Still searching for fortune! Here is one writer’s reasonably sympathetic and mostly accurate take on our situation: http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/. A columnist who writes on frugal living, she ends the article with advice for her readers on how to avoid falling into similar circumstances. Shades of that poster I highlighted a few weeks ago! “ Mistakes. It could be the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.” LOL!
While I generally try to maintain a certain amount of privacy in my blog, for my children’s sake (hence the ‘not her real name’ in the article), I do think this might be the time to say something in response to the people who commented on the article, asking ‘where’s the father?’ I adopted my children as a single parent and that’s all I plan to say about it. It was my own choice and at significant expense – one of the reasons why I didn’t have the recommended emergency fund of 6 months worth of living expenses.
Yes, some of my own choices led to this situation – in hindsight moving to the mountain state to look for a better standard of living was a mistake. If we had stayed in California after my son came home we would still be living in a 3-bedroom condo. But then again it would have lost value after the housing bubble burst and I might still have lost my job since my field (environmental permitting) relies on developments and construction projects. So, who knows? So that’s the thing guys – while it’s comforting to think a person is somehow to blame for the bad situation they find themselves in – there are MILLIONS of Americans in similar situations now – and it’s hard to believe they were all stupid, naïve, or bad in some way. Sometimes bad things do happen to good people! And then we just have to make the best of it and I welcome new readers who want to follow us as we attempt to do just that!
We have never lived a life of luxury.We drive a 2003 mini-van with 141000 miles on it and did before we lost our house. We didn’t have fancy toys- we had second hand bikes, a cast off tv (not flat screen)- we didn’t take vacations or eat out much. The kids didn’t have a load of expensive lessons- they belonged to scouts and particpated in school and church events. I had built up some debt due to my kids’ health (two were born with heart defects,and one had hearing loss that needed to be dealt with through surgeries and speech therapy) and other issues. But that was my choice and where I put my money.
And now, since we have to pull the trailer out of the RV Park for the next 72 hours (and my heartfelt thanks to some internet friends who are helping us to do that), it’s time to start tidying up and strapping things down!
BTW- Thank you all who have kindly made a donation! That is really nice of you and we appreciate it. Donations are going in my account for a new larger trailer to allow us some additional space, get my son off the floor where he sleeps and provide a little privacy- all necessary for our mental health and well being!