Oh my gosh! This seemed like such a cute idea when I first saw it on a few blogger’s sites. Collect a few posts from a few months and viola! You have this great little year in review, some links to posts people may have missed, and a review post all in one!

Then I started going through my blog.

You guys, it’s a MESS.

So many pictures didn’t come over when I switched hosting companies. There are blank boxes with names of pictures and no pictures. Things are messy. I don’t like my own writing half the time. It was a humbling (LONG) experience.

I did my best to keep it as un-snoozy as possible.


At the beginning of this year I cooked crock pot ground beef stew and chicken nuggets as I worried my way through my first winter as a bricklayer’s wife.


I calculated our -$96,985 net worth and figured out we had more bills than income. I also started working out with a kettlebell. Then I bit all my nails off waiting for Mr. Brickie to go back to work “any minute now” (which turned out to be June 27th!)


I got the bills and the budget sorted a bit. There was a really good, old-fashioned rant about people who get angry at people for buying junk food with food stamps, and I got misty eyed as I realized one of the most popular posts on my blog was about our date night.


We got chickens! We built an almost servicable coop before deciding to leave them indoors. I loved those chickens like you would not believe.


I shared the story about how I dropped the ball and did not follow through with my responsibilities on a board of trustees I was elected to.


I finally stopped overexplaining! It was one of the best decisions I ever made even if it occasionally makes others a bit uncomfortable. Mr. Brickie finally went from no work to oodles of poodles of overtime.


I bought all the girls’ school supplies online and my friend loaned us a car!


We started planning the move we thought would be taking place in July, 2015. Mr. Brickie’s work schedule went a little crazy–from overtime to no overtime to overtime to no gig. I try to practice some mindfulness and take time to be thankful for the amazing things I have in my life.


In an effort to be move-ready, we play The Minimalist Game. I start an emergency/moving fund.


First, we bought a really, really used car with the emergency fund and then we get awful professional budgeting advice while we are trying to keep the house from being foreclosed on and then we find out we have to move way, WAY sooner than expected and I start a fundraiser, because my sad little emergency/moving fund isn’t going to cut it.


I will never doubt the goodness of people again because we raised enough money from the fundraiser to move. Also the goodness of our landlord who found the fundraiser on the Internet and still let us move in even though he knew our rent and security deposit were paid by the kindness of others.


The girls both tested into gifted classrooms, they love their new school, 4th graders all learn to play the recorder and 3rd grade learns to read music, the school lost one of my daughters, and I opine on the difference between buying something (like beer) because it’s in your budget vs. buying something because it’s part of a costume.

I hope you all have a really stellar 2015! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your visits, your emails, your phone calls, and your support. I really think this is one of the most supportive corners of the Internet and I would like to figure out a way to make it even more inviting next year but for now I’m spending my time just thanking each and every one of you in my head for showing up and reading.

You are the best.

For real.

Also…I want to let you in on a secret…I think 2015 in the Decki houshold is going to be way, way better than last year.

I can’t wait to share it with you!

Promotion Update

Mr. Brickie Promotion Tracker
Hours to 60%: 147
Days: 19
Estimated Date: 2/2/2015

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13 Comments on 2014 – A Blog Year In Review

    • I try to have a good attitude but you know I slip and fall on my but and whine just like anyone else. I try not to do it a lot but I’m SO human. LOL

      I hope you have a great 2015. Let’s both see great changes this year. I insist. 😉

  1. I think you did a great job with the summary! And LOVE the happy ending! 😀 It’s been amazing watching your journey and gives me faith in … a lot of things! 😀

    • Thank you so much!

      I really think things get a lot better this year. I’m not trying to be overly-optimistic but I just have this feeling I can’t shake that this is where everything changes. Thank you for being with me through the year. ((hugs))

  2. Because I always tend to miss the point on things like this, I’ve been worrying–what happened to the chickens? I’m glad things are generally working out well though and have my fingers crossed that you don’t have to wait until *this* June for Mr. Brickie’s promotion!

    • I’m so sorry! The original draft had that I’m not sure why the final post didn’t. I must have deleted it accidentally.

      Everyone but Penelope lived (Penelope died fairly young and we talked to vets and aren’t sure why and were told, “It happens sometimes.”) The other girls (and Gertie who turned out to be a ROOSTER) went to a local chicken farm where the chickens are rented out to petting zoos for the month of October and then come back and are cared for the rest of the year at the farm.

      We took the girls with to drop everyone off so they could see that all the chickens looked healthy and had lots of land to roam in as well as safe coops for nighttime.

      It’s a place in Tinley Park, IL. they welcome visitors and run a great place. Thank you for asking becuase yeah, I thought we might eat them because chickens are food but … I just couldn’t bring myself to do it and neither could Mr. Brickie. We liked them too darn much. Now they won’t be anyone’s dinner =)

  3. I think you had a very busy year… my year would consist of Jan-Dec I drove back and forth to the swimming pools, drove back and forth to school, friday afternoons Logan and I spent the afternoon at school, I drank a little and wore clothes on occasions… oh and I got the hang of cooking bc the “other half” got a JOB at thanksgiving time woohoo

    • I can’t think of a better reason to get the hang of cooking!!

      I’m going to be doing a lot more driving soon, I think, but with moving it’s too late for them to join anything but “board games once a week for three weeks” here and “make an app once a week in four weeks” there kinds of clubs. Next year? I’ll be a mom taxi for sure. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m kind of looking foward to it.

      Cheers to an amazing 2015! (and more wine!)

    • His bricklayer apprenticeship is tiered. He started at 40% (of Journeyman pay) and after 750 hours goes to 50% (where he is now) then 60% until, eventually, he becomes a Journeyman and receives 100% of the hourly rate. 60% will be his next promotion and result in a raise of about $4/hr. Does that explain it clearly-ish?

  4. I think that the Decki household will have an awesome 2015. By the way, I never got around to saying it before, but I am pretty sure that your willingness to share your story will help so many families. Not only will they see that they aren’t alone, but they will see that there is light at the end of the tunnel (and the light isn’t an oncoming train 🙂 )

    • Thank you! That’s been my sincere hope ever since I decided there was nothing to hide about finances because shame thrives in dark hiding spots and I don’t have room in my heart for shame.

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