We’re the Box Car Kids. Remember them? Four spunky, resourceful orphaned kids and their dog living in an abandoned train boxcar in the woods? The first book was published in 1924. Fast forward nearly 100 years and that’s us. Only we don’t live in an abandoned train car; until recently we lived in a 38-foot(after 2 years in a 27-foot) travel trailer- Mom, 4 kids (all adopted from China), 2 dogs and a cat. We’re part of history – just another family touched (if you call being drop-kicked into an abyss being touched) by the Great Recession of the 21st Century.
We moved from Colorado where my son (born with a heart defect) could not thrive at the high altitude, to California in 2008. Unable to sell our 5-bedroom home at the time (this was during the housing bubble melt down) we rented it. But our renter decided not to pay rent (he believed God had provided him with the home) and in the nearly six months it took for the courts to remove him the bank repossessed it. I’m unemployed (twice now)- laid off in the summer of 2009 as part of an ‘overhead reduction’ and again at the end of September 2011 after a brief stint at a temporary job. Some people (the school system for instance) consider us homeless. I prefer ‘alternatively housed.’ Homeless was the 2 months in the summer of 2009 that we spent living in a tent in various parks and campgrounds.
We recently made the very big decision to give up on staying in California, despite the fact that we all love the state. In the summer of 2012 we packed up our belongings, sold the trailer, and moved to the Midwest where I have family. We plan to make an attempt at a self-sustaining hobby farm lifestyle while I continue to job hunt, write and return to school for a teaching certificate.
This is our story.
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