The year was 2007. Officially known as BC in my house--before the crash. Life before was filled with untold joy, great vacations, lots of wonderful holiday dinners with extended family and friends. We worked hard and cherished raising our beautiful daughters. Good times. Then came 2008-the year of the great crash. Construction in California came to a grinding halt and decades of building a business came crumbling down. Yes--it was the same year that our oldest started her senior year in high school. Lightening struck and struck hard. The worst days since the Great Depression some called it. For us and everyone around us is was-in a word-devastating. Nothing prepared us for what was to come. My refuge as I came to terms with our financial reality was the dog park. I faithfully went to the dog park every morning to refill my cup and get ready for the day ahead. Free exercise, mindfulness and fresh air. it was my 20 minutes of refuge from the chaos. Then, out of nowhere a familiar face greeted me. It was an old friend with twins. Times hit her house as they did mine. Their fall was just a few stories higher. That is the day and place I first learned about Ketterman. It was a lifeline, although I did not know it. It was her lifeline when she faced the same daunting challenges that I did (times two). I went home and made the call. I met Kim within a week. Kim was my beacon-this capable, young, female, powerhouse lifted me up when I thought there was no clear way through the obstacles. I remember her saying we have CPAs with decades of experience who can wrap their hands on this. A few weeks later, Patrick Comer came into my life. Six years and hundreds of calls later whenever I hear his booming voice I know he will guide me through another year of forms and details (now for daughter number two) that I still to this day can't wrap my head around. But, I don't have to because I have Ketterman. The last link in my lifeline at Ketterman is dear Barbara who taught me the fine art of writing an appeal letter-one that comes deep from a mother's heart. Had it not been for Ketterman and the amazing team of Kim, Patrick and Barbara I literally do not think I could or wouldn't have weathered the storm. It was less of a storm and truly more of a hurricane. Life once less stressful was turned inside out thanks to the crash of 2008. Ketterman is, and always will be my lifeline.
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