2008 and the start of 2009 have not been great years for us but we're trying to stay positive as things are somewhat on a up-swing now (i.e. my DH is going to be here in a little over 2 weeks!). That said, my grandfather and grandmother have both been in the hospital in the last 2 weeks, my mother got laid off the day I arrived in the US, she needs to have her eyelid treated for a cancerous growth, and my aunt and cousin are both fighting bad depression.
Hugs to all. I hope things improve for everyone!