It is very difficult when you have worked hard and made what you thought were the right decisions to have everything ripped out from under you. The psychology is very damaging and it is hard to not run through the what ifs, and can’t something improve to stop this. Knowing other people were going through similar things didn’t ease the stress. Dennis and I had to remain very strong as a couple, to not let this time in our lives tear us apart. We were seeing marriages break up over losing things. People across America were even killing themselves over it. Jobs, entire fields, were continuing to go away. As I looked at our situation that summer I knew it was going to be a very long time, if ever, before we had anything again. I was in Starbucks one morning and ran into a Delta pilot who we’d built a house for in the boom. I’d not seen him in a long time and he asked how we were doing. I was honest with him and told him what was happening. He told me we really needed to sit down and talk, that he was working with a group that he felt could help. We set up a time for the next day and he asked me to bring my notes and deeds of trusts.