Last night was the one year anniversary of the fire that destroyed our business.
I never thought we would be here one year later.
This past year has been rough and I am totally amazed that we are still here, hanging on somehow.
We have reopened in a new location, started working on bicycles again (which has kept us treading water), learned that God is good and totally in control even though it may not feel like it.
A lot has happened as a result of the fire:
I am now in graduate school in hopes of getting a better, more flexible job and have financial aid due to our loss from the fire
Jeff is now in school working on his undergraduate in graphic design so he will have something to fall back and help bring in income, once again with great financial aid due to our losses from the fire
thanks to Obama's stay in your home program and the fire our mortgage is ridiculously low so we will never move, ever, yet we still can't pay on the bills, but hopefully one day
I found a job I can do from home and though it is sporadic, hopefully it will help us to get ahead during the slow times
our marriage has made it through one of the roughest periods of our life and if we can survive this, I would like to think we can make it through anything
So a year ago it seemed as though our life was destroyed, but it didn't kill us, hopefully it did make us stronger and it is only up from here
A year later there is still an ache when I think about how everything went up from one careless cigarette, though it wasn't our home, it was our "second home," and there were lots of personal things and memories there and we can never get them back.
But it is only up and out from here