The Bumpy Road to a Pretty Kitchen

My husband, Rick, came home early from work on a hot, humid, Jacksonville, Florida afternoon in 2008. He didn’t warn me of his arrival, which was unusual. I happened to be on my way out to pick up our girls from school when his truck “swung” into the driveway. His lips were shaking like they did at the alter 15 years prior. They do that when he is nervous, so I knew something was up. We were being transferred back to Michigan. We had moved to Florida 6 years earlier for the same reason. We now had to leave the house we had just spent a year building and lived in for only 1 year.


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