I have been a single mother for almost 7 years. My youngest child is seven. I am homeschooling 6 children while going to school full time plus, along with my two oldest at home.
My husband abandoned us when I had ten young children at home, 17 down to infant. Over the years, my oldest boys have worked and given all of their income to support their siblings, as my ex does not pay child support. Last week the State informed me that they are not going to pursue my case because since the beginning, he has done everything in his power to elude the system and they don't feel it's worth their time to go after him.
My oldest three are now married/about to be married and there are nine of us at home. My two teenage sons have worked at a farm the past two years, and along with my income from cleaning houses and tutoring, we have survived - God has supplied all of our needs. We were informed last week that they are being laid off at the end of this week. At the moment, that is our only income.
Over the summer I went back to school all day to take Chemistry and Biology and the TEAS test to qualify to enter Nursing school. I received A's and scored in the 98th percentile on the test. I start school again today - and am worried, anxious, and terrified - not that I won't do well, but that we won't survive.
I need a career. The Church jobs, tutoring jobs, and cleaning jobs I have worked at in the past cannot support us. The video above is a Reel a producer made to market us for a show that never happened. The dating was his idea - I don't date :) My only concern is to raise my children and I feel that I finally have a real solution, and if we can make it for a year, as I go to nursing school AND pharmacy tech school at the same time, I can work as a tech while completing nursing.
My kids deserve this. They have all worked unselfishly to contribute to the family. I am asking for $14,400 because we have lived for the past 6 years on an average of $1200 a month. It's hard. Believe me. Especially as they get older - there is so much we can't do that others take for granted - we have two teens that can't afford a license, and one teen who was denied enrollment with Seton, just for starters.
$1200 a month will pay rent, utilities, and put gas in my car while I go to school.