Our names are Carrisa and Nikita, we are the daughters of John and Lori Monday, and we are creating this fund to try and plan a surprise anniversary trip to AUSTRALIA for our parents. To understand why pulling off this trip will mean the world to us and to them we're going to start from the beginning of their story.
Our mom and dad met in high school, she a freshman and he a junior. It wasn't exactly "love at first sight" (for mom anyway), but they quickly became inseprable. They were married on JUNE 30th, 1990. And as you can see in their wedding announcement (attached in updates) they planned to take a trip to the beautiful Australia the year after. However, to their surprise they quickly fell pregnant with me (Carrisa) and then 5 years later with Nikita.
They are the best parents two girls could have asked for, and eventhough over the years we did not have much, they still did everything in their power to provide us with what we needed including taking out loans to help put both of us girls through college because they wanted us to have better opportunities than they did. And they did all of it while going through some hard times of financial instability.
Our mom and dad are pushing their mid-50s, but still work very hard every single day. Our dad works two jobs, 40+ hours on his 3rd shift factory job that he has had for the past 25 years, and then his part-time janitorial job. And our mom, even with her daily battle with Fibromyalgia, has also worked full time at the same factory for the past 23 years.
Over the years, while both working full time, raising us girls, and our mom being a girl scout leader of 18 years (for two different troops) they have never once hesitated on opening their hearts and door to many different family members and friends that have needed a place to stay/live in their small two bedroom, 1 bathroom house. If you ask any one of our aunts, uncles, and cousins they will tell you that uncle John and aunt Lori are the ones to call in any time of need.
Taking all of this into consideration, we want to point out that our mom and dad have never been able to take a vacation anywhere together (or even as a family vacayfor that matter).
So, now that we are both adults, and pretty much on our own we want to provide them with a once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experince by sending them to a paradise vacation for a week to show them that everything they have done throughout their lives as matter so much to us, but also to so many people. However, as our mom and dad always say "it takes a village," and that is why we have turned to all of you to help make this happen.
- We really want this to be surprise.
- We're hoping to surprise them for Christmas, that way they will have time to get their passports, visitors visas and anything else.
- We really really appreciate the help, every little bit helps us get to our goal.
Thank you, Carrisa and Nikita
- Chelsey Smith
- michael miller
- Zach P
- Jason Ellestad
- Jason Lehr
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