My story is close to that. I got laid off back in 2007 from the highest paying job I ever had. I was a construction supervisor in charge of 30 guys. Things were going good then the bottom dropped out. 2 months later my wife got laid off. We were up s***creek without a paddle. My wife still had her part-time job helping deliver babies at a birth center. She worked her way up and is now the office manager running the place. If it wasn't for her we would be in big trouble. I've managed to get more work but the pay isn't what it used to be. In many ways she's become my sugar mama. That's happening all over the country.