Thursday, December 18, 2008

FINALLY a new post!!

We are still alive and kicking!! The boys are doing fantastic in school. Zach made it to first grade. He started out in KG but is now in first grade. I am so proud of him. He is doing very well on his reading. The school just had their Christmas play and Dakota had the lead role. He did a great job!!
On a more serious you know if you watch or listen to the news, the domestic automakers are not doing so well. And if you didn't know, my husband happens to work for one of them. As do or did alot of his family. I know that not everyone will agree with me but anyone who thinks that Ford, GM or Chrysler should go under does not really know what they are talking about. The familys that will be affected by this would be HUGE!! We are not just talking the workers who work directly for these companies but we are talking much, much more than that. You have suppliers that supply parts to the Big 3 and that is that many more people who are going to lose their houses because they have no job. This will all affect the retail as well because these workers that would have been buying tv's, game systems and the like will no longer be doing that. They will be just barely having groceries!! This will also affect those who work at the dealerships and their families. It will also affect those who have already retired. Do you honestly think that they can go out and get another job? Some are too old or even sick and that would not even be an option!! And not everything you hear on the news is totally accurate. Steve is a UAW member & for those who feel that the UAW has not given up alot should ask a UAW member what they think!! I agree the UAW has not always done things right. I know that I have stepped on a lot of toes. Please excuse my harshness but anybody who would wish that millions of people be out of a job deserves everything they get. I also agree that the automakers need to do some restructuring but it needs to start with the white collar workers. If the UAW members worked for free it would not pull the automakers out of this slump. In 11yrs the top guy has gone from $900,000 to 22 million a year!!! The blue collar workers have steadily lost things over that 11yrs. So don't tell me that the UAW is the reason for the automakers problems!! Yes, Steve does make pretty good money but compare apples to apples. They are not building $1000 seats, they are building a $30,000 vehicles. And just for the fun of it, you should look up work practices before the UAW.
Now that I have made alot of people mad, as of Jan. 1 Steve is no longer a Ford employee. For the sake of millions of families, I hope all goes well for the automakers. If you really think about it, your family may be affected, in some way, by the auto industry. I hope I didn't sound to harsh but it is what it is.
If I don't get to post before Christmas. I hope everyone has a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


urhis said...

It's great to hear from you again. I hope Larry is doing well. We will be praying that the Lord will show you His faithfulness by providing a miracle in your lives. Trusting you have a blessed Christmas with His presence.

Anonymous said...

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Mark, Gretchen and Kendrick said...

Everyone needs to read your post!! We will be praying for you all as you make the adjustments that are ahead for your family. See ya Sunday

t_verdier said...

Well, well, well. I haven't talked to you in years! I think it was at least 3 kids ago, so I know its been like forever.

Every now and then, I google your name to see if I get any hits, and tonight I just happened to come across this blog.

You guys haven't changed a bit! I still can't get over the fact that you have 5 boys. Justis looks so much like Steve!

I saw the pictures of you and Steve, and I must say that they turned out even better than the ones from IHC all those many years ago!! LOL

Well, I would really love to get in touch with you! I couldn't find a way to email you directly, so I am apologizing for taking up the "comments" section.

But I will leave a comment, I hope all works out for you with Steve changing jobs. I have learned in the past 5 years that I need to pray daily for God to prepare my heart for His will. Sometimes it is so stressful to truthfully not know what God wants you to do and not do. Sometimes I ask Him to please close a door so that I don't make a mistake!

Well, since this isn't my blog, I should go!

Merry Christmas,
Tabitha Verdier

Sharalyn said...

It's so true about what you had to say about all the jobs that are affected. Even in my own experience, when our company started out-sourcing, locally, we started down-sizing. Do they really think that those of us who are out of jobs are out buying new faucets for our houses... NOT! It's small in comparison to a $30,000 vehicle... but so many more are truly affected than just the employees at the big 3. My hubby's shop has let a LOT of people go just before Christmas.. and more next week. Some of the work they did was for "the big 3". Just have to trust the Lord in all things! Hang in there!