Hi. My name is Rose. I'm 48 years old, separated, the mother of four (with two children still at home), and I want to thank you for taking the time to consider my request.
I've been the primary supporter for my family my entire adult life and that meant that saving for a home (or anything else for that matter), wasn't always in the cards. There just wasn't enough money in the pot while raising four children mostly on my own for "life and living" and saving as well.
As the years have gone by, my income has improved and my two older children have left the nest. Money isn't quite as tight as it used to be, and I managed to save some money and found a lovely little older home for my two children and myself. My offer was accepted, the home inspection passed and the mortgage approved. It's a great little house - perfect for the three of us. The picture you see is the view from the kitchen into our backyard :)
And while I will have saved money for the downpayment and legal costs needed by the closing date, I have done so by the "skin of my teeth" so to speak and in my enthusiam and excitement at achieving the milestone of providing myself and my children a home of our own (and the feeling of security that comes with that for me), I didn't allow for any of the "what if's" that life inevitably throws at you or for what we'll need when we've moved in.
Of course, as my luck would have it, within a week of making the offer at the end of March, I had my first "what if" when I had to replace two tires on my car. The week after that, the check engine light went on. Then my 9 year son complained about his eyes bothering him. I know, Murphy's Law at it's best (or worst). They are normal, every day occurrences I naively hadn't counted on or planned for that are eating into my savings, creating a situation where I won't have all the funds I need to close.
And so, here I am. With hat in hand asking for help. Please know that I am truly aware of how frivolous my request is in the face of the many funders with needs and situations much greater and more urgent than my own. I have really wrestled with my decision to start this fundraiser (feeling very embarrassed), and it was my 14 year old daughter who reminded me that I help others when I can, and that it was okay for me to ask for help when I need it.
Thanks again for stopping by. I really do appreciate it.
Wishing you and yours all the best,