2008-11 were really bad years with '09 and '11 being the worst. 2012 started off poorly, but has ended well. My health hasn't been that great this year (not catastrophic though) and my psyche was in a bad place early. The good news is that I was able to find a job back here in KC. And even though I took a pay cut to come home, my wife was able to find permanent full-time work as well, so we are now a two paycheck family for the first time in years.
We were also able to move back into our home (which we had been renting out) at the beginning of the month, so we were able to have Christmas at home.
My new job has potential for growth so I am really looking forward to what comes next.