Our family has fallen on many hardships the last few years or so. My husband became unemployed which lasted 2 years. Thankfully just 2 yrs ago he was finally was able to get a job. It's never been enough to take care of all our obligations but its been a much needed blessing after losing so much during those 2 years. Unfortunately because of Matts health issues, the unemployment, then a head on collision my husband was a vicim of, which totaled our only car, his 6 hospital stays he has had in the last 8 years, 2 surgeries he needed without any health insurance at the time, has finally made it impossible to continue living in our home and we lost it in auction last week. The man who bought it gave us 28 days to move out from the date he purchased it. We still don't know where, but we have been looking in the areas close to my husbands work in Post Falls and all surrounding towns. We cannot afford the truck rental, home rental fees, deposit, and the amount the rental property company is going to require us to pay upfront, because of our destroyed credit and housing status. We're saving however we can, but it will never be enough to attain our goal in just weeks.
So I decided since I have seen alot of these fundraisers for others put on by their friends I would try this for myself. Yes its embarrassing. It took a lot out of me to finally do this fundraiser for myself.
We've done many garage sales, estate sales, Craig's list sales, selling personal clothing, bags, and shoes that could bring in extra money, and we have sold a car, boat, our fence line, our pole Barn, ATV, tools, riding lawn mower, snow blower, all our guns, ammo, my jewelry, all our top of the line work out equipment, dining set, executive office set, living room furniture, and the list goes on....
I had my major back surgery, it was a massive reconstructive repair, they ended up fixing scoliosis that occurred from such a bad break in vertebrae, the twisted bottom of one vertebre, the slipped disc, and an inch bone spur sticking out, and did a fusion.
Recovery was a year of hell. We Went thru all that while we were getting evicted, and then out of nowhere while matt was helping me at home taking vacation days, Matts boss let him go, the same day we were moving out.
We had no ability to move into a rental like we had hoped, so we had to shove ourselves into my parents house and separated the 6 kids up for about 8 months, due to my parents home not being large enough for all of us. This ripped our hearts up.
Matt started a small business while we lived there. And got a dealers license. We are selling used trucks and cars, so he is now a used car dealer. Not what he loves at all, but it is set up and will work if we can move the business up to CDA, idaho. We cannot afford to have it in Oregon anymore. Its too expensive and already dealt with too many people who have taken advantage of us as new small car dealers.
We need help to get our small business up here and we have tried for over a year to do this, but every step we take forward, we fall back or get hit by someone or something and we land 2/3 steps backward every month.
We live in an apartment. Very small budget. No luxury. Just basic needs.
We are on a shoe string trying to build a company, compared to everyone else in this business and we are dealing with road blocks every turn. I think it's a miracle we are still here in business. :^)
Tranferring up this way, involves paying for a dealer test in Boise, Idaho. Paying for a few nights in a hotel there and gas. Gas for moving cars around, paying for a new license for Idaho, the new fees, and relocating some office furniture, as well as getting a suitable rental spot in town...
We fear the longer we stay there in Oregon, dealing with the normal typical selfish slimy car dealers, we won't make it and our little business will slip through the cracks as will we. And lose it all.
We know if our company were in CDA, Idaho, we could actually sustain a good living for our family, and have more control over it and do without all the expenses from traveling back and forth, that Matt has had to do....which has been a massive strain on his health.
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