Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Celebrating a Lay off

Economic times are tuff... I'm sure it's not news to any of you. So the last few weeks we have really felt are a miracle. Gary was laid off on the 19th. Though we felt scared of all the unknowns, it was actually a huge relief since every day there was the wonder, is today the day? Things haven't been great there for years and we've been seriously looking with spurts of large dedication over the last 3 years. The last three months though we have really been over active about the job search, knowing that a lay off was imminent. We saved, put more in our food storage and planned for it. So there was some relief mixed in with the sting of the predicted finally happening. The afternoon Gary got laid off he went to a job interview and he and the interviewer both kinda came to the conclusion, that though Gary would be a great asset to their company, it may not be what he was looking for. So Gary goes back to work and gets laid off. Friday, he called the company back (he interviewed with on Thursday) and asks them to still keep him in their considerations. He had an interview Monday and Tuesday evening we accepted their offer.

It almost seems too easy. However, Gary and I really feel led to this job. There have a been a lot of things that led up to it, getting used to the SLC commute, working in a cube, and a slew of other changes. With the baby due any day we are grateful for the newly passed COBRA law changes. All things considered it couldn't have been much better a transition in employment. Though it was a hellish weekend in some aspects it was also quite refreshing. We felt at one point during the last few months that we were very close to an offer with what we though was the perfect job for Gary, and were very confused when he didn't get it. We are starting to see the light. If he'd quit instead of being laid off things would have been quite different.

Though the new job isn't what we may have envisioned for Gary's career, the Lord's hand is in it and for that we are so grateful. It is still a marketing position and from what I understand about it, it is something that Gary can really add value and thrive in. He started Yesterday, so right now he's going through the transition of a new company and their processes, which has got to be hard but there is stability in this company that very few can offer in these times. We look around and know that though stuff is just stuff, we are very grateful that we get to keep our stuff, (house and van etc), that we have a place to bring our new baby home to.

Here Gary goes through his boxes from his old job. That's good therapy.

We feel very blessed to have experienced what has to be one of the shortest stints in unemployment.


  1. WOW, that couldn't have gone much better, when you think about "lay off" stories. Congrats to you and Gary and your new-found stability!

    Good luck as you finish out this pregnancy...can't wait to see the little one! :)

  2. Congrats, I'm glad he was able to get another job quickly!!

  3. Hey Coretta-

    I am sorry to hear about the lay off but like you said what a blessing! It is amazing to me how the Lord blesses us everyday! Good luck with the delivery!


  4. wow.
    congrats on the new job!
    hope all goes well for each of you.

  5. oh....I hate you. Just kidding. I suppose we all have things to learn right now. I just hope I am learning what the Lord has in mind for me. Glad to hear that things are working out and hope that the new job is better than you would have imagined. Can't wait to hear about the baby!

  6. I'm glad things have worked out for you guys. What a blessing! We have also felt the hand of the Lord in our lives many times in situations somewhat similar to yours. What a comfort it is to know that the Lord knows our needs and will bless us if we faithfully do our part. It is always interesting to me how the Lord directs our paths and how willing He is to bless us if we put our faith and trust in Him. It may not necessarily be what we would have chosen for ourselves, but it is always what is best for us.

  7. Congrats on the new job, that is great that things worked out, especially considering how things have been trending.

  8. That is awesome! It is so hard to find stable employment right now, so I am very happy for you guys. I know all too well how hard that unemployment can be.
    On a side note....I LOVE your new layout! So cute. :D