Thursday, April 29, 2010

1 YEAR

Thanks so much to all of you who have stood by me this past year. I have been blessed with so many great blog friends! As many of you know I was laid off in November of 08 from a job I loved. This was the beginning of many problems. When I lost my job I also lost my medical insurance which meant I had no idea how I was going to pay for all of Ray's rejection medicines. Then there was rent, utilities, truck payment and groceries. Unemployment only goes so far and Ray was just not able to keep a job one because of his health and two because of the economy. I just felt like my life was spinning out of control.

My life has really changed since that November. The first thing we did as a family is go to Church. Tammy from Country Girl at Home inspired me to make that decision. Thank you Tammy! It was the beginning of many blessing. We were able to get Ray's medicines through programs based on our income or lack of I should say! As the months went by and the lack of a steady income we decided not to renew our lease. It was very hard to leave a home we had lived in for 7 years. We had so many great neighbors and I still miss them! It was a hard decision but we knew it was the best one at the time. So one year ago we gave up our home put our things in storage and moved with my Mom. Another blessing a roof over our heads. Not long after we moved Ray started having issues with his legs hurting an ultra sound proved he has blockages in his legs. It was advised he get back on disability. I finally got a job last June as many of you remember I hated it! Things are much better still not the job of my dreams but it's a lot better. So within a few months we had insurance but getting Ray's Social Security didn't not come as easily. Seemed like once we got over one hurdle another was waiting.

I became so depressed and cried all the time. I just didn't think we would ever see the light at the end of the tunnel. I quit doing things with friends and just stuck to myself. As time went on things got better and easier. I could see a dim light trying to peek through.

In March we paid off our truck. Also in March Ray received his first disability check. They are reviewing his case to determine if he will be reinstated permanently. We will take what we can get and call it another blessing. We got back a decent tax refund this year which we put up to move. Yet another blessing. I am happy to report another HUGE BLESSING we will be moving JUNE 1! Yes, you read it right we are finally moving. We found a rancher like I wanted and Eleni will get to stay at the same High School.

I can not wait to post pictures and decorate. I am so exited and feeling very blessed. I am hoping this is many of new Happier post. Once again THANKS for sticking by me this past year!

Donna

15 comments:

Susannah said...

Congratulations! I am so glad for you. You have been through so much. Can't wait to see the house pics.

Blessings and happiness to you and your, Donna.

basketsnprims said...

Donna,
I'm so happy for you, Ray, and your daughter that you are able to have a home of your home. Can't wait to see pics. I'll keep you in my prayers.
hugs,
Pam

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I was wondering about you the other day:) So very happy to know that you will now be in a home of your own, can't wait to see pics of all your decorating!!!


Rondell

Carmen C. said...

Donna~ what AWESOME, WONDERFUL news! I am so very happy for you all and can't wait to see the house! You guys sure have been through ALOT in the last couple years and I am SO happy things are turning around for you my friend!!!!!

Farm Field Primitives said...

I am so happy for you and glad that things are turning around. Stay strong.....can't wait to see pics.
~Melissa~

At Home With Amy said...

Donna this is an answer to prayer. I am so happy for you. I can hear the joy back in your posting that has been missing for a while now. I wish you the best with your new home and I can't wait to see pictures of it. I will continue to pray for your dream job to open up and for Rays disability check to be permanent.
Thanks for sharing this update with us.
Hugs and Blessings,
AMY

Debbie said...

I am so happy for you Donna. You are always in my thoughts. I always think I need to email you then get sidetracked! *hugs* I imagine you all are so excited about having your own place again. That is so wonderful! I can't wait to see pictures of it.

*hugs*
Debbie

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Donna,

I'm SO happy for you! It looks like June is our month, doesn't it? I will be so tickled to come over here and see pics of you and your family in your new home and all the fun you will have decorating it!

I'm also so happy to see that you can name the blessings in all of this! When I think about you, I'm thinking of this Bible verse....Jeremiah 29:11. God is good!

Hugs to all of you!
Tammy

saraonyx said...

Congratulations:) I am so happy for you and I can't wait to see your decorating pictures! Sara

In His service, Anne said...

soooo happy for you donna!!! I think of your family often,...great news.
Anne

Carmen C. said...

Donna~ You are the WINNER of my giveaway! You can find my e-mail addy on my selling blog, get your address to me and I'll send out your goodies! CONGRATS!

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

How on earth did I miss this GLORIOUS post??????
........WHOOOOOHOOOO! :)
I am sooooo HAPPY for you guys!!!
Everything is coming together--it's been a long, hard road...but it's only goin to geet better from here!
I am so excited for you...and I can't wait to see pics!!!

Have a wonderful week, girl!!
(((happy hugs)))

colonialhomestead said...

A new home for you and the family. It is so wonderful you have been able to find the blessings in all you have been threw. God will not put us in the mist of a storm unless he can bring us out of it. He sent a friend in Christ to you (Tammy). Blessing to you & your's!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe I missed this! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you to have your own place again! God is good! I know from FB you are tired but I hope a good tired!! I am so excited for you!! hugs, Linda/BehindMYRedDoor

sanjeet said...

Can't wait to see pics. I'll keep you in my prayers.
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