Aaavalon Goat Farm

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Raised by 27 people in 29 months
I am a disabled veteran hoping to secure my family's future by starting a goat farm to make gourmet cheeses.  We're trying to buy our first home on the Olympic peninsula in Washington and raise milking goats.  Please help me realise my dream of a safe and secure home for my family.
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Hey, everyone! In case anyone is curious about where we're at with this, I thought I should post to explain. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to update, but there just hasn't been time to do it. (Everyone is working pretty much non-stop just to stay afloat here) Someone did ask me if we have goats yet though, and I'm afraid to say it hasn't gone nearly so fast as that. We still have a lot of work to do here. We also recently had another setback that has delayed things even further. I'll try to sum up:

For those unfamiliar with our situation, we have one small car for the four of us to get to workplaces, school, etc. It finally died. (It's an old car, so it's not surprising at all) It's been VERY good to us for many years, but since we've been without the means to do much upkeep to it (other than the occasional oil change/tuneup when we could manage it) for quite awhile now, it was bound to happen eventually. That, combined with the fact that everyone has different schedules and work/school destinations that are a minimum of 30-40 minutes away (WITHOUT traffic. WITH traffic it can actually be hours just one-way!), the car is being driven A LOT, seven days a week! The cost of gas alone is fairly crippling right now just to do what we NEED to do. (We don't get to do trips for fun anymore, can't afford it, it's already too costly just driving to where we NEED to go to keep the lights on and groceries in the fridge!)

Then, the location. This house is in kind of an odd area. It's in a fairly rural area, yet it's right on a main thoroughfare. In order to get on the road, one must get up over a rather steep hill of a driveway. You basically have to get right up close to the street on the slope, and if there's traffic, you have to wait and then really give it gas for it to have enough power to shoot up the hill and get on the highway quickly before traffic comes. Doing this every day, multiple times a day, was apparently just too much of a strain on the transmission/clutch/etc. and it finally gave up the ghost. :(

We were already on the ragged edge. No savings left, resources tapped, credit cards maxed, still trying to make needed repairs to the house. You get the picture. Then the mechanic informs us that it's going to be a few thousand dollars to repair the car! How do you pull thousands of dollars from... less than nothing? It was pretty much terrifying.

Fortunately Av. was able to get a loan from his brother and his brother's wife. With ALL that we've been going through for the past few years, somehow we'd managed to avoid asking (Wasn't easy!), but we finally had to ask. We simply had no other options, and they totally came through for us when we really needed it. Without that car, everyone would have lost their jobs and that..as they say.. would have been that.

So, that's the main bit. There have been lots of other crazy setbacks, but that was the big monetary one. Now we not only have the credit card debt/interest to deal with, we also owe Av's brother a rather hefty sum, so it's probably not going to be a "Goaty Christmas" this year. I realize some of you may have been hoping you'd get a goat cheese care package for the holidays and I apologize that things did not work out that way. Believe me, I was hoping it would be a speedier process myself, but apparently that wasn't the way it needed to play out.

I still have high hopes that we can get through this and that by next year things will have turned around, but honestly at this point I'm just not surprised by anything anymore and I'm not making any assumptions either way. Always, ALWAYS hoping for the best though!

If you've read through this, thanks for caring! If you are able to share it around, it is greatly appreciated! To those of you who have helped already, we thank you! You've helped keep us going! Brightest Blessings to you and yours for your own good fortune.

For Aaavalon! Forever! NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER SURRENDER! :)

Athena
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The actual act of "buying a home" makes purchasing a car look like grabbing nickel candy.
The amount and date of closing has changed a lot every 24 hours for the past 7 days...
I can't remember the last time I slept 6 hours in a row.
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"VA home loan" is a very misleading turn of phrase. The veteran is not receiving a loan from the government, no money is involved at all. The government is guaranteeing a portion of the loan which encourages the lender to give better terms to veterans. The reality is that the veteran now has to pay for an additional series of inspections and appraisals before he can even find out if the VA will finance that particular property.
How do we consistently turn helping vets into finding yet another may to get more blood or money from them?
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Wow, things are moving apace. Suddenly the VA assessment/inspection has been done (we were told it would 2 to 3 months) - but things look good. Hope abounds!
Last repair before the VA accepts, done.
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Raised by 27 people in 29 months
Created December 29, 2016
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7 months ago
$500
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13 months ago
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Kate F
16 months ago

From Haroldine on kol. Thanks for in-game fun and good luck to you and your family.

LK
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Lescha from KoL
16 months ago

Dear MotO, hope you'll get there!

AH
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alex harper
16 months ago

Happy New Year :)

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Anonymous
16 months ago
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17 months ago
$1,000
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17 months ago
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Lou Mougin
18 months ago
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Amy Bonjella
18 months ago
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Life is a total arse isn't it. Wish I could do more - good luck! x

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