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Reflecting on the past then looking forward and planning ahead

Reflecting on the past then looking forward and planning ahead

There are only 4 months left in this whirlwind of a year! Remember all that madness? Need a recap?

Last August we were living in Flagstaff, AZ and N proposed to me on the top of the San Francisco Peaks. Then we packed up a moving truck, the RV, said goodbye to all our family, friends and we drove cross country in our RV with our zoo of animals. N got a new job and we relocated.

Once we got here we settled in and less than a month later we learned of our surprise pregnancy. We had been trying for almost 2 years before relocating with no success. We were planning our wedding when we discovered I was pregnant, I had just purchased my wedding dress.

Once the pregnancy was confirmed we shared the happy news, postponed our wedding plans and headed to the court house to become legally married (for insurance purposes). Once insured we found out we were expecting a baby girl.

We dealt with a moldy inhabitable rental home, broke our lease and moved to a new home (that we agreed to buy), I was 8 months pregnant. Now our adorable baby girl is here and she’s almost 3 months old.

It truly has been one jam packed year for us. Lots of ups and downs but we ended up way better off than when we started and we’ve achieved just about everything we were aiming to.

Things are finally getting all boring and calm again so we are looking forward and planning ahead now. We only have two major things we are tackling right now.

We are gearing up to apply for a mortgage on the house we are living in right now, we have until April to close on the house or we forfeit all the money we paid upfront when we agreed to the contract sale. Although we would love to close before the end of the year so we can take advantage of the first time home buyers tax incentives.

We also need to get our “good car” repaired so we have a safer ride for Everly. It is back in Arizona so once it’s fixed we’ll need to fly out there and drive it back. We are saving up for this right now. Fixing it is still cheaper than getting under a new car payment, especially since we are getting ready to take on a mortgage.

N is on contract for another 2 years and has yet to see the anchor time he was promised upon accepting the job. Hopefully he’ll be on the anchor desk more in the next two years otherwise…. Well you know the drill.

Exactly one year ago we were looking to the future wondering when engagement, marriage and kids would be in the cards. It is crazy how fast life changes! It’s been a crazy ride so far but I love my life and have everything I could ever want.

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  • I am so glad that you two – er – three, now are so happy. I, too, have everything I could ever want…. did you know that I am married to Santa Claus! LOL He even looks like him! But I get Christmas nearly every day with him! I will pray that your family and mine stay this happy – or happier! 🙂
    .-= maiden53´s last blog ..County Fair Update =-.

    September 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm
  • What a wonderful picture of the 3 of you! I hope that as things settle down and return to normal, that you stay happy and content.

    I’m totally pms’ing…so sap alert……I’m so glad that we have gotten to be friends!!
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..End of an Era =-.

    September 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm
  • I can’t think of a better outlook for life than what your post title states. Well done!
    .-= Donna B.´s last blog ..Call Me A Conservative Curmudgeon =-.

    September 9, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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