A decade in review

I saw others listing what happened during the last decade. I started thinking back to the last 10 years and realized how much has happened in my life in the last ten years.

A lot has happened, but I’ve come through it all stronger and more determined focus on the positive.

A big part of that focus is on my family, specifically my two boys. They are my world. We will continue to adventure and grow together.





  • Tried starting a photography business
  • Rethan diagnosed with speech delay (age 18 months)


  • Hospitalized for chest pain -> suspected thymoma(cancer) -> biopsy -> hospitalized for fluid in lungs -> heart cath – what a crazy month – all is good in the end  (-> = which led to…)
  • Shaynen started Kindergarten in public school – K teacher from He**
  • Shaynen and Rethan diagnosed as ADHD and sensory developmental delay – lots of OT
  • Shaynen identified as gifted
  • Moved Shaynen to parochial school where we met our best friends


  • Lost beloved brother-in-law Kenny
  • Disneyworld trip with sister 
  • Separated from cheating husband – moved in with sister


  • Florida trip with sister
  • Dad passed away (no more parents or grandparents)
  • Rethan started Kindergarten


  • Divorce finalized – good-bye narcissistic abuser
  • First solo trip with my boys – camping all the way to Calgary Canada
    •  Rolled (totaled) our van (thankfully no injuries), Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, slept in a tepee – adventures


  • Hospitalization and surgery for major cyst
  • Camping trip to Calgary – my boys and I
  • Rethan diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia
  • Sweetness then sorrow -Beautiful nephew was born and passed away


  • Shattered right elbow – hospitalization and surgery for radial cap replacement
  • Shaynen diagnosed with connective tissue disorder
  • Pony Express and Solar power camping trip – my boys and I 
  • Rethan diagnosed with Tourettes, Anxiety, OCD
  • Surgery for wrist from same fall as elbow 


  • Surgery again for same wrist
  • Emergency hysterectomy for endometriosis
  • Total solar eclipse with the family 
  • Shaynen started Middle School
  • Shaynen’s Connective Tissue Disorder diagnosed as Ehlers Danlos Hypermobile
  • Rethan diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Hypermobile
  • Shaynen diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)


  • Fired from teacher assistant position due to elbow still not healed 
  • Started working online teaching English with VIPkid
  • Pulled my sons out of public school and started homeschooling them
  • Shaynen diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Migraines
  • Bought an RV
  • Became a digital nomad – living and traveling full time in our RV
  • First Workcamp job – Sugar Beet Harvest in Minnesota
  • Shattered left elbow – surgery for radial cap replacement and ligament repair


  • First root canal – yuck, ouch
  • Support family completely with VIPkid teaching English online
  • Shaynen diagnosed with Tourettes, OCD, Anxiety, 
  • (Me) Diagnosed with Connective Tissue Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified)
  • Bought a newer, bigger RV


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