Tuesday, March 29, 2011

oh swear word, my husband's company is shutting it's doors sale

edited: thank you already for the orders. i'll keep cutting, for some reason no shipping was being charged to the first orders...so i've had to adjust the prices to include the shipping. sorry about the confusion. i've contacted big cartel about the issue.
last week was, well...not so good.
last week i got a phone call early in the morning with a friend's voice at the other end asking me if i had heard.
she told me what she had heard, i told her that couldn't be. it must just be a rumor.

a few hours it was confirmed, the corporation that owned the three programs in this area were closing their doors.

200 people were laid off and shocked. their familys were shocked. the community, beside themselves. in my little town there are only 500 people. in the whole county there's a little shy of a 2500 people. and we are isolated. this effects EVERYONE.
my poor husband wasn't even there. i knew, the whole town knew, heck most likely the whole county knew before he did. he was in the field out of cell range. his boss got in his car and drove till he found him.
my husband said he was blindsided.

thankfully we've gone with our gut feeling (these last two years) and have worked our tails off to pay off all our student loans. no joke, three months ago we made that last payment. we look at that as a blessing.

thankfully these last two years, we've worked our tails off to put aside enough money for utilities and house payments "just in case" for a little bit of buying time...

thankfully these last two years we've been diligent and bought extra food storage.

we will be fine for a while.
BUT, we have a lot of hard decisions to make.
one of them is to see what next step we will take.
what to do about our new to us house.
what to tell anyone who asks "what are you going to do?"

for now i will continue to do what i do. i'll keep blogging, (another blessing) i'll keep making patterns (another blessing), and i will start putting fabric yardage and fabric in fat quarter bundle packs...

and of course...
we will pray, we will fast, we will believe in that saying that my friend's husband is fond of saying:
"whenever God closes a door, he will open a window...but that doesn't mean that there wont be hell in the hallway."

so if you find a little bit of time in your day. give a little prayer for that little town out in the middle of nowhere utah, that they will rise up and come out fighting strong.
;)
we'll talk soon.

if you'd like to buy some fabric (while supplies last of course) check it out here. i'll continue to add more as i cut.

and ahem if anyone knows of a job that a really nice guy with a PhD. in marriage and family therapy can do...drop us a comment. :)
edited:
to answer some questions:
**yes we are willing to go outside of utah, jake's actually already got a couple of interviews outside of the state (just found out this morning! yay)
**yes, the programs are going to open up again as either non-profit organizations, or as private sectors. don't know how long the process is, but at least there's light and hope! (so if any large donors or people interesting in helping out are out there. please email me and i can get you their contact info)
**yes, this town is amazing, yes, it will be super hard to leave, because we will not be leaving friends and neighbors...we will be leaving people who were once strangers...who have become like family.
thank you all for the kind, emails, comments, and words of encouragement and love! you guys are freakin amazing. thanks.

97 comments:

Anita said...

Not a happy post Vanessa!!! I'm so sorry...but you guys are awesome and I'm sure you'll find something great. We'll keep you in our prayers:)

Cindy, the Original Wheelgirl said...

I am so sorry to hear this. It looks like EVERYONE is being affected in one way or another. Im a civil engineer, and things have been SOOOOOOOO slow that our boss cut everyone's hours down to 16 hrs a week! My income is going to be cut in half. I think things will be ok though, I have support from my mom and my boyfriend plans on taking on more hours while he goes to college. At least I'll have more time to sew. And possibly sell stuff I make?? :) Hang in there and hopefully soon your hubby will get lucky and find a good job.

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Oh no! That's terrible! I will keep you and your community in my thoughts and prayers. And I'll go hence and buy! I hope he finds a new job soon, that he just LOVES. When God closes a door, he opens a window, and I hope that this misfortune ends up as a blessing for your family in the end!!

~Laurie~ said...

I like your label on this post! So glad you are prepared (as much as you can be) for this bump in the road. I've never heard about the hell in the hallway - I LOVE it - we've had a few doors closed and yes, it sounds familiar. Our stake President and one of his Counselors are both PhD's in marriage and family therapy, profs at Texas Tech (Lubbock, TX), very published and I think both have private practices also. If you would like their info - please email me and I'll be glad to give you their information. You never know - they may be able to help or direct you to a new job?! Keeping my fingers crossed for you and sending prayers of comfort to you <3

Sew Create It - Jane said...

My heart felt thoughts to you and your family. I will think of you and your town at this difficult time.. (hugs)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my. I feel so for you and your family. I will be praying that everything works out without a lot of disruption to your family. Our family too, just heard a month ago about losing a contract that supplies 1/2 of our income! So, I do understand your stress. I too, am going to continue what I love--being a stay at home mother running a machine quilting business. We are buckling down and trying to save, and know that God will provide for us, in his time. That is the hardest part--knowing his time line :) Take care, and keep us all posted. P.S. Would you be willing to move from Utah?

Shelley

Candace said...

You and you're family are in my prayers! A bit of encouragement... I saw your patterns in Quilts and More yesterday while I was browsing at Joanns! I was so excited to see your beautiful work published! You're soo very talented! :)

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Ha ha ha! I had no idea...I have been stuck in the "hallway" for years!! It all makes scence now! Praying for you and your family!!

Kelly said...

so sorry!!! i'll definitely be praying for your family.

StubbsFamily said...

I'm so sorry. Check out Sorenson's Ranch just over the hill-Koosharem.

J A C Q U E L I N E said...

May you find peace and joy even in the middle of this. There are no words that are really truly perfect for hard times... but my prayers are with you...may you come out of this..stronger..wiser..rejoicing... and better than you ever could imagine.

amber said...

praying for you and your community

Cory said...

I'm so sorry!! Things suck right now for so many people (me include)

PatSloan said...

Super big fat Hugs Vanessa!!!

rachel griffith said...

<3

Emily said...

So sorry! :( Hope that window opens soon and you get out of the hallway.

Ruth said...

Oh gosh! I hope things sort themselves out soon with a positiveoutcome. And that you can keep blogging. I would really miss your posts!

tammie said...

prayers to your family. just bought the hounds tooth quilt pattern that i've been eying for a while. good things will come!

Charlotte said...

oh no, I am so sorry to hear that! Keeping you in my thoughts x

Deanna said...

Oh, my goodness!!! I'm bawling for you. Dh just graduated with a masters last year and we've been 'jobless' in his field...stuck stocking shelves making minimum wage, with two degrees, so at least we have a job, right? He's decided to go back to school and Get a PhD in Marriage and Family Studies...I am just floored for you. (I know you don't know me, but I've been 'following' your blog for a few years now!)

Such a relief for you to know your debts are paid, you have fs and a little $$ tucked away.

HUGS!!!

beth lehman said...

Hi, V -

So sorry to hear this - really. I am replying b/c I just heard my husband say to another friend with a degree in social work the other day that's it's hard to get licensed as a therapist. I'm remembering maybe your husband was in the military? My husband works (not in, but for the military) at the Veteran's Administration here in Salem, VA as a psychologist. Try checking the VA jobs website: http://www.va.gov/jobs/

Caroline @ Atelier Caroline said...

Sending positive vibes and prayers that this terrible time will be VERY short. I'll put the word out on my blog to shop at your store. Wish I could help out more than this.*hugs*

zarina said...

I know that so well. I got laid myself last week from work. Fortunately, I managed to line an interview for a teaching position.

Both of us need all the luck we can get, and yes I just love that saying.

Kristin said...

Thats aweful...he must be part of the Aspen education programs...Its hard seeing everyone get hit so hard nowadays!

Anna said...

I am so glad you were "prepared". As if any of us could be for something like this. We are hearing rumblings in the distance and praying that we will have enough time to "prepare". I am glad that you have a way to help. Prayers my friend.

Jill Ann said...

I know you will be blessed for being prepared. I'd say good luck, but more so, good faith.

Bonnie said...

Vanessa, this is really not good, I am so sorry. You two will figure it all out though and when you are looking at it from the other side of the trial you will understand and be the better for it. Hang in there and pray and go forward in faith.

Love, Bonnie

Cindy said...

Many, many prayers coming your way. I'm so sorry to read your news. My husband lost his job 2 years ago, so I very much understand your struggles. But God does provide, so keep your faith! xoxo

The New Witty's said...

i wish i had a famous blog for people to fish me out when something like this ever happens...

Jennifer said...

So sorry your family is having to go through this. I think you were wise to listen to the inner voices that told you to prepare- just in case. All that intuition is priceless. I will be thinking about you and your family. Sorry I am not closer to help.

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear, But I know God can turn anything around if your in faith : )

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news! I just went to your shop and purchased the Perfect Bag pattern. I'd been eyeing it for a while, and I'm happy to help in at least some way. Hang in there!

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Vanessa,
Prayers, love and blessings to you guys from another family that's been through a blindside like this.

Jen said...

I'm sorry to hear this and my thoughts are with you, your family and your community! I know this sounds totally cliche but I'm a very firm believer in "all things happen for a reason". You may not know the reason now, it may take years to see, but really, there is a reason for everything; and you never know...this could be a blessing in disguise. Keep your head up and know that you will get through it. I'm very sorry and I'm sure things will work out for you!

Cindy said...

From someone who's been through it - have faith and patience. Better things will come!

Kelly's Korner said...

SO sorry! My husband got laid off this month, which was a total shock and surprise to us too! When I pray for us I'll pray for you too and the other families affected!

wannabeinhawaii said...

Hi, have been following your blog for awhile now and love it!!! My husband lost his job a few years back. We were newlyweds. It was devastating. But, with faith in God you will know what to do. I have said a little prayer for you and will continue to think and pray about your family. So sorry and thanks for sharing!
Jill
Faith: Being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Andrea said...

I read about all the closings and my heart was just aching for all the people and families it would affect. :( I'll be sending lots of good thoughts, hope, and prayers your way! Good luck!

Cheryl said...

V,
I am so sorry to hear this. Your poor hubby must of been speechless when his boss caught up with him. Poor thing.
All I can say is that God is in control. he must have a new adventure for you and your family to embark on.
Will keep you all in my prayers.
Hugs to you

kaly said...

Wow! What a shock! I'm sorry to hear of your troubles, but also glad to know that you at least have some blessings following you into this (paying off loans, savings, and food storage)!
Good luck and we'll pray your husband finds a job.

Jennifer O. said...

Wow is what I can say to that. I have been watching it happen here in nothern Ohio(Lorain County at least) all most all my life. First it was GM, then the steel mills, and Ford shut its doors in 2006. The housing crash happend 2008 and I felt the pain of it here. I used to have free flow of cash but after I lost my job my husband clamped down on the money really hard. Cause now every thing is on his shoulders. I know what your family is going through and wish the best for you! Because there have been so many that have laughed and joked around about living off of unemployment until they find out that it does not cover all the bills.
Take care and God bless Ms. V!

Amanda said...

So sorry! Just keep the faith. It will all work out. You and your family are in our prayers! And I'm so glad for the updates! :) Tell your husband good luck with the interviews!

Aimee said...

Oh, Vanessa,
I am so sorry! If I here about any jobs I'll let you know. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ali said...

Vanessa, I'm so sorry! That stinks (to put it mildly). I know y'all have the faith to get through this, but you'll bi in our prayers. Good luck (and, hey, if Jake wanted to teach at BYU or anything, we'd love to see ya this way again!).

kodie said...

we are in the same boat unfortunately. hubs is a LMSW who provides therapy to kids in the juvenile justice system. they are privately funded and we just found out they are losing the funding for 1/2 of his salary starting in June. oh, and we just put an offer on a "new" house the week before that. timing, huh? hang in there. we will get through this.

notes of sincerity said...

Oh man Vanessa! I am so sorry to hear this! I am keeping your family close in my prayers. :o) And will pray for your community too.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

Holy Freaking Crap! I'll be praying for you & your family V!! Best of luck - I'm headed to go check out your fabrics for sale now! Take care - Jenn

Kari said...

I can't help but think that you, of all people, will land on your feet. Your great attitude and energy are one of the things that keep me reading your blog (not to mention your sense of humor!).

mascanlon said...

So sorry, I know how stressful this is for your whole community. I'll had my thought s and prayers into the mix and hope the door opens wide to field of opportunity!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

I hope there isn't too much hell in the hallway;).

That's ultimately crappy. I'm so sorry. Not that it helps to say that, but prayers do. We'll remember your family and your community.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I have been unemployed for two years so I know how you feel. I have two interviews with two great companies coming up so I am praying one of them is IT. So I will pray for you all as well. I love that quote and like another comment said "I hope there isn't too much hell in the hallway."

thismamasews said...

V, I'm so, so sorry. Does it help if I buy a pattern?! I've wanted your fabric bracelet tutorial for a while, and I think today is just the cloudy day to buy it!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear that. You guys will come up with a plan and pull through it. I am a MFT in CA. I don't know of any jobs in the field at this time. I work for a Behavioral Health Company as a case manager. Best Wishes!

Jessica Munk said...

So sorry to hear this! You're optimism is amazing. And I LOVE that quote from your husband! Good luck with everything. I'm praying for you too.

Tiffany said...

So sorry to hear this Vanessa! I've known a few people who have gotten laid off this week, it's just horrible! It sounds like you guys made some very smart decisions though. I'll say an extra prayer for your family!

Funky Kim said...

My heart hurts for you. I'm just getting ready to mail off some more of those points thingys to your elementary school. I'll still mail them because the kids still need stuff.

Larissa said...

Friend, our family keeps your family and all the other families in our prayers.

I had no idea how many people it was going to effect.

One of the first things Spence said when I told him was about how great you guys are at saving, which is SO true. I am happy you are prepared. Thanks for setting a good example.

I know there are great things out there for you.

rissa80@gmail.com

JDzJane said...

Tell the people who will ask you "what will you do" - tell them - MY GOD WILL PROVIDE

bethanndodd said...

Well, poop, that just stinks! Hoping, wishing and praying for something good to come your way. Now, put your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand around your right side, sqeeze really tight...that's a virtual hug from me :) (don't worry I am not a weirdo!) Good luck!

phalloeun @ growing grandbergs said...

Yes, I am so sorry about the job thing. Sucks!!! But I will pray for your guys and we'll see the amazing things that God will do for your family.

Lee Ann said...

Man, that stinks. I so understand about job loss. My Dan went through a layoff almost three years ago and like you, we were prepared -- all debts paid and a big emergency fund established (thanks to Dave Ramsey). Fortunately, he found another job three months later. I pray that all things will work out for you and yours!

Anne said...

It is so hard not to be gripped by fear.....just remember "Be Not Afraid".

Denny1600 said...

What a blow! I hope that you and he will get things worked out. It looks as though there is hope on the horizon. I'll be thinking of you.

maggie said...

Sending up prayers that this will turn into a blessing for you all. Stay strong.
Hugs
maggie

Jessabells said...

You and your family and community are in my prayers. Thankfully you were able to save some money beforehand. I'm sure it gives you some solace knowing that you have a stash to fall back on. I hope your husband is able to get back to work quickly.

Annie said...

Definitely praying. At the beginning of the recession my husband was laid off. He did not get another job for almost three years. We had just had a baby. We lost our cars and our house. I am not trying to be a downer, I am just saying that I can relate to the stress you are dealing with. I pray that he will find another job soon and that all will work out. Those were very hard years for us, but we learned so much from the experience and we are much closer because of it. I will drop by and order something from you. Best of luck!!!

Lucky Larson's said...

I follow your blog, but don't know you at all---
I live in a small area called the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. I know that the LDS family services have been looking for someone to live/work in this area. Right now the only therapist comes from New Mexico once very couple of weeks.

Maybe you could call them and find out if they are still looking for someone in this area.--

I think the secetaries name is Marsha--505-327-6123

If they aren't hiring anymore, she might know of somewhere that is!

Good luck & We will be praying for you!!

Susan said...

Good luck to you and your family. I know first hand that your little town is going to miss you.

Marci said...

ooo i am sooo sorry!
felicia said they may be selling their house but not why! everything will work out. you two are amazing people and god will take care of you...even if there is a little hell in between.

Erin @ two more seconds said...

Oh, Vanessa, I'm so sorry. What a blow. But, I've seen some of the best things come out of bad situations - so I know there's something great out there that's going to be happening for your cute little family!

Lisa said...

My prayers are going out to you and your family. I hope this bump in the road will be very short lived.

Wendy said...

Once again, thank you for sharing the life you do here on your blog ... I wish I can in return so much more than my sympathy for what has hit your family.... However, my prayers are being sent and God bless you for being positive... warmest heart hugs, and please take care!

mandy said...

You poor dear--I am sure you don't need all this stress! But I'm so glad to know that you have the peace of all your preparation and following the counsel of the prophet. You are such a good one, and I know you will get through this!

But just in case, I thought I'd pitchin and order that amazing houndstooth quilt pattern I've had my eye on forever--even if I'm not quite ready to make it. Hope it helps!

Jen O said...

I heard about this from my mom this morning, and I'm sorry you're affected by it. When Aspen came to town, it kind of "woke up" and is now the little cute bustling town that I love. Wishing you the best in your endeavors, whether you stay or have to move.

Steph at ModernParentsMessyKids.com said...

So sorry to hear you and your family are going through this.

Coincidentally I was posting on products for sale by my favorite bloggers anyway today. You're on the list - hope it helps!

Here's the link to check out:
http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/03/goods-for-sale-by-my-favorite-bloggers.html

Linda said...

Wow, sorry to hear about your hubby and the business closing! Parying he finds a job soon!
Love your site, and have clicked on follow, to see all your nice ideas!

Daffy's Dream said...

Sorry to hear about your hubby job. bad time is everywhere in different form. We will pray for you. Positive thinking and extra bit of courage with overcome things. All the best

Anna said...

oh vanessa! I'm so sorry to hear that, how crazy. Hope you guys can get something figured out soon.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh V -- I'm so sorry. We had big layoffs here last week too. And I thought the economy was supposed to be turning around? It sure doesn't feel like it, does it? Good Luck -- I'm betting as young and resourceful as you two are, you won't be looking for long!

slfranks4 said...

Keep the faith. My husband has been laid off for just over a year now. And while we have been tested repeatedly during this time, it has made our relationship stronger, our kids have enjoyed uninterupted "dad time", and we are almost debt free (even despite the nailbiting that comes while paying the bills).
I look at it as any good quilter would- as a study in contrasts, without the darks there are no lights. So there should be some blindingly bright times ahead. And in the end, our lives will have pieced together a beautiful blanket. :)

Zegi said...

I am sorry to hear about your husband's company. Layoffs are the pits. Having survived through my husband losing his job twice (in the space of 18 months!) my advice is to remember this too shall pass and try to focus on the important things...togetherness, love, health...family!

Sewing Princess said...

I am really sorry to hear about your husband. It's much tougher when you have children. But I hope you and all the other people without a job will find one soon.

Lisa said...

You are so positive and your wisdom of pre planning in life is amazing. Good things do happen to good people, and yes it is always sad if you have to move, but we all do what we need to do for our families to strive and survive.

VickiT said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry Vanessa. That has got to be such a huge shock. I wish I had a connection to get hubby a new job. It is one of the things I worry about myself. I hope hubby has a miracle happen and he'll get an offer somewhere very soon.

Pam said...

I think so many of us have been where you are and our hearts go out to you and your town. I spent some time in a small town in Utah and know what you mean about family. Great you are as prepared as you are. Keeep doing all you can and the Lord will help provide the rest.

Julia said...

Hey, Vanessa. I know how it is to lose a job and have to move from that small town and leave the people that you've grown to love. It really hurt when it happened to us. I have to say, though, that after almost a year we realize it was one of the biggest blessings we have ever received. We are thankful that we were able to live there for a few years and experience what we did so that we can use those experiences throughout our life. We are also so happy to be where we are now because my husband has such a better job where he is happy, successful, and respected. I hope that you will find yourselves in a similar situation soon. Best regards.

hydeeann @ splish splash stash said...

wow. big changes and lots of uncertianty. at least it sounds like you are certain about the most important things and that you prepared. love the "hell in the hallway" addition to that quote. been there. hugs and prayers and a few orders coming your way!

Tiff said...

D.C. government jobs seem to be the way to go. It isn't a great place to raise kids, but we're here at least until we have them. Good luck to you!

Missy said...

The previous post has been comment blocked (I guess). I wanted to say that I am sorry to hear about your husband's job. It is a sad thing to happen.
As far as the rest of the things, I am glad you are prepared and have a plan.
I also wanted to say, maybe it is a California thing because I know exactly what you are talking about with the knit bracelet. I used to have huge "scarfs" made out of yarn the exact same way. I look forward to trying one of my own in knit. I found some at the local craft store here and I can't wait to pick some up. i thougth about trying a pattern knit. I think it would make it fun.

PearlsForMyGirls said...

Thinking and praying for you, Vanessa. It sounds like you have a great outlook even in this tough situation and I know the new path for your family will be sweeter yet...

sandra said...

I am so sorry for you ,your family ,and whole town. So much like this is happening all over North America. I am happy that you have prepared yourself for this. You and your husband are very wise. I know he will find something because God helps those who help themselves. I will pray for you and your family. Blessings Sandra

terrid614 said...

blessings and prayers to you and your family. as one of the other 'commenters' stated, everything truly does happen for a reason...and many times we do not realize it at the time. i wish you the best,
xo

Laurie said...

Kudos to you for work hard and prepairing...that's not the case in "most cases". Will say a prayer for a positive outcome to this situation - keep the faith :)

Laurie

vivi said...

hi v
:(
my god, how hard is to read this post.. I just can't imagine being in your shoes
thanks god for your lovely family, this will give you the strenght to go on and find the best solution
and, of course I am praying for you, what can I do from argentina? if something comes to my mind, I will let you know
big hugs

Camille said...

Oh Vanessa, I'm so sorry! You have been diligent in following the counsel of the prophets, so I know the Lord will take care of you, but it is so very stressful to really have to put your trust in Him. I know you'll be directed in the way you need to go, but in the meantime, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers. P.S. Thank you so much for the extra bracelet! You are so sweet and thoughtful!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's job. It is a terrible feeling to not know what is going to happen next. I've been following your blog for a little over a year, now, and so appreciate both your projects and your viewpoint as a mother and wife. I wanted to let you know that my husband owns a counseling organization here in Northern Colorado. He is planning to hire several more counselors this year. If your husband is interested, he can check out the website at www.foundationscounselingllc.com. The contact number is there, too, or he can email his resume to chris at foundationscounselingllc dot com. I wish you and your family a quick transition through this tough time!
Mitzi

Aubrielle said...

I'm so sorry! I live in Indianapolis, and the 2nd counselor in the Stake Pres. works for LDS family services. I was going to work for him but made a different choice...Anyway, he's always looking for people. It's worth a shot!

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