What’s Next, God?

August 16, 2009 at 12:55 am 3 comments

Life is what happens when
you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. –Proverbs 19:21

Man plans, God laughs. – Yiddish Proverb

We knew that it was too good to be true, but couldn’t help praying for it to happen at the same time. Had Southwest Airlines won the auction for Frontier Airlines this past Thursday, my husband’s professional life as a pilot, and our family’s life as a whole, would’ve been catapulted into an entirely new hemisphere of security and comfort. The very things we all strive for, for the betterment of our family would finally, at long-last, come to fruition. It has been a long and windy road up to this point, and we are now left wondering, what’s next for us, God?

Knowing that negotiations between the two airline’s pilot unions was taking place on Wednesday and that they had a midnight deadline to come to some agreement on pilot seniority list integration, we watched our e-mail, Twitter and message boards for any news of how the talks were progressing. We should have just gone to bed and gotten a good night’s rest, but instead, just before midnight, we checked one last time and saw that the unions had come to an impasse. Our hearts sunk. Even though the auction was still to take place the next day, we knew neither side was going to budge. Republic Airways, the first airline to throw its’ hat in the ring to acquire the bankrupt Frontier, was then selected by default.

Southwest had said repeatedly that they were in this to win it and had it just come down to who had the bigger pocketbook, they would have. But, Southwest also believes “its Culture and relationships with its Employees are too important to compromise.” Just one of the reasons they are such a desirable company to work for. There was also the promise of a five-year “fence” around Denver for all Frontier pilots. This meant that once Danny was able to return to work, he could remain based in Denver and our family wouldn’t have to move. Again. There is now the very real possibility that we will be moving to Republic’s Milwaukee base in the near future. Marking our sixth move in our soon-to-be eight years of marriage. Now, with a little one, we just hope to eventually have a permanent place to settle down and call home. If we move to Milwaukee, it certainly won’t be our last move either.

It’s not that there is anything wrong with what Republic has planned for Frontier, we are very thankful that Danny still has a job, but, Danny and I both agree it would’ve saved us a lot of sleep, head and stomach aches had the carrot of Southwest not been dangled in front of us as it was. It was difficult NOT to envision what life would be like had Southwest won. Most pilots can only dream of working for Southwest, a pretty exclusive club that even includes an astronaut. An astronaut! And, I was of course dreaming of what life would be like when as Danny said, should Southwest win, I would never have to work again. How many mothers wouldn’t want that? It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all the Frontier pilots and it had us in it’s grip. It has taken a few days, but like a first date that doesn’t become a second, we are just starting to get over Southwest and the promise that they held.

We know that God has a plan and we just need to trust in Him. He has brought us through the past year and a half, making sure we have enough to pay the bills and that all our needs are met. It has been nothing short of a miracle. We are prepared to have to go to Plan C should we need to, but will remain hopeful that the new management will continue to grow Frontier and keep them a successful and profitable airline that other pilots will one day dream about working for as much as Danny did Southwest.

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  • 1. Jay Charness  |  August 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Chris,
    I appreciated your comment on our Get It Blog. I just read your latest entry and it sounds like you may be experiencing some challenging times. I loved the attitude in your writing which sounded like you may not be happy with a particular situation, but that you knew it would all work out one way or another. Good luck with it all. Jay

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  • 2. Emma S-R  |  October 20, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Hey there! My other half is a pilot in the UK. I only just saw this post. are you a member of any pilot wife groups on-line?

    I have one, that I’ve linked in to and I link to a lot of blogs from it. If you like, I can post a link to yours. We have a few SWA wives in there already 🙂

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  • 3. CJP  |  April 11, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Hi. 🙂

    I completely understand the long and windy road your family has traveled.

    My husband has been with SWA for 8 years and had been w/another Major for 4 years prior. When he was offered the SWA job we gave up his 4 year seniority and started over knowing that we had to make a short term sacrifice for a long term gain. The first year was HARD, but we made it..whew! We feel truly blessed and VERY LUCKY!

    When the whole Frontier thing came about I honestly thought about how exciting it would be for those families, I know what a life changing event that could have been for you all. The feelings you expressed above tore at my heartstrings.

    It was unfortunate that the unions could not come to an agreement, especially for the Frontier pilots who were willing to make seniority sacrifices knowing that those sacrifices would ultimately have been an immense long term gain as a SWA pilot.

    I am sincerely sorry and hope that you all are doing well and that Frontier prospers. God does have a plan and He will see you through.

    I wish you all much success and happiness.

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