When the Going Gets Tough

In the eloquent words of a great friend of mine, “2012 Blows”.  Why yes it does.  The bureaucracy of trying to get unemployment checks started is starting to drive me bonkers.  AND we came home to a huge leak in the basement and have no idea how long it had been leaking, along with all the other stressful crap we’re trying to deal with.  But let’s take a step back to where we were to have to come home to a leak.

When my husband lost his job, we realized that we hadn’t taken time lately to be a family.  His hours and commute, and the hours of his previous job, made me feel like a single parent most of the time.  So we decided that it was time to pull closer as a family and spend some time together getting reacquainted.  My husband was able to spend a week and a half watching LittleM when I was finishing the school year and 2 days after I was done we got in the car to trek to Kentucky and Indiana.  When you’re about to lose your mind from stress, what could be better than visiting friends and family.

Thank goodness that LittleM is a good car rider because it took about 11 1/2 hours to get to Kentucky to get to my family but once we got there we were well taken care of by my aunt, uncle, and cousin.  While there we were able to visit the Kentucky Horse Park and relax by the pool. It had been a long time since I had visited Kentucky, and even longer since seeing my cousin so we had a fantastic time, and I feel very lucky to have been able to reconnect to that side of my family.

After spending a couple of days in Kentucky we continued our trek westward to Indiana to visit a great friend who moved there with her husband to take a job at the University of Evansville.  We spent a few days hanging out with them, visiting some of the nice spots in Evansville, including letting LittleM feed a giraffe.  That was, “SO Cool,” in the words of LittleM.

So, we were able to reconnect as a family while forgetting some of the craziness if only for a few days.  Hold tight to your friends and family, let them help you through the rough times, as well as the good times.  I don’t know of anyone who can do it alone, especially not me.  While 2012 does indeed blow for my family, and I don’t think I will ever have a lot of great things to say about 2012, I do appreciate all the support and love of friends and family.

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  1. Cassie

    I agree. 2012 has been a rough year. You are a strong woman, Ashley! Your family and friends are lucky to have you. I know I’m grateful for your friendship and support this year. I’m always here (right down the road) if you need anything!

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