at this point).  We also have a son with a rare auto-immunse disorder, which we discovered a few years ago, but have put a hold on any of his treatments simply to alleviate another financial drain.  He is doing well, but there is still the concern for his health overall.
      We also recently learned that I am pregnant with our 7th blessing.  We are thrilled and excited, but since we are without insurance and pay-out-of-pocket, we will incur costs for this birth that we are working to cover.  
      So, I am asking for help, anything that you feel compelled or led to offer us in our season of need.  We surely have no desire to continue to stand in a place of dependency, but trust God to help us to soon arrive at the place He is bringing us while we work to apply for employment and find direction to the place He is showing us.  In the mean time, we are hoping His Body desires to help, as every little bit counts.
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