Friday, October 2, 2009

Our Official Announcement...


Yesterday was a significant day for us.

A day that we will remember...always.

Yesterday was the day that my husband officially lost his job.

He and 45 other Alaska Airlines pilots were laid off, for a total of 106 pilots that they have now put on the street...


This change is going to bring challenges with it...

challenges that I thought we were exempt from after being hired by Alaska Airlines,

but according to the Company...the economy is in such bad shape that this has to happen.



So we have a choice to make.

We either let it get the best of us

or

we look at this as an opportunity!

A chance to see what our life can be like without the sacrifice of airline life!

(I know you pilots wives out there know what I'm talking about!)



So don't expect this post to have a "poor me" tone to it...

the way I see it, this is the first time in over 10 years that I have a

full-time husband
!

The first holiday season in over 10 years that our kids will have their Daddy home for

every

single

Holiday!



I know that this lay-off is a bad thing and believe me, we have gone through the 5 stages of grief...

but we have arrived at

acceptance

and now, we're ready to see what possibilities lie ahead!



So consider this our

Official Announcement:

Out of work pilot who doubles as a carpenter suddenly has lots of free time on his hands!


If you live in the Pacific Northwest near the Seattle/Tacoma area and are looking for a carpenter,

I may have just the man for the job!




49 comments:

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

That is the right attitude, though I'm not saying it is an easy one to hold on to at times. My husband works on a contract basis so every 6 months to a year we are looking for the next opportunity. Sometimes it is easy, sometimes it is hard, but we try to look at each transition as a great opportunity. This attitude has changed our lives, an attitude we attempted to embrace the first time he was laid off a few years ago. The opportunities that lay off has brought has taught us to embrace change.
All the best, and if the work he has done in your house is any indication as to what he could do for others...great success is coming your way!
Janell

sarahjean and family said...

dang, that totally sucks. but i totally agree with the last comment... great success IS coming you way. Best of luck!!!

Michelle Torres said...

I admire your attitude towards the news of your Husbands layoff... Great things will come your way by keeping the Faith and knowing you will be BLESSED by doing so. I can truely relate to what you are going through, my Husband is a contractor and we have also experienced several layoffs in the past, and with four children it has always been a huge test of FAITH.. I hope you the best, and know everything will always work out...

Angie said...

My husband was laid off a year ago as well. I too thought that we would be exempt from the economies troubles. Nope! but I think that it's true- there is good that came from it. We have had the luxury of spending some real qaulity time together and with our children.

Miss Mouthy said...

I love your attitude! What part of the Pacific Northwest are you in? We might have need for some carpentry help.

Emily@remodeling this life said...

I'm so sorry. I wish y'all the best and love that you are looking at the bright side. Enjoy this time together!

Chris said...

Sorry to hear this news , I think you have a fantastic attitude , I am sure your husband will get lots of carpenter work , he is very talented .
Keep us posted.
Chris
Just Beachy

Catherine from peacelovesweater@blogspot.com said...

So sorry about your husbands layoff. My Husband has been in the film business all of our married life, we live in Vancouver, BC and there have been so many ups and downs in this industry. It has been so trying but so much good has come out of these times also. We have learned to be resourceful, we have learned to live within our means, and we have been blessed with new directions and opportunities that we would never have known. We now have the whole family around the dinner table every night - that in its self is a huge blessing. In time you will look back at this time and you'll be able to see all the good that has come out of this. All the best to you, your handy husband and family.

Dianne said...

What a wonderful attitude. Eyes up...things will get better in ways you least expect!

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

I am so sorry!
I love your attitude about it though, you are so optimistic!
God Bless you all and enjoy your hubby!
All the best
Patricia

SILVIA said...

i always say, when one door closes another one opens....the best to you and your family..

Silvia.

Missy in Texas said...

So sorry to hear about your husbands layoff. Who knows... maybe it will be for the best. Maybe another "door" will open for you. One that you would have never dreamed of entering. Good luck to you both.

Erin said...

You are my hero! Your attitude is fantasic, so positive and encouraging. What I am facing is far less than you and you're positivity is making me feel silly for making a big deal out of something so insignificant. Best wishes to you and your family!

Attic Gal Alysa said...

What an attitude! Sorry about your job loss but how fun to have dad around more often. You children and you will certainly benefit more than any money can buy. I wish you guys lived closer to California. I love your blog and all the things you have done. Inspiring. Prayers sending your way.

Bella's Bowtique said...

You absoutetly have the right attitude! I am sorry to hear about it...however...think of all the amazing things that are to come your way with him at home!!! :)

My dad was just laid off from Weyerhauser after some 29 years there!!!! I totally know the emotions you guys are going through! Tom has been laid off about 4 times already!

Keep your heads up!

Vivian said...

Karla, I confess to reading your blog and thinking "it must be nice to have the money to do these things!" I am STILL collecting the materials to re-do my fireplace like yours! I struggle to buy a hook at a time to finish my hall project... My husband's job is in constant danger of ending (newspaper!) and we are struggling to get my last child through his senior year at a private school (our schools here are not good..). We have had pay cuts and week furloughs without pay. I feel like even though my DH is still working I have already gone through those stages and have come out with the same attitude. So what? Our lives will go on, we will have each other and be happy no matter what!! :) It brings with it a great freedom (as I am sure you know!) Your DH will be working very soon, I am sure! Hang in there and keep being thankful for the REAL stuff. (Each other, helath, time together, etc.!)

bagfashionista said...

best of luck to you and your family!! It will be tough at times, but your positive attitude will make all the difference!

bagfashionista said...

best of luck to you and your family!! It will be tough at times, but your positive attitude will make all the difference!

tara said...

best of luck to you and your family Karla,I love your outlook and if you lived closer I would all over you two for some crown moulding! :) happy weekend~

sheri said...

I am so sorry Karla. But, because you have such a great attitude, i will not go on and on for fear of putting ANY NEGATIVITY OUT THERE.

I was flight attendant for Comair for more years than i care to remember - and i come from a long line of flight attendants, MIL, SIL, etc...one big happy delta family. and you're right, there is such a blessing to being home on Christmas eve and just being together. Embrace it. Hug your husband, your kids and just breath it all in.

Vivienne said...

Well good luck. Lost income certainly is a huge hit, but I do love the way you are approaching the situation.
Great attitude goes a long, long way.

Astrid said...

WOW! I can't believe that Alaska Airlines would lay off pilots! I'm very sorry to hear that your husband was laid off....I certainly struggle with that possibility.

My mom lives in the Tacoma area. I'll let her know whom to contact if she needs carpentry work done. (although my very capable brother lives with her....I don't think he necessarily helps her ;)

You've got an awesome attitude!

Marsha said...

Awesome attitude...I like the way you are making lemonade out of lemons. I am praying for your family and the families of all the others that lost their jobs.

Wendy said...

My dad was a pilot. I do remember waking up on Christmas morning without him. One year my mom was working too (she was a nurse). My brother and I woke up on Christmas morning to knowone - I will never forget that day. I also remember when his company went under (Eastern), I was in high school. We survived and you will too! Good attitude!

Maya said...

Great attitude! I admire that.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

OH that is awful! You are awesome though, with your attitude. Good luck to you and if you lived closer I would SO be calling him!!

Shannon and Carey said...

Good attitude! Opportunities are around every corner. I know it's stressful, but your attitude will pull you through!
-Shannon in Austin
Enjoy the holidays WITH your husband.

pk said...

I'm so sorry to hear that he lost his job, but I LOVE your attitude! Wishing all the best for you, and it sounds like you both have the right outlook and the skills to make it happen! Have a good weekend...
pk @ room remix

The Fiskeaux Family said...

Hey, Karla!
I just wanted to say that 1. I feel your pain and 2. God has big plans for your family! My husband got laid off in June, one month after I gave birth (we also have a 3 year-old). He still hasn't found a job, but it's been such an unexpected blessing having him home, because I'm going through month 6 of chronic mono! I can't imagine living day-to-day with an infant, a toddler, a home business, and MONO all by myself. What a joy that my husband is home and not missing any of these moments with the boys! And hey, now you can make all those projects that you needed your hubby's carpentry skills for and SELL them, right? :)
~ Hilary

Lori E said...

Well they, whoever the heck "they" are, say that when one door closes another opens. I hope for you that the door that opens is a big one.
Attitude is everything.

New Every Morning said...

What a beautiful attitude to have!
I know the next few months might be a little crazy, unsure and overwhelming, but you've approached this in such a healthy way from the beginning! Your kids will gain so much from your wise outlook. Enjoy the time with your man!!!

Hugs!

eyecontact said...

Your post inspires. How positive and courageous! My good thoughts are with you as you transition from one 'normal' to the next. All the best, and good luck to you!

Craft Tea Lady said...

I'm really sorry that you have to walk this road. We are signing papers on our house (in the Gorge) and moving to Lacey/Oly because my man's company closed their doors Dec 1 of last year. He's been in Oly for almost 8 months now.. and we have been waiting for the house to sell.

www.xanga.com/crafttealady

paulandsarah said...

I have recently started following your blog and love your ideas. Im so sorry for your loss of job. My husband is a Continental Pilot and we thought that we were going to be furloughed. Thankfully he is not but is on a reduced schedule of only working 2 weeks a month. But Im glad you have a good attitude about all of this. I TOTALLY understand the not being around for holidays. When we have kids I am not looking forward to that at all. I hope that things turn around and that your husband gets called back soon.

Aura said...

Keep that positive attitude, and everything will work our amazing for you guys!

Lynn said...

I might have the need for a carpenter in the Edmonds area! We are buying a new house (closing on the 14th) and might need some stuff done! Please email me when you have the chance, I would love to support my blogosphere friends!

LynnChristen@aol.com

Just like Martha said...

Dear Karla,
so sorry to hear your news what a shock it must have been for you...I do understand my husband is also in the airline industy - Qantas - and although Australia has suffered a 'lesser global economic crisis' we know of a lot of people within the organisation that have lost their jobs due to cost cutting..sad, so sad. You guys have a wonderful attitude and a 'can do nature' you guys will survive...and...what a talent you BOTH are, hey maybe this has happened for a reason...stay positiv and hug often...Lee (your blogging buddy down under)!! xx

Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! said...

These economic times have touched so many. Your attitude is the best.

This is when one door closes and another one will open.

Take care.

Jessica said...

So sorry he lost his job but way to go for having such an amazing attitude!

How great that your family will now get to spend holidays together!

Lorie said...

I am so sorry to hear about your husband and all of the other pilots that were laid off. But I have to say that attitude determines a lot in life and I have never seen a better one.

Wishing you the best of luck and wishing I was in the Pacific Northwest!!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I'm so sorry for the job loss. It sounds like you have such a positive attitude about it. Enjoy your time together. It'll all work out.
~Michelle

Nina Diane said...

sorry to hear....but love your attitude! I always love to look on the brighter side of all situations and somehow, things always seem to work out. So thoughts and internet hugs to you..

Down Pillow said...

I, too, am laid off right now, so I feel your loss. I would just like to think that there's something better around the corner. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family :)

Mary Frances said...

Your family has my prayers and best wishes! My husband went through lay-off when our children were small, but what made all the difference was the faith that God would lead us to where He wanted us next...and as long as you are together, you can cope with anything!

kathy said...

I am so sorry about your situation but am hoping that you CAN enjoy having your husband home (without worrying too much) for the holidays this year. I LOVE your blog and hope you get lots of advertising/sponsors to help out moneywise. Unfortunately I live in Philadelphia because I could really use a carpenter right now...

Best of luck to you and your family.

Heidi said...

Hey, Karla... I'm a faithful reader from Bellevue, WA. All of my inlaws and all of my hubby's friends and their families are in the Tacoma area. If I hear of anyone doing projects I will surely direct them your way. If we hadn't just taken a $45,000 paycut I would be calling you right now to have Will work wonders at our house. This economy truly does suck. I'm sorry. :-(

Wishing you & your family all the best.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I'm so sorry to hear this...but with your attitude you will all do just fine. Always remember that "when one door closes-another one will open"...I wish you and your husband the best of luck.
Blessings,
Linda

emptynest4two said...

Karla,

I'm so sorry to hear that. I know how it is..but change isn't always bad even when it seems for sure that it is. My husband was laid off for 18 months from American years ago. It was so scary at first, but as you said when the acceptance sets in you will make a new way. It was some of the best times ever for us and the kids! We put in a huge vegatable garden, and my dream rose garden. He was home every night to tuck the kids in with me. We were fortunate that he was still in the miltary flying but it was the most 9-5 we had ever experienced. You are both so talented and creative, good things will come your way.

Dawn

Hedgetoad said...

A positive attitude will get you far... the last time I was laid off, I nearly danced out the door. It sure confused everyone, but like you, I saw the oppportunities in it.

Where are you in the PNW? I may be needing a carpenter after the holidays...