I am a pretty self-sufficient person. I began working to earn money when I was 11, mowing my neighbor’s front yard for $3 per week. I did other odd jobs for family and friends, too. House-sitting, dog walking, babysitting, stuffing envelopes at my grandma’s office. I even cleaned a dance studio in exchange for lessons at just 12 years old! I continued to work wherever and whenever I could until I got married, just before my 20th birthday. I got pregnant very shortly thereafter and began my dream job of being a stay at home mom. My husband has always been supportive of my decision to stay home with the kids. Now that the older two are home schooled, I have even more reason to stay home. But this means my husband is the sole breadwinner in our family. He works very hard to support us. We sacrifice a lot of “extras” in order to make this dream a reality. We don’t eat out, we don’t have cable or satellite, we don’t go on vacations, we buy everything we can from thrift stores or yard sales, I pack lunch for my husband to take to work.
While I have nothing at all against welfare (we’ve received various benefits more than once!), we prefer to take care of ourselves when possible. We take great pride in pinching pennies to afford good food and fun, inexpensive day trips for our kids (like hiking, picnicking, and other local activities).
But hard times come to us all. Which leads me to the part where we need your help. My husband lost his job a few weeks ago. He has since found a new job, but it is 4 hours away. He is living out of our suburban while he starts work, while I pack up the house with the kids. Our plan is to tent camp until we have saved up enough cash to rent a new house. We have just enough saved up now to get us a little storage unit for our few household items we can’t take, and gas to drive our two vehicles up north where my husband is now working. We don’t mind the camping part, at all! We think it’ll be a great adventure. But the reality is that it could take us a few months to save up enough to pay first and last month’s rent, deposits, utilities, etc. Not to mention paying our cell phone and car insurance bills, along with food and supplies. We are keeping our spirits up, because we really just want to be together. And this will be the easiest way for us to save money anyway. But getting a little boost of help would be most welcome. So I have started an online fundraiser to raise some money for our expenses. If you are able to give, we will humbly accept any amount you can afford. If not, we would still welcome your warm thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Now here’s the link to our fundraiser: