Our son started a teaching job early in the year and lost his appendix four days before the insurance kicked in. The surgeon was competent, and the hospital folks were understanding, helping him wend his way through a bit of red tape in reaching a very acceptable payment plan.
We see our son often and have seen our daughter and her hubby several times this year, tho they're 5+ hours away. And we all survived our recent babysitting stint of their two dogs!
Despite a few more aches and creaks than last year, our health has been good.
Surely there's more. Hmmm....
On the flip side, however, 2011 has been a year I won't mind seeing come to a close in a few hours. It started out with a bang when our income dropped with a thud last winter (which started December 1 and didn't let up for months) while the bills rushed in at breakneck speed. It was the first time I had to deal with credit card folks - then collections - to explain our circumstances. Repeatedly. Like Sarah, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought, mostly because I DID communicate and because our credit had previously been good. Still, I dreaded making the calls.
While that was going on, hubby's job provided enough migraine moments for a lifetime. His firing from the coaching part of his job last month was a relief in many ways, and we feel certain a change in teaching location will happen soon. After that? No clue what God has in mind, but we think we're ready!
Stress was the norm during 2011, with enough panic thrown in to keep me tossing and turning in what little sleep I got and during waking hours, too.
Having spoken the word bankruptcy numerous times over the past month has eased the realization that short of finding a winning multigazillion lottery ticket, it's the only option we have left to escape the debt quicksand we've been fighting. I am eager to see the light in 2012 in both money matters and hubby's job situation, which will free up time to clean up and out around here and boost our income with several projects. Brain paralysis isn't good for much, and I'm looking forward to escaping its clutches in more ways than one.
Like Sarah, I've been inspired by all of you as you strive to beat the $$$ demons! May 2012 be one of even greater success for you. For all of us.