Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Decade in Review—Part 1

My friend Lucy did this on her blog, and I thought it would be fun, so I’m copying. Of course, for her the decade started when she was in 8th grade, so she’s had some pretty big happenings in the last 10 years. When you’re my age, 10 years doesn’t seem like that long!


  • I remember watching TV as the new year arrived around the world, a bit relieved to see that the whole Y2K thing turned out to be a non-issue.
  • Living in a rental house, Parade of Homes #4
  • Skippy was born in July, my first homebirth
  • Finances were bad and getting worse, contributing to…
  • Emotionally, I was in a big funk (depression, really), especially after Skippy’s birth

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  • The first half of the year was spent looking for an existing, profitable chiropractic practice to purchase and trying to get financing
  • Moved to Louisville, Kentucky in July to take ownership of said practice
  • Salary tripled over night
  • Felt relieved, and happy, but homesick
  • Surprise pregnancy
  • Bought our first house in December, Parade of Homes #6
  • Made once-in-a-lifetime (business) trip to US Virgin Islands in December



  • Unremarkable first half of year…things finally seemed “normal” for our family
  • Pinkerbelle born in June, homebirth
  • Right about that time, things began to get weird with the business (read about it here)
  • by Christmas time, it was really stressful and uncertain what would happen with the business



  • By late winter, everything was crumbling around us, the lender called the loan on the business
  • We began preparing to move back to Missouri and start over
  • Made the move in May with the help of our old church, lost our house, back to renting (Parade of Homes #7)
  • Salary effectively zero, overnight
  • Craig began practicing again, with a handful of his old patients from before KY
  • Began homeschooling Firstborn for kindergarten
  • Declared bankruptcy
  • Glad to be back “home”, everything else pretty much sucked

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  • My maternal grandmother dies in January, we travel to Detroit to meet the rest of the family for the funeral
  • Because her death was within 6 months of the bankruptcy, my inheritance is confiscated
  • Craig is hired to run a clinic for his alma mater; we are getting a regular paycheck again
  • We remodel and then move into the church house in May (Parade of Homes #8)
  • I love the house, I’m happy with the paycheck, the rollercoaster is on the upswing again
  • Summer vacation at Lake Michigan beach for the first time
  • Between Christmas and New Year’s most of my family gathers at my house for a rare family Christmas…great memories

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To be continued….


Lucy Marie said...

I'd say you have had a great deal of goings on in the past 10 years as well! Two births, multiple moves, and a number of struggles that you and C seem to have dealt with so well. I can't wait to read the second half.

By the way - you were right guessing you'd have been in gr 11 when I was born ... Katie and I are only 22 days apart!

Country Dreaming said...

This is a fun idea but I'm not sure I could come up with stuff.
Love reading other though.

Happy New Year!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

This is a great idea! I love reading about people's journeys to where they are now. :) You've had quite a ride!!

Tricia said...

I loved this list, Holly. When I read L's, I thought about copying the idea too. I think I'll try to do it in the next week or two. It's really interesting to see how our lives break down in list form, isn't it?!

Happy New Year to you and yours, Holly.


Rambling Girl said...

Gosh I might have to try this out but will have to think on this.

I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your blog these last few months since I have been around. I actually am getting into the thrift buying for my family...

Have been reading all about your parade of homes. Things always happen for a reason and just makes us grow stronger...

LuLu said...

What a wonderful idea, so much has happened over the decade it's wonderful to see and read the journey,
wishing you a wonderful 2010,