I am the mom of a family of 4. My husband and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, but we just can’t seem to get our heads above water financially. This year has really been a doozy. Since 2008, he has been through 3 lay-offs, the first from a large corporation that he had been with for 18 years. He has just started a new job with better pay than anything he’s made before, but we just keep getting hit with large, unexpected expenses that have drained our savings. At the beginning of the year it was $3000 for repairs on his truck. The fan seized up and caused the belt to break as we were driving to see family on Christmas! Then our (old) refrigerator went out in May and had to be replaced, followed by an HVAC repair. After another $1000 in June for truck repairs, it is now back in the shop again for the same problem – emissions, which are required for renewing our tags in our county. His truck is old, a 2000 model, and will need to be replaced soon. He drives nearly an hour to work at his new job, and we don’t want to risk him getting stuck on the side of the road somewhere.
We are both hard-working individuals, with full time jobs, trying to raise our kids to be responsible. Our son is a young adult, but does not drive, as he is on the autism spectrum. He is working hard to find a job and transportation to work. Our daughter will turn 13 in one month. We were hoping to give her a fun birthday party, but it will be a difficult task at this point.
It seems as if the harder we try to tread water, the more the waves crash over our heads. We are dedicated to our church and enjoy singing and playing on the praise team every week. We really feel that God has pulled us through so many difficult situations over the years, and trust that He will do it again. Sometimes, though, He works through the love and generosity of others. If you can find it in your heart to help us with any amount, we will be most appreciative. Vehicle repairs this time are expected to be around $1000 once again.
Thank you for reading and considering our request. May the Lord bless you for your generosity and love for others.