~ My longtime dream of having my daughter Jennifer and I be in business together came to a sad end when an obscure jewelry company called Stella and Dot swept her off her feet. While I miss her dearly I well up with pride as I watch Jennifer's great leadership abilities launch her into being a director and founding leader of this incredible company.
~ The two most dominant male figures in my young children's lives when I was a single parent were both diagnosed with serious, life threatening illnesses. My kids considered them "uncles" and they have been "family" to me for almost 40 years now.
~ We made several trips to Michigan to start the long, arduous process of moving Tim's mom out of her house of 50+ years and into assisted living as her Altzheimer's progressed. The adorable home that Tim grew up in is currently on the market :
~ Tim's job had him gone over a third of 2010. The last four months we anticipated a job relocation and subsequent move and used every spare moment researching how to make the move from the Midwest to San Diego without losing the shirts off our backs. I flew out there once in September to visit my hubby and search neighborhoods in person. Otherwise I saw Tim briefly on weekends when he would fly home through the night and usually arrive Saturday morning and leave again Sunday afternoon. Our short weekends were spent doing repairs and updating with the expectation we would be putting our house on the market. While we were prepared for a major downsize and move across the country, in the end the offer was just not in our best interest. On one hand the decision was a letdown, especially for Tim, as he was excited about the job and we both were willing to make the move. On the other hand we were relieved that the uncertainty was over and Tim moved back just in time for Christmas.
~ My months of researching and comparing the housing market in Southern California vs. the Midwest made me somewhat of a self-proclaimed expert of sorts. The huge amount of the homes/condos were either in foreclosure or short sale and price per sf made my job even tougher. What better way to point out the drastic comparison than with a visual. Remember I posted about and fondly named this the Keebler Cottage?
During my search I discovered my favorite little cottage was actually for sale! The 1908 sf home with the tiniest yard in La Jolla (a desirable suburb of San Diego) was priced at $2.3 mil. At the same time the 25,000 sf La Chateau (Hilbert Mansion) in Carmel IN (a desirable suburb of Indianapolis) sold for $3 mil.
|La Chateau Mansion Front|
|La Chateau Mansion Rear|
While I readily admit these are extreme examples and realize the cottage has a nearby ocean. I am making the point that my own humble abode in the Midwest was looking more appealing even with the snow.
|La Prass Mansion|
Sadly, our year ended with the loss of our son Jonathan to his long battle with bipolar and addictions. It is still so raw. I catch myself wanting to tell him I heard from a friend of his or wanting to ask him about something I read in one of his many journals. How I wanted a different ending.
While I didn't have control over what the year brought or how I would have spent it I do feel like I've been stretched spiritually and emotionally to become a stronger, deeper and more compassionate person than I was before.