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February 29, 2012


I want to thank everyone who left words of encouragement and virtual hugs last week.

Last week my husband was laid off after working with the same company for almost 21 years. He started there after graduating from university and his job had us move between cities, provinces and countries. It came as a shock to us and we are still reeling from the news. 


It has been an emotional roller coaster. 

 What the future holds for us is unknown. 


Some of my projects on my to-do list have taken a back seat while we ponder our future. Somehow spray painting a chair just doesn't seem to matter. 

Thank-you for all your support, friendship and encouragement. You have no idea how loved and encouraged we feel. I feel. So many of you who I have told have sent me stories of encouragement, and quotes that are so meaningful and appreciated.

Thank-you from the bottom of my heart.

XO Barbara

37 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I feel very bad for your husband and family. News like this is very shocking. My husband lost his job when my daughter was 1 day old and I remember that news combined with the baby hormones made me a wreck. He went on to run his own business which has become quite successful. What line of work is he looking for? I know a couple of HR people out your way.

    I know you must be totally shocked. The fear of the unknown can be very frightening. I do wish you all the best and hope he finds something he enjoys very much very soon.

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  2. Barbara, I am so sorry to hear the news. Was out of the loop last week and must have missed your post. Please know you are all in my prayers!!

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  3. This happened to my hubby a couple of years ago and it was just awful. Between worrying about finances and worrying about HIM and how he was coping....

    But you know what? We made it through and his current job is actually much better. It was the middle aged shake up his career needed.

    I'll be thinking about you, and hoping all goes well for you.

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  4. Wow, Barbara, I am so sorry to hear that. Thinking about you and your family and know that you'll pull through!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear your bad news. How incredibly frustrating! I have heard of many folks being laid off recently and it has me holding more tightly onto our purse strings, too, just in case.

    I hope for the best for you and am certain that if your Hubby is as talented as you, he will find work in no time. Wishing you the best of luck! I'm sending nothing but good thoughts your way.

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  6. Flash back 10 years, I was 7 months pregnant with Boy #2, it was the day we took possession of our first owned home and my husband came home out of a job. I know where you guys are, it's a rollercoaster for sure. Just hang onto eachother. :)

    Sometimes, the Universe whispers and sometimes she shouts to the rafters, we just have to listen. I know this will lead to better things :) Cause you deserve that.

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  7. So sorry to hear this Barbara. My hubby was laid off right after we took possession of our new home (like Dharma above) and I was on maternity leave with our first son. He was blind sided as well and we were in shock. He ended up finding another position that he enjoyed but then 10 years later after being laid off yet again, it gave him the shake up he needed to go back to school and switch careers. It was a very tough transition, financially and emotionally, but he has not looked back since and we are both so thankful that it happened. He loves his career and he has done exceptionally well at it.
    All this to say that things may look bleak now but things do happen for a reason and I'm sure good, positive things will be coming your way soon.

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  8. You are more than welcome, Barbara. We all go through rough times, but I have no doubt you and your family will bounce back in no time. You have that kind of spirit! Take care and I hope to see you soon.

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  9. I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sure this will give your family the opportunity of another wonderful door to open! Sending lots of good thoughts your way! Karla

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  10. I'm so sorry for the news! Life has a funny way of working itself out and I hope that your husband finds an even better position in the near future. All the best to you and your family!

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  11. Gosh Barbara, that is rough. I see a lot of happy ending stories here, keeping a positive attitude can really help. Things happen for a reason, after the dust settles down, you guys might realize it is an opportunity rather than a burden.

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  12. Hey B that Hawaii trip is looking pretty good by now huh? It is a well deserved trip and just know everything will be okay. Thinking about ya! xo

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  13. This brought tears to my eyes and made me feel so sad, and at the same time deeply frustrated at the inequity of it all. I agree with Janis, your bounce-back spirit will have you up and running in no time... who knows, with your gifts and talents, spray painting a chair may be just the thing that will do it! Sending you hugs, xo Sheila

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  14. I'm so sorry that things are difficult for your family right now. We are living something similar and, although I kind of feel foolish saying it, I think it might have been the best thing for us. Sometimes these big shake-ups have a way of putting things into perspective. xo

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  15. Big Hug Barb! I'm so sorry to hear about the news. The economy recovery is not on track yet in Canada and I hope all is well for your family. This may be an opportunity to lead to another open door. I'm always here for you Barb. Hugz

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  16. Oh Barbara, I am so sorry to read this - what a shock indeed. I think Dharma put it best up there, the end of one thing is inevitably the beginning of another - what that is only time will tell. But at least you have each other, and hopefully a great supportive network of "real life" friends! Cause you know us virtual ones have got your back. :)

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  17. I was wondering if that's what was going on. I'm sorry Barbara. Thanks for the update. I'm sure he'll get snatched up quickly!

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  18. I am so sorry to hear this Barbara. That is such a tough spot to be in.
    Just a little over a year ago, I was laid off from the design firm I was working at. I was the only full time employee and there just wasn't an alternative. I remember what an emotional roller-coaster that was...shock, disappointment, worry and tears blurred together.
    Know that I'll be thinking of your family so much! Hugs and love sent your way Barbara. xo

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  19. Barbara, I am so sorry you are going through this. I know how you feel. My husband lost his job last year in July and it took him till the end of October to get a new one. We about lost everything we had in the process. It is stressful, tearful, and worrisome, to say the least. I guess all I can say is that it will work out, believe it or not. You may even look back one day and be thankful what the things it brought later on. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason. Often the reason isn't for us to see right away. I pray that everything will work out for you in a positive, uplifting way. Know your blog friends are on here pulling for you and praying for you and hoping that all will be well soon. If you need anything, please don't hesitate to ask. If it is within my power to do it, I will! Sending hugs your way for you and your family ... Karen

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  20. I'm sorry to hear this Barb! I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason and I have found that something better always comes out of it. Just keep thinking positively!

    Andrea
    xo

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  21. I missed the post last week- but I am so sorry to hear the news. Hang in there you guys. Something will turn up- you never know why something happens. I am sure things will work out for you guys.
    xo, Becca

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  22. So sorry to hear this...but glad to hear that everyone is healthy. You guys will make it through this. xo.

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  23. Thinking of you guys....I know this is rough and just want you to know I am praying for your next bend in the road to be great & soon!...Nice seeing you the other day!...!
    p.s. trying to vote but can't figure it out????

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  24. Hi Barbara, I actually came over to check out the beautiful new look of your blog and then read your post for today. I'm so sorry to hear the news of your husband's job. It is so emotional wrenching. We made significant cuts at my company on February 1st and it was the worst possible day in my professional career. I still fill up at the thought of that day and the emotions that were running wild from everyone in the organization. It sounds like your husband was quite dedicated to the company as well. I hope the future brings bright things for him, for you, and your family.

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  25. I know something amazing will be waiting for you guys at the end of this miserable road. You're way too awesome not to come out on top. xo

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  26. I am thinking of you and your family, Barbara.
    Camille

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  27. Oh no...sometimes these changes happen for reasons not known to us...thinking of you & your family.

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  28. Sending you positive thoughts and virtual hugs Barbara. Hope that he finds something even better and you are back painting and decorating soon. xo

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  29. Dear Barbara: you will get through this and in the meantime - hold your chin up, be positive and be open to whatever is out there for your family. Take care!

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  30. Sending you some love...just you wait something will come up! The hard part is waiting. xoxoxxo

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  31. I know you all are going to get through this, stronger than ever. Hang in there Barb!
    xoxo

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  32. Oh no!!! Sorry I missed this my friend.

    We will talk about this (if you want) when I get up to Vancouver (see e-mail) in the next week or so. (We have gone through it a few times and believe it or not - things turned out for the better).

    I also have plenty of ideas for you!

    Hang in there.

    Sending you tons of good energy and warm thoughts.

    Love to you.

    Mon

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  33. Barbara, I'm so sorry to hear your news. I know you'll pull it all together. Hoping that he finds a new and better position with a more deserving company, pronto. Thinking about you - x

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  34. oh my goodness Barbara...just catching up and I am sorry to hear such upsetting news. I can only add that I have been there and surprisingly these things can, in the end, be the beginning of something great. I know it doesn't seem like it now. My thoughts are with you - all will be well.

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  35. I haven't been reading many blogs lately. Very sorry to hear this news and hope your hubby finds a new opportunity soon. Best to you both!

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  36. Barb! I'm so sorry to hear this...that is so stressful! I'm glad you're on vacation and getting some mental rest. I pray that God will guide you during this time. Let me know if you need anything...:) Cath

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  37. Hi Barbara,
    I don't know how I missed this post, so I am sending good wishes and prayers your way. I hope your family comes out ahead in this crisis, and I hope his employment in the future turns out to be better than the previous one. I know what you mean about spray painting a chair. We all have dips and turns in our lives, high and low, and I hope to be here on this end for you to offer encouragement and hope. I really love your blog and your beautiful personality that comes through.
    Hope your weekend is pleasant and that your future dreams come true,
    Love,
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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