- First half of the year is uneventful, in a good way
- Homeschooling going well
- Craig’s clinic job hours are hard on young family (he gets home at 8:00 every night)
- Craig is offered and begins a new job as head (and only) chiropractor for a new business backed by investors
- My real estate hobby leads us to sign a lease/purchase on a house
- We move in July (Parade of Homes #9)
- Love our new neighborhood
- In the spring as we begin to look into the purchase part of our lease/purchase, things don’t go well
- In June, the whole family travels to Duluth, MN for my brother’s wedding; we all stay in one big house
- In July, we move again, back to our old neighborhood (Parade #10)
- Summer vacation at Lake Michigan
- In the fall, Firstborn goes to public school for the first time, 3rd grade
- Skippy is homeschooled for kindergarten
- After the first of the year, we put Skippy in public school kindergarten
- In January, my paternal grandmother, and last grandparent dies, almost 3 years exactly since my other grandmother
- We all meet in Detroit again for the funeral, again on my birthday/Superbowl weekend
- In March I travel to Phoenix and meet my siblings there for a celebration of my Dad’s 50th year of preaching
- We do not move this summer!
- Pinkerbelle starts kindergarten, public school
- We go to Phoenix for Christmas
- In January, we put a contract on a house to be built
- We drive out every weekend to see the progress
- Move in end of April
- Summer vacation in Chicago/Lake Michigan beach
- Craig is given part ownership of the business
- Kids start new school
- For the first time ever, I am kid-free for 8 hours/day
- I start a blog!
- Lots of decorating
- Lots of thrift stores
- Lots of blogging
- My sisters visit in the summer
- Firstborn is homeschooling again for 6th grade
- We have no plans to move!
Looking back, I would say the one big lesson of the decade for us is that no matter what kind of…pardon me…cr*p you go through, God can use it for your benefit. But I should have already known that, right? It's right there in Romans 8:28: "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God..." (NLT)
Craig would not have the job he has now if he did not have the experience he gained in the school of hard knocks in Kentucky.
If we had purchased a house when I wanted to, we wouldn’t have built our own, and we would have bought at the top of the real estate bubble. We would probably have ended up being upside down on the mortgage; as it is, we are pretty much holding steady, which isn’t too bad these days.
Praise God for his merciful care!