My Personal History

I am using a timeline format to list important events in my life. Unfortunately, it leaves out many details, but it’s a start. I’ll try to add more over time.

Update: After listing many events, I see that I’ve written more about my business ventures than about my children, and almost feel I need to apologize for that. It’s partly because of the nature of a list like this. During my children’s younger years, there were few events that really stood out. I haven’t listed things like their first walk, first day of school, or baptismal dates, even though these are big events, partly because I don’t have vivid memories of them, and partly because they are common events that most people have. Despite the fact that they are mentioned less frequently I can assure you that my children are very important to me.

So here goes…

August 2, 1952 – Born at Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio, but lived with my parents on a farm in Randolph, Portage County, Ohio. My full name is Marcus John Horning, Jr, but my parents call me John.

1957 to 1966 – attended St. Joseph Elementary School in Suffield, Ohio. Because I was listed as “Marcus” on the school rolls — and because I didn’t have the nerve to correct everyone — I was known as Marcus throughout grade school and high school, giving me a dual identity. I finally reverted to John in college.

Sept 1966 to June 1970 – attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville, Ohio

June 1970 – began working for Timken Co. in Canton as part of a Co-op program with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (aka Virginia Tech or VPI). The pay is just over $3/hour.

Sept 1970 – began attending Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Very homesick, returned and/or met up with my family at least 3 times during that first quarter.

Spring quarter 1971 – returned to Ohio to work at Timken as part of the co-op program. I returned to school during the Summer and continued alternating quarters between school and work  through Spring 1974.

Summer 1971 – had my first date with a girl I met while working as a dishwasher at school.

Summer 1973 – had my first big crush on a girl named Amy Smith who I also met while dishwashing at school. Unfortunately she tired of me within a few weeks, but I held out hope for over a year afterward.

Dec 1974 – my dad is seriously injured in a fall on the farm. He is bedridden for the remainder of his life (died in 2003) and taken care of at home by my mother.

June 1975 – graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Returned to Ohio, moved back into the farmhouse, and continued to work for Timken, but with an increased salary of $15,500/year.

August 1975 – very depressed about my situation and got the idea of quitting my job and seeing the country. This decision gave me new purpose and hope; spent the next several months in research and preparation for the trip.

Early May 1976 – quit my job at Timken, having saved up over $10,000. Left the family farm in my AMC Gremlin which had been modified for sleeping and storage of necessities, including my bicycle.

June 1976 – returned to the farm after 1 month of travel through Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, then northward along the east coast to Maine, and then westward through Canada to Michigan, and finally back to Ohio. I had visited at least 4 college friends in separate locations and my Uncle Don and his family.

June 1976 – took off again after making a few more changes to my car, this time heading toward Texas, but also stopping in Indiana to visit my cousin Donny and his family.

July 1976 – spent 3 weeks in McAllen TX with Dave Myers, another college friend, and worked as a draftsman for a company that was experiencing a worker strike. Then headed north-westerly toward Denver. Got a temporary job their, but can’t remember details.

August 1976 – passed through Salt Lake City, toured Temple Square, met with a volunteer who gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and invited me to visit his home and meet his family. I declined, but kept his information.

Sept 1976 – spent 3 weeks in Yellowstone National Park and worked as a dishwasher. Made some nice friends, saw many of the wonders throughout the park, including some while accompanied by an attractive female co-worker. Wrecked my car as I was sightseeing, shortly before the park closed up for the winter. Decided to leave the car in the hands of towing company which sold it. I hitchhiked to Seattle.

Sept/Oct 1976 – stayed with Uncle Gene and his family in Seattle for a week or so; purchased a Ford Courier pickup truck and then noticed that the engine had a rattle. Was unable to resolve the problem and decided to continue my journey, heading south along the west coast.

Oct 1976 – stayed with Uncle Tony and family for 2+ weeks in Carmel-by-the Sea, CA while my truck was being repaired. After a mechanic disassembled the engine, we were unable to get parts because of worker strike at Ford, so after it was apart for several days I told the mechanic to put the engine back together and I continued south.

Nov 1976 – visited Uncle Larry and Aunt Geri in Los Angeles, CA. At this point I had run out of places/people to visit. After reading an article about Salt Lake City in an LA paper, and after thinking about the positive impressions I had received while there, I decided to return.

Late Nov 1976 – rented an apartment in SLC for $50/week while I looked for a job.

Dec 1976 – moved into a studio apartment on the corner of 200 W 200 N paying $80/month. Began working for Becton-Dickinson Immunodiagnostics in Salt Lake City as a mechanical engineer. It turned out to be the most enjoyable experience I ever had as an employee — before or since.

Jan 1976 – made friends with LDS people in my apartment building; began attending church and meeting with missionaries.

Spring 1976 – purchased my first motorcycle – a Kawasaki 175cc dirt bike; rode occassionally with Eugene Anderson, a co-worker.

Summer 1977 – got bored and decided to try volunteer work. Signed up for the Big Brother program. Was paired up with Jason Christiansen who was 7 yrs old at the time. Met with him weekly (except while serving a mission in Japan) until I moved back to Ohio in 1984.

Sept 1977 – purchased a “triplex” in the Avenues area of Salt Lake (310 E St) for $58,000. It was actually 2 homes on a small lot. I rented the rear home out to a young couple, and found two Univ. of Utah students who rented rooms from me in the front home. Made friends with Gladys Owen, my next door neighbor.

Sept/Oct 1978 – missionaries decided to end discussions because I wasn’t progressing. I was very sad about this and decided to take a long walk to Temple Square. Met with a volunteer there and explained my situation.

Sept/Oct 1978 – got laid off from my job shortly after my walk to Temple Square. During my job search I happened to meet back up with the same Temple Square volunteer, who also happened to be a job recruiter. He led me to a new job with Valtek in Springville, UT, about 50 miles south. I had been out of work about 3 weeks.

Dec 1978 – Sold the property in Salt Lake to an investor on a land contract, and moved into an apartment in Springville. Met Bob Hatch, my next door neighbor, and his 2 teenage children. Started attending church with Bob and meeting with the missionaries again.

Spring 1979 – Roger Fulwider convinced me to purchase a kit for an ultra-light aircraft and began assembling it inside my apartment. Later, moved it to his backyard. Also purchase a Honda 500cc motorcycle about this time.

Summer 1979 – met Becky Smith and fell “in-love” with her. She, too, tired of me rather quickly, but I continued to hold out hope for over a year.

Sept 1979 – dissatisfied with my job at Valtek; found a new job back in Salt Lake City working for Hospal Medical Equipment. Moved to an apartment near Mill Creek on the east side.

Oct 13, 1979 – was baptized by Bob Hatch in my Salt Lake City ward – a true highlight of my life after nearly 3 years of investigating the church. I knew it was the right thing to do and looked forward to my new life as  a “Mormon”.

January? 1980 – began attending a University of Utah singles ward, met Kirk Lindstrom who has turned out to be a life-long friend.

Feb 1980 – received my patriarchal blessing.

Early 1980 – Hospal owners decided to move their business to Denver. I declined an offer to relocate and found a job with Edo Western in Salt Lake.

1980 – bored again — began working as a volunteer at two hospitals — Shriners and the VA Hospital.

Late 1980 – still unsatisfied with my life, I made the decision to serve a full-time mission for the church. I had to get special permission because I was over 26 yrs old. A short time later, I was called to the Japan Sendai mission.

Feb 1981 – sold my truck and motorcycle, moved most everything else into Gladys Owen’s home (my neighbor when I was in the Avenues), got a ride to the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo to begin my 2-year mission. Roger Fulwider later sold my airplane for me as well.

Feb to April 1981 – 8 weeks training in the MTC. This was a very intense experience for me. I was called to be District Leader over our little group of 6 or 8 (can’t remember) Elders. I felt a lot of pressure most of the time, but learned to really appreciate the downtime each week as we attended “firesides” in the MTC or at the Marriott Center on the nearby BYU campus, and listened to talks given by General Authorities.

April 1981 – flew to Sendai, Japan. Was assigned to the Furukawa Branch and paired up with Elder Kurata who wasn’t much fun to work with, partly because he was so serious, and also because of the language barrier. Fortunately there were two other Elders living with us who made my life easier.

Sept 1981 – transferred to Yamagata to serve with Elder Price and then Cannon.

Dec 1981 – transferred to the mission home in Sendai to serve as Mission Recorder under Pres. Shimabukuro where I made travel arrangements for all returning missionaries. Also produced a manual for teaching English. Was paired up with another Japanese missionary, although the chemistry wasn’t good between us. Nevertheless, working in the mission home was a great blessing. I had not learned the language well enough by December to become a senior companion, as others in my group were beginning to do, and being paired with yet another Japanese Elder gave me further opportunity to learn the language. The work in the “hombu” also allowed me to get to know the mission president and his wife and to have many experiences related to the running of the mission. It also allowed me to avoid having to work outdoors during the difficult Winter months.

June 1982 – was transferred to Oodata and paired up with my first junior companion, Elder Empey. This began the period of greatest growth and satisfaction during my mission, with many wonderful experiences, challenges, and great people to meet. The Oodate Branch was extremely small with typical Sunday attendance of only half a dozen people, which provided many opportunities to speak in Sacrament meetings which further increased my knowledge and confidence in speaking Japanese.

October 1982 – transferred to Yamagata to serve as a zone leader with Elder Perry. By this point in my mission, I was actually starting to feel somewhat comfortable in my role. We lived on the 3rd floor of a hospital that had been converted into a combination meetinghouse and missionary quarters – the nicest accommodations found anywhere in the mission. We had to endure the Winter months, but much of the travelling was by train as we were required to visit all the districts throughout our zone.

Feb 1983 – My full-time mission ended and I returned to Salt Lake City with mixed feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment, along with dread at what lay ahead. Upon my return I discovered that I had recently “inherited” my house back in the avenues. The purchasers had defaulted and filed for bankruptcy. I could have been left with a mortgage to pay and no property to show for it, but through Bob Hatch’s help, I was able to get the house back. Initially I was undecided about living in it because some tenants were there, but about a week after I returned from my mission, they suddenly vacated the house. At that point, I decided to move in and was also able to convince Kirk and Tom, another fellow in our singles ward, to move in as roommates.

March 1983 – was rehired by Becton-Dickinson, the same company that had laid me off in 1978, although things had changed a lot and I didn’t enjoy working there as much as I did the first time around.

Mar-Apr 1983 – Met Therese Dembinski shortly after being assigned to be her home teacher.

Summer 1983 – called to be First Counselor in the Elders Quorum Presidency in our singles ward. Therese was called to be a Counselor in the Relief Society Presidency.

Feb 1984 – began dating Therese. It was up and down relationship at first, but things seemed to fall into place within a few weeks.

March 17, 1984 – I proposed to Therese in a rather non-romantic way in her apartment. When I finally convinced her I was serious, she accepted. It felt very right at the time.

June 23, 1984 – I married and was sealed to Therese in the Salt Lake Temple; very happy times — we were on top of the world! Therese moved into my home in the Avenues. We honeymooned in Yellowstone and rode a train to Ohio, stopping in Iowa for a reception. Sadly, we had to leave the singles ward we had been attending, where we were almost celebrities, and began attending a family ward in the Avenues where no one knew us.

June – Oct 1984 – Felt restless. I wasn’t happy with my job. We felt useless in our ward. We wanted to start raising a family and felt it would be best to move either to Iowa (where Therese was from) or Ohio (where I was from). In October, we put the house up for sale.

Dec 1984 – Ohio won out. We sold the house for $85,000 and began the long drive to Ohio. Therese drove my little red GMC S-15 truck, and I drove a Ryder truck, pulling her car behind. On about Dec 18th, we together in my truck, having parked the Ryder at a hotel, when we had a serious accident near Toledo. It was my fault. I turned left in front of someone. Therese had broken vertebrae in her neck. She was in the hospital for a week. My mom, Matt, Doug, and Phil all came to the rescue, taking care of my badly damaged truck and driving the Ryder truck the rest of the way to Randolph, and unpacked our things. The doctors reluctantly released Therese on Christmas day and we drove slowly to the farm, arriving while the rest of the family was celebrating Christmas.

Dec 1984 to June 1985 – lived in the basement of the farmhouse with my mom, who was upstairs and caring for my dad.

Jan 1985 – got a job as a draftsman in North Canton, but also searched for ways to become self-employed.

March 1985 – decided to start a home inspection business after noticing an article in a magazine that was devoted to business opportunities.

June 1985 – moved into a duplex in Hartville at the northwest corner of Peony and Carnation. Also travelled to New Jersey for training to operate a Housemaster of America home inspection franchise.

July 1985 – Got permission from my employer to reduce my work hours so I could spend time marketing the home inspection business. We had only purchased the rights for Stark County, but had permission to work Summit County as well.

Oct 4, 1985 – Sarah was born!

Dec 1985 (?) – was laid off from my drafting job due to lack of work.

March 1986 – had (barely) enough home inspection work to support our family, so stopped looking for other work.

Spring 1987? – hired another inspector

Oct 29, 1987 – Andrew was born!

Spring 1988? – purchased franchise rights for Cuyahoga County which included Cleveland. Hired Tom ___? to help me market in that area. Hired another inspector.

1988? Called to be Elders Quorum President in the Canton Ward.

Jan 31, 1990 – Michael was born!

1991 – Grew increasingly dissatisfied with the home inspection business. After investigating other opportunities, decided to purchase a computer with a “voice” board and software developed by Natural Microsystems, and start a voice mail service bureau.

1991 – Sold the Housemaster franchise to Chuck Witmer who hired me to continue performing many of the inspections.

1992 – Tried various means of getting the voice mail and/or interactive voice response business off the ground, including a “home alone” automating call service which could call loved ones every day to check on them. Used it to call my mom. Spent considerable time and money trying to get “Voice Ads” off the ground, which could be described as classified ads available by phone. Also got part-time work during this period delivering telephone books and performing store inventories. Our financial situation became steadily worse and at one point I suggested to Therese that she go back to work as a nurse and I become a stay-at-home dad. She rejected the idea.

Dec 1992 – Was hired as a delivery driver by Domino’s Pizza in Hartville. This was a turning point financially and we were finally able to live within our means again.

March/April 1993 – While visiting one my “home-teaching” families, I realized that they have to pay up to 20 cents/minute to call family members who lived only a few miles away, and realized that my voice mail equipment could be used to make these calls cheaper.

May 1993 – The “Akron-Canton Connection” (ACC), a call-forwarding telephone business, was launched out of suite at 800 West Maple Street, Hartville which was shared with Chuck Witmer. Initially the business served Akron, Canton, North Canton, and a few communities in between.

July 13, 1993 – Emily was born in our home!

1994 – Expanded ACC to include additional areas. This required the installation of computers in Akron, Canton, and North Canton which worked in conjunction with the original Hartville computer to relay calls throughout the region.

Also began looking at additional services to offer because I knew that the call-forwarding business probably had a limited life.

The business became quite profitable. We began adding about 500 customers (which we called “members”) every month; this rate of growth continued for a number of years. Our staff ultimately grew to about a dozen people.

1994 – joined the Lake Township Rotary Club.

1995 – began major renovation of our home, starting with the addition of a 3-car garage.

Fall 1995 – organized a “career day” at the Lake High School in conjunction with my Rotary responsibilities.

April 1996 – Sarah is diagnosed with Leukemia. She goes into remission within a month, but treatment continues for 2+ years.

1997? – Alltel petitioned the PUCO to stop one of our competitors who was offering call-forwarding between Akron and Cleveland. Eventually we were brought into the dispute as well. Thus began a process which took a couple of years to complete. Also developed a website for Lake Township, hoping it could be the start of a new business for us.

1998 – purchased the office building at 2930 Edison St, Uniontown. Our business peaked at over 20,000 customers. Also began offering “dial-up” Internet access and built a website named AkronCanton.com which featured some news, weather, and classified ads.

1999 – purchased a telephone switch for around $500,000 that allowed us to offer nationwide long-distance calling. The switch installed in a room in the Nextel suite in Akron. We ended the original call-transfer service to comply with an PUCO ruling. Number of customers steadily drops, but revenue per customer goes up.

July 2000 – began serving as President of our local Rotary Club. We met in the United Methodist church in Uniontown.

2001 – I help Andrew and Michael get a job delivering newspapers and then I help with the delivery every afternoon.

2001 – began offering local telephone service, and finally moved the business into the Uniontown office building. Also moved our long-distance switch to a less hostile environment at the top of the First Energy building.

Summer 2002 – I help the boys earn Boy Scout merit badges in cycling and fitness. We deliver newspapers by bicycle which helps to fulfill the requirements of both badges.

March 6, 2003 – my dad died, after being cared for by my mom in their home for 28 years.

Spring 2003 – After an unsuccessful attempt to help Andrew start a lawn mowing business 5 years previously at age 10, I try again after his cousin Nick asks me to hire him (Nick) to mow at the office. I purchase a used mower and trailer, and have a hitch installed on my truck so I can help him. Michael also expresses interest in the business and suggests calling the business Brothers Mowing. Michael helped mow for a year or so before losing interest. Andrew continued the business on his own and is still operating it today (2018).

Spring 2003 – began looking for another place to live after years of tension with Therese.

Dec 2003 – separated from Therese and moved into a house at 643 Lynnview St NW, Hartville (paid $150,000 cash). The children stayed with me every weekend and on Wednesday evenings.

2004 – began making plans to sell the business to First Communications of Akron. Deal was formalized in the Spring of the following year. Final price: $360,000. Also began looking at new business opportunities.

June 2004 – Sarah graduates from High School and begins attending BYU-Idaho.

July/Aug 2004 – Andrew, Emily, and I drive to Rexburg, ID to visit Sarah. We also see Bob Hatch in Utah and Carol Dembinski (my mother-in-law) in St. Mary’s Iowa.

May 2005 – office building is struck by lightning which forces us out of the building. Moved some employees and equipment into the First Communications building while others worked from home.

June 2005 – mortgaged my house and invested in a condominium development near Salem Ohio. Also searched for a site for a shipping and copy store.

July 15, 2005 – officially closed on the sale of Acction Communications (formerly Akron Canton Connection) to First Communications. The business topped $2 million in total revenue during its final full year – a record.

August 2005 – signed a lease for retail space on Main St in North Canton.

Nov 2005 – Biz Center officially opens in North Canton.

Dec 2005 – Finalized the divorce with Therese. She keeps her home and the office building. I keep the house on Lynnview.

June 2006 – With Biz Center losing money badly and me going deeper into debt, I turn operation of the store over to another man and then decide to invest time and money into a struggling call center.

Winter 2006/2007 – both the call center and the shipping and copy store fail. In addition, the condo development is not doing well.

Jan 2007 – I briefly work at a plastics company in Hartville, earning minimum wage (about $7/hour). Then begin working full time for Millennial Technologies (owned by Ladd Kopp, a friend from church) as a technical writer and later data report developer. The pay is $25/hour.

2007 – We complete the first of 16? planned condo duplexes, but are unable to sell it.

June 2007 – Andrew graduates from high school.

Feb 2008 – I file for bankruptcy, and consider selling my house. My work load at Millennial Technologies has been greatly reduced. I start looking for other work.

June 2008 – Michael graduates from high school.

Jan 2009 – I rent the house out to Marc Cumo and his family and move back to the farm house to live with my mother.

2009 – worked on starting a VoIP telephone service.

May-June 2009 – My contract ends at Millennial Technologies. My job searching become somewhat desperate. I fly to Salt Lake City to interview for a low-paying job and also apply for a job as a SQL programmer.  I don’t get either job. I fly home and then return a short time later for training to sell VoIP telephone service. Ultimately I decide not to pursue that either.

Aug 2009 – My VoIP business fails to get off the ground despite much preparation. My job search becomes more desperate. The unemployment rate is nearly at an all-time high of about 10%. I finally settle for a job in a Rubbermaid factory in Mogadore, Ohio. I start at just over $8/hour, but at least it’s steady and has medical benefits. My pay increased to $11+/hour when I become a permanent employee just prior to Christmas.

Nov 27, 2009 – Sarah marries, and is sealed to, David Federkeil in the Washington DC Temple.

Feb 2010 – I meet Susan courtesy of LDSMingle.com. We have our first date in early March and immediately begin discussing marriage. Much could be written about others I dated while single, but it was clear from the moment Susan and I met that were meant to be together so she’s the only one I mention.

End of March, 2010 – Michael leaves to serve for 2 years in the California Roseville mission.

April 25, 2010 – Susan and I are married in the Mayfield Heights Chapel by her Bishop in a very small and quiet wedding. Attending are my mother, Sarah, David, Emily, Holly, and Jim. Susan moves into the farmhouse with me — and mom.

June 2010 – At my urging, Susan takes classes to become a licensed Realtor.

Aug 2010 – Susan starts working at Cambridge Home Health Care in Ravenna. It turns out to be an extremely stressful job.

Also this month, after Michael praises the oatmeal we sent him while on his mission, I get the idea of marketing Susan’s oatmeal cereal mix. Over the next few months we brainstorm the possibilities.

Nov 2010 – with insufficient planning, we open a shop in the Hartville Marketplace. Sales are dismal and we close up the following Spring.

Sept 17, 2011 – after many months of pushing our Bishop to process the necessary paperwork, Susan and I are sealed in the Columbus Ohio Temple. We are accompanied by Sarah, David, Andrew, Emily, Holly, Jim and few others from our ward in Canton.

Feb 24, 2012 – Joselyn is born to David and Sarah.

Late March 2012 – Michael returns from his mission, is home for less than a month and returns to BYU-Idaho. I quit my job at Rubbermaid about the same time, intending to build an advertising agency, selling space on 9×12 card mailers.

Spring through Fall 2012 – I got discouraged with the card pretty quickly and turned to a number of other business ideas. During this period, we did a lot of bike riding. I would sometimes meet Susan after work and we’d ride trails around Ravenna. Or we would put the bikes on the back of my Hyundai Santa Fe and go into Akron and other areas where we could find bike trails, and ride for an hour or 2. It was very enjoyable. Unfortunately, the bike riding was a problem for Susan. First, she fell and broke her finger and toe. Later she began having problems with her neck and shoulders. She ended up going through a long period of being unable to move her arms above shoulder level and I had to help her with simple tasks. Eventually we realized that her symptoms we related to her bike riding. We theorized that leaning forward while riding the bike put pressure on her neck which caused the other problems. Unfortunately, that ended her bike riding.

Sept 2012 – Susan quit her job at Cambridge and began working for Victorian Rose, a women’s boutique in Hartville. It’s a breath of fresh air for her because it’s so easy and pleasant compared to working at Cambridge.

Nov 2012 – I finally give up on my entrepreneurial efforts for the time being and begin working for CIS Group performing insurance inspections on homes in Akron and surrounding areas.

Late Dec 2012 – After asking Sarah why she and David didn’t attend a family Christmas gathering, they suspend all communications with me.

July 2013 – David and Sarah purchase a duplex in Canton and move in. This puts them in our ward. I’m hopeful for a reconciliation. Shortly thereafter, we start an uneasy truce.

Dec 5, 2013 – Braxton is born to David and Sarah.

June 2014 – Emily begins serving in the California Fresno Mission.

Feb 28, 2015 – Mom dies at Summa Hospital in Akron after 2 or 3 years of living in assisted living and nursing homes.

July 2015 – I am called to serve as a Counselor to Bishop Matt Oettli in the Canton Ward.

Sep 1, 2015 – Jackson is born to David and Sarah

Sept 2016 – Susan and I move to Albuquerque, NM to be near her daughter Holly and her family. Susan begins working for Albuquerque Public Schools as a bilingual teaching assistant for a Kindergarten class at George I Sanchez Collaborative Community School. I decide to begin receiving Social Security benefits, but also plan to start a business.

Oct 2016 – After staying with Holly and her family for a month, we move into a townhouse apartment on the southwest side of Albuquerque.

Oct/Nov 2016 – Susan is called to be a Counselor to Relief Society Pres. Lavella Rich in the Sage Ward, Los Lunas Stake. A week later, I am called to be Sunday School President.

Dec 2016 – We drive through to Idaho to attend Michael’s graduation from BYU-Idaho and also see Derek and Katrina and newborn grandson Gentry. We also visit friends and family in Utah.

Feb 27, 2017 – Jade is born to David and Sarah

March 2017 – I begin working as an on-call custodian at the Albuquerque Temple.

Aug 26, 2017 – Andrew marries Tina in Green, Ohio

Nov 2017 – I sell my house at 643 Lynnview, Hartville to Andrew and Tina for $125,000.

Dec 2017 – after years of debate and uncertainty over what to do with the family farm, Matt asks Doug to be a co-owner with him, purchasing shares from me, Gin, and Mary for $130,000 each.

Feb 2018 – Susan become upset with Holly when she learns she’s teaching her children about witchcraft. Holly is angry and refuses any further communication.

June 2018 – Holly and her family move to Eureka CA without saying goodbye. We leave on a 3 week road trip, spending the longest period in Olympia, WA, but also passed through Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California, and Nevada, meeting up with many family members and friends, including Susan’s mother whom she hadn’t seen in many years. Wonderful trip, but stressful in some ways for Susan.

July 2018 – We seriously consider moving to Olympia WA, primarily to be near Derek and Katrina who are struggling, but decide to put if off another year.

I am called to be on the High Council of the Los Lunas Stake.

To be continued…

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