my son (then 10 years old) and I left an abusive home situation, and hopped on a greyhound bus headed 2,000 miles west, with nothing except 2 suitcases and 2 backpacks, in the search of a better and safer life for us both.
Over the past 5 years my son (Isaac- Small's) and I have worked extremely hard living and working on animal sanctuaries in Southern California.
We are originally from the Midwest.
My son is 17 now and he's planning on joining the military when he turns 18 and graduates from high school.
I'm disabled and receive SSDI permanently.
I'm not able to do all of this hard labor that I've been doing over the years for all of these critters alone anymore.
So, my son stepped up on his own and helps me every day, twice a day ,7 days a week, plus does his homeschooling as well, after seeing me start to struggle.
In order for me to help my son know that I'll be ok when he starts his own life's journey, without worrying about me being able to manage, I made a plan to move to Indiana to be with my sister.
Being on disability has been a struggle, with no child support, but we have made our way through the last 5 years working hard to take care of animal's, in exchange for housing.
It's worked out very well for us. For most of that time, it was MY LIFE and I absolutely loved every minute of it,
At this point in my life, I'm getting older and I can't work like I used to. Unfortunately the people I've worked for and am currently working for, haven't been the most understanding and demand more than my son and I can handle "together", let alone when he leaves in a year.
I've come to the realization that if it weren't for my son, I couldn't do it.
That's a really hard thing for me to admit to be honest. I've always went above and beyond expectations no matter what I was doing.
It's getting harder and harder every day, and with the lack of understanding by my employer it's making it really difficult here where we are currently.
I try my hardest and we do our best, but it's never enough.
It's time for my son and I to take care of "ourselves" now. And enjoy the last year we have together, before he's gone and we can't get the time back.
It's also time for me to be real with myself, and allow myself to know that it's O.K. to NOT work this hard anymore. Before I can't do ANYTHING anymore because I'm over doing it daily and have been, for quite awhile. And my body is starting to feel it.
Moving closer to family will give us that opportunity we both really need at this point.
It's been so incredibly hard the last year for us both, emotionally and physically.
A dear friend suggested that I set this gofundme up as she thought some of you would be interested in donating in orderto help us move.
It honestly never occurred to me because, if you know me at all, you know, I DON'T ask for help easily. Lol
In fact my plan was to just try and save as much as I can and hopefully have enough saved by February.
But, if I'm being honest, I'm don't have alot left over at the end of the month. But I'm willing to try as hard as I can to make it happen.
Anyway, I figured It sure dose'nt hurt to let people help you once in awhile.
It dosen't always have to be me helping others.
So, If you feel compelled to help, that's wonderful and we Thank you from the bottom of ours hearts, truly!
And if you don't or can't,
That's ok too because prayers are also welcomed and we'll thank you just as much for those too.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.
And know we love you all very much and appreciate all of you sticking by us through these adventures we've had over the last 7 years! Animals and all!
Gosh we love and miss all of those critters so much EVERY DAY!
Merry Christmas y'all and have the very happiest of the upcoming New Year!
Y'all mean the world to us both!
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