Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quick Update!

Ok, so according to the last post, we were waiting on the second approval from the bank for that house. Well in all that waiting, we still went out a looked at other houses, just in case another presented itself. Well one did! Right now we are 9 days away from closing on this house in Thornton. We were supposed to close on they 7th, but it was looking like that there could be some loan issues, so we had to back up and resubit the loan paperwork. It only pushed the closing back by a bit, and our lender said if we could push it through quicker, we definitely would. So we are just waiting for the approval on the loan and to get the appraisal redone. I will post more once we sign all the papers, or if something else happens. Not to mention pictures!! Keep your fingers crossed for us, we have been looking for almost a year now and have had lots of bumps in the road...but this one feels like it's it!!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Time for an Update! Spring is around the corner...

Hey everyone!

It's been awhile since I last have written, but nothing too exciting has happened. I have been working like crazy, which has totally exhausted me. But every payday is worth it, as my hard work is paying off. It's been getting me noticed by more people at the Regional Office, which is the steps I need to take in order to keep moving up, and hopefully one day be a Store Accountant or RFA. I have really been counting my blessings with work. Stephen and I are so lucky to be able to put in a 40+ hour week and get paid and have great benefits. For a country where 700,000 jobs were lost in the last month, I really couldn't ask for much more!

Stephen is doing really well with work. He was just able to hire a couple more people, and hopefully they will continue to be doing great in that little produce department of theirs. We have also really been focusing on eating better and getting more exercise in. It's really helping with sleeping patterns and just having more energy to do things through out the day.

Spud is the best dog anyone could ever ask for. We got very lucky that we went to the shelter when we did, because he probably wouldn't have been there much longer. It's pretty apparent that he had a tough puppy life, but I think he is very happy with where he is now!

Still haven't heard anything about the house Stephen is trying to buy right now. We have seller approval and first round approval, but are still waiting on some signature or something from the bank. Hopefully it will hurry up, since the property had already been appraised at the same price he is offering for it, so it should just be a matter of renewing that approval amount and getting everything else done. It's stressful and frustrating, but it will be worth it in the end. I don't know many 23 year old's buying a house right now. And it will be nice to just have a place, that will be his.

Other than that things are business as usual. Working and taking care of the furbaby, trying to make the best of the economy and whatever situations present itself. It helps to be able to have a partner in crime through all of it, especially with the amount of love that we have for each other. I couldn't imagine someone else being any better for me than Stephen is. I'm very happy with our little family of three right now!

Friday, February 6, 2009

One more step closer!

Hey everyone! So as some of you know, Stephen is looking at buying a house right now! Well this has been going on since this past June and there have been a couple bumps in the road, but it seems that we're finally on the right track! He decided to go with a new realtor that was recommended to him by one of our co-workers and he has worked out great!

Stephen found a house he really liked and a couple weeks ago put a contract on it! We heard back from the sellers, who accepted the offer, and it was forwarded to the bank to be approved at the asking price. This was about 2 weeks ago, I believe.

Today, Stephen finally got a call saying that the offer has been moved up to secondary approval, which means it passed the first round! So though we are still waiting, we are one step closer than we were! They had originally talked about an end of February close on the house, but because things are taking a bit longer, we're looking more realistically on a early to mid March close. But please keep us in your thoughts and prayers! We want this to all go smoothly and easily and hopefully Stephen will have the house by mid-spring!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Thomas Patrick Burke 1955-2009

Back in April, my uncle was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He fought through countless chemo treatments, at the doctors and with 24 hour at home pumps, numerous radiation treatment, hydration, blood transfusions, and infections. He was told that the tumor was not going to shrink, nor could it be operated on because of the location of the tumor, making it a deadly surgery. Only 13 doctors in the world have performed the surgery he needed. The cancer also spread to his liver, making him more sick as time went on. The cancer kept him from eating and he had a feeding tube inserted which became infected 3 times, landing him in the hospital for about a week each time. After traditional chemo wasn't working, Tom and his family talked to a specialist a UCLA, who performed a biopsy and created a personalized cocktail of chemo, tailored to the cancer cells. Test results came back positive at times, but it seemed that every step forward, caused 3 steps back. After 3 months of this treatment, test results showed that the cancer was not responding to it at all. His doctor informed us that the amount and type of chemo Tom needed to fight the cancer, would kill him at this point. Tom decided to cease all treatment, and let the cancer take his course. He passed on January 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm, only 8 days after deciding to stop treatment.

The past 3 weeks or so have been the hardest in my life. I haven't cried more in the past weeks, than I have in a long time. I was lucky enough to see my uncle only a month before he passed, before he was bedridden and in and out of conciousness. That was one of my favorite weekends. I'm very blessed to have made that trip, and can't imagine how I would be feeling if I wasn't able to go. My uncle was an amazing, loving, brave, faithful man. He will always be remembered by the many stories of my crazy Irish side of the family.

Cancer is an awful disease, and I urge everyone who reads to support any awareness groups of any type of cancer. Now, Stephen and I have both lost family members to cancer and have seen its effects first hand.

Uncle Tom, you will be truly missed! I love you and I hope you enjoyed the shot of Jameson in your memory!

Ok, Starting from Scratch

For the last six months or so, I have been blogging on LiveJournal. I recently decided that I wanted to just do away with that account (which I need to figure out how to delete) and start from scratch here! My last account was strictly my thoughts, etc. This one will still be my thoughts and things going on, but also and always keeping you updated with things going on with my family: Myself, Stephen and the furbaby Spud. There are lot of exciting changes in the near future for us, and I want to be able to share it where it's accessible for everyone! As far as trying to bring my past posts over from LJ, I'm not going to do, just post a short post starting with the most important thing that happened this year, at least to me. I hope this New Year has found all of you with renewed hope and want in life!