Hello and God Bless. I am trying to raise funds to move to the area my children now live. This is my story:
In 2013, my children's mother decided, without my prior knowledge, to move with the children out-of-state for a new job opportunity and to start fresh. It was done without my consent. The courts were too slow to stop her and they had moved into a new home and started school. Even though it was within my right, I didn't have the heart to drag them back. I promised them that I would move to their area as soon as I can. They were moved away from the home they grew up in, from the friends and community they've always known, the church they were baptised in and served in. They've missed 2 years of Sunday School already since they left, through no fault of their own.
I have had many obstacles thrown at me since then. The court drama cost me a lot of time and money. The 2 hour travel, each way, for my regualr visitation has been very stressful on everyone. My main concern is that the children hate all the travelling they have to do. It was never their choice to move away from their entire family, their home, school, church, or all their friends and the community they grew up in.
During the summer of 2014, I had to move out of my apartment that I had been living in since the divorce. I was falling behind on payments and the rent was going up. The kids loved that place. It was a safe environment for them. My car suffered a transmission breakdown and I couldn't afford the repairs. So I had to junk it. Since then I've been leasing a used car because I can't afford to buy one. I can't even afford the down payment and my credit is now ruined.
Now, I'm renting a basement apartment. I am working two jobs and barely getting by while trying to pay child support as well. I've cut back on everything. I've cut off cable and only have the basic cheapest cell phone plan I can get. I haven't had a social life for the past year. All I do is work, go home, and work some more. My time with the children is the most precious to me. We don't get to spend as much time together as we used to since the move. I also don't get to see them for all their school events like I used to. The gas cost is not something I can cover on a regular basis. When they are with me, we attend to local activies and church services.
I know I can secure a position with my company in the state the kids live in now because it's still part of my territory. But I just can't afford this move without a little help. I would love to be able to see my kids whenever they want me and continue our journey with Jesus together.
Thank you and God Bless