Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 List from 2010

2010 started out as a rough year. In January, Cheree stated on her blog that FORTITUDE would be a word to sustain us in the coming year and she was right. 

In January we knew that Daniel would {hopefully} start working with TVA, based out of Chattanooga, TN, but we didn’t know when. He spent the first of the year working to finish our {5-year} house renovation so that we could sell our first home.

We held our breath as he endured psychological testing to receive his nuclear clearance and then we experienced a physical separation as Daniel moved to Chattanooga and Cheree stayed in Charlotte until the house sold.

We managed to get the house on the market at the beginning of April and had a lot of initial interest but then the real estate market depressed after the First-Time Home Buyers Credit ended. At the end of June, we were elated to finally receive an offer for our asking price.

In mid July, after 5 months of separation, Cheree quit her job to join Daniel in Tennessee. The first of August found us moving into a170-square foot camper at the Raccoon Mountain Campground in Chattanooga. We were unsure of where Daniel would be stationed long-term so we lived in the camper for 3 months.

In September we discovered that Daniel would be officially relocated to Hollywood, Alabama on the first of October so we started our house hunt.

After viewing 4 houses, we were ready to make a decision. We bought our second home and moved in right before Halloween.

In November, we hosted the Moore family Thanksgiving.

We find that we are continuing to adjust to rural living. It is quite different from living in Charlotte or even Chattanooga for that matter.

We are hopeful for 2011. Cheree is working to establish freelance clients and we are thankful to be together again and also living closer to family.

We hope that 2011 is a blessed year for you and your family.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Moore’s!

10) There were no trips to the ER (two years in a row, we're on a roll!)

9) Daniel started a new job with TVA after 1 year of unemployment.
8) We lived in 2 different states {Daniel in Tennessee and Cheree in North Carolina} for 6 months... and survived!

7) We sold our house in Charlotte, NC.

6) We lived in a camper for 3 months.

5) We purchased a new house in Hollywood {Alabama that is}. How many people can say they bought a house for its garage?

4) We hosted our first Thanksgiving.

3) We feel blessed to live closer to both of our families.

2) We are thankful to be making new friends {though we miss our old ones}. 
1) We are looking forward to 2011 and all that it has to offer. We hope that you are your family are blessed in the coming year!
*This is the first year we didn't send out an actual card and we received a lot of flack -- so we are bringing back our printed card and Top 10 List for future years.

If you are interested, here are our Top 10 List from Years Past 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | We skipped 2007 | 2008 | 2009   

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