A very normal trip to the mailbox revealed a long awaited surprise for Chris and I today. Inside the box that normally holds nothing exciting, just the usual bills and junk mail, was a very nice check from the US Treasury.
Now, this was not a surprise check. A trip to our accountant last spring left us knowing that someday this check would indeed come. It seems that there are SOME "inconsistencies" in the tax code that we did not know about. These inconsistencies meant the difference between paying thousands to the IRS and getting thousands in a refund. So, we promptly had our accountant prepare amended returns for the last 3 tax years. And then we waited. Two of the refunds came to us in a somewhat timely manner. The third, and of course the largest, was a different story. To date we had received many letters, all saying the same thing, we have forwarded your paperwork on to such and such department and they will contact you in 45, 60, or 9 million days! Seriously, we really need to think about what we are doing before we let these people take control of our HEALTH CARE!!!
So today, out of the blue, it came!!! What a great surprise. Well, maybe not so much, I had been praying that this day would come soon. All things in his time.
Now it is up to us to be good stewards of the money that we waited for. We will finally be able to finish the shower remodel that we have been working on for two years. We will also be able to take care of a few neglected health related things. We are going to kick one of our bills to the curb! And finally, we will put a good chunk of it in our savings account to help us rest easier in these somewhat uncertain times.