Rebuilding after Financial Crisis and Bankruptcy in a Recession (Part 7)
This is an ongoing post in the series Surviving the Lien Years – Rebuilding after Financial Crisis and Bankruptcy in a Recession. Our Growing Family and Lee’s Growing Company is part seven in the series about how my husband and I are surviving the lien years (financial crisis and bankruptcy).
Eventually, after 10 cycles on Clomid and 5 rounds of IUI, we did become pregnant and had our precious children. During the nine months of pregnancy the only real complaint I had was the severe heartburn. Other than that, I relished every ache and pain and change in my body. I was so grateful for the opportunity to be pregnant and fully aware that I may never be pregnant again so I made sure I savored every single moment.
In March of 2003, we celebrated the arrival of our twins, Tyler and Caroline (forever to be named this in the blog in addition to BusyBoy and GigglyGirl but not their real names). Oh, life was sweet in 2003! I was tired from the lack of sleep and taking care of two children but I was so grateful each night for having 2 children to take care of. Our prayers were answered. I pretty much withdrew from everything I had previously been involved with for several months to enjoy the time the twins were small. Even though we wanted more children, I knew that it might never happen again and was determined to cherish every moment that I possibly could. I do not think I have ever cherished those long, sleepless nights but the daytime hours were cherish-able.
In 2005, Lee had the opportunity to expand his business to California. At least it seemed like an opportunity. In retrospect, he should have turned it down even if it meant losing a client but hindsight is always 20/20. The laws for small businesses to startup in California (especially businesses that will employ many people and need lots of workers’ comp insurance) are brutal and the government entities involved in allowing a company to startup in California are painfully slow and run by lifetime bureaucrats. The company used its meager savings and racked up new debt starting the branch in California.