In which Brian gets laid….(off)

Okay, that is the worst title known to man. But admit it – you laughed. And the fact that Brian and I both snickered like junior high boys over it, almost makes the reality of it a bit easier to bear.

The company that Brian works for declared bankruptcy and, of course, that meant that he was released from his job. Laid off, if you will. No more paycheque. No more company truck. No more cell phone. It’s just ka-put. Suddenly, unemployed, just like that.
We’ve felt a bit like we just got the wind knocked out. He knew the company was in trouble but wasn’t expecting anything quite this drastic.
So here we are. Wondering what’s next.
He is 2 classes away from being finished with that graduate degree. After the tinies were born, he couldn’t finish while working full time so it’s just sat there, nearly-done-but-not-quite for nearly two years. We’re going to see if he can get a grant to complete it as part of the government’s economic recovery plan. He’ll be on pogey for a while, I imagine. I’m going to try to pick up some extra hours to cover the mortgage. And once his degree is complete, he’ll find another full time job. We would both love to see him doing something he loved so much, like full time vocational pastoring, again. His heart is with people and, even though he loves being a carpenter, he misses it. But even if, when he’s done his degree, he still works as a carpenter, that’s okay, too.
We do appreciate your encouragement, support and prayers. Right now, we’re still a bit numb. Not feeling any fear or worry yet, just waiting to see what God has planned for us.

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  • Sarah @ This Heavenly Life

    Boo. That’s just no fun…unlike your post title which made me laugh pretty ridiculously :)

    We’re going through a similar situation, and it feels so vulnerable and uncertain. Just trying to look at it as a new direction for my husband’s career to take — new ideas and opportunities. That doesn’t really lessen the sting, but it has helped us see the fun and adventure of life a little clearer. I hope your situation gets better soon!

    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, Sarah! I’ll be praying for you and your husband as well. I don’t think it’s quite “sunk in” yet.

  • Trait

    I lost my job last summer. Even now, when I think about it, it still stings. It isn’t an easy thing to go through at all. God speed to him in finding something to take its place – hopefully a job that is fulfilling and profitable.

    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, Trait. I remember when you were walking through that. If we can have half as much grace as you and Sara did, we’ll be doing good.

  • jillrosalie

    oh, what a bummer and a shocker.


    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, Jillsa. I appreciate it.

  • Molly

    That’s awful! Praying for you guys and whatever adventure lies ahead.

    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, Molly. Adventure…I like that…

  • Sarah

    How frustrating, especially when it seemed like you guys were really getting settled. I admire your calm and faith that God will provide. I KNOW that God is faithful and will meet my needs but in a situation like that, I struggle with wanting things to be my way vs. NEEDING to do things His way.
    I’m praying that a new opportunity arrives quickly.

    • Sarah Bessey

      You’re exactly right, Sarah. Here I thought we were finally going to settle down! At least life isn’t boring. Ha!

  • mylestones

    Aww Hon, you made me smile–not that Brian was laid off, of course. But that in the midst of a being dealt a big blow, you laughed like jr. high boys with your hubs, you thought about where this detour could take you, and you laid out ideas not just for making it through, but for making things better. It’s like that Don Miller book you just reviewed–you guys are living your story, and drama/change is the stuff that moves your story forward. Plus, you know the Author of your story, and you know He is the King of happily ever(lasting) after.

    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, Jo…I appreciate it so much. I love your last few words “happily every(lasting) after”…I might chew on that a while.

  • Mary

    Bummer. Steven has been out of work nearly 6 months now. Our “pogey” is going to run out soon and still no job. :-( Hang in there…sounds like you guys will be just fine, esp. with Brian’s degree almost being complete!

    • Sarah Bessey

      That sucks, Mary. Praying for you and Steven.

  • jenmonique

    I understand, I remember feeling like we had the wind knocked out of us when John lost his ministry job 5 years ago (can you believe it’s been that long already?). Hang in there, you guys will be okay.

    • Sarah Bessey

      Wow! 5 years already! (It still makes me a little ticked when I remember the whole thing.)

  • Sandy

    Well, getting laid is not a bad way to deal with getting laid off! Very comforting!
    When Paul was forced out of our church, I was afraid. But God showed himself faithful over and over again. He found a part time pastoring job at a church we loved just when his severance ran out. We made less money that year but gave more and thrived. It was amazing! I will pray that it will be the same for you!

    • Sarah Bessey

      Ha! I knew you’d come in with that! Thanks for the prayers, Sandy.

  • Little M

    Wow. Big changes for the family. I’ll pray for you guys! I hope this turns out to be the best thing that ever happened :)

    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, friend. I appreciate it. Wouldn’t that be amazing if it did turn out that way?

  • Elizabeth

    So sorry to hear this. May God provide Brian with some work in order for him to finish his studies.

    • Sarah Bessey

      Thanks, Elizabeth. We appreciate it.

  • Stephanie

    Your title made me crack up. The content? Not so much. Hoping and praying for an awesome, wonderful job for your husband that he can feel passionate about.

    Also: I just noticed your picture on the left sidebar. Do you have any idea how stunningly beautiful you are? You Are.

    • Sarah Bessey

      Gracious, I love when you come to visit. :-) Thanks for the prayers. We so appreciate it.