Dec 14, 2008, 11:07 PM
A Christmas wish for my family
This is a hard thing for me to write. I was always the person that anyone who needed help could come to and I would help out as much as I possibly could. Now for the first time I am in need of help for my family. My husband and I have 7 children. Terry is 16, Ashley is 15, Tiffany is 13, Summer is 12, Anthony is 8, Jack is 7, and Trinity is 6. About 9 years ago my husband was diagnosed with Alpha 1, it is a defecinicy that effects the liver and lungs. Everything was going alright considering his health. We were always living paycheck to paycheck but had the two coming in so it was tight but doable. Now jump forward to April 2008, my husband Jack is diagnosed with COPD and goes on disability. He was a cable contractor before his health started failing and he had to stop working. Jack is now on oxygen when he goes to bed at night and during the day if he feels like he needs it. We were still struggling but making it. Jump forward again to October 23,2008, Jack is given a year to live. The doctor told Jack he has to consider having a double lung transplant or else he will have a year. The next day I lose my job as an Office Manager. Now the only check we have coming in is Jack's SSI, which barely covers the rent and really nothing else. Our electric bill alone runs about 4 to 5 hundred dollars a month due to the oxygen machine. I have been looking everywhere for a job. I have put in so many applications and made follow up phone calls willing to take any job just for the paycheck. I have a seasonal part time job as a cashier at an outdoor ice rink but that ends soon. Last week I got a seasonal part time job at UPS as a helper. I have gotten 1 check but will have another one before Christmas. I know it won't be anything big since it is part time. As of right now we don't have a tree for Christmas. My children keep asking as to when we will be getting it. Today they did decorate the outside of the house to make it look alittle like Christmas. I don't have any money to get the children any presents but I might be able to get at least 1 or 2 things for my children. I do have some awesome children, I know that everyone thinks that about their children. The older children all love to read and would be happy with books. Summer loves to draw and do art projects, she is happy with art supplies. Anthony is really into the legos that you can build the castles because he can do them with his dad. He loves being able to spend time with his dad. My son Jack has asked for stuffed animals, he has some that he sleeps with everynight and wants to add more. Trinity is learning how to read and has asked for books but also asked for baby dolls. All of the children love to play board games together. I know that they would love to get a Wii or Playstation 3 but that is more money then we have. We are having a hard time just paying the bills. I truely believe that you are never given more then you can handle but I am getting to my limit. I feel like I have let my family down. I am suppose to be able to provide for my family. I would really like to have a Christmas tree so that maybe it really felt like Christmas. I want to be able to give my children a nice little Christmas that they deserve.
Thank you for letting me have a chance to spill my guts and tell you alittle about me and my family. We love helping others and love being together.
Merry Christmas to everyone and I hope everyone has a blessed New Year
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from everyone. I would like for Christmas cards to be sent to my children. Our address is 5945 Keystone Ave Cocoa Fl 32927. They would enjoy opening the mail.
Dec 15, 2008, 07:41 AM
Thank You for the wish and Welcome to Tree of Wishes. I hope someones heart will open after reading Your story. Please stay strong and never think that You let down anyone, times are hard and seven children is a lot of blessing. I know all will be alright. God Bless and have faith.
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