Dave and I have always been pretty fortunate to be able to work schedules that worked and afforded us the life we desired. We certainly had times of hardship - and problems - but we felt we were very blessed. Even when we struggled - we always made it a point to help others out that were less fortunate than us. I think we adopted a family almost every year - as well as did the Angel Tree or something like that - a couple of years it was just the Angel Tree - finding families wasn't always easy to do. We wanted our kids to know that it is important to know that we shouldn't take what we have for granted and no matter what - should help others. Our kids really got in to it. For the Angel Tree - I always picked kids that matched our kids ages and they would help pick something out. Keagan has a very giving heart - he always wants to help everyone.
I hope to always keep this going - especially now with Widow Elf.
Now though - I am probably going overboard with my kids. I buy them way too much - we really always have. For Malea this year - he is getting some practical gifts that I think she'll really use. I haven't completely figured everything out.
In the past we both felt guilty for not having enough family time - with all of us together. We always took so many little family outings due to this.
My kids still want to do these little vacations and I'm just not up to doing them all by myself. So - this is causing me to buy way too much.
I just feel like I'll be screwing them up for life. I don't want them to feel entitled. I still want them to work for everything - but even that will be limited as to what they can do until they turn 18.
I also know that I will only be able to afford some things for just a short time - so I'm trying to take that in to consideration.
I would live in a box on the street if I could have my family whole again - but that isn't possible. I'm supposed to be thankful for what I have - and it is so extremely difficult.
I am a wife and mother of 2. I have many different interests - baking, home renovations, music, education ;)