Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Moving On


Everything changed on Thursday when Dylan came walking in the door only a few hours after he'd left for work. He'd been laid off. We were shocked. Totally shocked. We quickly told each other that everything was going to be alright, but as the day went on, we just felt the weight of it all increasing. I think that I had a mini panic attack while out running a few errands on my own & all the crying I did that day made my head feel like it was going to explode.

We were left with a measly severance, and with no savings in the bank the pressure to figure out our plan quickly was on. We keep going through all our options over & over and we keep ending up at the same spot. We need to move to Las Vegas where we can be with our families until we get back on our feet.

Right now we are packing up everything (fabric included, as pictured above). In one week we will be loaded up & on the road headed west. There is so much that needs to get done. We are stressed & we are worried & we are sad. I told Dylan that one day we will be settled somewhere & we will be secure & life will be easy & peachy. Then we will look back & say "Remember that time......that time was really, really hard & really sucked." But it will seem like such a long time ago & everything will be fine.

** I will be closing up the shop for a week or so starting on Sept. 28th. If there is anything you need, please get your orders in before then.

** I'll also try to post updates here on the blog, but of course they will not be regular for a while.

52 comments:

Leslie said...

oh gosh, what a wrench in the plans. wishing you all the best.

3 'lil Lemons said...

Oh my goodness Candace!!! First, you have an amazing attitude, and second, I am so sad! You can't be moving! That really really sucks. I guess the good news is you won't be here for the winter, right?

Brenda said...

Sorry to hear about your troubles. I really like your blog site so I hope you will be able to continue on in the future. Moving is a hard work. My husband and I moved about 2 years ago, first time in 28 years. Lived in the same home and raised all my daughters there. Many blessing in your future.

Whitney said...

Oh no! This sounds so familiar...

My husband was laid off twice this past year because of the economy. We couldn't pay rent anymore, so we had to move IN with his family. We've been there for three months when he finally got an offer. We're in the process of moving back now.

So...it will work out, but it may take time. Enjoy the family and make the most of your new home. It hasn't been easy for us, but it's been good. Hope it works out soon!

jenny said...

my husband was laid off earlier this year. we were lucky that he was recalled, but i totally understand how scary the whole situation is.

thinking of you all and praying things turn around. your family will be a great support.

Holly C. said...

So sorry this happened to you!

Good luck with your move!

kirsten said...

yikes. we've been there, too. it stinks. try and stay positive and good luck!

ollie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles. Just know you've got a whole lot of people on here pulling for you! good luck with your move!

Mistika said...

I always read your blog maybe I never comment but just want to tell you I am praying for you guys and have faith always remember God closes a door but opens a window!
Good luck!!!!

alison said...

Candace--I'm so sorry to hear about this sudden change! I hope and pray that it will all end up good and a blessing in disguise.

Jessie said...

Candace, I'm so sorry! But you're right, one day you'll look back on this and remember how much it sucked, and you'll realize how in the end it made you stronger somehow...
I'll be thinking thinking of you! xoxo

andrea said...

I am so so sorry. I tried calling because I had a feeling that was what happened, then I saw Dylans blog. Anyway, I wanted to talk to you because you KNOW I understand. We used to talk all the time, and I think you were one of the first people I told when Devin was laid off. I made a special trip to your shop....don't know if you noticed...but thought your etsy shop would be super helpful for you guys with the lack of severance. With you and Dylan's talent......you two will be just fine. I think you should start something together! I totally understand how sad it is to have to leave a place, and friends you love. Hang in there and keep up the good attitude! You will feel better soon.

Melissa Everett said...

I love you!!!

giddygoat said...

I've been reading you for a long time now, and feel like I can relate to a lot of the things you've been through. You are inspirational and I know you'll be stronger once you get settled and things fall into place. In the meantime, a semi-stranger in Wisconsin is thinking about you and your family.
Amanda

Keri said...

So sorry. I know the feeling, and it's not great. Ugh, it brings back a lot of emotion in me, much of which I'm sure you're feeling. Good luck with the move. I wish I was around to help.

Holly said...

I truly believe that when Heavenly Father closes a door he opens a new and better one! Your little family deserves the best! Here is one of my favorite quotes that has helped me get through alot of crazy, unexpected change in plans...

"It isn't as bas as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry . I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with fatih and confidence in the guture. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, it we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers." -President Gordon B. Hinckley

we sing we dance we daydream said...

like some bloggers here, I have been following your blog for awhile. but like ALL bloggers here, i am very sorry for your troubles. It made me think of years ago when my dad got laid off and he was the sole breadwinner of a family of 6, out of which 4 were schooling children.

i know it sounds cliche but like your poster says "Every thing is going to be alright" , hang in there!! You have a beautiful family that will help pull things through!

Cherine said...

Hey Candace I am sorry to hear the news but when one door closes another opens and I really believe that. You will be around FAMILY! YEA ! I am very jealous. It is tough not being around them and not having to funds to visit much. The girls will get to be around all the boys and Lauren. She needs some tag team I'm sure. I am getting excited just thinking about all the good times ahead. Much love to you and best of luck with your travels. You have the Faith you have persepctive. God bless friend!

Anna said...

I am sorry to hear this, and sad to see you leave Ohio. Having family close is definitely a good thing at a time like this though! You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sara said...

I've never commented here before...but I just wanted to wish you luck! We went through this a year ago (spent the year living with my parents). We are just now beginning "plan B". It's rough, I know. Rely on each other and your families...everything will be okay!

Donna/Sara from Kindred Crafters said...

Good luck on your new journey, Candace. I hope the opportunity to be close to your family far outweighs the burden of the situation you've found yourself in. I really belive everything happens for a reason. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of time to figure out what that reason is.
Keep your head held high!

Sara

Donna said...

Hey Candace,

I'm so sorry about this. But being near family will make you guys all stronger while you figure everything out. Thinking about you as you recover from this bend in the road and figure out which path to take.

lots of love, donna

jchandmade said...

oh candace - oh dylan - oh team sparklepower!
this is so tough, i am so sorry this happened to you guys. this is such a horribly stressful thing to deal with... being with family will help, most definitely. stay true and remember who you are.
in the meantime, how can i help? anything you need, i am here. we are here.
xoxo
~jennifer

lindsey said...

Life bites sometimes, doesn't it?

I hope there are a A LOT of doors opened for you guys in Vegas. Creative ones with lots of low cost, vintage fabric for all your fabulous creations.

GOOD LUCK!

Eve said...

Thinking positive thoughts for you & your family.
Wishing wonderful new beginnings for you all!

Monica said...

that just sucks! I hope this lay off doesn't last too long and work can be found soon.

So many Ideas not enough Time said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your family. I can't even imagine what you are going through, so wont even pretend, though I do know a lot about the stress of a quick move across the country. God will provide-He is the supplier of ALL our needs. Just lean on Him and hold tight to His promises- He will never leave you destitute, He has Great and Amazing plans for your family.
Use your trip across the country to teach those beautiful girls a little bit more about this beautiful country of ours, there are so many great places to stop and visit and learn.
Have a fun adventure. I can't wait to hear what God is doing.
Jenn

RobbieLee said...

Candace, I want to thank you for being brave and sharing your story with us. It's a difficult thing to admit when bad things like this happen. This economy is effecting everyone in the worst way. I personally know how terrible it is to be laid off right now... it's stressful and just plain devastating! Please know that this will pass for all of us and you and your family are not alone. I pray that you all get back on your feet soon and if you ever need to vent, feel free to contact me. I wish you all the best.

RobbieLee
http://www.chickiedee.com/blog

Cricket said...

I have never commented before, but I wanted to say how awfully sorry I am. I totally understand the rock-in-your-stomach feeling that comes with being laid off. And with the two little ones, as well. Oh, I wish you strength through this. And creativity, and a little bit of luck wouldn't hurt either. You already have the attitude down right.

Ali said...

So sorry to hear it. But at least you are missing the yuck of the summer...it was down to a delightful 90 degrees in the valley today. I'm not sure what part of Vegas you are from but try Green Valley...I have two little girls that would love some playdates and a fun ward that would love a groovy family to move in. Wishing you the best...

cara. said...

sorry to hear that. you guys will see the other side of this. keep remembering that!

Melanie said...

Oh no! At least we know when my husband's job is ending... it gives us time to plan and consider other options, like more school :). Family makes trying times easier. Good luck, you are in our prayers.

heather said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. But you will be close with family so that is always a good thing. We are in Vegas right now with my family. Never thought I would return, but here we are again. Everything will work out. Just remember Heavenly Father is always looking out for you guys.

Shay said...

You are both so talented and amazingly creative, I know you will be famous one day! I am going to miss you a ton, please let me know if I can do anything.

Lindsey said...

I am sorry to hear about your trials.... I live in AZ and just think you will have a warmer winter. Plus it is always good to be around your family especially for the holidays. You are talented person who offers so much inspiration to the blog community. I really am pulling for your family and hoping things get better real soon!

Emma! said...

Wow I am so sorry - I saw this post and my heart dropped. I love your blog and read it all the time but have never commented, but I just wanted to let you know my thoughts are with you and your family. My boyfriend has been laid off too and it stinks, but you will get throught it because it sounds like you have overcome hardship before - good luck and I hope you are back on your feet very soon.

ashley said...

sorry to hear that candace! i hope your move goes smooth and you guys get settled in alright. you will be in my thoughts!

ashleyd! said...

it's so weird that i clicked on this site RIGHT after my husband called me and told me that his plant is shutting down. i think we may have until january.
i hate this too, i hope i deal with it well. right now i just want to to throw toddler-style fit.

Karen said...

So sorry to hear this. Hopefully it'll be the start of something good for your family, though.

Tracy said...

Hi Candace,
I've been a follower and fan for a while now. I have been truly inspired by your designs. I will be keeping your precious family in my prayers! And I'll be looking forward to seeing the great things to come for you. You are special!
Much love,
Tracy in TN

Selina said...

We had a very similar thing happen to us mid last year. We are through it now. I hope you find happiness and peace. "This too shall pass." Hang in there!

Holly said...

Candace, I have not commented to you before, but I do lurke on occasion. I am sorry for the stress & pressure this must be on you & your family. We have had our ups & down with this economic fun, but I really do feel like it's the Lord guiding us to something better for us. I hope things are bigger & better for you out here. Good luck!! (I loved that President Hinkley quote above, I think i will frame that one!)

RachelDenbow said...

Candace,

I'm really sorry you guys are having to work through this hard part in your story right now. We had to do this about four months after Sebastian was born and we both lost our jobs at the same time (working for the same company) and had to move from Seattle to Central CA to live with my family for awhile.

I sincerely hope that the transition is smoother than you imagine it can be and that very soon you all feel like you have some control over life again. In the meantime, I hope that there are unexpected moments of peace and little surprises along the way.

It's hard to uproot. Even harder to not know what will come next. We'll be hopeful for you.

the mama monster said...

oh my goodness i am so sorry. we will keep you and your family in our prayers. good luck...
jackie

wrightfamily said...

I'm so sorry to hear your news. I hope everything goes well and that you are actually excited to be by your family again!

ashley marie said...

I know you don't know me personally, but I hope that everything will work out the best for you and your family. Ohio will be a sadder place without you (I live in Columbus).
You're creativity has always inspired me, as has your husband's. Keep staying positive -- you seem to be incredibly good at that! Speaking from experience, being around family is so incredibly helpful when money is beyond tight. Best wishes.

jess said...

so sorry to hear that!

Nancy said...

I'm sorry to hear about it. Hang in there! We're riding out the same thing with my hubby who's company moved last Dec. You'd be surprised with how creative you get on generating more income. Best of luck to you and your family.

Kristan said...

I am so so sorry your hubby got laid off :( Mine was laid off not once but TWICE this year and we're in the middle of the second layoff now. It's scary but stay strong. You will get through. That's what we say "We'll get through. We always do." *hugs*

Tammy James said...

Hi Candace, I'm sorry to hear your rattling news. I do want to let you know about the down to earth Forum ... it seems to fit in with your profile information, I think you might find some interesting information there that you'd enjoy.

TheMuscatoHansens said...

My goodness, so sorry. Let's hope for you that when a door closes a window opens. Best wishes in finding your way through this!

LobotoME said...

hi candace - a wee bit behind on my google reader (can you tell) as i'm now catching up on all of this las vegas/move/fast stuff....i hope things are going well for you and you are getting settled in...heres hoping 2010 ROCKS for you guys! happy holidays to you & yours! xo, jenny

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