Author: Doctor in Denim

Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather

Well, four months somehow blew right by me since my last post. Not a strong start to the year with my goal of writing at least once a month, but here we are.

Full disclosure: our family life has been a hot mess – sometimes in a fun and energizing way, other times in a depressing and exhausting way. I offer the following as honest examples of what we’ve been wrestling with. All of this has gone down since the last time I posted (and this is far from a comprehensive list):

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Becoming Foster Parents (Again)

Becoming Foster Parents (Again)

I’m excited to be bouncing back to the topic of foster and adoptive parenting today. This post has been a long time coming!

For those who were not aware, both of our sons were adopted from foster care. Parenting these boys has been the craziest and most amazing adventure in our lives (and our adventures have been many, if I do say so myself).

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2020 Photo Essay

2020 Photo Essay

Inspired by a lovely photo essay from my world-traveling bestie, I decided it would make me feel slightly less bummed about the poop fest that was this past year if I assembled something similar for myself.

In an effort to make this a positive venture, I have omitted photos of me at my office sweating in uncomfortable PPE, me wearing the same pair of stretchy pants day and night for weeks on end, and me crying in the garage with the lights off. But you can rest assured that all those things did happen, because this was 2020.

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Paying Off Our First Rental Property

Paying Off Our First Rental Property

How We Got Here

We’ve always had real estate as part of our retirement plan. It’s a constantly-evolving vision, as most long-term plans are. The property we just paid off is in the Chicago area and was purchased by my husband in the mid-2000’s on a 30-year mortgage.

We met in early 2010, and a year later we had decided to get married and move across the country for school. Selling the property at that time would have made zero financial sense, with the housing market still in its Great Recession death spiral. We signed on with a rental management company, packed our cars for the West Coast, and became long-distance landlords.

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How Outdoor Adventuring Prepared Us for a Quarantine

How Outdoor Adventuring Prepared Us for a Quarantine

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware that much of the world has recently been under various degrees of stay-at-home orders, lock-downs, and quarantines.

The major disruption in our area has lasted about 6-8 weeks (so far). While this is far from ideal and not nearly as fun as being on a 6-week-long outdoor adventure, I’m pleased to report that our many years of backpacking, trail running, skiing, etc. in the great outdoors has left us better prepared for this than one might expect.

Here’s why:

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