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A family of five siblings was torn apart by a judge six years ago. Without a custody trial he gave two children to one parent and three to the other. In addition, the judge ruled that the mother (who has been a lifetime stay-at-home/work-at-home mom) will pay for her ex-husband’s attorney fees as well as her own attorney fees. He felt that she had the "means and ability" to pay even though her present husband at the time had just been unemployed for the 12 months prior (due to the economy), and her 20 year history of income fluctuated between 12K and 20K/year.
 
In 2011 the family subsequently lost their just 18-yo son unexpectedly in an accident (he was a "stepbrother" to the five original siblings though this family does not acknowledge "steps" or "half"). After experiencing such tragedy the lack of focus and grief caused yet another relocation and another 18 months of unemployment.
 
In 2012 the father of the children brought the mother back into court for contempt over not paying the attorney fees. A new judge (judge #2) found the mother in contempt based SOLELY on the previous ruling of the mother having "means and ability". Mom was forced to file bankruptcy as there were no other options for her. Dad then spent 14 months fighting the bankruptcy (the mom was legally entitled to) which is a common occurrence after divorces and unfortunately due to this, the fees were left off and the protection of bankruptcy was in place for one year. This “stay” (as it is called) just expired in January and now dad has brought mom back into court, wanting her to serve time in jail (minimum of 30 days) for non-payment of the fees. 
 
Mom has spent SIX YEARS (and nearly 75K, much funded by family and friends) attempting to restore the children into one family. One child has been restored with the family, and it is our prayer that the other two children are rightfully restored as one family. Every child has explicitly expressed to friends, family, lawyers, and judges their desire to go home/remain home with their mother and siblings. 

The attorney fee debt is keeping the focus off of the custody situation and is urgently now down to the wire for this family.  The emergent and ordered debt is 17K which is due by May 25, 2016. Mom has already paid right about 1000.00 towards the debt. Another 1000.00 has been donated from friends and family. This is a good family, a serving family, faithful to God and to each other, filled with love. They have an open home and their life is an open book to friends and family, freely and fully surrendered to the Lord, church leadership and accountability . Because of the love, compassion and faith that consumes these Christians they have been blessed with the additions of a now 4.5, 3.5, and 2-year-old to complete their family.  
 
We are stepping in to do whatever we can to keep this mother out of jail. We desperately need to raise 15K as soon as possible.  This seems insurmountable but God is bigger than any circumstance and we feel confident that He will provide. We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this cause and these children.
 
This family has also opened themselves to accountability for these funds and you can donate in multiple ways - First, you can donate through this site, set up and run by church family. You can write a check to Ellen Page (the couple's mother) who will be helping the family track donations and getting this debt paid down. Or you can write a check directly to Christina Page. Checks (in either name) can be mailed to PO Box 134, Whitsett, NC 27377.
 
If by some miracle more money is taken in than needed for this particular debt it will be held in trust for attorney fees for the final upcoming custody battle.  It is this couple's goal and desire that they make it through the final battle of this war so that regardless of the outcome they will know that by the grace of God they have done everything possible and "fought the good fight".
 
 
If anyone has any further questions about this situation please do not hesitate to message us. There are several people involved as far as accountability and assisting with communications who would be happy to provide any relevant information.
 
Here is a link that will "introduce" you to the five children directly involved - This was created by two of the girls with Mom's help back in 2010.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3JcLtH9fUw
 
If you or anyone you know has encountered bias and/or corruption in the Forsyth County court system, resulting in the destruction of family or damage to child(ren) please consider joining this group and spreading the word (three families have been uncovered so far)
https://www.facebook.com/Mothers-Rights-Forsyth-County-NC-365795420263552/
 
Above all else, please be holding this family in your prayers, especially the two youngest of this original five (now 14 and 9), for their safety, well-being; wisdom for the parents and complete restoration. And if you would please SHARE this page and this need anywhere and everywhere you can!

Here are some of the prayer/family verses that this family relies on 

Joel 2:25
"And I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten"
Deuteronomy 3:3
God, your God, will restore everything you lost; he will have compassion on you; he will come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered
John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.  I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full
Jeremiah 29:11 (family verse)
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Psalm 56:3-4
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?
Phillipians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, now and forevermore.  Amen.
Psalm 55:22
"Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved"
Isaiah 40:29-32
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not grow faint.
Lamentations 3:22
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices and with song I will praise Him.
Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!
Isaiah 41:10-13
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. "All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
1 Peter 1:7
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight
James 1:12
Blessed i the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to whose who love him.
2 Chronicles 20:17
You will not have to fight this battle.  Take up your positions, stand firm, and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.
Matthew 17:20
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed you can say to thsi mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.

Lloyd M. Burton

2016-03-29 03:46:13

Sorry we can't do more right now, but are in constant prayer.

Diane Kyle-Smith

2016-03-27 23:39:22

Praying for your family ,trying to get this to news 2 wants to know

Patricia Wesolowski

2016-03-26 14:32:10

Wish I could do more now! I can't, but I can do small amounts on a regular basis!

Update #1
June 3, 2016, 8:57 am

Just wanted to give a huge shout out and THANK YOU to all who have given and especially for all who have prayed.  Interim praise report - As of Weds 5/25 one of the two children of this battle was granted a step forward with an interim 50/50 restoration back with the family until they all return to court on July 18th! She is thrilled and joins in with the rest of the family thaking everyone who has given support whether financial, physical, or prayer. There is a little over a month left to raise the remainder of these funds - Trusting God for continued provision <3

Update #2
June 3, 2016, 8:35 am

(Part 5)
So in this interim, while we continue making constant legal payments and sacrifices, we will also find a myriad of ways to continue giving, living, laughing, and loving our family <3

We have a messy life but it is filled with blessings! Had we lived the way “others” thought we “should” as far as our finances we would have missed so many of them along the way. And it is short. Again, if we did as others “thought” we would have missed so many LASTS! We already as parents have the struggle and never know when they will be – The last time as a mother we nurse our baby; the last time we see a toddler crawl; the last diaper we change; the last little mouth smiling with a full set of baby teeth; the last time they will ask/want you to tuck them in. And all over again as they transition to adult-hood - the last Christmas they are home before they marry and start a family of their own; the last time they will ask for your help picking out a car; the last summer vacation week you will have to spend before they take off for a foreign country; or, God forbid, the last time you say “I love you” as they head out the door and possibly never return (it happens, we know first-hand).

It is so easy to judge isn’t it? The man standing on the street corner who you think should get a job; the lady in front of you at the grocery store paying with food stamps; the couple going on a cruise that can’t pay their electric bill (bet you didn’t know that cruise was a medical reimbursement from another years prior when the husband had a stroke and had to be emergently returned to the US via air-flight – He has never been the same and hasn’t been able to work full-time since……..); the family wearing Chaps and Toms and Nautica (ever wonder if they were all hand-me-downs?) – It is SO easy!! So we are okay if we get judged by our pictures because we absolutely and unapologetically put as much life into the few moments we have all of our kids together – Have, Do and WILL continue to!! And if you were wondering, there will be some more pictures upcoming from the beach because our older kids and family chipped in and made happen an AMAZING Mother’s Day weekend (complete with 8 kids, a sister, and a surprise engagement!) and we are cramming 11 people into a 2-bedroom condo for a few nights – Want to join us? :)

We do not live to please man but to please God, in all we say and do (and give and save and spend!)
Joshua 24:15 “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Have a blessed day
 

Update #3
June 3, 2016, 8:34 am

(Part 4)Transparency/Choices

So how can we both say we need money and continue living at the same time? Well, do we really have a choice? We have seven remaining children at home, most (or possibly all) of whom won’t be children by the time we finish paying off debts that we didn’t incur, didn’t ask for, and which go against every sense of “right” that exists in the world. We don’t feel it would be honoring God to not invest fully in the blessings (children) he has graced us with and do not see an option! (If anyone thinks they have a better answer I would love to talk through our budget with you and/or let you walk our conflict and court laden shoes for even one week) We believe it is about choices; priorities. For example - cable or direct TV or other? We don’t have any – We haven’t since 2007! Smart phones? We have ONE on our plan (for work) that we pay for (and a second that our grown daughter pays for, for herself). The rest of us are using ancient “dumb phones” and are perfectly okay with it. We gave up our house phone. We own one vehicle with three drivers and borrow two others, all with between 250 and 300K miles (knowing that even though the upkeep can be high there is no way we can do a car payment right now) Every item of furniture, accessories, etc in our home came from a yard sale, Goodwill, or Craigslist (save one bedroom suite obtained in a divorce settlement). ALL of our clothing comes from Goodwill, thrift store, or clearance rack. Some might judge pictures taken in a restaurant – We use GROUPON for 50-60% off, or free kids meals and adults share a meal (to celebrate a birthday or special event). And our older children pay for their own food. Health insurance was going to be $1100/month – Again we had a choice, so for right now we utilize healthy living and foods, vitamins, preventive care, and lots of prayer!

See here is the thing, if you trim your grocery and/or gas and/or household (or other) budget for a few months and book last minute I bet just about anyone could have a weekend at the beach or mountains or anywhere (use Craigslist and Homeaway – They always have last minute specials!!) (I can probably give lots of ideas on balancing/shifting/floating a budget to incorporate something that might not “fit” logistically!!)

Update #4
June 3, 2016, 8:32 am

(Part 3)
Now things get more complicated, with an even greater balancing act. This year we saved and planned a spring break trip which we were splitting cost with a few of our older “kids”. At the last minute all of this new issue with the “attorney fees” and “jail time” came up. We were not comfortable continuing with our plans so we put those monies (all of us, even some of our kids) into the legal/attorney fee fund. At the same time God opened a door for us to visit for free with family – Would you have walked through that door? If you have been paying attention that would be a resounding “YES”!!!!! The added blessing? Visiting with friends and family along the way including an “extra” daughter, aunts, uncles, and a sea of cousins. Then we went to a wedding (scheduled long ago……) We packed six people into a dirt cheap motel room for sleeping and spent the weekend with family. The only other cost? Probably about $100 of gas. Would you sacrifice a weekend with family and a once-in-a-lifetime wedding over $100? Again if you were paying attention this would be an unquestionable “NO”!!
We are sacrificing daily, pulling monies from multiple areas of our budget; presently putting an average of $1200-1500/month into this battle (that we never asked for) to continue trying to save our children and pay off this attorney fee debt. If we stopped all living to put every penny (rather than just MOST!) into this fund would that be honoring to God? Would it be showing trust?
Phil 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
As well, we know we cannot, and we will not, stop living and giving along the way.
• Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
• 1John 3:16-18 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”
• Matthew 6:3 “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Sorry, I won’t give an accounting of our giving as that is between us and God :) )
 

Update #5
June 3, 2016, 8:30 am

(Part 2)
What does this look like? Well, there was a time we truly had “no money” while we were unemployed. God continued to provide a roof over our heads, food for our bellies, diapers from the most random places and loving people, and even a Christmas beyond belief through an angel family God spoke to about our children. While we had no money we found we had TONS of time and we became very creative at spending it with our children and extended family, even being graced with gas gift cards that enabled us not once, but twice in three years to travel the country and stay with aunts, uncles, cousins, and loved ones; building relationship and relishing in family love and togetherness.
At other times we had very “little monies” – What did that mean? Well, we were over-extended on our rent, not realizing we were going to be shelling out $1100-1300/month in child support (for a child we never saw) nor tens of thousands of dollars a year on attorney fees and court expenses. (We thought we were starting a family and moving on and away from these toxicities, not permanently engaging in a war we wanted no part of!). We frequently had more monies going out than coming in but we maintained a balancing act. “Extras” were infrequent but we did at one point find a ridiculous sale on a last-minute cruise and set off with our three teenagers in 2011. Could we “afford it”? Probably not but we did it. And Thank God because we didn’t know it would be our last chance (we just had an opportunity put in front of our face, prayed, sought counsel, and moved!).
That same summer we again found a crazy low price on a beach house and booked a week with extended family. Again, could we technically “afford it”? Again probably NO! But God worked it all out and we went. And again, THANK GOD – our son passed away a mere week after the trip, our last together as a family. Last summer we took one week in the mountains which cost practically nothing for the house; why? Because we cleaned it both on arrival and departure to work off the rent. We then were blessed to have a second week up in NY including our oldest son. Could we “afford it”? Again probably not! But again, Thank God because our son shipped out to join the army less than two months later.
What have we learned? Nothing is more important that spending quality time with family, all the family you can find, visit, or gather together – NOTHING. Unfortunately, since we also live in a life of chaos and turmoil, created by external forces outside of our control, the ONLY way we are guaranteed peace and family time is to be anywhere but home!!
 

Update #6
June 3, 2016, 8:28 am

(Part 1) (FROM 5/11/16)
Financial transparency - Financial need - Living, Loving - Giving - Doing the best we can to honor God
What does it mean to “not have the money”? I grew up hearing this, as events and activities I desired to do with friends or school were deemed a “no” and I watched adults around me not travel or do things they said they wanted to. But I later realized that these same people were “hoarding” monies in retirement plans and other places (along with “stuff”, time, etc). Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for planning and preparing for the future. But do we give up the present (times we can NEVER GET BACK) for an unforeseen time/date that we might not live to see? I think there is a better balance…..
Mark 8:36 “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (I think we forfeit our “soul” when we stop obeying God’s word and commands and living for ourselves instead of for Him/others)
And James 5:2 tells us that giving sets us free while hoarding entraps us!
Then I met an entire different sort of family. This family does consider (and save for) the “future” but also very carefully plans and budgets and travels the world! They also give more than anyone I have ever met or even heard of, ever (financial, time, love, etc). They share what they have and they “hoard” nothing for themselves. And they were a million times happier, more satisfied with life, and more richly blessed than family #1.
1John 3:17 “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?”
Philippians 2:4 “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
After 17 years of living paycheck to paycheck in an unhappy marriage, and then subsequent years of raising five kids as a single parent, God opened the door to start a new life and marriage; one that would remain intact and centered on Christ, a forever family. We knew from day one we wanted to be like family #2 above; giving, serving and loving – living every moment of life to the absolute fullest. We anticipated a simpler time but God had other plans. We have spent the past eight years consistently in court and in turmoil due to litigious others, outside of our control. We have lost vast amounts of money (both personally and extended family) in providing care for children living outside of our home (80K+), fighting lies and theft and slander on one end (50K), and fighting for the best interest of children in our immediate care (75K) on the other end. At the same time we have encountered 2.5 years of unemployment due to the economy, changes in healthcare reforms, and family tragedy (death of a child). And on top of that we have dealt with the IRS breaking their OWN tax laws (13K really not owed but fined) and an error on a tax return (another 20K), intermittently having garnishments of up to 1000/month. We have developed humility such that we never knew existed. We have encountered blessings greater than we could have imagined. And throughout all of this we have come to understand ever more fully God’s sovereignty as He has been absolutely and consistently faithful and we have learned what is really important in life (family, love, laughter).
We may never encounter “financial freedom” and we may never have a savings account or “retirement fund”; but life has tragically and without reprieve taught us how fragile and precious are the moments we have with family to find the “abundant life” God has also promised. 
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
 

Update #7
June 3, 2016, 8:23 am


 
 

Update #8
April 24, 2016, 8:33 am

Update #9
April 19, 2016, 2:48 pm

UPDATE FROM 4/5/16
The family survived another day. There were no resolutions but another 7 weeks to raise funds needed for attorney fees has come with a continuation date set for May 25th. Also, a custody trial is now desired by both sides as the kids father just pulled a (second) surprise wedding on them this past weekend and finally openly admitted his intent to move them to GA over the summer. We all know God's timing is perfect and trust His promises.

Update #10
March 25, 2016, 4:44 pm

3-22-16
Our lawyer called this morning and said she was having second thoughts and didn't feel prepared. I told her that we have been super prepared all the other times and it hand't helped; today we had 8 prayer warriors standing there and that I believed that was the battle to be fought - that God had prepared the perfect canvas for a miracle! My ex showed up with his new girlfriend and Rusty's ex-wife (from GA), all to share in the "celebration" of me going to jail. We were surrounded by love and prayer and ready to battle but unfortunately the trial(s) were delayed until April 5th (same time, same place, same need for praying people to be present)
The one thing that did become crystal clear is that if we are going to turn this back towards the children and custody and restoring our family, we HAVE to raise the monies to cover this debt and get it off the table. While it is hanging out there it is just a gigantic distraction that is keeping the focus off of the kids. We are still trusting fully in God's sovereignty and promises for a hope and future and restoration for our family. We had some great prayer time with some amazing warriors this morning (THANK YOU!) and will rest in that as we wait for direction on the next step. 
 

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