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1997 was the year that my family came crashing down. A very close family member fell victim to the lies of a pathological liar and ended up spending time in jail. This financially ruined the family member as their pension was taken from them, as well as life insurance at an age when they were too old to be able to get more easily. These lies caused an unnecessary estrangement and stole the last 13 years of my granny's life from me and my children. By the time the lies were proven to be lies, the damage to the family had already been done. There's no recovering lost time. The person that caused the turmoil for our family is paying now for the lies that were told.
I would like to say that I have forgiven the liar because, as a Christian, I am called to forgive those that hurt me. I am Christian, but I am, by no stretch, perfect. I would like to say that I have forgiven, but to do so would be a lie, too. I have not and know that it will be a long time before I can bring myself to forgive this person for the irreparable damage they have caused to my family.
1997 is also the year that we began homeschooling. It was the best decision that we ever made from my perspective. Our oldest son was one year into middle school, our oldest daughter was in second grade, and our two youngest have never attended public school. These last two are preparing to start college in the fall of 2012, graduating high school at ages 16 and 17. That will certainly be an adventure! We'll have three children in college at the same time as it will also be our oldest daughter's fourth year and then on to veterinary school for her. Our oldest son and his wife are living the US Navy life.
Those are the biggest events of 1997 for our family. What were you doing in 1997?