Meet Christa Etheridge. She's mom to a newborn, a teenager, and a 21-year-old. She loves music and concerts. She can rock-out with the best of 'em. She's a kind, generous person. She has a gorgeous smile and a great, enthusiastic laugh. Look at the pictures; she's always grinning, laughing, being silly.
But, lately, underneath the smiles and
laughter, Christa's feeling a little like breaking. It'll never
happen, because the woman is made of titanium, but even titanium can
bend. And right now she has postpartum depression, financial worries,
the demands of a newborn, other family needs, etc., pressing down on
her. And so she hardly sleeps. She has migraines, paralyzing pain
from a past car accident. And she still has to work.
Overwhelmed doesn't begin to cover it.
Sadly, I can't fix most of those
things. I wish I could. But I can maybe help a bit with the financial
issues. A couple of people managed to help Christa through a recent
crisis when all the bills stacked up at once, bills that, if not
paid, meant her losing her car, and maybe her job if she couldn't pay
for childcare. Among other thing.
Don't think Christa's irresponsible with money; she just had unpaid maternity leave, and extra expenses with a new baby. Things got a little messy. That's all.
I want to make sure there isn't another
crisis like that. I don't want Christa walking outside and wondering
if her car is going to be gone. I want to make sure she doesn't have
to worry about taking care of her girls. I just want to give her a
little breathing room until things get back to normal. And I can't do
it with just me and couple other people.
I want Christa to sleep again. I want
the headaches to go away. I want her to be able to laugh and mean it.
Thanks so much for listening. If you
can help at all, it would be hugely appreciated, and I know Christa
would be incredibly grateful, too.