You know times are tough, because times have been good before. You know things are going really well because times have been a struggle before. What a long 12 months we have had.
Bright spots (thanks) - faith in God, we both have good jobs, thus income, little consumer debt (car & camper), plenty to eat, house, clothes, healthy adult children making good choices, each other, like minded, and we cherish each other.
Difficult spots (frustrations) - DH in pain for weeks last summer = surgery for kidney stone and 2 month recovery, followed by 3 weeks of intense tooth pain, followed by tooth being pulled, puppy was ran over and had to be put down, I had a cough for weeks and then prescribed round after round of antibiotics for "sinus infection"- ended up in hospital with C Diff and am still trying to recover, paying $400+/mo. in medical bills, very difficult time at work with lots of stress for both of us, oldest dog died, letter from IRS stating we owe $14,000 for tax year 2014, said we filed an EZ with only my incorrect income showing with a big refund. We are now finding out our identity was most likely stolen and get to meet with IRS on Friday to get straightened out. Fished hard for 2 weekends straight for long hours, only to have 4 fish to show for it. DH having more health issues - prescribed double antibiotic for 30 days (still taking it). These are the highlights. Plus trivial things like the lawn mower won't start, no like minded friends, pick up needs a lot of work, can't keep up with chores, etc.
So, between all the medical and health issues, losing 2 dogs, the IRS, work stress, medical bills, and the like, we still have a pretty good life and can't complain. We have had a long storm. I could not go through all of this without my DH and faith. I start my new job in 2 weeks. I hope it will be a good year, and that my DH will stay busy with work. I am very blessed.