For someone who loves to write on her blog, I wish someone else was writing this post. It feels weird for me to be writing this but since people check here for updates, I am here to highlight a couple of fundraisers that people have set up for our family. Although, Matt and I do not want to be the ones asking people for money, we acknowledge that God has already shown us that He has put it on people's hearts to bless our family and I know that is one way He chooses to give us what we need. I also want people's hard work that the Lord put on their own hearts to be successful. Matt and I have been surprised and overwhelmed by people's creativity and ideas that they have thought of.
I guess now is as good a time as any to really share what our needs are. I look at them as two fold. One, Matt is going to be out of work for at least one year. We are looking into and have applied for a program that will provide us with a percentage of what his salary was. The rest...... we haven't thought of the rest and we don't know when we will start getting that assistance. I will say that I have speedily given all of the nessesary paperwork in to get the ball rolling.
The second is that before our insurance pays anything, we have a $10,000 deductible. Every year. (His treatment is going to be at least 3 years).
I am not going to lie. I have freaked out a little but I have chosen to concentrate on Matt and the girls and I have chosen to remind myself of all of the ways the Lord has provided for us in the past. And......I haven't gotten a bill in the mail yet which makes it a little easier to push aside. But.... it's coming. Soon.
So let's get off that topic and let me tell you about some amazing opportunities that have come our way.
The first one is THIS SATURDAY, September 28 in Valencia, California. Kristen Wells, author of the book, "The Warring Soul" is having a book signing at Baker's Gourmet Coffee and Pastries, 23880 Copperhill Drive from 1-3pm. All proceeds go to Matt. There will be donation jars and an auction with amazing prizes such as a photography session, hair cut, desserts, and a vacation! You can "like" the Warring Soul on facebook to get information or go to her website where she has an article about Matt and his best friend, Greg, who is Kristen's husband.
The second is a page a friend set up as a paypal page to donate to Matt. You can click on the right side of my blog to go straight there or youcaring.com/teamdad You can also "like" this page or share it on Facebook.
I happen to think that my friends are pretty awesome and creative. Today I came home and recieved gifts and cards with donations in the mail. Daily reminders that God will provide. Matt and I are so thankful for all of you. We don't want anyone to feel obligated to give money. Actually prayer is what has lifted up my heavy heart the most. I'm thankful that while I am concentrating on the needs of my girls and husband, that the Lord is working in the hearts of people we love and that love us to accomplish His will for our family. So, thank you everyone.
OK.....enough about money! I'm going to get back to concentrating on Matt.
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