Today at my house, tensions were running a little bit high. I finally sequestered myself in the guest bedroom to get our tax stuff finished for 2008 so that I can take it to the CPA and wrap that up in time – our extension goes to October 15th.
My wife is still working on processing a lot of sundry paperwork with regard to her mom’s estate. The will is not yet probated, and we are on our fourth attorney (long story).
During a long family “meeting”, we started thinking about what we have endured as a family over the past year and a half or so:
- Death of a close friend to cancer
- Death of a church friend (suicide)
- Death of my son’s piano teacher in January
- Death of my mother-in-law (May)
- Birth of our child – April
- Estate sale and cleaning out a houseful of stuff – June
- Starting a whole new church in Georgetown
- Trimming expenses dramatically based on having less income
- Potty training a toddler (I think we’re done now)
- Counseling for our two older kids for OCD and anxiety issues (some of this stems from the above)
- Taking care of my mother-in-law at our home for about 1.5 years leading up to her death
When you take this stuff in addition to taking care of four kids, homeschooling, running a brokerage with 16 agents, trying to sell enough homes to keep things afloat, hosting a radio show each week, and the normal day-to-day routine stresses, I have come to one conclusion:
I want to go somewhere.
We have talked about renting an RV, which we have never tried. The kids are stoked about this idea, so we might try a mini-trip first, maybe to Dallas or Houston to see relatives, then we can plan a bigger trip later.
Despite the challenges we have had of late, I am eternally grateful to God for the blessings he has given me. I see people who face things that are a lot harder than this. I love my life, truly, but I could use a little downtime.